Sjostrom Flexes Her Muscles In Eindhoven Winning The 50 Freestyle And 100 Butterfly

Since Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the 100 butterfly at the World Championships in Barcelona last summer she has been on a tear, which continued today at the Swim Cup in Eindhoven.

On the first evening of the competition Sjostrom took the 50 freestyle title away from Olympic Champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo posting a 24.15 the second fastest time in the world next to Australian Cate Campbell’s 24.13. Her winning time was a lifetime best by three tenths of a second. Kromowidjojo, who took gold in the event in Barcelona, finished in a time of 24.35 which places her third in the world rankings.

Danish star Pernille Blume and Inge Dekker of the Netherlands tied for the bronze both posting a time of 24.73. They also matched the time of Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belrus putting all three women in a deadlock for the seventh position in the world rankings.

2014 LCM Women 50 Free TYR World Ranking

1Cate
CAMPBELL
AUS23.9608/24
3Sarah
SJOSTROM
SWE23.9807/04
4Bronte
CAMPBELL
AUS24.2007/26
5Ranomi
KROMOWIDJOJO
NED24.3312/13
6Arianna
VANDERPOOL-WALLACE
BAH24.3407/26
7Melanie
SCHLANGER
AUS24.3907/26
8Jeanette
OTTESEN-GRAY
DEN24.4006/11
9Simone
MANUEL
USA24.5608/10
10Pernille
BLUME
DEN24.5904/10
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Sjostrom also won the 100 butterfly in a time of 57.01. She failed to match her season’s best of 56.53, which tops the world’s rankings, but is the second fastest time done in the world this year. Dekker finished second in a lifetime best of 57.33 beating her previous best of 57.62 which she posted in 2011. Her time also puts her third in the world rankings.

Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark picked up the bronze posting a season’s best of 57.78 which places fifth in the world rankings.

2014 LCM Women 100 Fly TYR World Ranking

2Jeanette
OTTESEN GRAY
DEN56.5108/22
3Xinyi
CHEN
CHN56.61*JWR09/23
4Katarine
SAVARD
CAN57.2704/04
5Inge
DEKKER
NED57.3207/11
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In the women’s 200 IM it was no surprise to see Dutch swimmer Femke Heemskerk came away with the victory, but it was a surprise that she posted a time of 2:10.21. Heemskerk broke her own Dutch national record by almost three seconds, better the mark of 2:12.93 which she posted in February. She takes over the second position in the world rankings with only Alicia Coutts (2:08.89) having swum faster.

2014 LCM Women 200 IM TYR World Ranking

KatinkaHUN
HOSSZU
08/21
2.08.11
2Siobhan Marie
O'CONNOR
GBR2.08.2107/25
3Alicia
COUTTS
AUS2.08.8904/04
4Ye
SHIWEN
CHN2.08.9409/26
5Maya
DI RADO
USA2.09.9308/24
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Austrian Lisa Zaiser finished second in a time of 2:12.33 followed by Wendy van der Zanden who posted a 2:14.31. Cynthia Verkaik who finished sixth in a time of 2:18.03 set a new Dutch record in the 18 year old age group.

The top performance in the men’s events was easily Ukrainian Andriy Govorov who took the men’s 50 butterfly in a time of 23.17. His time put Govorov in the third place position in the world rankings. Joeri Verlinden of the Netherlands finished second in a time of 23.71 followed by Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin who recorded a 24.04.

Michelle Coleman of Denmark took the women’s 200 backstroke in a lifetime best of 2:10.56. Jordis Steinegger of Austria finished second in a time of 2:12.49 followed by Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands who collected the bronze in a time of 2:13.71.

Mattias Carlsson of Sweden won the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 1:59.29. Emmanuel Vanluchene of Belgium finished second in a time of 2:01.39 followed by teammate Landers Hendrickx who finished third in a time of 2:02.63.

Sebas van Lith of the Netherlands won the men’s 400 IM finishing nine one-hundredths of a second ahead of Erik Persson of Sweden who finished second in a time of 4:19.82. Louis Croenen of Belgium finished third in a time of 4:24.30.

Sebastiaan Verschuren of the Netherland was the fastest qualifier for the men’s 100 freestyle final posting a 48.94.

Full results can be found here

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john26
8 years ago

I’ll be really mad if Sjostrom doesn’t swim the 100free. It really looks like she can go 52.5 or better.

DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

1:06.42 RMP 100 breast. OK time but I hope she is saving something for the 200 on Sunday.

bobo gigi
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

27.76 for Mie Nielsen? 😯
Can we expect a 58 from her in the 100 back this year?
She is the greatest threat to Missy Franklin in the next years.
I continue to think that Missy is unbeatable if she improves her starts and underwaters. She has everything in store to swim one day under 58. Not this year because she focused a lot on freestyle in her first college season. It’s possible before Rio.
But the young Danish swimmer is very very very impressive.

john26
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I’m don’t quite get the hype over Niesen. I haven’t watched any of her races, but 27.76 isn’t _that_ fast.

DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

1.55.05 for Sarah Sjöström in the 200 free.

DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

27.76, top time in the world so far, for Mie Nielsen in the 50 back semis 🙂

DanishSwimFan
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

Is that a world junior record in fact? Mie isn’t 18 until September this year.

DanishSwimFan
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

.. and I answered my own question, no, because she is 18 on 31st December this year. Still, fantastic performance by Mie.

aswimfan
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

And for girls, it’s 15 to 17 yo, 18 does not count.
for boys, it’s 16 to 18.

DanishSwimFan
Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

Yes, I got confused which date the age was measured from. 🙂

DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

I’m hoping the live stream today will stay working better than the website 🙂

bobo gigi
8 years ago
bobo gigi
8 years ago
Josh
8 years ago

Sjostrom is coming for scalps this season! I wonder if she’ll swim the 400 free at this meet.

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