Sjostrom Lands #1 Ranking with 52.5 100 Free at Stockholm Open


  • Saturday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • Stockholm, Sweden
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Swedish Olympic champ Sarah Sjostrom blasted her way to #1 in the world in the 100 free final on day 4 of the 2017 Stockholm Open. Sjostrom won the race in 52.54, touching nearly a second ahead of teammate Michelle Coleman (53.38). Sjostrom moved to the top of the rankings ahead of Australia’s Cate Campbell (52.78), while Coleman is now ranked 5th in the world.

Fellow Swede Jennie Johansson made her way to the top of the world rankings in the 100 breast. Johansson won the race in 1:06.30, knocking a few tenths off her former best 1:06.63. That moves her ahead of the former leading time of 1:06.44 done by Spain’s Jessica Vall.

Germany’s Franziska Hentke  also earned a #1 ranking with her performance in the 200 fly. Hentke dropped a 2:06.84 to win the final, taking down the former world-leading mark of 2:06.92 done by Japan’s Hiroko Makino. Picking up silver behind her was Hungarian iron lady Katinka Hosszu (2:08.05).

On the men’s side, Germany’s Philip Heintz came up with a #1 ranking in the 200 IM. Heintz, a 2016 Olympic finalist in the event, rocked a 1:57.81 to bring home the gold. With that, he dethroned Japan’s Kosuke Hagino (1:58.07) in the current world rankings.

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3 years ago

They’re zoomin over there!!! Sarah ain’t playin post Rio!! Simone better have something this weekend!

E Gamble
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

Simone had better have what? This is an Area Pro Series meet in the middle of hard training. She and Katie Ledecky just spent their spring break at the OTC. I’d be suprised if she has much this weekend.

Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

What you do in Budapest in July is what matters unless you swim a World Record, then you are remembered and sometimes that is not enough.

I digress and will probably get some negatives.

In 2000 a lot of people said that DeBruijn came out of nowhere and that her times where unrealistic and some accused her of cheating. Most of those people probably did not look at the world rankings and results, if they had, they would have seen that DeBruijn was ranked #1 in the world in 1998, and 1999 and that she set World Records prior to the Olympics in 2000. Since the World Champs had been in Jan. 1998 and the Olympics took place in… Read more »

Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

and Sarah has been the fastest at the right time, see her Olympic gold

Reply to  a_trojan
3 years ago

and I hope she is again, but that if someone is fast now or not might not mean they will be fast, or not, in Budapest. See how many that set World Records a little before the Olympics and then not win a medal. Popov in the 50 Free (2000), Cate C. in the 100 Free (2016) etc

Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

Inge was cheating. No question

3 years ago

Funny how it works out. Johansson put all her focus on 100 last year and couldn’t drop the time necessary to make the Olympic final. Now back focusing on the 50 to try and defend her world title there she’s scores a huge 100 PB.

He Gets It Done Again
3 years ago

That’s a NR for Sjöström

Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
3 years ago

Also makes her the 4th fastest ever behind the Campbell sisters and Britta Steffen

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