Sjostrom Misses WR By 0.02, Goes 3rd Fastest 100 Free Of All-Time

2017 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR – CANET

Swedish superstar Sarah Sjostrom has been on an absolute tear at the Mare Nostrum tour the last number of days. Winning the 50 & 100 free and fly at every stop, she closed the circuit out today with her best swim of the tour in Canet-en-Roussillon.

After already claiming gold in the 50 fly earlier in the session, Sjostrom threw down a 52.08 100 free, the third fastest swim in history. She narrowly misses the world record, which stands at 52.06 set by Australian Cate Campbell set last July.

Britta Steffen‘s 2009 mark of 52.07 still sits ahead of Sjostrom as well, but that swim was aided with the super-suits that are now banned.

Sjostrom improves on her world best 52.28 done at the last stop in Barcelona, and now has been an incredible 0.62 faster in-season than it took to win Olympic gold last summer. After the three stops of this circuit, Sjostrom is the undeniable favorite in the women’s 50 & 100 free and fly at the upcoming World Championships in Budapest.

Here’s a look at the five fastest swims in history, with Sjostrom’s two most recent showings making the list.

  1. Cate Campbell, 52.06, 2016
  2. Britta Steffen, 52.07, 2009
  3. Sarah Sjostrom, 52.08, 2017
  4. Britta Steffen, 52.22, 2009
  5. Sarah Sjostrom, 52.28, 2017

It goes without saying that Sjostrom also lowers her own Swedish Record, which was the 52.28 done in Barcelona.

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Dylab
4 years ago

Wow

Swimmerfromoverseas
4 years ago

I wonder if Mel still thinks that Simone Manuel will win 50/100 free come Worlds….

dude 2.0
Reply to  Swimmerfromoverseas
4 years ago

who thought Simone was going to win the olympics last summer? I sure didn’t. And it didn’t seem to matter, because Simone still won.

Dee
Reply to  dude 2.0
4 years ago

To be fair, it took another athlete to choke – Not to play down what an incredible achievement it was for Simone, but she isn’t up against an athlete with questionable nerve this time. I think Sjostrom is a superior swimmer, if she turns up and delivers as usual, she’ll handle them all (with no peak condition Cate at Worlds) quite comfortably. Kromowidjojo is my pick of the rest, she’s swimming as well as she has consistently since 2012. I’m expecting another trip under 53s.

Swim-Fan
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

I agree. Simone is a question mark. I just don’t see her beating Sjostrom at this point. Next week at Nationals will give a better view of where she is. With that said after the 100/50 in Rio, I put nothing past her to accomplish. Sjostrom seem to be at her peak performance time. So it would be shocking for her not to sweep the sprints.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Swim-Fan
4 years ago

Simone might surprise with a solid time comes Trials ( 52.9-53.2 comes to mind ) – and than she will do her best in Budapest . What else can she do against a 52.08 ?!!

commonwombat
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Tend to concur. SS is not C1, she is currently in career best form, this is NOT the Olympics and she’s not carrying the added stress of being part of a chronically misfiring team NOR the moronic AUS media on her back. The simplification of SS’s race schedule (and thus training) is clearly showing benefits.

Barring illness to SS, everyone else is playing for minor coin in both 50/100free. Unless someone is swimming well under 53 or around 24flat/24.15 at US Nats, they’re probably just going to be part of the ruck scrapping for the minor coin here …. maybe they will come away with something.

At this point, Blume has been next best at 50, seemingly confounding those… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

I tend to think you may be right about Ranomi, but what I I like about her is that you know her fastest swim of the year will be in the World/Olympic Final. She is the absolute professional. In a scrap for second, with the pack off Sjostrom’s hip (if they’re lucky ha), I would be most sure of her being the one not to tighten up.

IMs for days
4 years ago

Ugh, it must suck to get that close. Still an incredible swim. I hope she doesn’t peak to soon, but its looking like she can be at 90 percent and still win.

Beau
Reply to  IMs for days
4 years ago

90% would be a 57 in a 1 free I don’t think she can win at 90%

Dee
Reply to  Beau
4 years ago

I think you’re confusing 90% health and actually being 10% off her best time – Athletes are often at 90% outside their taper meet, but that very rarely results in being 10% off their best time in a sprint.

aquajosh
4 years ago

And she did it in a final where five of the girls behind her were all 53.6 or better including the current world record holder, and the Olympic champion. She was home faster than Campbell was when she broke the world record, but out about a tenth slower. Still, I think it’s the only time she’s ever been out under 25 seconds in a 100 free, so now she has seen that she can do it and can still bring it home, maybe next time she’ll take it out just a little faster.

mbl
4 years ago

Let us not forget about Chupkov’s 2:07.46

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  mbl
4 years ago

Never forget….

Uberfan
Reply to  mbl
4 years ago

200 breast is lowkey the most exciting event in the world right now

I Love My Fans And Cullen Jones
Reply to  mbl
4 years ago

And Cullen Jon

Alex
4 years ago

Incredible. I hope they’ll post a video of the race.

Vladislav22
4 years ago

Wow impressive how does she still improve? Shes pretty old.

Marie
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

She’s 23! How is that old??

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Marie
4 years ago

She is 2 years older than Franklin ….thats very young .

Sweswim
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

24 is still pretty young for a swimmer at that level i would say

Joe
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

23 is no age for sprints.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Joe
4 years ago

Tell that to Anthony Ervin!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Joe
4 years ago

And Dara Torres. And Therese Alshammer! And .. who else?

Ex Quaker
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

Cullen Jones, and Nathan Adrian, and Flo Manaudou, and Cesar Cielo, and Bruno Fratus, and many more…

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Ex Quaker
4 years ago

Thank you!

CraigH
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

She’s old? Plenty of female sprinters have been racing best times in the well into their thirties.

Vladislav22
Reply to  CraigH
4 years ago

I meandint

Vladislav22
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

Sorry I meant dont females peak usually around like 19-20 biologically in athletics? Males can still improve into a later age. Katinka hosszu while excellent imo is ancient in the swimming world.

Caleb
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

females mature earlier (obviously) but it’s not like more than a 2-year difference in the curve, maybe 3 max

Prickle
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

Just three years older Simone Manuel who many still look at as young college kid. Just two years older than Missy Franklin that many believe here has a great future in swimming. But you right it maybe a time to start thinking about marriage. 🙂
But relativity theory proves that in fast moving system clocks run slower. And because of that speed she is much younger her competitors. 🙂

Dee
Reply to  Vladislav22
4 years ago

Think you have to look at the full picture – She was Euro champ at 14 in what is arguably a strong woman’s event, the 100 fly. She had 53.1 & 1.56.6 freestyle splits at 15. Really, in that context, this had to be expected during her career if she continued on an ordinary trajectory.

Jorge
4 years ago

Cambell, 52.06: 24.89, 27.17
Steffen, 52.07: 25.46, ¡26.51!
Sjöstrom: 52.08: 24.95, 27.13

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Jorge
4 years ago

You can tell Steffen’d was in a shiny suit by the absurd second 50 split

Dee
Reply to  CheddaShredda
4 years ago

Absolutely, she was a steam train on the back half though – I remember watching my first big meet, 2006 Europeans (sorry for making some of you feel so old), and seeing her rip away from Veldhuis down the 2nd 50 to crush the 100fr WR. Masterful.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  CheddaShredda
4 years ago

oh yeah – thats very very quick

Prickle
Reply to  Jorge
4 years ago

That is how high-tech suits work: I think this record (26.51 out) will stay for very long time. Same picture we can see at Pellegrini’s 200 record. Not taking anything from Federica’s ability of strong finish i have to admit that I haven’t seen anybody finishing with 28.6 when the race time is under 1:55. As with Steffen’s time the only way to beat it is to be significantly faster at the first half of the race.

Randomguy
Reply to  Jorge
4 years ago

Penny came back 26.9 in rio. So she will be a contender probably not this year but in 2020 it may take under 52 to even medal. With swimmers like the Cambell sisters and Sjostrum. Not to mention upcoming swimmers like Penny and Simone.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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