Sjostrom Puts Up Near-Season Best 100 Fly Time On Day 2 Of Swedish C’ships

2019 SWEDISH SENIOR/JUNIOR/PARA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 2 Highlights

As a warning shot to would-be competitors vying for 100m fly gold at next month’s World Championships, Olympic champion Sarah Sjostrom produced her 2nd fastest mark of the season to take her 3rd title at these Swedish Championships.

The 25-year-old holds the fastest 100m fly time in the world for 2019 with the 56.42 she threw down at the FINA Champions Series stop in Indianapolis this past May.

She came within range of that mark here in Malmö in the morning heats, taking the top seed easily in 57.61. Come tonight’s final, however, the Swede took things up another octane level to split 26.38/30.07 and crank out a winning effort of 56.45.

Tonight’s outing represents Sjostrom’s 5th sub-57 100 fly of 2019 alone, with only Australian Emma McKeon having ventured into 56-second territory this year, sitting as the #2 swimmer behind Sjostrom in a time of 56.85 from Aussie Nationals.

Sjostrom’s other 2 medals here thus far came in the 200m free and 50m back last night.

Taking 2 titles of his own tonight amid Sjostrom’s showstopper was Samuel Tornqvist, the 22-year-old who nailed 400m IM and 100m back gold this evening.

In the former event, Tornqvist put up the 2nd fastest time of his career to land atop the podium in 4:25.00. That sits 2nd on his own all-time performances list to the 4:23.13 PB he produced at last year’s Swedish Championships.

The 100m back did see Tornqvist pump out a personal best, hitting the wall in a time of 56.45. Not only did he take gold tonight by over a second, but he shaved .03 off of his previous lifetime beast of 56.48 logged just this year at the Pro Swim Series in Richmond. Both marks represent his only 2 outings under the 57-second threshold.

In the women’s 50m breast, Sophie Hansson got her hands on the wall first, taking the title in 31.22. She has already been as fast as 30.95 at the aforementioned Pro Swim Series in Richmond, a mark rendering the Swede 16th in the world this season.

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John26
1 year ago

I’m not sensing major fireworks from Sjostrom like 2017. It seems like she’s setting up to go 24.9/55.9 on the fly, and 23.7/52.4 in the free- being overall slightly faster in than last year with the 50free as a potential WR (that’s probably her weakest record given how she swam it in 2017).

Liam
Reply to  John26
1 year ago

Yeah I know, not a great time, she only did a time that’s 0.5 faster than the second woman on the rankings 😪 Please, when she was in great form in 2017, she did 56.5 in SM, now she did 1/100 faster so… it feels like you don’t know what your talking about.

Liam
Reply to  Liam
1 year ago

I meant me 1/10, excuse me…

John26
Reply to  Liam
1 year ago

She was 55 in season in the 100fly and 52.0 in the 100free in 2017

Philip
Reply to  John26
1 year ago

Is it possible she peaked? She’s 25 now and we haven’t seen a WR from her in a couple of years.

I remember when a lot of people were saying Ledecky’s best years were behind her after Rio then she broke the WR in the 1500 last year. However, no one will bring that up with Sarah curious.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Philip
1 year ago

No, that would be Schooling.

Aquajosh
Reply to  Philip
1 year ago

She was a tenth off the world record in the 50 free today. Have a seat.

Swimjon
1 year ago

And the time in 50 free today was encouraging. 23.78!

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