2016 Rio Olympic Games
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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- Day 1 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)’
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom has reset the Olympic record in the women’s 100 meter butterfly. Sjostrom, the world record holder and world champion, was denied the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In Rio, after four years of hard work and an amazing 2015-2016 season, Sjostrom looks to assert her dominance in the ultimate way in the sport of swimming: by capturing an Olympic gold medal.
Tonight, Sjostrom swam a brisk 55.84, taking away rival Dana Vollmer‘s Olympic record set in 2012 in a swim that came as an upset to Sjostrom, who held the world record before that race. Vollmer, the “momma on a mission,” has said that part of her motivation to make a come back was Sjostrom taking away her world record.
Though Vollmer took out the race tonight 1/10th under world record pace, she did not have the endurance to finish the race in a world record. Ranked 4th going into the finals tomorrow at a 57.06, Vollmer will challenge for a spot on the podium, though the gold medal, and possibly the world record, are Sjostrom’s to lose.
Vollmer’s gold-medal winning time, Sjostrom’s world record, and Sjostrom’s new Olympic record are as follows:
- Dana Vollmer (USA), London 2012: 55.98
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), Kazan 2015: 55.64
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), Rio de Janeiro 2015: 55.84
Women’s 100 Butterfly Semifinals Results
The 8 swimmers that will advance to the medal final tomorrow are as follows:
- Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden): 55.84
- Emma McKeon (Australia): 56.81
- Rikako Ikee (Japan): 57.05
- Dana Vollmer (USA): 57.06
- Penny Oleksiak (Canada): 57.10
- Ying Lu (China): 57.15
- Jeanette Ottesen (Denmark): 57.47
- Xenyi Chen (China): 57.51
Team USA’s Kelsi Worrell was 9th in semifinals with a 57.54, adding about half-a-second from her preliminary time.