Swedish swimming star Sarah Sjostrom has been on a roll over the last three days in Amiens at the Golden Lanes Invitational. On the first two she put times in the 50 freestyle as well as the 50 and 100 butterfly that put her on top of the world rankings in each of the events. Today she put up her most surprising result, winning the women’s 400 freestyle in a time of 4:06.04, breaking the Swedish national record and putting herself in the fourth position in the world rankings.
In a race that was swum with incredible precision, negative splitting the race by 58 one-hundredths of a second, Sjostrom destroyed Gabriella Fagundez‘s 2008 record of 4:10.20.
Sjostrom – 28.89/59.99 (31.10)/1:31.69 (31.70)/2:03.31 (31.62)/2:35.19 (31.88)/3:06.64 (31.45)/3:36.26 (29.62)/4:06.04 (29.78)
Her time puts her behind American Katie Ledecky (4:04.46), Australian Jessica Ashwood (4:05.01) and Jazz Carlin (4:05.56) of Great Britain in the world rankings.
Sjostrom lead the at the 200 meter mark turning in a time of 2:03.31, followed closely by Camille Muffat of France who split a 2:03.65 and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who split a 2:03.70. The other women could not keep pace with the Swede who swam the second half of the race in a 2:02.73.
Hosszu finished second in a time of 4:07.90 followed by Muffat who hit the wall in a time of 4:08.63.
Unlike the other two women who finished on the medal podium Sjostrom has never shown the diversity in program or the desire to swim the 400 at the international level. In fact she only swam the event twice last year, once in the prelims and once in the finals of the Swedish Grand Prix in March. She put up a 4:24.50 in the prelims and posted a lifetime best of 4:12.24 in the finals.
Sjostrom went on to the win the final women’s event of the evening, taking the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.65. Her time puts her second in the world rankings behind Australian Cate Campbell who posted a 53.08 in January. Just like in her 400 win Sjostrom did an impressive job of splitting the race turning at the halfway mark in a time of 26.53 and swimming the final 50 in a time of 27.12.
- Cate Campbell – 25.46/27.62 – 53.08
- Sjostrom – 26.53/27.12 – 53.65
Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands finished second in a time of 54.22 which puts her seventh in the world rankings. Sjostrom’s teammate Michelle Coleman also continued to have a strong competition finishing third in a time of 54.73.
Maaike De Waard of the Netherlands won the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 28.73. She was followed by Hosszu who posted a 28.74 and Heemskerk who recorded a time of 28.86.
Hosszu added to gold to her medal haul later in the evening winning both the 200 butterfly and 200 IM. She took the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:15.06 and the 200 IM in a time of 2:11.46, just off her season’s best of 2:10.97 which she posted in January.
Jeremy Stravius of France took two events on the final evening of competition, winning the 50 backstroke (25.18) with ease and the 200 butterfly, which was a little bit more of a challenge. Stravius end up on the top of a group of four swimmers who finished within 48 one-hundredths of second separating them.
Stravius won the event in a time of 1:58.60 followed by Simon Sjoedin of Sweden who finished second in a time of 1:58.67. Jordan Coelho of France finished third in a time of 1:58.99 followed by David Verraszto who just missed the medals finishing in a time of 1:59.08.
Sjoestrom also took the men’s 200 IM in a time of 2:01.21.
Moniek Nijhuis won the women’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 31.51 while Eddie Momeddere of France took the men’s event in a time of 28.48.
Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands won the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 51.20.
Full results can be found here