SwimSwam Pulse: Voters Narrowly Pick Sjostrom’s WR Over Peaty’s

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the most impressive record of the 2017 World Championships:


Question: Which world record in Budapest was most impressive?

  • Sjostrom – 51.71 in 100 free – 42.2%
  • Peaty – 25.95 in 50 breast – 37.8%
  • Masse – 58.10 in 100 back – 5.5%
  • King – 1:04.13 in 100 breast – 8.6%
  • Sjostrom – 23.67 in 50 free – 4.6%
  • King – 29.40 in 50 breast – 1.2%

SwimSwam voters narrowly picked Sarah Sjostrom‘s 100 free world record as more impressive than Adam Peaty‘s 50 breast world record.

The margin was about 4.4% of the votes, or just over 50 votes in all. Those two ran away with the top ranks, combining for 80% of the total votes cast.

When you factor in the 50 free, Sjostrom’s two records earned almost half of the votes. We didn’t include relay records in our poll, focusing only on individual swims.


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6 years ago

Although Peaty’s time was mind blowing Sjostrom’s 100 Free World Record is the better swim especially given that it is the “blue ribbon” event and an Olympic event. Masse’s swim under pressure in a final was also phenomenal considering the number of talented people who got close but couldn’t break 58.12

6 years ago

As amazing as Dressel’s 100 fly was, how can a textile WR could possibly be better than an actual WR? Cate Campbell was only able to better Steffen’s super suit 100 WR by 0.01, whereas Sjostrom smashed it right through the 52 barrier and then added the 50 free WR as well. Sjostrom all the way, for either swim.

6 years ago

I always have to lean towards Olympic events- and the 100m is the blue ribbon sprint challenge…so SS it is.

6 years ago

Dressels 100 fly is more impressive than all of these

Years of Plain Suck
6 years ago

I would’ve voted for Dressel’s textile World Record 49.86 in the 100 fly.

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
6 years ago

Please no dislikes. Although the LZR was not like the Arena or Jaked suits, it still was much better than what Dressel had. Imo he is the first person to truly go sub 50, and this is someone coming from a huge Phelps fan

Reply to  Swimmer?
6 years ago

Swimmer?, Michael Phelps actually went under 50 in the 100 fly back in 2009 when he won the world championships.

Reply to  Auburnheadcoach
6 years ago

Yeah, but in a LZR, is the point.

Reply to  Swimmer?
6 years ago

OMG, it’s not like those suits were PEDs. They were legal at the time — why wouldn’t the athletes wear them? People talk about those world records as if the people who swam them didn’t have to do anything to get those times. They were still training hard, they were still swimming fast. And everyone was wearing those suits so it was a level playing field. The rules changed, but that doesn’t negate what was done before and it doesn’t make today’s swims any less impressive. Y’all need to get over this obsession with textile world records.

Reply to  Domino
6 years ago

I mean, I’ll paraphrase Bob Bowman: “It took me six years to get Michael from a 1:46 to a 1:42. Beiderman did in 8 months. I’d like to see that training program.”

6 years ago

That’s a great picture of Sjostrom.

6 years ago

Although the poll says that you can vote for more than one, it will only let me select a single option. Thanks! I love these polls!

Reply to  Jared Anderson
6 years ago

Thanks! I appreciate it.

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