2021 SWIM OPEN STOCKHOLM
- April 8-11, 2021
- Eriksdalsbadet, Stockholm, Sweden
- LCM Format (50m)
- Start Times (Local Time): Heats: 9:30 AM, B/C Finals: 4:30 PM, A Finals: 6 PM
- FINA Olympic Qualifying Standards
- Meet Site
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Available for €4.99/Session)
The final of women’s 100 breast in Stockholm produced some fast times on Sunday, with the top three finishers all touching within a whisker of each other, and each snaring their respective national records either in prelims of finals.
Estonia’s Eneli Jefimova powered home with the fastest back half in the field, and got her hand on the wall first with a 1:06.82. The 14 year-old has been on a tear the last several months, dropping her personal best from 1:10.55 to 1:07.53 and now to 1:06.82. Her time today broke her own national record in the event.
The World Junior Record stands at 1:05.21, done by Ruta Meilutyte in 2014, and while Jefimova is still about a second and a half off of that mark, her trajectory suggests she could threaten it before too long.
Jefimova actually has completely rewritten the Estonian record book in the breaststroke events the last few days, as she also set national records in the 50m (30.93) and the 200m (2:26.88).
Sophie Hansson of Sweden took 2nd in 1:06.84, just behind Jefimova. Hansson was 1:06.17 in the prelims though, which broke the national record of 1:06.30 set by Jennie Johansson back in 2017.
Finland’s Ida Hulkko rounded out the incredibly close top three with a 1:06.88 in tonight’s final. That time shaved 0.02s off of Hulkko’s own national record of 1:06.90, which she set last summer at the Tempere Invite.
While results are still rolling in from a number of different meets that have been happening the last few days, those times appear to put all three swimmers just outside of the top ten in the world this season.