Watch Sarah Sjostrom Fire Off A 1:09 100m Flutter Kick

World Champion Swede, Sarah Sjostrom, has thrown down some exquisite performances over the course of her career, including her other-worldly 24.43 50m butterfly world record last summer that still makes us shake our heads. And the 22-year-old keeps pushing the limits, as she kicks her way to a time of 1:09 100 short course meters flutter kick…from a push.

Sjostrom’s performance was part of a ‘Champions Crew’ event, aimed at inspiring and motivating young swimmers throughout Sweden. The organization challenges aspiring athletes to a variety of feats, such as the 100m kick, as well as a streamline position distance contest and timed underwater fly kicking, among others.

Conditions of the 100m flutter kick challenge include using a board, as well as the allowance of one arm stroke before every wall. Sjostrom demonstrates some pretty hardcore flipturns, even while holding on to the board in the process.

Of her experience, Sjostrom wrote on her Facebook page, “Thank you everyone who was cheering for me. Felt like I stood still last 15 m! But you helped me! #LacticAcid”

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JJ
5 years ago

Would love to watch this! Where’s the video?

Admin
Reply to  JJ
5 years ago

JJ – we’re trying to work through a technical issue. We can see the video embedded on our side, but not on the user side. Stay tuned….

Admin
Reply to  JJ
5 years ago

Video has been fixed.

Joe
5 years ago

1.08 long course here… but I’m a guy.

J.B.
Reply to  Joe
5 years ago

No thums down here, that’s kind of rude, but let’s see the video, and others will follow I’m sure 😉

Dingo
5 years ago

Was lucky enough to see her training the other morning. Beautiful dolphin kick- no breaks or extended amplitude,just constant rhythm and flow. She was like a power boat when she switched gears in her freestyle going from low to high in the water. All the best to her in the 2016 olympic run,a remarkable swimmer

TIG
5 years ago

That’s definitely fast, but honestly, with how absurdly fast she is when her arms are also involved, I fully expected it to be long course with open turns. I’d love to see what she could go doing it dolphin kick with a board! I would think she could be even faster.

J.B.
5 years ago

I know there are guys who can do a sub min 100 scm kick. And I was told that Popov could do it LCM as well, but no video proof.
The fastest girl I’ve seen doing this, before Sarah, was a 1:12
Looking forward to all the videos, bring’em 😉

SWIMFR
Reply to  J.B.
5 years ago

I know Amaury Leveaux could kick a 100 free sub-min, I don’t know if it was SC or LC or both though.

mcgillrocks
Reply to  J.B.
5 years ago

I heard Popov could go 27 for a 50, LCM I think. Not sure about board or start specs though.

billy
5 years ago

Anyone know what the fastest 100 meter long course flutter kick with a kickboard is? Just curious……

TIG
Reply to  billy
5 years ago

I swam for a top 10/15 school and there was a guy on our team who kicked a 1:04 or 1:05 LCM flutter kick with a board. He was fast (1:42 SCY 200 fly), but definitely not world class. I would guess Phelps or Thorpe or somebody like that in their primes could have broken a minute long course with a board. Any guesses what the fastest 100 LCM kick with a board would be?

mcgillrocks
Reply to  TIG
5 years ago

Thorpe had huge feet and was a good 100m swimmer, so he’s probably up there. I think I would take Popov in a 50 though.

swimhistorian
Reply to  mcgillrocks
5 years ago

I remember hearing about a set that Thorpe did once, 5 x 100 LCM kick on a board @ 4:00, if I remember correctly. He was supposed to have held 1:01’s.

SeanSwimmer
5 years ago

I don’t fully understand why this was such a great time. I would’ve thought she would go at least 1:05, since she goes :51 in a regular 100 free. Heck, I’ve been 1:06 in yards and I’m 14. Still that’s a pretty swift time for anybody. I am curious to see what Cate and Bronte Campbell could do, as well as Femke Heemskerk.

SCCoach
Reply to  SeanSwimmer
5 years ago

$20 says seanswimmer can’t go a 1:06 in yards. Who wants action?

swimdoc
Reply to  SCCoach
5 years ago

On the one hand, I agree that young Mr. Seanswimmer should be a bit more politic in his comments about one of the world’s great swimming talents. But on the other hand, let’s not discourage younger people from commenting on SwimSwam. After all, we (collectively) commented the crap out of Michael Andrews when he was 14, so turnabout from 14 year olds is fair play.

Keep up the comments Seanswimmer. 1:06 100 yard kick at your age is impressive, too.

Tim
Reply to  SCCoach
5 years ago

Eh, I find it believable, even more so with his explanation about the blocks, streamline, and super suit.

I’ve always been a much better kicker than puller (comparatively I’m much faster with just kick than doing the full strokes). My best 100 yard freestyle kick for time back when I was an age grouper was a 1:10, from a push, with a board and open turns. Best 100 yard backstroke kick was a 1:05.

‘Course, 12 years later, as a Masters swimmer, my times on those 100s kick are, uh, *slightly* slower. I’d be very happy if I could break 1:20 in either 100 now.

All that said, 1:09 in SCM is another animal entirely. Props to Sarah!

swimswam
5 years ago

There’s a SwimSwam video from a few years back of Ricky Behrens and Matt Grevers (I think) doing a kick set. The last repeat was pretty unbelievable, with Behrens winning after Grevers (I think) had saved up for the final one. Maybe Bobo can find it.

NotQuiteBobo
Reply to  swimswam
5 years ago
cbswims
Reply to  NotQuiteBobo
5 years ago

great find – I forget about vimeo when I’m searching for vids. Thanks!

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