WATCH: Sarah Sjostrom Swim 23.8 LCM 50 Freestyle

On Monday at the 2017 Swedish Open, Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom swam the second-fastest 50 meter freestyle in history when she touched in 23.83. That broke Therese Alshammar’s National Record of 23.88 and left Sjostrom behind only retired German swimmer Britta Steffen (23.73) for the World Record.

Read more about the record-breaking swim here.

Below, watch the video of the race, courtesy of Eurosport Sweden:

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What a speed! And not that much of white water that makes the impression of the speed even stronger.


We will see if she can maintain little white water swimming next to the start monsters Kromowidjojo, Manuel, C2, Blume, Herasimenia, Weitzeil, Halsall.

Women’s 50 free WR has been officially broken 27 times since the WR was officially recognized, and only 6 if those were broken in either Olympics or world Championships.

And if we don’t take Steffen’s WR (done in world champs) into account and only consider textile ones, the ratio is even more stark: broken 29 times, but only 5 done at Olympics or world Championships.


Blume was in this race and came second.


Blume… and who else?




Halsall’s retired


And that’s why I still consider De Bruijn’s 24.13 in Sydney the most astonishing 50 free I’ve seen, done by female or male. Her start in that race was once in a lifetime.


Do we have a video of this race?


Sure was a once in a lifetime start.. i.e. should’ve been DQ’d for false start. That start is/was not humanly possible and there’s a reason swimmers to this date never go .40 RT or whatever hers was. I don’t know why that makes it more astonishing, with a normal start it would’ve been in the 24.40s which also proved in the final where she went 24.32.

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