2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
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Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström is just miles ahead of the competition in the 100m butterfly. She dominates this event in the way Katie Ledecky dominates the 400m and 800m freestyles; that is, she owns all 10 of the best performances in history. (Note: Federica Pellegrini still holds the 10th rung in the 400m free with her historic 3:59.15, but Ledecky owns the 9 other 400 times and all 10 800 times.)
In the final of the women’s 100 fly on Monday evening in Budapest, Sjöström went out like a rocket and looked like she might take a chunk out of her own world record. While she just missed that mark, she nonetheless finished in a Championship-record time of 55.53, half a body length ahead of second-place Emma McKeon of Australia.
Watch the entire race below, courtesy of NBC Sports.
Write-up by Lauren Neidigh:
WOMEN’S 100 FLY – FINALS
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 55.48, 2016
- Championship Record:
Sarah Sjostrom, 55.64, 2015
- Junior World Record: Penny Oleksiak, 56.46, 2016
- GOLD: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 55.53
- SILVER: Emma McKeon, AUS, 56.18
- BRONZE: Kelsi Worrell, USA, 56.37
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was out like a light with a 25.6 split at the 50. Though she was well under World Record pace on the front half, she fell off the mark on the 2nd 50, but still held on for gold by a long shot with a new Championship Record of 55.53.
Australia’s Emma McKeon (56.18) set a new Commonwealth and Australian Record for silver, while American Kelsi Worrell (56.37) shaved down her personal best time to win her first major international medal individually with a 3rd place finish.
FInishing just off the podium was Canadian Olympic medalist Penny Oleksiak, the Junior World Record holder, in 56.94. Oleksiak used her back half speed to run down Korea’s An Sehyeon (57.07) and was able to hold off Japanese junior star Rikako Ikee (57.08).