Watch Sjostrom’s 50.58 Short Course 100 Free World Record


Yesterday the world’s premier sprinter, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, fired off a new short course 100 freestyle World Record time of 50.58 on day 1 of the FINA World Cup stop in Eindhoven. Today, the weapon of record destruction took down her own 200 freestyle WR mark as well, registering a new eye-popping time of 1:50.43

Relive yesterday’s monster swim below as we wait for day 2 videos to surface.

As originally reported here:

On the final stop of the first FINA World Cup Series cluster #1, Swedish sprinter Sarah Sjostrom cranked out yet another world record to continue her freestyle and butterfly firestorm. Already owning an astonishing 7 world records across both short course and long course formats, Sjostrom lowered her own 100 freestyle mark (SCM) while competing in Eindhoven tonight.

This morning, the 23-year-old turned heads with a scorching prelims time of 51.02 to check-in with the 4th fastest time ever, giving the crowd a sign of what was potentially to come. In tonight’s final, Sjostrom threw down a massive 50.58 to hack almost two tenths off of that already wicked-fast mark. Splits between the two fastest performances of all-time produced by the Swede are below:

24.51/26.26 = 50.77 in Moscow
24.49/26.09 = 50.58 in Eindhoven for new WR

Sjostrom opened just .02 quicker, but closed .17 faster than she did in Moscow to establish the new mark. After the race, Sjostrom said her goal is to become the first woman ever under the 50 second mark in the event. With the way this sprinting virtuoso’s trajectory is headed, that goal certainly seems within the realm of near-future possibility.

Here are Sjostrom’s complete World Records as of today:

50 freestyle LCM – 23.67
100 freestyle LCM – 51.71
50 fly LCM – 24.43
100 fly LCM – 55.48

100 freestyle SCM – 50.58
200 freestyle SCM – 1:50.78
100 butterfly SCM – 54.61

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3 years ago

Amazed how far behind she is at 15m and lowered her own WR by 2/10
Wonder if she can improve her start and underwater, have anyone looked at her start and underwater from when she set the 50m fly world record? What was her speed and time after her underwaters?

3 years ago

Short finish.
She can lower it down to sub 50 before Tokyo.

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

The issue is WILL she ….. unless she does it on this “preparation” and that will mean remaining on this current WCup circuit. If you care to take a look at her CV, you will find that she has not always been a regular SCM competitor with 2014 being her only SCM Worlds outing of note. SCM Euros would be the most likely place you would see anything from her.

There is little doubt that she CAN take some SCM WR’s lower, the question is whether she will really see it as being any real priority going forward.

3 years ago

How did Sjostrom not win the 100m Free at Worlds???

Reply to  FKP
3 years ago

She didn’t think anyone would catch her with the start she had. Upon her looking at the video she realized Manuel was using her speed against her. Which is why she said it was stupid to go out that fast.

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