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Sarah Sjöström
Kazan 2015 - Sjöström WR award cropped.JPG
Sjöström in 2015
Personal information
Full name Sarah Fredrika Sjöström
National team  Sweden
Born (1993-08-17) 17 August 1993 (age 23)
Salem, Sweden
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly, freestyle, backstroke
Club Södertörns SS

Sarah Fredrika Sjöström (Swedish: [ˈɧøːˌstɾøm]; born 17 August 1993) is a Swedish competitive swimmer specialized in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. She is the current world record holder in the 50 meter butterfly (long course), the 100 meter butterfly (long course and short course), and the 200 meter freestyle (short course). She is the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.[2]

Career[edit]

On 22 March 2008, at the age of 14, she took the gold medal in women's 100 m butterfly at the 2008 European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.[3][4] She was clocked for 58.44 seconds. In the semi-finals the day before, she set a new national record with 58.38 seconds, breaking Anna-Karin Kammerling's old one (58.71 seconds). At the Swedish championships in 2008 she swam at 58.55.

On 26 July 2009 at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships Sjöström set a world record in the semifinals with a time of 56.44, surpassing Inge de Bruijn's nine-year-old record. On the next day, in the finals for the women's 100 m butterfly, she won the gold medal and improved her world record time to 56.06.[5][6][7]

At the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, she defended her 2008 gold medal by winning the women's 100 m butterfly stroke.[8] (The European Aquatics Championships is a biennial event and hence did not take place in 2009.)

At the 2013 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Herning, Denmark Sjöström won four individual and two team medals.[9] On 5 July 2014 she broke the world record in the 50 meter butterfly (long course) with a time of 24.43. The large margin of 0.64 seconds by which she broke the old record has been compared with Bob Beamon's 1968 long jump world record.[10]

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships she won five medals, including gold medals in the 50 m and 100 m butterfly events, during the latter she broke the world record twice. In 2015 she was awarded the Victoria Scholarship.[11][12]

On 25 January 2016 Sjöström was awarded the Swedish public radio Radiosportens Jerringpris award for the second year in a row.[13]

2012 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sjöström competed in four individual events,[14] reaching the semi-finals of the 50 m freestyle, 100 m freestyle and 200 m freestyle, and finishing 4th in the final of the 100 m butterfly in a time of 57.17. Sjöström's world record was broken in this race by Dana Vollmer of the United States.[15] In 2015 however Sjöström regained the world record by improving it twice at the world championships in Kazan.[16]

2016 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

On 7 August 2016 Sjöström won the gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics, setting a World record with a time of 55.48.[17] When Sjöström went on to win silver and bronze medals in the 200 m and 100 m freestyle respectively, she became the second woman in history and the fifth swimmer overall, following Mark Spitz (1972), Kornelia Ender (1975, 1976), Matt Biondi (1986, 1988) and Michael Klim (1998), to win medals in both the 100 m and 200 m freestyle and the 100 m butterfly at a single Olympic Games, or World Championships.[18]

Career in 2017[edit]

In January 2017 Sarah Sjöström competed in the 19th Luxembourg Euro Meet and won the 50 m freestyle event with a time of 24.01, the 100 m freestyle event with a time of 53.21, the 50 m butterfly event with a time of 25.02, and the 100 m butterfly event with a time of 57.12.[19] In April 2017 Sjöström competed in the Stockholm Swim Open and won the 50 m butterfly event with a time of 25.63.[20] She also won the 100 m butterfly event with a time of 56.26.[21][22] She also won the 50 m freestyle event, setting a time of 23.83, the second fastest time ever.[23] In the 100 m freestyle event she won first place with the time of 52.54, a new personal best and Swedish (national) record.[24]

Personal bests[edit]

Long course (50 m)[edit]

WR award in Kazan 2015
Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 23.83 NR 10 Apr 2017 Swim Open Stockholm Eriksdal, Sweden [25]
100 m freestyle 52.54 NR 11 Apr 2017 Swim Open Stockholm Eriksdal, Sweden http://www.floswimming.com/article/54588-sarah-sjoestroem-strikes-again-drops-52-54-100m-freestyle#.WO3lhGv-uT8
200 m freestyle 1.54.08 NR 9 Aug 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
100 m backstroke 59.98 NR 5 Apr 2015 Swim Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands
50 m butterfly 24.43 WR 5 July 2014 Swedish Championships Borås, Sweden
100 m butterfly 55.48 WR 7 Aug 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Legend: WRWorld record; EREuropean record; NRSwedish record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course (25 m)[edit]

Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 23.55 21 Nov 2014 2014 Swedish Swimming Championships Herning, Denmark [26]
100 m freestyle 51.24 r 6 Nov 2015 Swedish SC Championships Helsingborg, Sweden [27]
200 m freestyle 1.50.78 WR 7 Dec 2014 World SC Championships Doha, Qatar
100 m backstroke 59.03 7 Nov 2009 World Cup Moscow, Russia
50 m butterfly 24.58 (sf) 4 Dec 2014 World SC Championships Doha, Qatar
100 m butterfly 54.61 WR 6 Dec 2014 World SC Championships Doha, Qatar
Legend: WRWorld record; EREuropean record; NRSwedish record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

International finals[edit]

Only individual

Accomplishments[edit]

Sjöström won the gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly at Rio Olympics on August 7, 2016 setting an Olympic and World record with a time of 55.48. She also won a gold medal in 100 metre butterfly in the World Championship in Rome 2009 and set the world record. She also participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics and finished 27th in the 100 metre butterfly and 29th in the 100 metre backstroke. She also participated in Sweden's 4×100 metre medley relay team. They managed to reach the final, but in the final they were disqualified for an over-long false start.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Sport - London 2012 Olympics - Sarah Sjostrom : Sweden, Swimming". Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sjöström gives Sweden a new hero". 2016-08-11. 
  3. ^ "14-åriga Sarah tog skrällguld" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. 
  4. ^ "EM-guld till Sarah Sjöström" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. .[dead link]
  5. ^ "Nytt världsrekord av Sjöström" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom Lowers World Record in 100 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. 
  7. ^ TT (2013-12-15). "Sjöström: "Guld är en riktig bonus"". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Blomqvist, Anna (13 August 2010). "Sjöström försvarade sitt EM-guld" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  9. ^ TT (2013-12-15). "Nytt guld för Sarah Sjöström". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Lord, Craig (5 July 2014). "Sarah Sjostrom Storms To A Beamonesque 24.43 World Record In 50 Butterfly In Boras". Swimvortex. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Roos, Pontus (2015-06-01). "Sarah Sjöström får Victoriastipendiet 2015". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Sjostrom and Hosszu set world marks at swim championships". Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sarah Sjöström vinner Jerringpriset" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "London 2012 Official Results". London 2012 Official Results. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "London 2012 Official Results". London 2012 Official Results. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sarah Sjöström Bio - SwimSwam". Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Swimmer Sarah Sjöström wins gold in Rio - Radio Sweden". Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "HistoFINA - Statistics Archives". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Euro Meet". euromeet.lu. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  20. ^ "IC Control LiveTiming - Swim Open Stockholm 2017". www.livetiming.se. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  21. ^ "Johansson kan få OS-chans på guldgrenen". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  22. ^ "Sarah Sjöström Drops World-Leading 56.26 100m Fly at Stockholm Open". SwimSwam. 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  23. ^ "Sarah Sjöström Blasts 2nd-Fastest-Ever 23.83 50 Free in Stockholm". SwimSwam. 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  24. ^ "Sarah Sjöström Strikes Again, Drops 52.54 100m Freestyle". FloSwimming. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  25. ^ [1]
  26. ^ "Nytt guld för Sarah Sjöström". Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  27. ^ Lord, Craig (November 6, 2015). "SPEED FROM SARAH SJÖSTRÖM; HANSSON SISTERS MUSCLE IN ON RECORD-BREAKING ACTION". Swimvortex. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Inge de Bruijn
Dana Vollmer
Women's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

27 July 2009 – 29 July 2012
2 August 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Dana Vollmer
Incumbent
Preceded by
Therese Alshammar
Women's 50 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

5 July 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Federica Pellegrini
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

7 December 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Diane Bui Duyet
Women's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (short course)

7 December 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wikén,
Anna Haag, Charlotte Kalla
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
2015
Succeeded by
Henrik Stenson
Preceded by
Katinka Hosszú
European Swimmer of the Year
2015
Succeeded by
Katinka Hosszú