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Sarah Sjöström

Sarah Sjöström Swedish female swimmer

Swedish female swimmer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Swedish female swimmer
A.K.A. Sarah Sjostrom
Is Athlete Swimmer
From Sweden
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 17 August 1993, Rönninge, Salem Municipality
Age: 26 years
The details
Biography

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.

Career

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. 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.

At the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, she defended her 2008 gold medal by winning the women's 100 m butterfly stroke. (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. 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.

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.

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

2012 Summer Olympic Games

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sjöström competed in four individual events, 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. In 2015 however Sjöström regained the world record by improving it twice at the world championships in Kazan.

2016 Summer Olympic Games

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. 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 Champioships.

Personal bests

Long course (50 m)

WR award in Kazan 2015
Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 23.98 4 Jul 2014 Swedish Nationals Borås, Sweden
100 m freestyle 52.67 NR 13 Apr 2014 European Aquantic Championship Eindhoven, Netherlands
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: WR – World record; ER – European record; NR – Swedish 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)

Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 23.55 21 Nov 2014 2014 Swedish Swimming Championships Herning, Denmark
100 m freestyle 51.24 r 6 Nov 2015 Swedish SC Championships Helsingborg, Sweden
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: WR – World record; ER – European record; NR – Swedish 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

Only individual

Accomplishments

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.

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