BORAS, Sweden, July 5. IF you want to see a historic swim, you MUST watch this world-record swim in the women’s 50-meter fly at the Swedish Nationals. Sarah Sjostrom cut more than half-a-second off the previous record set by Therese Alshammar as she looked to just glide over the top of the water.
Sjostrom is moving into scary territory for anyone who looks to oppose her this year as she just smashed the 25-second barrier in the women’s 50-meter fly at Swedish Nationals.
Sjostrom raced her way to an unbelievable time of 24.43. That swim lopped half-a-second off Therese Alshammar’s world and Swedish record of 25.07 set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome. In sprint terms, that’s as amazing as Katie Ledecky cutting two seconds off distance world records in Texas last month.
Additionally, with a bit more of an apples-to-apples comparison, Sjostrom absolutely crushed her own textile best of 25.23 set this morning. That swim had eclipsed the 25.24 set by Jeanette Ottesen Gray at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona last summer. No one has even been close this year in the event, with Ottesen having led the world with a 25.27 at the Mare Nostrum Barcelona stop.
That’s more than a second drop in a day for Sjostrom as her previous personal best in the event had been a 25.52 from the Eindhoven Cup back in April. It’s just unreal how fast Sjostrom is getting in Boras.
For good measure, Sjostrom closed the night with a 55.73 butterfly split in the women’s 400-meter medley relay as her squad took second in 4:10.84.