A day after posting a pair of sizzlers, Sarah Sjostrom was back at it again in the women’s 100-meter fly at the 2016 Swedish Open in Stockholm.
Sjostrom unleashed a blistering time of 55.68 for the win. That’s the second-fastest time ever, behind only Sjostrom’s world record 55.64.
Sjostrom, WR: 26.17, 55.64 (29.47)
Sjostrom, Today: 26.01, 55.68 (29.67)
Sjostrom now owns the top three times ever with a 55.64, 55.68 and 55.74, while Dana Vollmer is the only other sub-56 swimmer with a 55.98.
“I never thought I could swim so well today,” Sjostrom told Eurosport. “I did not realize I was that close. I was faster than this morning. It’s nice that I can swim this time, despite not feeling well this morning.”
55.68 Race Footage:
Here’s Sjostrom’s world record video from the 2015 World Championships:
Svetlana Chimrova placed second in 57.82 to move to eighth in the world, while Kristel Vourna tied Natalia Lovtcova for third with 59.39s.
Ruta Meilutyte smoked the women’s 50-meter breast in 30.13 for the top-ranked swim in the world. Sophie Hansson turned in a 30.98 for second to move to fifth in the world as the 18-year-old also set a Swedish national junior record. Natalia Ivaneeva earned third in 31.24 to move to 10th in the world.
Cameron van der Burgh uncorked a 59.61 to win the men’s 100-meter breast. That swim moved him to second in the world behind Adam Peaty’s 59.55. Erik Persson took second in 1:01.06 with Marco Koch placing third in 1:01.09.
Meanwhile, Kacper Majchrzak topped the men’s 200-meter free in 1:48.55 with Adam Paulsson taking second in 1:49.49. Alex di Giorgio placed third in 1:49.61.
Viktoria Zeynep Gunes claimed the women’s 400-meter IM in 4:39.53. Stina Gardell placed second in 4:44.76 with Paula Zukowska finishing third in 4:46.91.
Henrik Christiansen demolished his Norwegian record in the men’s 1500-meter free with a 14:53.77. That swim crushed his 15:02.37 from the 2015 World Championships, and moved him to third in the world this year. Filip Zaborowski finished second in 15:25.95 with Victor Johansson taking third in 15:32.53.
Anastasia Fesikova captured the women’s 100-meter back crown in 1:00.24, while Simona Baumrtova placed second in 1:00.50. Eyglo Osk Gustafsdottir finished third overall in 1:00.91.
Piero Codia moved to fifth in the world rankings in the men’s 100-meter fly with a 52.22. Simon Sjodin took ninth in the world with a 52.53. Pawel Korzeniowski finished third in 52.79.
Tomasz Polewka claimed the men’s 50-meter back in 25.39 with Apostolos Christou (25.41) and Matteo Milli (25.61) taking second and third.