AMIENS, France, March 15. THE super speedy Sarah Sjostrom continued to shine at the Golden Lanes meet in Amiens with another pair of top-ranked efforts this evening as the Swede is looking in championship form early in the season.
Sjostrom, who challenged the world record in the 100 fly last night with a 56.53 for the win, claimed the sprint 50 fly with a sizzling time of 25.53 this evening. That swim leapfrogged her ahead of Jeanette Ottesen’s 25.62 for the top swim this year, besting Sjostrom’s season best 25.81 from the Swedish Grand Prix. That’s a top-15 time ever in the event, and cleared Sjostrom’s previous lifetime best of 25.64 from the 2012 European Championships. She’s now tied with Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Ingvild Snildal for seventh all time in the event.
Meanwhile, France’s Melanie Henique took second in 26.32 to move to seventh in the world this year with The Netherlands; Maaike De Waard placing third this evening in 26.93.
Sjostrom then popped another top-ranked time in the world with a blistering 1:55.50 in the women’s 200-meter free. That swim beat her previously top-ranked season best of 1:55.76 from the Swedish Grand Prix, and just missed her Swedish record of 1:55.23 from the 2012 British Open Championships.
The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk stopped the clock in 1:57.08 to claim third in the world rankings behind Sjostrom and Emma McKeon (1:56.23), while Sweden’s Michelle Coleman touched out France’s Camille Muffat, 1:57.67 to 1:57.87, for third. Coleman now stands ninth in the world with Muffat just outside the top 10.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu clinched another title this weekend with a 16:51.06 in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle. Although, she only have four other swimmers in the pool with her as competition. France’s Marion Brunel (17:04.84) and Ophelie Aspord (17:32.60) took second and third.
Hosszu returned to the pool just minutes later to clear 1:00 in the women’s 100-meter back with a swift time of 59.98. That swim is just the second under 1:00 this year, behind only Emily Seebohm’s strong 59.80 from the NSW Championships. That swim is only half-a-second off Hosszu’s Hungarian record of 59.40 from last summer’s World Championships. Sweden’s Michelle Coleman claimed second in 1:00.58, moving to ninth in the world, while The Netherlands’ Maaike De Waard turned in a third-place 1:02.03.
Hosszu clinched her third title of the night, and seventh medal of the meet, with a 4:39.82 in the women’s 400-meter IM. That’s not the fastest she’s been this year, having thrown down a fourth-ranked 4:37.68 at the Nice meet in France earlier this year. Evelyn Verraszto placed second in 4:43.60 tonight with The Netherlands’ Marjolein Delno snaring third in 4:58.62.
France’s Jeremy Stravius toasted the rest of the field in the men’s 100-meter back with a 54.46, while Sweden’s Simon Sjodin wound up second in 56.12. Sweden’s Mattias Carlsson completed the top three in the finale with a 56.47. Stravius doubled up with a 24.24 to win the men’s 50-meter fly, less than two tenths back of the world top 10 currently anchored by Chad Le Clos’ 24.07 from Australia in January. Paul Pijulet placed second in 24.93 with Jugurtha Boumali earning third in 24.99.
Sweden’s Jessica Eriksson captured the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title with a 2:33.61, while France’s Solene Gallego touched second in 2:34.08. The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis clinched third in 2:35.33. Sweden’s Erik Persson then dropped a 2:14.52 to win the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. Belgium’s Jonas Coreelman touched out The Netherlands’ Sebas Van Lith, 2:16.35 to 2:16.57, for second.
France’s Joris Bouchaut prevailed in the men’s 800-meter free with an 8:06.68 with compatriot Axel Reymond touching just behind with a second-place 8:06.74. The Netherlands’ Maarten Brzoskowski claimed third in 8:10.43. The Netherlands’ Kyle Stolk snatched the men’s 200-meter free with a 1:50.22, while France’s Lorys Bourelly clipped Theo Fuchs, 1:5148 to 1:51.89, for second overall.
David Verraszto closed out the night with a 4:17.45 to win the men’s 400-meter IM going away. That swim fell a second off his fifth-ranked season best of 4:16.03 from the Arena Grand Prix, but was easily good enough to win tonight. Sweden’s Simon Sjodin (4:24.14) and Erik Persson (4:28.40) took second and third.