BORAS, Sweden, July 2. THE Swedish Nationals kicked off in Boras this afternoon with Swedish sprint star Sarah Sjostrom putting a hurting on the meet record in the 200-meter free.
Sjostrom spun off another sizzling time in the 200-meter free. She already leads the world with an amazing 1:55.04 from the Eindhoven Cup earlier this year, and she followed that up with a meet-record 1:56.56 tonight. That downed her previous record of 1:57.34 set back in 2009. Michelle Coleman took second in 1:58.33, while Louise Hansson finished third in 2:00.10.
Simon Sjodin set a meet record in the men’s 200-meter fly with a winning time of 1:58.52. That performance beat the 1:59.00 set by Pierre Roger back in 2005. Jesper Bjork took second tonight in 2:00.02 with Gusten Eriksson finishing third in 2:04.28.
Erik Persson lowered a meet record in the men’s 200-meter breast with a 2:13.43 for the victory. That erased the 2:14.49 set by Martin Gustavsson back in 2001. Gulliver Koch took second in 2:15.91, while Robert Palosaari placed third in 2:19.09.
Christoffer Carlson touched out Alexander Nystrom, 50.54 to 50.67, in the men’s 100-meter free, while Oscar Ekstrom (50.84) edged Robin Andreasson (50.89) and Gustav Aberg (50.96) for third-place honors. Ida Lindborg captured the women’s 50-meter back in 28.95 with Magdalena Kuras earning second in 29.10. Michelle Coleman took her second podium of the night in 29.25.
Jennie Johansson snatched the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title in 2:27.96 with Joline Hostman placing second in the event with a time of 2:28.81. Vilma Ekstrom raced her way to third in 2:32.30. Adam Paulsson followed with a 15:58.12 to win the men’s 1500-meter free. Christopher Jedel took second in 16:08.40, while Gusten Eriksson placed third in 16:10.33.