FINA World Championships Predictions: Women’s 100 Fly

Jan 16, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Sarah Sjostrom looks on before competing women's 50 meter free final during the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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2017 has been the best year of Sarah Sjostrom’s career so far, and this is someone who is already a three-time World Champion and Olympic gold medalist in the 100 fly. She enters this year’s FINA World Championships as a heavy favorite for gold in four different events.

But the 100 fly is her baby and the one in which she should be the most dominant. She won the 2015 World title in the event by 1.41 seconds and the 2016 Olympic gold medal by just under a second. Already this year, she has been more than a second quicker than anyone else.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Women’s 100 Fly

Current Records:

World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2016) — 55.48
Championship Record: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2015) — 55.64
American Record: Dana Vollmer (2012) — 55.98

2015 World Champion: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 55.64
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 55.48
2017 World No. 1: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 55.76

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Penny Oleksiak, CAN
Bronze: Kelsi Worrell, USA

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Penny Oleksiak, CAN
Bronze: Rikako Ikee, JPN

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Emma McKeon, AUS
Bronze: Rikako Ikee, JPN

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    With the usual illness/injury ‘out clause’, SS would have to be seen as much of a prohibitive favorite in this race (and 50fly) as Peaty in M100BRS & Ledecky (200 -1500).

    Minors = tricky. I’m thinking Ikee is very much in the equation. Oleksiak has to be considered but as yet this season, we have not seen the times of last year. Worrell will be seeking redemption on the World stage after her Rio “miss” and merits consideration but her LCM times of this year haven’t backed up her SCY. McKeon tends to fluctuate sharply in her performance (often at the same meet) with this being most marked in her fly; she has the capacity to medal but not sure she’s the safest bet going around.