FINA World Championships Predictions: Women’s 50 Fly

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Sarah Sjostrom won gold in the women’s 50 fly at the 2015 FINA World Championships, and it’s hard to not see her adding another this time around.

Sjostrom also holds the world record in the event at 24.43, and no other woman has ever broken 25. This year, she leads Japan’s Rikako Ikee for the top spot in the world rankings by three-quarters of a second.

If other predictions hold true, Sjostrom could be going for her third win of the week in the 50 fly. Have to like her chances.

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 50 Fly

Current Records:

World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2014) — 24.43
Championship Record: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2015) — 24.96
American Record: Dara Torres (2009) — 25.50

2015 World Champion: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 24.96
2017 World No. 1: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE — 24.76

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Rikako Ikee, JPN
Bronze: Kelsi Worrell, USA

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED
Bronze: Rikako Ikee, JPN

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
Silver: Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED
Bronze: Kelsi Worrell, USA

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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