Sarah Sjostrom Breaks 55-Second Barrier With 100 Fly World Record at Worlds

Sarah Sjostrom Doha 2014

DOHA – Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke the 55-second barrier in the women’s 100 fly with a world-record win at the FINA World Short Course Championships. Watch Race Video

Sjostrom scorched the pool with a smoking time of 54.61. That swim downed the previous world record of 55.05 set by Diana Bui Duyet back in 2009.  Incidentally, it also lowered Sjostrom’s meet record of 55.13 from yesterday.

Sjostrom joins Slovakia’s Martina Moravcova and Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi as the only women to win both the European and world title in the 100 fly.  She also managed to win both the 50 fly and 100 fly this week.

China’s Lu Ying raced her way to second in 55.25, smashing her Asian record of 55.95 from the Beijing stop of the FINA World Cup this year.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen wound up with a bronze-winning time of 55.32 in one of the fastest podiums of all time.

The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker (56.40), China’s Chen Xinyi (56.49), Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi (56.67), Belgium’s Kimberly Buys (56.82) and Brazil’s Daiene Marcal Dias (57.26) finished fourth through eighth in the finale.

Name 50 100
Sjostrom 25.96 54.61
Lu 26.10 55.25
Ottesen 25.93 55.32

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