Sarah Sjostrom On The Double Again With 50 Fly World Best

Sarah Sjostrom Doha 2014
Photo Courtesy: FINA Doha 2014

MARSEILLE – Sarah Sjostrom was on the double again tonight with a world-best 50 fly and a winning 100 free at the Golden Tour in Marseille.

A day after winning a pair of titles, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was back at it this afternoon with a world-best 25.41 in the women’s 50-meter fly.  That swim undercut Emma McKeon’s 25.99 from the NSW State Championships for the top time in the world.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen finished second overall in 25.78 to move to second in the world rankings, while France’s Melanie Henique placed third in 26.35.

Brazil’s Nicholas Santos followed with a smoking 23.47 in the men’s 50-meter fly. That effort jumped him to second in the world behind Cesar Cielo’s 23.28 from earlier this year.  France’s Mehdy Metella touched second in 23.69 to move to fifth in the world rankings.

Poland’s Konrad Czerniak finished third in 23.72 to take seventh in the world rankings.

Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni also moved to second in the world as she clocked a 1:07.16 in the women’s 100-meter breast.  That swim put her behind only Alia Atkinson’s 1:06.79 from the Orlando stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.

Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen took second overall in 1:07.45 to grab sixth in the world rankings.  Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero rounded out the top three tonight in 1:08.12.

Germany’s Marco Koch touched out compatriot Hendrik Feldwehr, 1:01.21 to 1:01.31, in the men’s 100-meter breast. Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson snared third in 1:02.28.

Great Britain’s Jazmin Carlin turned in an 8:25.13 to win the women’s 800-meter free. That swim just clipped her fourth-ranked season-best of 8:25.18 from the Speedo Flanders Cup.

Spain’s Beatriz Gomez Cortes finished second in 8:32.14 to move to seventh overall in the world rankings.  Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu wound up third in 8:33.12.

Faroe Islands’ Pal Joensen won the men’s 1500-meter free by more than five seconds with a 15:10.35. That swim put him third in the world behind Mack Horton (14:55.76) and Mykhailo Romanchuk (14:58.49).

Germany’s Jacob Heldtmann finished second in 15:15.36 for seventh in the early world rankings, while Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida closed out the top three in 15:34.59.

In a battle of some heavyweight names, Denmark’s Mie Nielsen raced her way to second in the world in the women’s 100-meter back with a 59.14.  That swim is behind only Emily Seebohm’s sizzling 58.89 from the BHP Super Series.

USA’s Natalie Coughlin, sticking her toe back into backstroke this year after focusing almost exclusively on freestyle last year, took second in 1:00.20 to move to fifth in the world.

Great Britain’s Elizabeth Simmonds turned in a third-place time of 1:00.37 that put her sixth in the world rankings as well.

France’s Camille Lacourt edged Great Britain’s Christopher Walker-Hebborn in the men’s 100-meter back, 53.74 to 53.87, for the title.  Lacourt has been faster with a third-ranked 53.60 from the Amiens stop, while Walker-Hebborn moved up to a sixth-ranked tie with Junya Koga.

Brazil’s Guilherme Guido wound up third overall tonight in 54.75.

Sjostrom doubled up for the second day in a row with a 53.66 to win the women’s 100-meter free.  That swim pushed her to fourth in the world behind Cate Campbell (53.13), Bronte Campbell (53.14) and Femke Heemskerk (53.63).

France’s Charlotte Bonnet took second in 54.31 to grab seventh in the world, while Denmark’s Pernille Blume picked up third tonight in 55.19.

France’s Mehdy Metella closed out the Marseille stop of the Golden Tour with a 48.85 in the men’s 100-meter free.  That swim moved him to third in the world behind James Magnussen (48.43) and Cameron McEvoy (48.76).

His compatriot Yannick Agnel placed second in 49.12 to tie Clement Mignon for eighth in the world rankings, while Greece’s Odysseas Meladinis placed third in 49.34.  Meladinis has been faster this year with a fourth-ranked 49.07 from the Greek National Championships.

2015 Golden Tour, Marseille, Day Three – Results