Sarah Sjostrom Rattles World Record in 50 Fly in Eindhoven

Sarah Sjostrom Arena 2014
Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

Sarah Sjostrom scorched the women’s 50-meter fly semifinals to kick off the Eindhoven Swim Cup this evening.

Sjostrom blasted semis with a ridiculously fast time of 24.69. That’s the second fastest time ever, and just the fourth time to break 25 seconds. It nearly broke Sjostrom’s world record of 24.43 set during the 2014 Swedish National Championships.

All Time 50 Fly

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Nastja Govejsek qualified second in the 50 fly with a 26.45 with Anna Ntountounaki earning the third seed in 26.81.

Sjostrom followed that up with a Swedish record in the women’s 100-meter back as she broke 1:00 for the first time with a 59.98. That swim broke her previous mark of 1:00.74 set at the 2009 World Championships, and landed her fourth in the world rankings.  Maaike de Waard placed second in 1:01.77 tonight with Jenny Mensing third in 1:01.84.

Sjostrom returned with a slower 25.59 to win the finale of the women’s 50-meter fly.  Nastja Govejsek placed second in 26.51 with Elinore de Jong earning third in 27.08

Femke Heemskerk closed out a special meet of her own with a blistering world-best time of 52.69 to win the women’s 100-meter free.  That performance broke the Dutch record of 52.75 set by Ranomi Kromowidjojo at the 2012 Eindhoven Swim Cup, and moved Heemskerk up to fifth all time in the event.

Kromowidjojo placed second tonight in 53.88 with Maud van der Meer snagging third in 54.85.

All Time 100 Free

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Erik Persson topped the men’s 200-meter breast finals with a time of 2:11.98. That swim pushed him to eighth in the world rankings.  Cameron van der Burgh wound up taking second overall in 2:12.23 with Dan Sweeney earning third in 2:12.81.

Moniek Nijhuis cruised to a 2:29.61 to win the women’s 200-meter breaststroke.  Michelle Lambert touched second in 2:30.07 with Tjasa Vozel claiming third in 2:30.50.

Gabor Balog claimed the men’s 100-meter back in 54.78.  Bastiaan Lijesen took second in 55.75 with Simon Sjodin earning third in 55.85.

In the men’s 50-meter free semis, Kristian Takacs clocked a 22.19 for the top seed.  That put him 10th in the world rankings.  Christoffer Carlsen (22.85) and Daniel Macovei (22.95) qualified second and third.

Takacs then won in 22.22 with Carlsen (22.80), and Macovei (22.99) rounding out the top three in the finale.

Peter Bernek clinched a new meet record with a 3:47.31 in the men’s 400-meter free. That swim pushed him to fifth in the world rankings.  Velimir Stjepanovic posted a second-place time of 3:48.85 for eighth in the world.  Sebastiaan Verschuren took third in 3:49.80.

2015 Eindhoven Swim Cup, Day Four – Results