Sarah Sjostrom Slices 100 Fly World Record For Gold at the 2015 FINA World Championships

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Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom did it again as she shaved off a tenth from her world record in the women’s 100-meter fly finals at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Heading into this meet, only Dana Vollmer had ever broken 56 seconds as she owned the world record with a 55.98.  Sjostrom crashed the party with a world-record time of 55.74 during the semifinal heats.

Tonight, Sjostrom took the time even lower to 55.64 to give Vollmer a new goal to chase as she’s returned to the pool with eyes on battling Sjostrom at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Tonight, Sjostrom changed up the game plan by going out much faster and holding on for the victory.  That’s her third world title and fourth world championship medal overall.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen, finding her form after a broken finger from a road rage attack last month, earned silver in a time of 57.05.  That’s just off her semifinal swim of 57.04, but was good enough for her third world championship medal. She already has two golds in her career.

China’s Lu Ying rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 57.48, her fourth career world medal with two silvers and two bronze.

Australia’s Emma McKeon (57.67), Canada’s Katerine Savard (57.69), China’s Chen Xinyi (57.85), Germany’s Alexandra Wenk (57.94) and Canada’s Noemie Thomas (58.22) also competed in the finale.


  • Men’s 100 breast finals
  • Women’s 100 fly finals
  • Men’s 100 back semis
  • Women’s 100 breast semis
  • Men’s 50 fly finals
  • Women’s 100 back semis
  • Men’s 200 free semis
  • Women’s 200 IM finals