Sarah Sjostrom Wins 50 Fly European Title in 25.16, Fourth Gold of Week

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Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom picked up her fourth gold medal of the European Championships with a dominant win in the 50 fly. She posted a time of 25.16, a time only she and fellow Swede Therese Alshammar have ever surpassed. Sjostrom also won gold this week in both the 50 and 100 free and in the 100 fly.

Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann won a tight race for the silver medal, touching in 25.72. Belgium’s Kimberly Buys took bronze in 25.74, just three-hundredths ahead of Germany’s Aleina Schmidtke (25.77).

France’s Melanie Henique got off to the best start and actually had the lead after 25 meters, but she could not hold on. Henique ended up fifth in 25.84, ahead of the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.88), Poland’s Anna Dowgiert (26.18) and Greece’s Anna Ntountounaki (26.23).

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Author: David Rieder

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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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