Sarah Sjostrom Wins Tighter-Than-Expected 100 Free Final in Glasgow; Freya Anderson Sets Euro Jr Record

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Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom picked up her third gold medal of the European Championships in the women’s 100 free, even if she didn’t swim anywhere close to her best. Sjostrom, who holds the world record at 51.71 and tied her own championship record at 52.67 in the semi-finals, went out quick and held on to win in 52.93.

The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk finished quickly to take silver in 53.23, followed by France’s Charlotte Bonnet for bronze in 53.35.

Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who has anchored two relays to gold this week, finished fourth in 53.61, smashing her own European junior record of 53.88.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, the world record-holder in the 200 free, finished fifth in her only individual final of the week, touching in 54.04. Also in the final were Russia’s Mariia Kameneva (54.07), France’s Marie Wattel (54.52) and Denmark’s Signe Bro (54.56).