Sarah Sjostrom’s World Record Highlights Day 1 Finals of Eindhoven World Cup

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Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden continued to etch her name further into history by posting her fifth world record for 2017. The 23-year-old once again downed the 100 SCM free world record, this time to a sizzling 50.58. The 2017 FINA World Cup series continues tomorrow with day two in Eindhoven.

Schedule of Events:

  • Women’s 100 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Back
  • Women’s 100 Free
  • Men’s 400 Free
  • Women’s 200 Fly
  • Men’s 100 IM
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 200 Fly
  • Women’s 800 Free
  • Men’s 50 Breast
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 50 Free

Women’s 100 Breast

Alia Atkinson and Ruta Meilutyte, the dual world record holders for the women’s 100 breast, delivered the top two finishes in finals. Atkinson surged ahead from the very start, stopping the clock at a sizzling time of 1:02.67, less than half a second off the world record of 1:02.36.

Meilutyte settled for second place and a time of 1:03.79, followed by the American duo of Breeja Larson and Melanie Margalis. The two delivered times of 1:04.81 and 1:05.27 respectively.

Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse turned in a 1:05.44 for fifth overall, while Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen was sixth with a 1:05.59.

Tess Wallace of Australia and Grace Zhao of the USA were seventh and eighth with times of 1:06.43 and 1:07.30 respectively.

Men’s 100 Back

Masaki Kaneko of Japan cruised ahead of the competition to a final time of 49.65 in finals of the men’s 100 back, posting the only time beneath the 50-second barrier.

Germany’s Christian Erik Diener finished second overall with a time of 50.32, followed by Australia’s Mitch Larkin and his time of 50.43.

Pavle Sankovich of Belarus finished a close fourth with a time of 50.49, while Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich was fifth with a 51.13.

Norway’s Markus Lie (51.24), Belarus’ Viktar Staselovich (51.46), and Japan’s Kosuke Matsui (52.32) took sixth through eighth.

Women’s 100 Free

Sarah Sjostrom scorched the competition in finals of the women’s 100 free, including her own world record of 50.77. The 23-year-old Swede sprinted to a top showing of 50.58 to set her second world record in the 100 SCM free in just eight days.

Fellow sprint stalwart Ranomi Kromowidjojo picked up second overall with a time of 51.19, followed by former world record holder Cate Campbell (51.75).

The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk grabbed fourth overall with a time of 52.08, followed by Israel’s Andrea Murez’s 52.98.

The USA’s Olivia Smoliga (53.11), the Netherlands’ Kim Busch (53.41), and Australia’s Brittany Elmslie (53.60) rounded out the top eight.

Men’s 400 Free

Aleksandr Krasnykh of Russia and Henrik Christiansen of Norway battled for gold in finals of the men’s 400 free. The two kept pace throughout much of the race, stopping the clock a slim .07 seconds apart. At the touch it was Krasnykh with a 3:38.35 over Christiansen’s 3:38.42.

Italy’s Gabriele Detti finished a close third with a time of 3:38.85.

Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands touched fourth overall with a time of 3:41.53, while fellow Dutchman Maarten Brzoskowski took fifth with a 3:42.91.

Australia’s Jacob Hansford (3:47.05), Cook Islands’ Wesley Roberts (3:51.28), and Arjan Knipping (3:51.90) completed the top eight.

Women’s 200 Fly

The women’s 200 fly final flashed back to the World Championships in Budapest as Germany’s Franziska Hentke and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte dueled for spots on the podium. Hentke led throughout the first 100 meters, but Belmonte made her move on the third leg. She continued to power towards home, stopping the clock at a time of 2:03.02 over Hentke’s 2:04.28.

Switzerland’s Martina van Berkel grabbed third overall with a time of 2:07.14, while Germany’s Alexandra Wenk took fourth with a 2:08.93.

The Australian duo of Gemma Cooney and Mikkayla Sheridan were fifth and sixth with times of 2:09.11 and 2:09.55 respectively.

Austria’s Caroline Hechenbichler was seventh with a 2:15.07.

Men’s 100 IM

Vlad Morozov of Russia flexed his sprint speed with a dominating showing in the men’s 100 IM. Morozov posted a first-place finish of 50.70, stopping the clock a shy .40 seconds off his world record of 50.30 from 2016.

Hong Kong’s Kenneth To grabbed the silver medal with a time of 51.95, while the Netherlands’ Kyle Stolk collected bronze with a 52.18.

Philip Heintz of Germany touched fourth overall with a time of 52.31, followed by Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin’s 52.59.

Austria’s Bernhard Reitshammer (53.30), Italy’s Simone Geni (53.33), and Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich (55.05) completed the ‘A’ final.

Women’s 200 Back

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary led the women’s 200 back final from start-to-finish, even posting the fastest reaction time of the group at a .64. Hosszu stopped the clock at a final time of 2:00.05 to flirt with a sub-two minute swim and claim gold.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm collected the silver medal with a time of 2:01.15, followed by the Dutch trio of Kira Toussaint, Marieke Tienstra, and Tessa Vermeulen. The three teammates posted times of 2:07.43, 2:08.28, and 2:08.51 respectively.

Danielle Carter and Sloane Reinstein, both of the USA, were sixth and seventh in finals with times of 2:13.57 and 2:18.21.

Men’s 200 Fly

Chad le Clos of South Africa just missed his own world record in the 200 fly, stopping the clock .11 seconds off his 2013 record of 1:48.56 with a 1:48.67.

American Tom Shields picked up a close second with a time of 1:49.29, just shy of his own American record of 1:49.05.

Japan’s Masayuki Umemoto rounded out the podium with a time of 1:52.12, followed closely by the USA’s Pace Clark and his time of 1:52.30.

Joeri Verlinden added a 1:52.85 for fifth, while Colombia’s Jonathan Gomez was sixth with a 1:54.16.

Japan’s Naoki Mizunuma and Australia’s Keiran Qaium took seventh and eighth with times of 1:55.94 and 1:57.75 respectively.

Women’s 800 Free

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte collected her second gold medal of the session with a top showing in the women’s 800 free. Belmonte cruised to a final time of 8:07.47, finishing almost five full seconds ahead of Germany’s Sarah Kohler and her time of 8:12.45.

Kristel Kobrich of Chile rounded out the podium with a time of 8:14.11, while Australia’s Dahlas Rogers was fourth with a time of 8:30.29.

China’s Wang Guoyue (8:36.28), Austria’s Marlene Kahler (8:36.66), and Lize de Vries (9:24.95) completed the final heat.

Men’s 50 Breast

Cameron van der Burgh held his place at the top of the podium with a gold medal winning time of 25.63 in the 50 breast. His was the only time to be posted beneath the 26-second mark and was only .38 seconds off his world record of 25.25.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda posted a second place finish of 26.00, while Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich picked up third with a 26.10.

Renato Prono of Paraguay finished fourth with a time of 26.34, followed by the USA’s Nic Fink and his time of 26.50.

The Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga (26.71), Great Britain’s Lawrence Palmer (26.83), and Belgium’s Basten Caerts (26.88) were sixth through eighth.

Women’s 200 IM

Katinka Hosszu added a second gold medal to her collection in the women’s 200 IM. Hosszu held off a charging Melanie Margalis to post the top time at a 2:05.01, while Margalis finished second with a 2:05.65.

Fellow American Ella Eastin grabbed third overall with a 2:06.37, just ahead of Australia’s Emiliy Seebohm and her time of 2:06.40. Fellow Aussie Blair Evans took fifth overall with a 2:08.88.

Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato(2:09.05), Australia’s Aisling Scott (2:11.34), and Austria’s Lena Kreundl (2:12.97) touched sixth through eighth.

Men’s 50 Free

Vlad Morozov concluded the individual events with a top showing in the men’s 50 free. Morozov dashed to a 20.79 for gold, nearing Roland Schoeman’s 20.57 World Cup record in the process.

The Netherlands’ Jesse Puts grabbed second overall with a 21.21, while Italy’s Marco Orsi turned in a 21.29 for third.

Kenneth To of Hong Kong finished fourth overall with a time of 21.41, followed closely by South Africa’s Chad le Clos’ 21.44.

The Netherlands’ Thom de Boer (21.46), Japan’s Kosuke Matsui (21.58), and the Netherlands’ Nyls Korstanje (21.59) rounded out the top eight.