Femke Heemskerk On 52.69 Dutch Record; Sarah Sjostrom 24.6 ‘Fly, 59.9 100 Back

Sarah Sjostrom [Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer]

SwimCup Eindhoven curtain-closer: Sarah Sjostrom followed a 24.6 in fly dash with a 59.98 in the 100m backstroke that made her the first swedish woman to crack the minute over 100m backstroke; all of which kept her from a clash with Femke Heemskerk, now just 0.02sec away all-time on a Dutch record of 52.69 in the 100 free

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SwimCup Eindhoven curtain-closer: Sarah Sjostrom followed a 24.6 in fly dash with a 59.98 in the 100m backstroke that made her the first swedish woman to crack the minute over 100m backstroke; all of which kept her from a clash with Femke Heemskerk, now just 0.02sec away all-time on a Dutch record of 52.69 in the 100 free

Comments

Bad Anon

Battle royale on the cards in Kazan, Hemskerk, Campbell sisters, Franklin, Ranomi may be in the mix. Cant wait !

aswimfan

Bad Anon,

Don’t forget about Sjoestrom 🙂

Sarah’s talent is off the chart.

So Cal Swimmer

Sarah, please, just ONCE prepare for the 200IM and let’s see you blast to a world record and gold medal!

Craig Lord

So Cal: in her own words in 2012 “I can’t swim breaststroke” 🙂 ,.,… by the same logic, her 200 ‘fly is a clear golden shot, except “I hate the 200 ‘fly”… and so on … world records and gold medals come where there’s a genuine will …

Josh

Yeah, but she also says “I only swim backstroke for recovery in practice, I don’t swim fast backstroke.” and she goes sub 1:00, so hey. Sarah, can you swim the 200 IM just once? 🙂

Craig Lord

I think the answer will be no, Josh, and a definite ‘forget it’ come the big one 🙂 for e.g. 200IM at Olympic Games coincides with 200 free, the event she pulled out of at Europeans because both she and her coaches believed it a stretch too far. Last time I spoke to both swimmer and coach they gave the distinct impression that choice has to be narrowed not widened if Olympic gold is to won.

beachmouse

Long course breaststroke is its own beast and you can’t really hide a weak stroke in that race.

Be fun to see Sarah give something like the SC 100 IM serious attention though.

Viva la Bang

Why would she, she can medal in the 50m, 100m 200m free and the 50/100m fly!

for33

I actually believe that Ms. Sjoestrom is the only swimmer that, in the coming years, will be able to defeat Katie Ledecky in 200m freestyle. Her third leg in the 4x200m medley relay last year in the European Championship was out of this world.

Josh

I’m not saying she has to swim it in Rio, but she could swim it at one of these meets like the one in Amiens where she popped a 4:06 400 free. It would be interesting to see what she could go.

STIRLO

Craig, any clues as to how Heemskerk has lept so far at the relatively advanced age of 27? Impressive stuff.
Also, in your rankings you appear to be missing a 54.06 from Siobhan O’Connor from March 6.

Craig Lord

Stirlo: Siobhan was in Marseilles that day racing 200m free and she split 57… she swam a 55.8 and 55.3 in the 100m at same meet two days later. Not sure where that 54.06 is from? Which meet, not March 6 from what I can see on any of the results from Marseilles.

STIRLO

The 54.06 is listed in the British ranking list. Not sure of the details. They may have it wrong of course.

Craig Lord

Stirlo, I see the problem: their ranks are showing 2014 as latest 12 month period, so Siobhan’s time is from this:
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Bath Univ 29/11/95 Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow 1 24/07/14 54.06
not this year
best, C

STIRLO

Strange. The date definitely says March 6 but I accept your explanation.

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