Michelle Coleman Makes Hay, Sjostrom Away, To Add Swedish 100 to 400 Free Crown

Michelle Coleman by Patrick B. Kraemer

With Sarah Sjostrom opting out and heading off to the countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Michelle Coleman made hay while the world silver medalist was away, a 54.31 good for gold in the 100m freestyle as Swedish summer nationals wrapped up in Norrköping.

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I’m disappointed Sarah didn’t swim the 100, judging by her previous events results I’d expect her to swim around 52.7. Maybe she’s not ready to answer Cate’s 52.06 yet.


Of course, for New Zealand it is a case of another one that got away. With a Kiwi father and Swedish mother, there was certainly a time as an age-grouper (before her breakthrough onto the Swedish national team) when questions of eligibility were raised while on regular visits to NZ where she would train with one of the local clubs. How serious they were, I don’t know, but training out of the Miami club in Australia, where Lauren Boyle also trains, and remaining under the Swedish NEC programme has made all the difference.

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