Sarah Sjostrom Slipstreams At Speed Of Spitz 1970 For First Female Sub-52: 51.71WR

Sarah Sjostrom - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Sarah Sjostrom had been threatening all year. Cate Campbell was among those had seen it coming. And then the Swedish sprint ace decided with her coach and others a few days ago to have a crack at it leading the 4×100 relay off. It was an in-team secret – until the clock stopped at 51.71 … the first woman inside 52sec. Sjostrom’s new standard left her 0.01sec shy of the time in which Olympic gold was shared by Penny Oleksiak (CAN) and Simone Manuel (USA) a year ago in Rio. A full second! It was 1970 when Mark Spitz became the first man inside 52sec. What does it all mean…

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Sarah Sjostrom had been threatening all year. Cate Campbell was among those had seen it coming. And then the Swedish sprint ace decided with her coach and others a few days ago to have a crack at it leading the 4×100 relay off. It was an in-team secret – until the clock stopped at 51.71 … the first woman inside 52sec. Sjostrom’s new standard left her 0.01sec shy of the time in which Olympic gold was shared by Penny Oleksiak (CAN) and Simone Manuel (USA) a year ago in Rio. A full second! It was 1970 when Mark Spitz became the first man inside 52sec. What does it all mean…

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Vincent Leroyer

51,71 (RT + 0,68 / 24,83-26,88)
Sarah swam at the top of an art mastered with an excellent control of her energy. It gives a great aesthetic pleasure for a historic record

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