Sjostrom sizzles again with 23.96 50 Free at Mare Nostrum: Efimova Rattles 200BR WR

Sarah Sjostrom - Olympic champion - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Sarah Sjostrom reproduced the astonishing consistency that has marked her season when she blasted 23.96 in the 50m free as Yulia Efimova* rattled the 200m breaststroke world record in 2:19.83 on the first evening of finals at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum.

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commonwombat

Very hard to bet against SS for the 50free. Ranomi could be podium “thereabouts”. C2 highly unlikely and indeed, no sure bet to make the final in this one.

She would also probably be the most prohibitive favourite of the entire meet in the 100fly and unless someone in the US is swimming sub56.5, its looking like no one else is likely to be within camera shot at the finish.

A few quick notes:

Efimova looking untouchable over the longer trip. Pleasing swim from McKeown but can she handle the big time pressure after she seemingly let it get to her in Rio ?

Oleksiak looking considerably better than at CAN Trials. Will need to lift several levels to reach her Rio heights but may still be nuisance value at least in Budapest

Seebohm looking like she may still be a factor in 100back even if it seems the next generation internationally (if not yet at home) are looking to take over the business. Larkin, on the other hand, still looks way “off”.

Is Hosszu simplifying her program or at least her priorities for Worlds ? Whilst perhaps not at her previous “unbelievable” levels, it will be perilous betting against her in the IMs unless there is something incredible coming out of the States

Magnussen ?? Hhhmm, certainly a creditable time however, I strongly suspect that unlike the other Aussies at this series, he is actually “tapered” given this is going to be his big international stage for the year instead of Worlds

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