W100 ‘FLY: Sarah Sjostrom Opens Gold Account With 55.53 World-Record Rattler

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden celebrates after winning in the women's 100m Butterfly Final during the Swimming competition held at the Duna Arena during the 17th FINA World Championships 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, 24 July 2017.

Sarah Sjostrom will drift off to sleep dreaming of longer nails this night after retaining the world title in 55.53, 0.05sec shy of her own world record. Some you win, some you win in record time – just not world record time this time. The Swedish ace’s championship mark of 55.64 from 2015 is gone: 25.67 out, 29.86 back, only Emma McKeon, of Australia, swifter than the champion on the way home to silver in 56.18 Commonwealth record inside the 56.23 of Jess Schipper from 2009. The bronze went to Kelsi Worrell (USA) in 56.37, leaving Olympic silver medallist Penny Oleksiak (CAN) locked out in 56.94.

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Sarah Sjostrom will drift off to sleep dreaming of longer nails this night after retaining the world title in 55.53, 0.05sec shy of her own world record. Some you win, some you win in record time – just not world record time this time. The Swedish ace’s championship mark of 55.64 from 2015 is gone: 25.67 out, 29.86 back, only Emma McKeon, of Australia, swifter than the champion on the way home to silver in 56.18 Commonwealth record inside the 56.23 of Jess Schipper from 2009. The bronze went to Kelsi Worrell (USA) in 56.37, leaving Olympic silver medallist Penny Oleksiak (CAN) locked out in 56.94.

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