W100 ‘Fly Semis: Sarah Sjostrom Takes Down World Record With 55.74 Blast

Sarah Sjostrom - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Sarah Sjostrom scorched the world record with a 55.74 blast in the second semi-final of the 100m butterfly, taking down the 55.98 in which American Dana Vollmer claimed Olympic gold at London 2012

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Sarah Sjostrom scorched the world record with a 55.74 blast in the second semi-final of the 100m butterfly, taking down the 55.98 in which American Dana Vollmer claimed Olympic gold at London 2012

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Anon

A truly amazing swim. Can’t wait to see how well she goes in the final. Meanwhile the us women’s medley team hopes don’t look as good as they previously did with no one cracking 58s. If one of the Aussie breaststrokers can get under 1:07, they have a good chance

Wez

As I said this morning, Hosszu is 2:06! that is incredible. Quiet at the end of that 200 though, not as jovial as this morning. I wonder what was going through her mind.

The final will be spectacular to 150m.

Reigning OG Champ just scraping the final…

HKSWIMMER

Am I correct in that Cielo isn’t swimming the relay for Brazil?

aswimfan

I cannot decide which is more impressive, Sjostrom’s WR or Hosszu’s 2:06

I’m just blown away….

HKSWIMMER

And – yes, incredible performances by Hosszu and especially Sjostrom. Let’s have Ledecky smash something amazing too 😀

aswimfan

Cielo is not in the start list.

For all his talk about swimming in relays. it is now clear that Cielo’s days in the longer sprint is over

aswimfan

Cseh 23.06!!
I’m stunned!!

Anon

The way cielo is swimming, his days dominating the short sprints are over too

aswimfan

Ledecky show is next!

aswimfan

Crazy fast frst 100

aswimfan

1:57.13 split

My God

shes going to destroy the WR

aswimfan

This is just unbelievable
she is making the rest look like age groupers

aswimfan

She’s spinning a bit though

went out too fast?

aswimfan

3:59 is a bit of a let down…

It seems she’s been putting more focus on her 200

Anon

Yeah not that it matters but she went out too fast – the others were gaining on her

aswimfan

Rouwendhaal silver
Ashwood won bronze

It’s been a long time a dutch woman won 400 major medal
And Ashwood the first Aussie since Hayley Lewis?

Ledecky does not look too happy.

She will be dangerous in the 200 though.

Wez

I thought so too aswimfan, it was a tremendous first 200m swim. That middle 100 hurt a bit.
It will be a sterling 200 free.

Wez

This is going to be a super 100 breast final…
Cam is back in the swing of things. Great first semi and looked very controlled down the first 50.

Dont ever count out an Olympic Champ.

aswimfan

If only Peaty had better start and turn, he would go 57mid easy

aswimfan

Terrific news for the Aussies as Packard keep breaking his PB and went 59.66 through to final.

The other aussies men swimmers should take note of Packard, who is in his first major champs.

Wez

Aswimfan, i agree with you, left for dead off the blocks. Everyone has their strength and weaknesses though.

IMO VDB is holding back down that first 50, and has worked tremendously on that last 50.

Peaty just builds momentum and is looking for that magical 57 again. He looked alot more puffed than VDB, though. What i do know is tomorrow will be a cracker

Anon

What happened to missy Franklin?!?!?!
Australia should have taken Wright over Seebohm

Anon

What happened to missy Franklin?!?!?!
Australia should have taken Wright over Seebohm
Bronte split 51.7!!!!!

aswimfan

Bronte 51.7!!!!

aswimfan

So happy for mcKeon to finally won major gold

Anon

Looks like Mckeon split 51.57 – maybe wright should have replaced her?
Heemskerk also split 51.99 – it’ll be a great 100m between c1 c2 heemskerk and sjostrom!

aswimfan

Carlin should be careful now. She missed 400 bronze for the second time!

800 will be no less difficult. Ashwood’s 800 is usually better than her 400, and then there will still be Rouwendhaal, Boyle and an addition of Friis.

aswimfan

Why is bronze medalist always the happiest?
Ashwood looks more happy than both Ledecky and Rouwendhaal.

Anon

The interview was kinda adorable
Interviewer: bronte 51.77, fastest relay split ever!
Bronte: it’s not (and points to cate)

Anon

Aswimfan – ledecky compares herself against the WR that she didn’t get, silver compares themself to the gold medal that they didn’t get, while bronze compares themself against the 5 people who got nothing!

aswimfan

France dq?

aswimfan

Manadou gilot takeover ?

aswimfan

still not sure about the takeover

Personal Best

0.00 take over

Ger

Gilot? looked dodgy

Anon

Morozov split 46.95 – tipping him or mcevoy to take out the individual!

aswimfan

Morozov 46.95

I hope he will swim next to McEvoy, and both away from Adrian in the 100 free.

commonwombat

Cudos to Packard on 2 PB’s on the one day and making the final. A positive sign for the 4XMED; wish I could be confident of seeing such an up-tick from our flyers. US missing the final would be concerning.

Ashwood medalling = a very pleasant surprise. I thought she may’ve spent all her fuel tickets in the heat but a very mature effort. Slightly disappointed by Boyle & Carlin.

To some of those sounding off regarding Seebohm ahead of Wright for 4×100 final; might they consider that Wright’s focus and training may’ve be re-calibrated more towards the 200 since Palmer & Elmslie’s withdawals and her taking on the individual swim ?

Very impressive little “marker” put down by C2 with that 51.77 probably equating to a 52mid; a time that may well see her very much around the sharp end of the individual event. Open to speculation as to how deep C1 chose to go given the lead little sister handed over to her.

The Dutch were probably slightly above expectations. The USA, after a reasonable opening from Frankin, were probably a little below where they would’ve hoped.

aswimfan

I said here yesterday that not only the USA may lose their relay crown, but they should be worried for the dutch.

This is a repeat of 2012 London.

I am happiest for Sjostrom’s WR.
I’ve been waiting for this moment since 2009. 100 free will be a cracker, with four girls C1, C2, Sjostrom, Heemskerk all have equal chance for gold.
But if C1 is at her best, then the other three girls will fight for silver.

Wez

Today was a mixed bag, with many mixed feelings.
To recap:
400 men heats saw huge casualties with the years top seed bombing out.

100 fly for women saw a WR in the evening.

The mens 50 fly saw Laszlo Cseh crawling his way to a podium chance tomorrow night, while Chad le Clos is completely out of the final. Cesar has a slim shot way over in lane 8 tomorrow night.

Ledecky was out all guns blazing through 200m, but faded off her own world record in the latter half of the race.

The mens 100 breast is a thrill seeker for tomorrow night, with the fastest two men both establishing a Championship record in their respective heats. Watch for Titenus as well, he will be looking to claim a medal.

The womans 200 IM saw the psych sheets honoured, with the fastest two right up there, and an out of this world 200 medley by Katinka Hosszu.

The 4×100 for women saw C1 and 2 showing their pace, with Femke and Sarah putting in solid efforts as well. Watch for Bronte in the 100, she is looking superb.

The mens 4×100 was strange, with a review needed to clarify the results, and the 2 world super powers in swimming, USA and AUS not making the final. Great for Magnini getting up on the podium again, clearly looking elated with his medal!

WOW..

aswimfan

Magnini is a big time performer.
It’s a pity the shiny suits just did not seem to benefit him as much as the other guys.

John Mottershead

Commiserations Dana Vollmer. Still the OR holder. Still a Queen.

Awesome Sjostrom bringing sub-55 a little closer into view. Will she go quicker, or will Ottesen turn the tables on her again?

John Liu

@aswimfan

I’m surprised that given what we saw today you wouldn’t rank Sjostrom as a cofavorite. She’s already dropped .7 in the 100fly and she has made notable improvements in the 200free (without tapering), a half second drop in the 100free shouldn’t be surprising.

That said a 2:06.8 200IM is worth a 55low 100fly in terms of comparative value. Sjostrom looks capable of this given her glide into both walls.

aswimfan

John Liu,

in a comment to another article in this site last week, I already said that I would not be surprised if Sjostrom beat C1.

I agree that she’s co-favorite in 100 free now, but with Sjostrom, sometimes she even loses a race where she’s clearly the more superior swimmer, case in point the European in Berlin last year where she shockingly lost to Ottesen in 100 fly.

And I agree that Hosszu’s 200 IM worth more value than Sjostrom’s 100 fly.

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