W100 ‘Fly: She’ll Have Another: Sarah Sjostrom Takes WR Down Again, Going 55.64

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom lowered the world record in the 100 butterfly yet again, clocking 55.64 to prevail in the 100 butterfly.

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Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom lowered the world record in the 100 butterfly yet again, clocking 55.64 to prevail in the 100 butterfly.

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Anon

Amazing swim yet again from sjostrom! Emma mckeon will be kicking herself – she should have easily taken the bronze

aswimfan

i really really hope that everything will go well next year for Sjostrom to finally get that 100 fly Olympics gold. It’s the same wish I have for Cate in 100 free.

aswimfan

Wow.. Hardy is out. a relief.
But Efimova is looking good. I hope Ruta will kick her ass tomorrow, but I am pessimistic.

Mckeown is swimming same speed as Hardy.
USA chances in women 4×100 medley is suddenly taking a dip.

Anon

Both deserve it after dominating their respective events for so long. It’d be pretty cruel if either of them walked away with even a silver

aswimfan

The thing with Olympics is that it’s only once in four years and everything has to go right on that particular day. So many great swimmers have failed winning olympics individual gold, even when dominating their events for a number of years: Franziska Van Almsick, Jenny Thompson, etc.

Haakon Stokke

Manadou will domiate the 50 fly!

aswimfan

The jump, splash splash event is next.

aswimfan

Manaudou, Santos, Cseh.

Cseh winning 50 fly??
Le Clos is in trouble in 100.

Haakon Stokke

Oops … Poor call. Exciting to see Cseh in the 100 fly!

aswimfan

Nice to see the 100 back girls are having fun in the call room.

commonwombat

Anon, McKeon is still very much “a work in progress” in 100fly. Making the final was probably the expectation. Breaking 57 is a more realistic expectation for next year where it will probably be needed to make the Rio final let alone content.

ASW; I think yesterday gave us the clue re the US W MxMED when their flyers failed to make the final and their great sprinting hope was given a major reality check on the 4×100 anchor leg. Hardy missing 100BRS final and not being demonstrably quicker than the AUS or DEN competitor now renders it “somewhat problematic”.

DEN will take Otteson’s medal but would’ve liked her a lot faster. Pedersen missing the 100BRS final a distinct shock. They’re still a distinct medal shot but the potential win looking much tougher.

aswimfan

Seebohm looked very strong and impressive.

Anon

Can’t see australia losing to the U.S. in the medley
Seebohm is swimming a second faster than Franklin
Mckeown is same as hardy
Mckeon is faster than any us butterflier
Either Campbell is a world ahead of any U.S. freestyler

commonwombat

Nielsen also very impressive. Has been threatening to break 59 for a while and has now done it. Wilson looked good and if she can hold it together, she has every chance of making the dias.

Franklin ……. has a considerable amount of ground to catch up …. and 3 women swimming exceptionally well in front of her. Her quality is such that she can never be discounted but she has to lift significantly to medal, let alone win, from what she’s shown so far.

aswimfan

Le Clos is taking it out too fast

Anon

LOLOLOLOL commonwombat- you’re proof with mckeon!

aswimfan

Wow James Guy is looking very strong

Anon

LOLOLOLOL commonwombat- your proof about mckeon! Serial tourist indeed!

commonwombat

Anon, I shall henceforth preface all references to the McKeon’s with their initials so as to differentiate the class international performer from the one “shopping” for a sponsorship from Thomas Cook !! LOL

Anon

Good swim by lochte! I wonder if people still expect yang to win it looks like lochte or guy… I wonder how much reserve mcevoy left

aswimfan

I thought Lochte was going drown in the last 50 after such breakneck first 100 speed. But wow, he was able to hold till the finish.

Training with marsh clearly has prolonged his career.

aswimfan

Someone needs to tell David McKeon: you MUST swim your best in the championships that you have qualified for.

Consistently swimming 2 seconds slower in 200 and 4 seconds in 400 than your best is just NOT okay.

Haakon Stokke

Mckeon is not a friend with the water; that seems to be his biggest problem.

aswimfan

James Guy looked to have some energy left at the finish, while Lochte swimming from lane 1 probably swam close to his max to ensure he qualifies.

aswimfan

WR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aswimfan

2:06.12

Anon

World record for hosszu!!!!!! I’m so glad that record fell. Kukors was a nothing athlete before the suits and a nothing athlete after it.

Haakon Stokke

Craig,

On Hosszu – eat your chart! (-:

aswimfan

Sorry Ledecky and Sjostrom, this 2:06.12 is just unreal.

Unless Ledecky goes 8:04 in 800 or Sjostrom goes 51.80, the swimmer of the meet and swimmer of the year is Hosszu to keep.

Honestly, I truly never thought the 2:06.15 would ever be breached in the next 20 years.

aswimfan

That swim truly trumps any swim I’ve seen since the end of 2009.

HKSWIMMER

Hosszu. What a swim. I am completely speechless. All proper swim fans will appreciate how amazing that performance was.

Also – Shane Tusup well done as well! Loved the Iron Lady tattoo on his arm 🙂

But hats off to Hosszu once more, the Iorn Lady stikes hard and I agree with aswimfan this is a swim for the ages.

I usually turn off livestream after the events but I’m going to keep watching until her medal ceremony.

Craig Lord

I’ll keep the chart I have in front of me thanks, Haakon – that swim won’t be on it. It belongs to a different kind of chart

AvantSwim

Anon: “Kukors was a nothing athlete before the suits and a nothing athlete after it.”

World bronze medalist 2011. Olympic finalist 2012. 2xPanPac medalist.

Sorry, not even close to “nothing.”

aswimfan

So, 3 WRs today, but no medal for the Americans out of 4 finals.

It’s truly signs of the changing times.

DDias

Sarah is amazing, but I think she can lower her record without gliding at the end….

A bit worried with Manaudou.Even winning gold his time shows he don’t knows how to control his race very well.Judging his semis times, I thought he was gonna blast a 22.6.He already made that before in a 50free race. Nice silver for Dos Santos, a 35 years-old medallist.

Even with Americans doing bad overall, I am happy with Lochte style in 200free.His turns on his back are amazing!

Lennart van Haaften

Incredible time by Hosszu, but given that this is a world championships, I don’t fully understand her choice to give up a likely medal in the 100 back for a less likely chance at this record, also since she never won any long-course worlds backstroke medal yet. But in hindsight she’s probably right since this record will be remembered.

Haakon Stokke

1.54.00 in 200 IM men is not to bad either in normal suits. Both Lochte and Phelps command the four different strokes in enviable way.

Craig Lord

It certainly will, Lennart.

Craig Lord

Haakon, yes, though their careers are not comparable with what we saw today. Very different approach and trajectory.

Chris Dolan

European Swimming is on the up which is great to see. Great Britain, The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden are all improving nations and France is still up there as well.
When was the last time the USA did not win a medal at all in a Final sessions?
Tomorrow will be better with Lochte, Ledecky etc I’m sure.

Bad Anon

This has been a very fast meet on the women’s side; Ledecky, Sjostrom, Hosszu, Seebohm, Bronte Campbell. Disappointed Kirsty Coventry didnt make 100back final though her 1.00.09 is good progress on the road to Rio. Missy looks very vulnerable unless she’s blindsiding her rivals, she’ll be competitive in finals. Hosszu sunk an unthinkable record, 2.06.12 , Woooooow!!! Bodes well for her 200back and 400im later this wee

Haakon Stokke

Craig,

Hosszu finished her last 50 in 30.46, more than half a second slower than in semis. Might possibly be room for further improvement come Rio.

Craig Lord

I don’t think it works like that Haakon 🙂

Lennart van Haaften

I’m not sure the Netherlands is improving Chris. Rio could easily be our least successful Olympics since 1996. We have several good swimmers (Kromowidjojo, Heemskerk, van Rouwendaal, Weertman in open water) and a few up-and-comers like Marrit Steenbergen, but I don’t think any of them, or the women’s 4×100 free relay, is a favorite for winning a gold medal. The bar has been set high with 2+ gold medals over the last 4 Olympics (including open water). In open water we may have the best chances at gold.

Chris Dolan

Hi Lennart would you say that Heemskerk is a favourite for Gold or Silver in the 200 its a stacked field but she looked good in the relay. Yes Campbell sisters I would back in the 50/100 but can’t write Kromowidjojo off as a double Olympic Champ.

Lennart van Haaften

Hi Chris, I think Hosszu is favorite and Ledecky and Heemskerk will be fighting for silver, based on their current forms. I think Heemskerk should be able to beat at least Franklin, Pellegrini and the rest and finally win her first individual WAC medal. Like you said she was great in the 4×100 free, and she’s been in great form overall this year. But Ledecky is typically better than Heemskerk in finals I think. Hosszu may need to take a second or more off of her PB but then again she did just that in the 200 IM. What do you think?

aswimfan

Lennart,

In hindsight, Hosszu made the right decision by dropping 100 back.

In a few years time, almost nobody will remember that she won a 100 back medal and 200 IM gold, but all swimming followers will always remember her 2:06.12 in years to come, the way we remembered Meagher’s 2:05.96 or Evans’ 4:03.85

aswimfan

Lennart,

I am still worried about Heemskerk ability to pace her final. She could have medaled in 2011 Shanghai had she repeated her semi swim in the final.

John Liu

Remembering that Hosszu dropped 2.7 seconds from her in season 200IM time. If we use a more conservative 2 second drop in the 200back and 200free, we’re looking at 2:04.6 and 1:53.8. Can anyone even stand against that? If she does lop another 2.7s off her times, we’re looking at a Phelpsian performance.

aswimfan

John Liu,

Hosszu’s drop in both 200 free and 200 back will be less than her 200 IM.

First, Hosszu herself has said that her focus in the past one year was directed to break the 200 IM WR, so it’s logical she’d make the most progress in the event. It is also clear that she made tons of progress in all four strokes especially the breast.

Second, 200 free because it’s a shorter (time-wise) event than 200 IM. So, that alone would make the drop in 200 free at less than 2.2 seconds on equal relative basis. But we know that her freestyle has always been very strong, so I don’t think she’ll make that 2.2 seconds drop.

Third, she will be more tired by the time she swim 200 back and free finals. I know she’s the iron lady, but still.

I still predict she can go around at a little bit under 1:55 and 2:05.00

Even a 2:04.90 will probably be enough to secure 200 back gold., whether it’s Missy or Hosszu.

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