Sarah Sjöström

Sarah Fredrika Sjöström (Swedish: [ˈɧø̂ːstrœm]; born 17 August 1993) is a Swedish competitive swimmer specialized in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. She is the current world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle (long course), the 100-meter freestyle (long course), the 200-meter freestyle (short course), the 50-meter butterfly (long course), and the 100-meter butterfly (long course and short course). She is the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.[3][4] She won the Overall Swimming World Cup in 2017 and 2018 and she has won 10 individual World Championship gold medals.

Sarah Sjöström
Kazan 2015 - Sjöström WR award cropped.JPG
Sjöström in 2015
Personal information
Full nameSarah Fredrika Sjöström
National team Sweden
Born (1993-08-17) 17 August 1993 (age 26)
Salem, Sweden
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Weight76 kg (168 lb) [2]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle, backstroke
ClubSödertörns SS
CoachJohan Wallberg

Sjöström is the only female swimmer to win five individual medals at a single FINA World Aquatics Championships and as of 2019 she has won a total of 16 individual medals at long course World Championships, more than any other female swimmer in history. Only Michael Phelps has won more individual medals (20)

CareerEdit

On 22 March 2008, at the age of 14, she took the gold medal in women's 100 m butterfly at the 2008 European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.[5][6] She was clocked for 58.44 seconds. In the semi-finals the day before, she set a new national record with 58.38 seconds, breaking Anna-Karin Kammerling's old one (58.71 seconds). At the Swedish championships in 2008 she swam at 58.55.

On 26 July 2009, at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Sjöström set a world record in the semifinals with a time of 56.44, surpassing Inge de Bruijn's nine-year-old record. On the next day, in the finals for the women's 100 m butterfly, she won the gold medal and improved her world record time to 56.06.[7][8][9]

At the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, she defended her 2008 gold medal by winning the women's 100 m butterfly stroke.[10] (The European Aquatics Championships is a biennial event and hence did not take place in 2009.)

At the 2013 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Herning, Denmark Sjöström won four individual and two team medals.[11] On 5 July 2014 she broke the world record in the 50-meter butterfly (long course) with a time of 24.43. The large margin of 0.64 seconds by which she broke the old record has been compared with Bob Beamon's 1968 long jump world record.[12]

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships she won five medals, including gold medals in the 50 m and 100 m butterfly events, during the latter she broke the world record twice. In 2015 she was awarded the Victoria Scholarship.[13][14]

On 25 January 2016, Sjöström was awarded the Swedish public radio Jerring Award award for the second year in a row.[15]

2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sjöström competed in four individual events,[16] reaching the semi-finals of the 50 m freestyle, 100 m freestyle and 200 m freestyle, and finishing 4th in the final of the 100 m butterfly in a time of 57.17. Sjöström's world record was broken in this race by Dana Vollmer of the United States.[17] In 2015 however Sjöström regained the world record by improving it twice at the world championships in Kazan.[18]

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

On 7 August 2016 Sjöström won the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics, setting a World record with a time of 55.48.[19] When Sjöström went on to win silver and bronze medals in the 200 m and 100 m freestyle respectively, she became the second woman in history and the fifth swimmer overall, following Mark Spitz (1972), Kornelia Ender (1975, 1976), Matt Biondi (1986, 1988) and Michael Klim (1998), to win medals in both the 100 m and 200 m freestyle and the 100 m butterfly at the same Olympiad, or World Championships.[20]

2017Edit

In January 2017, Sjöström competed in the 19th Luxembourg Euro Meet and won the 50 m freestyle event with a time of 24.01, the 100 m freestyle event with a time of 53.21, the 50 m butterfly event with a time of 25.02, and the 100 m butterfly event with a time of 57.12.[21] In April 2017 Sjöström competed in the Stockholm Swim Open and won the 50 m butterfly event with a time of 25.63.[22] She also won the 100 m butterfly event with a time of 56.26.[23][24] She also won the 50 m freestyle event, setting a time of 23.83, the second fastest time ever.[25] In the 100 m freestyle event she won first place with the time of 52.54, a new personal best and Swedish (national) record.[26]

2019Edit

At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea, Sjöström won five medals, the most for a woman in individual events at this Championships. She won a gold in 50 m butterfly, which is the third consecutive gold she has won in this event at the Championships;[27] two silvers (in 100 m butterfly and 50m freestyle); and two bronzes in 100m and 200m freestyle. She was named FINA female swimmer of the meet, which she also won in 2017.[28]

Personal bestsEdit

Long course (50 m)Edit

 
WR award in Kazan 2015
Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 23.67   sf 29 Jul 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary [29]
100 m freestyle 51.71   r 23 Jul 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary
200 m freestyle 1.54.08   #4 all-time 9 Aug 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
400 m freestyle 4.06.04   16 Mar 2014 Golden Lanes (in French) Amiens, France [30]
50 m backstroke 27.80   30 Jun 2017 Swedish Championships Borås, Sweden [31]
100 m backstroke 59.98   5 Apr 2015 Swim Cup (in Dutch) Eindhoven, Netherlands
50 m butterfly 24.43   5 July 2014 Swedish Championships Borås, Sweden
100 m butterfly 55.48   7 Aug 2016 Summer Olympic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Legend: WRWorld record; EREuropean record; NRSwedish record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course (25 m)Edit

Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 23.00   7 Aug 2017 World Cup Berlin, Germany [32]
100 m freestyle 50.58   11 Aug 2017 World Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands [33]
200 m freestyle 1.50.43   12 Aug 2017 World Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands [34]
400 m freestyle 4.02.33   20 Nov 2014 Swedish SC Championships Stockholm, Sweden [35]
100 m backstroke 58.83 7 Nov 2010 World Cup Stockholm, Sweden [36]
50 m butterfly 24.52 h, #2 all-time 6 Aug 2017 World Cup Berlin, Germany [37]
100 m butterfly 54.61   6 Dec 2014 World SC Championships Doha, Qatar
200 m butterfly 2.04.23 21 Nov 2014 Swedish SC Championships Stockholm, Sweden [38]
100 m individual medley 57.10   #2 all-time 2 Aug 2017 World Cup Moscow, Russia [39]
200 m individual medley 2.08.17 27 Jan 2012 Swedish Jr SC Championships Stockholm, Sweden [40]
Legend: WRWorld record; EREuropean record; NRSwedish record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

World records (50 m)Edit

No. Event Time Date Meet Location Age
1 100 m butterfly 56.44 26 July 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy 15
2 100 m butterfly (2) 56.06 27 July 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy 15
3 50 m butterfly 24.43 5 July 2014 Swedish Championships Borås, Sweden 20
4 100 m butterfly (3) 55.74 2 August 2015 World Championships Kazan, Russia 21
5 100 m butterfly (4) 55.64 3 August 2015 World Championships Kazan, Russia 21
6 100 m butterfly (5) 55.48 7 August 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22
7 100 m freestyle 51.71 23 July 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary 23
8 50 m freestyle 23.67 29 July 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary 23

World records (25 m)Edit

No. Event Time Date Meet Location Age
1 100 m butterfly 54.61 6 December 2014 World SC Championships Doha, Qatar 21
2 200 m freestyle 1:50.78 7 December 2014 World SC Championships Doha, Qatar 21
3 50 m freestyle 23.10 2 August 2017 World Cup Moscow, Russia 23
4 100 m freestyle 50.77 3 August 2017 World Cup Moscow, Russia 23
5 100 m freestyle (2) 50.58 11 August 2017 World Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands 23
6 200 m freestyle (2) 1:50.43 12 August 2017 World Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands 23

International championships (50 m)Edit

Meet 50 free 100 free 200 free 100 back 50 fly 100 fly 4×100 free 4×200 free 4×100 medley
EC 2008 23rd    [a] 4th
OG 2008 29th N/A 27th 8th[b]
WC 2009 19th 6th   5th 13th 11th
EC 2010 4th 4th     6th  
WC 2011 4th 4th 4th 12th 10th
EC 2012      
OG 2012 14th 9th 12th N/A 4th 8th[b] 10th
WC 2013 4th   4th   4th 9th
EC 2014              
WC 2015         4th 4th  
EC 2016         6th
OG 2016 13th     N/A   5th 5th 9th
WC 2017         5th 5th
EC 2018        
WC 2019           6th 7th
a Sjöström swam only in the heats
b Team Sweden was disqualified in the final

International finals (50 m)Edit

Only individual

AccomplishmentsEdit

Sjöström won the gold medal in the 100 m butterfly at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on 7 August 2016, setting an Olympic and World record with a time of 55.48. She also won a gold medal in 100 m butterfly in the World Championships in Rome 2009 and set the world record. She also participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics and finished 27th in the 100-meter butterfly and 29th in the 100-meter backstroke. She also participated in Sweden's 4×100-metre medley relay team. They managed to reach the final, but in the final they were disqualified for an over-long false start.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

  Media related to Sarah Sjöström at Wikimedia Commons

Records
Preceded by
Inge de Bruijn
Dana Vollmer
Women's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

27 July 2009 – 29 July 2012
2 August 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Dana Vollmer
Incumbent
Preceded by
Therese Alshammar
Women's 50 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

5 July 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Cate Campbell
Women's 100-metre freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

23 July 2017 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Britta Steffen
Women's 50-metre freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

29 July 2017 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Women's 50 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

2 August 2017 – 7 August 2017
Succeeded by
Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Preceded by
Cate Campbell
Women's 100 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

3 August 2017 – 26 October 2017
Succeeded by
Cate Campbell
Preceded by
Federica Pellegrini
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

7 December 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Diane Bui Duyet
Women's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (short course)

7 December 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Ingemarsdotter, Wikén,
Haag, Kalla

Henrik Stenson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
2015
2017
Succeeded by
Henrik Stenson
Hanna Öberg
Preceded by
Katinka Hosszú
Katinka Hosszú
European Swimmer of the Year
2015
2017, 2018
Succeeded by
Katinka Hosszú
Incumbent
Preceded by
Katie Ledecky
Swimming World
World Swimmer of the Year

2017
Succeeded by
Katie Ledecky
Preceded by
Katinka Hosszú
FINA Swimmer of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
Katinka Hosszú