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Stefan Nystrand (born 20 October 1981 in Haninge) is a freestyle swimmer from Sweden.

Stefan Nystrand
Personal information
Full nameStefan Nystrand
Nationality Sweden
Born (1981-10-20) 20 October 1981 (age 37)
Haninge, Sweden
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClubSK Neptun

BiographyEdit

His father Sture Nystrand is a Swede and his mother Smiljana Kokeza is Croatian from Split.[5]

Nystrand, a short course (25 m) specialist, has won five individual medals in the FINA Short Course World Championships, and captured his first medal (silver) in long course (50 m) in the 100 m freestyle at the 2006 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, behind Filippo Magnini of Italy. The following year he won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne at the 50 m freestyle, with a new national record of 21.97.

After breaking the 48 second barrier in the 100 m freestyle long course (he was only the second person to do so after then world record holder Pieter van den Hoogenband) in Paris, Nystrand revealed that he averages less than 3,000 meters a practice, a minuscule amount compared to other professional swimmers, and never more than 20,000 meters a week. He is also noted for having an atypical front crawl technique in which his arms do not bend during the recovery phase. Normally, a swimmer will bend the arm at the elbow while above water to improve their line in the water.

Nystrand has also competed at the Olympic Games, in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. His best placing at the Games is the fourth place he got at the 50 metre freestyle event, 0.06 seconds behind South African medallist Roland Schoeman. At the Berlin round of the 2007 FINA World Cup, Nystrand broke the 100 m freestyle and 50 m freestyle (both short course) world records.

Personal bestsEdit

Long course (50 m)Edit

Event Time


Date Meet Location Ref
50 m freestyle 21.45 NR (sf) 31 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy [6]
100 m freestyle 47.37 NR 30 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy [7]
50 m breaststroke 28.66 (sf) 13 May 2004 European LC Championships Madrid, Spain
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 20.70 NR 15 Nov 2009 World Cup Berlin, Germany [8]
100 m freestyle 45.54 NR 10 Nov 2009 World Cup Stockholm, Sweden [9]
50 m breaststroke 26.70 28 Nov 2009 Swedish SC Championships Gothenburg, Sweden
50 m butterfly 23.75 (h) 25 Oct 2008 World Cup Sydney, Australia
100 m individual medley 53.97 NR 9 Apr 2006 World SC Championships Shanghai, China
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

ClubsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2002 World Championships – Short Course Swim Rankings results". Retrieved 24 July 2007.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "7th FINA World Championships – 25m Indianapolis 2004" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
  3. ^ "5th FINA World Swimming Championships". Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Shanghai 2006 results". Archived from the original on 6 March 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Dva svjetska rekorda za obitelj Kokeza" (in Croatian). 21 November 2007. Archived from the original on 23 February 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Results Men's 50m Freestyle Semi" (PDF). OmegaTiming. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Results Men's 100m Freestyle" (PDF). OmegaTiming. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Results Men's 50 m Freestyle" (PDF). Omega Timing. 15 November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Results Men's 100m Freestyle" (PDF). Omega Timing. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
Roland Schoeman
Men's 50 metres freestyle
world record holder (short course)

18 November 2007 – 11 April 2008
Succeeded by
Duje Draganja
Preceded by
Ian Crocker
and
Roland Schoeman
Men's 100 metres freestyle
world record holder (short course)

17 November 2007 – 7 December 2008
Succeeded by
Alain Bernard
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Miranda
Swedish National LC Champion
Men's 50 m freestyle

2001–2004
Succeeded by
Marcus Piehl
Preceded by
Marcus Piehl
Swedish National LC Champion
Men's 50 m freestyle

2006–2007
Succeeded by
Incumbent