25 Jun 2018

Sweden's superstar swimmer - Sarah Sjöström

Whatever is in the water in Haninge, Sweden makes people swim fast, really fast. So fast that it has created a swimmer that holds the world record, in breaking world records.

Sarah Sjöström will head up Sweden’s swimming team at Glasgow 2018 and if there is one thing you can expect from her in the pool this summer, it’s speed.

Sjöström holds the most world records in women’s swimming with six, all in individual events, four in long course and two in short course.

And her chosen races are short, she is Sweden’s sprint queen over 50m, 100m and 200m in butterfly and freestyle and at the age of 24 her career so far has been prolific and fast.

Here is everything you need to know about Sweden’s superstar swimmer:

DOB – 17/08/1993 (age 24)

HOME CITY – Stockholm, Sweden

Sjöström’s break out year was 2008 when, at the age of 14, she won gold in 100m butterfly at the European Aquatics Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

In 2009, at the World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Sjöström set a world record in the semi-finals with a time of 56.44s, beating Inge de Bruijn’s nine-year-old record.

On the next day, in the finals for the 100m butterfly, she won the gold medal and improved her world record time to 56.06s.

Since her introduction on the world stage it has been all Sjöström in the sprint events. Winning golds and smashing records on a regular basis.

In 2014 she broke the world record in the 50m butterfly with a time of 24.43s beating the existing time by 0.64s.

A year later she won five medals at the World Aquatics Championships, including gold in the 50m and 100m butterfly events, breaking the world record twice over 100m.

And in 2016 at the Rio Olympics she took gold in the 100m butterfly, setting a world record with a time of 55.48s.

Biggest World success – Olympic gold at Rio 2016 – 100m freestyle

Biggest European success – Three golds at the European Championships 2016 London – 100m freestyle/ 50m fly/ 100m fly.

Fastest world record (Long course) – 23.67s 50m freestyle

Number of career golds - 29

Interesting fact – Sjöström has won the Radiosportens Jerringpris twice. Sweden’s publicly voted top sportsman or women.

Now, only 24 years old, Sjöström’s glittering career is in no way over and we hope to see her creating more history and breaking her own world records at Glasgow 2018!

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