Tuesday, 30 July 2013
FINA Live Blog : Swimming, Day 2 - Women's 100m butterfly: Sjostrom (SWE) regains World crown
Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden reclaimed the world women's 100m butterfly title, deposing defending champion and Olympic gold medallist Dana Vollmer (USA). Sjostrom, winner of the world title in 2009, turned second at 50m behind Jeanette Ottesen Gray (DEN), who led inside world record pace.
But Ottesen Gray, joint champion in the 100m freestyle at the 2011 Worlds, could not keep her rivals at bay on the return length as Sjostrom, fourth at the 2012 Olympics, stormed through to win in 56.53.
Olympic bronze medallist Alicia Coutts, already a Barcelona silver medallist in the 4x100m freestyle relay, claimed her second successive world 100m butterfly silver, touching in 56.97, with Vollmer taking the bronze in 57.24, 0.03 seconds ahead of Ottesen Gray. China's Ying Lu, the Olympic silver medallist, failed to make the final. Vollmer's 55.98 world mark remained intact.
World Record: Dana Vollmer (USA), 55.98 – July 29, 2012 in London (GBR)
Championships Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 56.06 – July 27, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Best performance of the current season (since January 2013): Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 56.53 – July 29 in Barcelona (ESP)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – Jenny Thompson (USA, 57.96); 2005 – Jessicah Schipper (AUS, 57.23); 2007 – Lisbeth Lenton (AUS, 57.15); 2009 – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 56.06); 2011 – Dana Vollmer (USA, 56.87)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Kornelia Ender (GDR, 1973 & 1975), Jenny Thompson (USA, 1998 & 2003), Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2009 & 2013)
2012 Olympic podium: 1. Dana Vollmer (USA, 55.98), 2. Ying Lu (CHN, 56.87), 3. Alicia Coutts (AUS, 56.94)
source : Barcelona 2013 - FINA Live Blog