Sarah Sjöström Profile
Sarah Sjöström has been a dominant force on the international scene for the past decade. She won her first European gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the age of just 14 in 2008, and has claimed golds at every European Championship held since then.
The following year in 2009, she set two new 100m butterfly world records on successive days as she won her first World Championship. All this, despite not yet having even turned 16 years old.
European golds followed in 2012 in both the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, but she left the London 2012 Olympics empty-handed.
"There's no point being sad over individual losses, there will always be new races. The most important thing is to have fun, that’s when the results come."
Her Olympic dream was realised four years later when she became the first Swedish woman to win a gold in the pool, dominating the 100m butterfly. That same summer, she won three more European golds to add to the three from 2014.
In the World Championships in Kazan in 2015, she did the 50m and 100m double.
The following World Championships in Hungary in 2017 were also hugely successful for Sjöström, where she retained her title in the 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly – while also securing the gold in 50m freestyle and silver in 100m freestyle.
At the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, Sjöström added to her domination in the pool, winning four gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle, along with the 50m and 100m butterfly.
Sjöström currently holds four world records in the 50m butterfly (24.43), 100m butterfly (55.48), 50m freestyle (23.67) and 100m freestyle (51.71).
Sarah Sjöström World Records
50m Butterfly - 24.43 (Swedish Swimming Championships, 2014)
100m Butterfly - 55.48 (Rio Olympic Games, 2016)
50m Freestyle - 23.67 (World Championships, 2017)
100m Freestyle - 51.71 (World Championships, 2017)
Sarah Sjöström Medals
OLYMPIC GAMES: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (LC): 7 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (SC): 3 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (LC): 14 gold, 6 silver, 3 bronze
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (SC): 8 gold, 11 silver, 1 bronze
Sarah Sjöström Biography
Date of Birth: August 17th, 1993
Disciplines: Butterfly, freestyle
Coach: Carl Jenner, Andrej Voronsov
Club: Södertörns Swim Club, Stockholm
Time off: Hang out with my dogs
Food: It depends! After a tough week of training, pizza is my favourite
Music: Toplist on Spotify
Movie: The Day After Tomorrow