Sarah Sjöström

Sarah Sjöström became Sweden's first ever female Olympic swimming gold medallist when she won the 100m butterfly at Rio 2016, setting a new world record of 55.48 in the process. 

It is one of four long course world records currently held by Sjöström. She also has the world's fastest times in 50m butterfly (24.43), 50m freestyle (23.67) and 100m freestyle (51.71).

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. At Glasgow 2018, she won four gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle, along with the 50m and 100m butterfly.

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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)

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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

Country: Sweden

Date of Birth: August 17th, 1993

Height: 183cm

Weight: 75kg

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

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