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Swimming, Day 2 - Women's 100m butterfly: Sjostrom (SWE) regains World crown

BCN2013 - Swimming

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)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.

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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)

QUOTES:

Gold medal winner: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)

"It's hard to believe because my confidence hasn't been very good after a lot of fourth places. My confidence is much better now knowing that I can swim fast and still be much better now."

"My goal for this competition was to make the final, I was so happy after the semis because I had achieved my goal. I just did my own race in the final and it turned out to be very good."

Silver medal winner: Alicia Coutts (AUS)

"I'm a little bit disappointed not reaching the gold medal. I tried to enjoy myself in the pool, also trying to do my best. I know I can do better but right now I'm happy with this medal."

Bronze medal winner: Dana Vollmer (USA)

"Coming to the World Championships, I did not know exactly where I was going to be so I just wanted to get up there and race. I figured out different things when you're put under pressure, and just fighting in those last 50m to put my hand on the wall. I'll train to keep getting faster with the main goal still being Rio."

"Unfortunately I have not been feeling well for the last 2 days, I just wanted to get up there and give everything that I had. And not knowing where that would be was kind of exciting, and to push myself in that first 50m and try to stay with such an elite field."

"My goal is always to win but with where I am right now, I'm happy with the bronze. I needed the fall to recharge if I want to look seriously at 2016."