Anna Kozina, FINA Media Committee (RUS)

With two World Records in the 50 and 100m freestyle Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) was the central figure of the Moscow leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017.

After breaking the World Record in the 50m free (23.10), Sarah Sjostrom got her second 10 000 USD check for her incredible victory in the 100m free, clocking 50.77.

The previous record holder Cate Campbell (AUS), who set the mark in November 2015 (50.91), placed third this evening in 51.59. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) touched second (51.14).

Sjostrom also swam always in front and comfortably won the 100m butterfly final (55.70). Svetlana Chimrova of Russia was second and Alia Atkinson (JAM) was third (57.02 and 57.56 respectively).

The defending winner of the overall World Cup 2016 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) improved his position after the first day with no individual medals in his tally. He made a successful victory in the 100m IM, touching first (51.04) in front of teammate Sergey Fesikov and Kenneth To (HKG), who closed the podium in 51.78 and 51.97 respectively.

Morozov (RUS)

Morozov had some problems with his glasses, preventing him from beating his own WR from the 2016 Berlin leg (50.30).

Morozov clinched victory in the 50m free (20.93) as well, closely followed by Pawe Juraszek of Poland (21.25) and Fesikov (21.28). Vlad got his third gold medal of the day in mixed the 4x50 m freestyle relay with team Russia (1.31:39).

Cameron van den Burgh (RSA,  another World Record holder, triumphed in Berlin in 100m breaststroke (55.61), but a long time ago, back in 2009. At the Moscow stage he won this event in 56.30, ahead of Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) and Kirill Prigoda (RUS), clocking 56.40 and 56.80 respectively.

Van den Burgh (RSA)


Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)

“Yesterday I was very fast in the 50m freestyle. I also broke the World Record in long course in Budapest in the 100m free. I thought maybe I should be able to do the time under 51 seconds. So I’m very happy I could do that today.”

Vladimir Morozov (RUS)

“I’m satisfied with my result in the 100m IM. It was a close finish to the World Record. I had my glasses full of water right from the start. So I didn’t see anything and focused on my feelings. It was also a tough race and a hard victory in the 50m free”.

Cameron van den Burgh (RSA)

“I used the direct access to the final in the 100m breaststroke. Obviously, I'm a little bit older than the rest of the field. It definitely helped a lot. I had some rest in the morning. I do miss some events. There was no 50m breaststroke. Some rules are good, some are bad. But this is the first year. We need to work together to improve the World Cup. We need the changes. Without changes we cannot grow”.