05.01.2017 - 14:09:47
New Year surprise with Olympic Champion Sarah Sjöström
European, World and Olympic Champion Sarah Sjöström, from Sweden, is due to attend the Euro Meet for the first time. At the Rio Olympic Games, Sjöström won the 100m butterfly one second ahead of Canada’s Penny Oleksiak 100m freestyle Olympic Champion. The bronze medal went to USA’s Dana Vollmer, 2012 Olympic Champion of the same event.
In Rio, a few days later, Oleksiak took her revenge at the 100m freestyle, sharing gold with USA’s Simone Manuel, with Sarah Sjöström earning the bronze medal. In between both events, Sjöström finished second to Katie Ledecky at the 200m freestyle. Besides these three olympic medals, one of each, she was semi-finalist at the 50m freestyle and twice fifth with the Swedish team at the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle.
Sarah Sjöström, who swims for the club of Södertörn, made her first international appearance at the European Swimming Championships 2008 in Eindhoven. Without prior notice, she won her first 100m butterfly title, followed by many other successes, both in freestyle and butterfly. Her tally amounts to 47 international medals earned at major championships : 15 long course gold medals (one Olympic, four World, ten Europe), 10 silver and 4 bronze, as well as 18 short course medals.
She did not attend the recent short course swimming world championships in Windsor, Canada. The focus is on her long course season, with the highlight of the Swimming World Championships in Budapest on 23-30 July 2017, where she has to defend her title of the 100m butterfly and make it three-in-a-row after 2013 and 2015.
The Euro Meet will be the perfect occasion to start the 2017 campaign !