Two Olympic medal chances are now missed for medal machine Sarah Sjostrom.
But there is still one chance – 50m free starting today at lunchtime, Sweden time.
It will be interesting to see how fast I can swim when I let go and spare nothing, she says.
It did not work at a distance of 100 metres.
“I did everything”
Her last 100 freestyle race followed the same trend as the previous races.
After a cautious start, Sjöström climbed onto the gas at the bottom after the turn.
The last time was after 50m, but it was a close second on the way home.
– I couldn’t have done much differently. I did just as I planned, I easily handled the first length and then picked the positions along the way, she says.
But she wasn’t disappointed because she wasn’t enough on the podium.
– No, I am very glad that I was able to follow my plan. I can’t influence others, if someone else had a bad start, it might have been enough to get a medal. There is nothing more than this, I have done everything I can to get to this level, she says.
“Don’t you dare”
She doesn’t feel trained enough yet to be faster than the first length:
– This speed isn’t actually on the first length, and I don’t dare go out too hard with the others because the second length would be really slow. You can’t go overnight and suddenly swim at world record times when you have an elbow fracture. ‘It takes time to come back,’ she says and continues.
– that I can still get back to that level after the February break was totally insane. I don’t think there are many who have been able to.
When Sarah Sjöström returned after injuring her elbow two months ago in France, she swam 54.84.
Now the expiry time was 52.68.
– I got better in two seconds in two months. Understand if you get another month’s training, that’s a world record, says Sjöström who holds the 51.71 world record.
Emma McKeown, Australia, claimed her second gold medal in Tokyo after winning the short swimming competition and took four medals in total. She won by a clear margin of 51.96, 31 percent ahead of runner-up Siobhan Houji, Hong Kong. Train Kate Campbell from Australia was 52.52.
Now 50 meters are waiting freely. And if Sjöström’s Olympic trend continues to improve by two places per branch, she can finally win medals.
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