Schustrum’s world record in the 100 meters freestyle is 51.71.
Today she swam 52.91 and won easily in the test sessions, with the top 16 swimmers qualifying for the semi-finals.
– It’s great that I’m gone. I’ve never had such fast test times before in the 100m freestyle at a tournament. It feels so good that I can swim that way now,” the swim queen told TT.
The effort means she is ready for the semi-finals from a distance. Sjöström time was the fifth best time of the day. Emma McKeown, of Australia, swam the fastest 52.13, a new Olympic record. Sjöström’s previous record was set at 52.62, so the new record is almost half a second faster.
Siobhan Houghi of Hong Kong came behind McKeown with 52.70, Anna Hopkin of Great Britain 52.75 and Kate Campbell of Australia 52.80.
The former 27-year-old swam the 100m butterfly during the tournament, the gold distance from 2016, when she finished seventh in the final.
Coleman and Hanson also advanced to the semi-finals
Michelle Coleman, 27, also advanced from the same distance. I swam to the finish line at 53.53, the 12th day’s best time, in the 7th heat.
It didn’t end there.
Sophie Hanson, 22, is also ready for the semifinals. The 22-year-old clocked 2.23.82 in the 200m breaststroke, a new personal record of close to one second. This was the twelfth best time for the trial session. In the same heat, the Olympic record was broken from a distance. South African Tatjana Schoenmaker finished on 2.19.16. The previous list was 2.19.59.
The semi-final matches will be played overnight through Thursday.
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