Sarah Sjostrom follows world record with 100m butterfly title (video)

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Swede Sarah Sjöström just missed breaking a second world record in as many days at the world swimming championships.

Still, Sjöström easily won her fourth world title in the 100m butterfly in 55.53 seconds, following her Olympic gold medal. Sjöström won in Rio in a world-record 55.48. She’s the first woman to win four world titles in a single individual event.

American Kelsi Worrell earned bronze, her first individual medal at a major international meet. Worrell clocked a personal-best 56.37, finishing behind Australian silver medalist Emma McKeon (56.18).

“I actually could see [Sjöström] a little bit out of the corner of my eye and was like, I must be doing OK,” said Worrell, who missed the eight-woman Rio Olympic final by one spot.

Sjöström now owns the 11 fastest times in history. The next-fastest woman, 2012 Olympic champion Dana Vollmer, had a best time of 55.98.

On Sunday, Sjöström took .35 off the 100m freestyle world record leading off the 4x100m free relay for Sweden, which ended up fifth.

Sjöström is favored to win four individual titles in Budapest, with the 50m free and butterfly and 100m free later in the week.

Sjöström will not be swimming the 200m free in Budapest, keeping fans from a mouth-watering rematch with Katie Ledecky. Ledecky edged Sjostrom by .35 in the Rio Olympic final.

Women’s 100m Butterfly Results
Gold: Sarah Sjöström (SWE) — 55.53
Silver: Emma McKeon (AUS) — 56.18
Bronze: Kelsi Worrell (USA) — 56.37
4. Penny Oleksiak (CAN) — 56.94
5. Ahn Sehyeon (KOR) — 57.07
6. Rikako Ikee (JPN) — 57.08
7. Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) — 57.24
8. Zhang Yufei (CHN) — 57.51

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South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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