Sarah Sjostrom wins 100m butterfly, Sweden’s first Olympic gold medal

Sjostrom wins 100m butterfly, Sweden's first Olympic gold medal

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden

Sarah Sjostrom because Sweden’s first female swimming gold medalist when she won Olympic gold in the 100m butterfly in 55.48 seconds, a new world record. Sweden’s only other gold medal was for Lars Frolander in the men’s 100m butterfly in 2000.

Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, 16, took the silver in 56.46 seconds. The medal marks Canada’s first-ever medal in the event.

2012 Olympic champ in the event, Team USA’s Dana Vollmer, claimed the bronze with a 56.63.

Vollmer’s gold medal-winning time in 2012, 55.98, set the world and Olympic records at the time. Sjostrom broke the world record at the 2015 World Championships, lowering it to 55.64. In Saturday’s 100m butterfly semifinal, Sjostrom cracked Vollmer’s Olympic record, too, lowering from 55.98 to 55.84.

Prior to the event, Vollmer – who gave birth to her first son Arlen in March 2015 and brands herself as the Momma on a Mission – tweeted she was proud of her return journey to the Games no matter the outcome of the race.

American Kelsi Worrell, who qualified for Rio ahead of Vollmer at the U.S. Trials in June, finished the semifinals in ninth place by 0.03 seconds on Saturday and missed the eight-woman final. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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