Second World Record in 24 Hours
Rome saw a new Swedish sports star born. On Monday evening swimming prodigy Sarah Sjöström took gold at the swimming World Championship - and broke the world record that she set on Sunday's semi-final. Monday evening saw the final for the 100m butterfly stroke event where 15 year old Sjöström out-performed her earlier record breaking time and finishing on 56.06 seconds.
She beat the Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis, who was rated number one before this championship, and has firmly made her mark as one of Sweden's top athletes.
Sjöström's victory was made while wearing one of the modern swimming suits that are to be banned in international competitions from next year. However, on Tuesday evening, the international swimming body FINA announced that records made in these swimming suits will stand, also after the swimsuits are banned.
Sjöström hails from Handen, just outside Stockholm. She said that she was shocked to do so well. "It is hard to describe the feeling," she said, and that she was shocked when she reached the finishing line. Although off to a quick start, Sjöström was lying next to last at the half way turn, and thought "oh my god," until recovering her self confidence when she gained fast on the leaders.
Tuesday also saw Sjöström knocked out of the competition for the 200m Freestyle - "I was just too tired, I didn't really want to swim any more," she explained.