Sarah Sjöström swims to victory in her heat of the 100-meter butterfly event, qualifying her for the finals. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix
Olympic swimming

Sjöström swims to the butterfly finals

One of Sweden's strongest hopes for an Olympic medal, Sarah Sjöström, is now ready for the final in the 100 meter butterfly on Sunday evening at the London Olympics.

Sjöström, 18, won her heat in the semifinals Saturday evening, despite what Swedish Radio sports news characterized as a mediocre start and a bad turn. But she came back in the home stretch and surged passed her competitors to win, clocking 57.27 seconds.

She is now ranked fourth going into Sunday night's final, after the American Dana Vollmer, the Australian Alicia Coutts, and the Dane Jeanette Ottesen Gray.

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