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Sarah SJÖSTRÖM
Sport Swimming
NOC Sweden   
GenderWomen
Born17 Aug 1993 in Rönninge, SWE
Height1.82 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Johan de Jong Skierus
Residence
Stockholm, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Swedish, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
She tried football and handball before she was introduced to swimming by one of her friends. "When I first started, I didn't like swimming. I hated getting water in my goggles. I didn't like being cold, so I used to hide in the showers."
Club / Team
Sodertorn Simsallskap [SWE] / Energy Standard Swim Club [TUR]:
Name of coach
James Gibson [Energy Standard], GBR; Johan Wallberg [personal], SWE, from 2016
General Interest
Nicknames
Gold Bae [given to her by teammates, in reference to the Turkish celebrity chef Salt Bae]. (fina.org, 07 Apr 2022)
Hobbies
Playing video games, interior decorating. (olympics.com, 09 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol
Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (simlandslaget.se, 09 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She underwent surgery on a broken elbow in February 2021. She injured herself after slipping and falling on some ice in Stockholm, Sweden. She returned to competitive action in June 2021. (swimswam.com, 04 Sep 2021, 10 Feb 2021; expressen.se, 08 Feb 2021)

In January 2021 she missed an event at the International Swimming League meet in Budapest due to a back problem. (sarahsjostrom.se, 04 Jan 2021)

She had a thumb injury in August 2018. (SwimSwam YouTube channel, 09 Aug 2018)

She had tonsillitis in the month leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (aftonbladet.se, 21 Nov 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't limit your challenge, challenge your limit." (sjostromsarah.se, 07 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Swimmer of the Year for 2017, 2018 and 2021 by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (len.eu, 31 Jan 2022; mundodeportivo.com, 15 Feb 2019; swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

In 2021 she received Swimming World magazine's European Female Swimmer of the Year award. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 27 Dec 2021)

She received the 2018 and 2021 European Female Swimmer of the Year award from swimming website SwimSwam in its Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2021, 01 Jan 2019)

She was named 2017 and 2019 Female Swimmer of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (fina.org, 09 Jun 2020, 02 Dec 2017)

She was named Female Athlete of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at the Swedish Sport Awards. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2019)

She was named 2017 European Female Athlete of the Year by the Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC]. (gp.se, 02 Nov 2017)

She was named Best Female Swimmer at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 04 Oct 2017)

She was presented with Sweden's Jerring Sports Achievement Award in 2015 and 2016. (sarahsjostrom.se, 22 Aug 2017; swimswam.com, 20 Jan 2015)
Milestones
In 2021 she became the first swimmer representing Sweden to win 14 career titles at the world championships [long and short course]. She claimed her 13th and 14th gold medals at the 2021 World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with victory in the 50m freestyle and the women's 4x100m medley relay. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jan 2022; FINA Instagram profile, 21 Dec 2021)

She became Sweden's first female Olympic swimming champion with her victory in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018; nbcolympics.com, 08 Aug 2016)
Other information
FEAR OF FLYING
She says flying has been one of her biggest fears. "It's probably the worst thing a professional athlete can have. I never used to be this bad [speaking in 2020], but as I have gotten older I'm getting worse. It gets better when I fly with teammates or friends, but when sitting next to a stranger I really start to panic." (olympics.com, 09 Oct 2020)

SHOW OF SUPPORT
After winning a silver in 100m butterfly at 2019 World Championship in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, she and other winners offered words of support written on their hands to Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who was at the time suffering from leukaemia. "We wanted to send her a message to show her she was deep in our thoughts. We hope her recovery goes as smoothly as possible so she can return quickly to doing what she loves." (olympic.org, 16 Aug 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is an ambassador for Project Playground, a Swedish non-profit organisation aimed at increasing opportunities for children and young people through organised activity, sports and social activities. She is also an ambassador for LifeWatch foundation, a non-profit focusing on children with autism. (Facebook page, 19 Mar 2021; expressen.se, 27 Nov 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 56.91
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.07
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 52.68
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.27
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.69
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 55.48
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:54.08
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 24.69
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 52.99
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.90
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:50.26
12 2012 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:58.12
Semifinal 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 53.93
Semifinal 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 25.08
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
8 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
4 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 57.17
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 59.08
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 1:02.38
8 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 52.80
1 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 24.95
1 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.98
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.96
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:54.78
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 56.22
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 25.02
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 52.46
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 24.07
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.39
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.33
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 55.53
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 24.60
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 52.31
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.69
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.28
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 24.96
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 55.64
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 52.70
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.31
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.71
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.24
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:50.24
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Freestyle 1:56.63
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 56.53
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 52.89
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 24.45
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.56
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:02.83
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 57.38
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.87
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:56.41
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
6 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 25.66
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
1 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly 56.06
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Freestyle 1:58.58
5 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.35
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Butterfly 24.51
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Freestyle 51.31
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Freestyle 23.08
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.38
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.80
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:46.20
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.54
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:09.51
1 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 54.61
1 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:50.78
1 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 24.58
2 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 51.39
7 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:43.44
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:51.64
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 53.60
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley 1:01.12
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 57.31
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:56.58
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 59.26
5 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:41.91
5 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.97
5 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:53.98
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2022 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 24.96
1 2022 Rome, ITA 50m Freestyle 23.91
2 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.29
1 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.25
3 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.40 
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 23.74 
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 56.23
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 52.93
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 25.16
1 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 55.89
1 2016 London, ENG 50m Butterfly 24.99
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle  DNS
1 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 52.82
3 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.84
6 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:55.74
2 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 56.52
2 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 24.37
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle  DNS
1 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 24.98
1 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 52.67
2 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:51.03
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.82
2 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.04
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.64
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.61
2 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:38.40
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.14
1 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 57.32
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 54.16
6 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:00.15
3 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:38.81
2 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:01.18
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 1:04.63
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 58.44
3 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
4 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:05.19
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Individual Medley 58.05
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 55.84
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 24.50
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 51.26
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 23.12
5 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.13
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.27
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.32
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.97
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 51.03
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 25.80
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 55.00
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Individual Medley 57.92
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Freestyle  DNS
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 23.30
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.43
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.92
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 55.03
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Butterfly 24.58
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Freestyle 51.37
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Freestyle 23.63
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.14
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.34
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.60
2 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 51.99
2 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.08
1 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 55.78
1 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Butterfly 24.90
2 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Freestyle 23.79
3 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.08
22 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 53.22
8 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 57.87
7 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 25.58
4 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle 1:54.32
2 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.46
2 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.13
6 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Butterfly 57.40
7 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Butterfly 26.10
6 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Freestyle 53.45 
2 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.00
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018   Overall Ranking  
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:52.35
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.03
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 55.58
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 51.56
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.54
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 57.71
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Individual Medley 57.75
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.36
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:51.60
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 24.82
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 54.96
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 51.22
1 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 53.13
1 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 56.46
1 2018 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:56.32
1 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.99
1 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.22
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Individual Medley 58.42
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 23.67
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:52.25
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 24.61
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 54.91
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 51.21
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 23.83
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:55.98
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.39
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.42
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 52.99
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Individual Medley 57.49
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 23.21
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 24.63
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 55.73
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 51.13
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 55.56
3 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 51.42
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Individual Medley 57.28
1 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.26
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:51.92
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 24.58
1 2017   Overall  
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 55.60
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.40
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 51.25
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 57.78
1 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:51.56
1 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 24.57
2 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 23.00
2 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Individual Medley 57.30
1 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:52.00
1 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 55.55
1 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.28
2 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 57.60
1 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 51.62
1 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 24.76
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:50.43 WR
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 50.58 WR
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 24.55
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:51.77
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 55.32
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.42
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Individual Medley 58.62
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 51.99
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 24.62
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 23.10 WR
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 57.10
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 55.70
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 50.77 WR
1 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:51.63
1 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 24.61
6 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:09.84
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 50.99
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:52.94
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 55.07
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.34
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 24.65
5 2013   Overall  
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.24
2 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 52.41
2 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 56.17
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.16
3 2013 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 23.95
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:52.26
2 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Individual Medley 58.78
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:53.76
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.04
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.20
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 51.93
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.56
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:53.51
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 57.52
4 2013 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 24.42
2 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 52.14
1 2013 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 25.34
2 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:53.15
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 56.14
5 2013 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.09
1 2013 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 24.91
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 52.25
11 2011   Overall  
1 2011 Stockholm, SWE 200m Freestyle 1:52.92
3 2011 Stockholm, SWE 100m Butterfly 56.95
1 2011 Stockholm, SWE 100m Freestyle 52.44
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 4:03.60
33 2010   Overall  
2 2010 Berlin, GER 100m Individual Medley 59.92
3 2010 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 52.65
1 2010 Stockholm, SWE 100m Freestyle 53.13
2 2010 Stockholm, SWE 100m Backstroke 58.83
3 2010 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:55.52
3 2010 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 53.34
28 2009   Overall  
1 2009 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:53.77
3 2009 Durban, RSA 100m Freestyle 53.30
1 2009 Moscow, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:54.02
2 2009 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 52.60
3 2009 Stockholm, SWE 100m Freestyle 52.60
20 2008   Overall  
2 2008 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 57.39
1 2008 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 53.94
2 2008 Sydney, NSW, AUS 100m Butterfly 57.52
3 2008 Sydney, NSW, AUS 100m Freestyle 54.21
3 2008 Sydney, NSW, AUS 50m Butterfly 26.57
3 2007 Sydney, NSW, AUS 100m Butterfly 59.47