Sweden’s Sjöström secures world fly double

Sweden's Sarah Sjöström became the first female swimmer to win both butterfly sprint titles at a world championships when she added the 50-metre crown to her 100-metre title while competing in Kazan on Saturday.

Sweden's Sjöström secures world fly double
The Swede has also broken two records during the championship. Photo: Michael Sohn/ AP /TT

Swedish media went mad for the the 21-year-old swimmer after she secured a third medal in Kazan, having also collected a silver in the 100m freestyle, and twice broken the 100-metre butterfly record en route to winning the final last Monday.

“Gold, gold, gold and gold,” Swedish tabloid Expressen exclaimed on Sunday, asking whether the Swede has now become the world’s best butterfly sprinter.  

“Yeah, it feels good to be the world’s fastest swimmer. That’s what I’m working towards,” Sjöström told the newspaper shortly after winning the race, noting it was the first time she won 50-metre butterfly in a world championship.

The Swede now has a total of four gold medals under her belt.