Shocked Sjostrom wins fourth 100m butterfly worlds gold

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom was surprised to narrowly miss her own world-record in becoming the first woman to win four golds in the women's 100m butterfly on Monday at the world championships.

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom shows off her gold medal after the ceremony for the women's 100m butterfly final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.   -  AP

 

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom was surprised to narrowly miss her own world-record in becoming the first woman to win four golds in the women's 100m butterfly on Monday at the world championships.

The 23-year-old clocked 55.53 seconds, a new championships record, just 0.05sec from her own world record set at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year. She is the first reigning Olympic champion to add the world title in the event.

Australia's Emma McKeon took silver at 0.65sec back with Kelsi Worrell of the United States taking bronze at 0.84. Sjostrom broke the 100m freestyle record on Sunday, in the women's 4x100m relay, when she became the first woman to swim under 52 seconds. Her victory in Budapest mirrors her 2009 success as a 15-year-old when the world championships were held in Rome.

She failed to defend the 100m fly title in 2011 in Shanghai, but took gold at both the 2013 championships in Barcelona and two years ago in Kazan. The Swedish sprinter admitted feeling jaded after her freestyle world record on Sunday, but had been eager to get back in the pool.

Hosszu defends women's 200m IM world title

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu defended her women's 200m individual medley title in front of her home crowd at the world aquatics championships on Monday.

Hosszu clocked 2min 07.00sec to take the gold medal with Japan's Yui Ohashi in silver at 0.91sec and Madisyn Cox of the United States earning bronze, 2.71sec behind.

Peaty defends men's 100m breaststroke world title

Britain's Adam Peaty failed to beat his own world record but was happy to defend the men's 100m breaststroke title at the world aquatic championships on Monday. Peaty clocked a new championships record of 57.47 seconds with Kevin Cordes of the United States second at 1.32 back with Russia's Kirill Prigoda third at 1.58.

The 22-year-old was delighted to defend the world title he first won in Kazan two years ago with plenty of support from the Budapest crowd. "A lot of hard work goes into competing and the crowd were amazing, I want to thank everyone out there," Peaty said after his win.

Peaty will now look to also defend his 50m world title in Wednesday's final in his bid to repeat the breaststroke sprint double he achieved in Kazan. "It wasn't easy, but there is a bit in reserve so it's looking good for the 50m," he added.

He hopes his victory will trigger more swimming gold for his country after he became the first Briton to win in the Budapest pool. "We have quite a young team, with new faces after Rio, so it will hopefully give that a little bit of a push," he added.

Peaty's victory triggered more British swimming success at the Duna Arena, as less than half an hour later Proud won the men's 50m butterfly final in a photo finish.

Proud, 22, clocked 22.75 seconds in the sprint with Brazil's Nicholas Santos, second at 0.04sec, with Andrii Govorov of Ukraine taking bronze, 0.09sec behind.

The 2014 Commonwealth champion was seen as an outsider having finished fourth in the semi-finals and Proud only realised he had won when no-one else celebrated.

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