The Week That Was Swimming Makes Rio One For The Record Books

This week of Olympic swimming caught the attention of swimming and non-swimming fans alike as people around the world witnessed one of the most memorable Games of recent memory. As with any Olympics there were triumphs, upsets, near-misses, and disappointments. Read below to see the five biggest swimming stories from these Games and head over to our Event Landing Page to read our complete coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Since she broke the world record in the 100 butterfly as a 15 year old at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, it feels like all eyes have been on Sarah Sjostrom to win the big one. While she left the London Olympic Games without any medals, Sjostrom worked the past four years to climb back to the top, winning the 100 butterfly in world record time at last years World Championships and setting herself up as the favorite for these Olympic Games. This time she delivered in spades, winning on the second night of the meet in the 100 butterfly in 55.48, which broke her own world record. That made Sjostrom the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming and threw off the weight of the expectations that were placed on her shoulders seven years ago. The 22 year old added a silver medal in the 200 freestyle and a bronze in the 100 freestyle throughout the meet to cement her status as a major international player, and left swim fans wondering what the next seven years may bring for the Swedish star. 

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