08/03 10:40 CDT Sweden's Sjostrom lowers own world record in 100 fly
Sweden's Sjostrom lowers own world record in 100 fly
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
KAZAN, Russia (AP) --- The women are getting it done at the world swimming
Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden lowered her own world record in the 100-meter
butterfly to win gold Monday night, after first breaking the mark set by
American Dana Vollmer at the 2012 London Olympics in the semifinals on Sunday.
Earlier Monday, American teenager Katie Ledecky bettered her own world record
in the 1,500 freestyle preliminaries.
Three world records set in the first two days of pool swimming --- and all by
Sjostrom led at the turn and won by a body length, touching in 55.64 seconds.
She dipped a hundredth of a second lower than her mark a day earlier while
finishing 1.41 seconds ahead of Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark.
Ottesen earned silver in 57.05 and Lu Ying of China took bronze in 57.48.
Adam Peaty gave Britain its first gold medal in the temporary pool at Kazan
Arena with a comeback victory in the 100 breaststroke.
Former world record holder and current Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh
of South Africa led at the turn under Peaty's pace set in April. But Peaty
overtook van der Burgh in the closing meter, getting his hand on the wall in
58.52 for the gold. Van der Burgh was second in 58.59. Peaty's teammate, Ross
Murdoch, took third in 59.09.
"I turned and I saw his foot and I was like, 'Right, I've got some catching up
to do now'" Peaty said. "About 25 meters out he was still in front so I was a
bit skeptical. But I remembered what I trained for is moments like this and I
came out on top thankfully."
Van der Burgh's strategy was to go out fast and try to make Peaty catch him.
"It was hard. A pile of bricks came down on me in the last five meters," Van
der Burgh said. "We knew it was going to be a close race. Credit to him, he
finished strong, and that's the way he won the race."
Peaty broke van der Burgh's 2012 world mark earlier this year to become the
first man in history under 58 seconds in the event.
"There's only one more tick box and hopefully I'm ready for that next year,"
said Peaty, who is aiming for his first Olympics next summer in Rio de Janeiro.