April 20, 2014
ROME (AP) - Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom has set the first of what is expected to be many world records at the world swimming championships, posting a time of 56.44 seconds in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly.
Sjostrom nearly broke Inge de Bruijn's nine-year-old record of 56.61 in the morning preliminaries Sunday. She took it down in the evening at the Foro Italico, also advancing to Monday's final as the top qualifier.
This is final major meet for high-tech bodysuits, which have been banned by FINA beginning in 2010.