July 29, 2017 / 5:23 PM / a year ago

Swimming: Sjostrom breaks women's 50 meters freestyle world record

Swimming – 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships – Women's 50m Freestyle Semifinals – Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2017 – Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden celebrates after winning the race and breaking the World Record. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom set a world record of 23.67 seconds in the women’s 50 meters freestyle at the world swimming championships on Saturday.

Sjostrom’s time in the semi-finals broke the previous mark of 23.73 seconds set by Germany’s Britta Steffen in 2009.

Reporting by Rod Gilmour, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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