Sweden takes the gold!

Sarah Sjöström takes Olympic gold at the 2016 Games in Rio on August 7. 

  • Sarah Sjöström takes gold and breaks a world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Photo: Daniel Stiller/Bildbyrån
  • Super Sarah Sjöström is the first Swedish woman to ever win a gold medal in swimming. And not only did she win, but she broke a world record. Sjöström, 22, broke the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, crushing it with a time of 55.48.
    After the race, Sjostrom burst into tears. “It is unbelievable! I worked so damn hard for this,” she said, recalling her disappointing 4th place finish at the London Olympics when she had tonsillitis.
    This is her third Olympic Games.