Swede Sjostrom readies for fourth Olympics

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom is hoping she's fully overcome injury to defend her 100m butterfly crown.
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom is hoping she's fully overcome injury to defend her 100m butterfly crown.

Sweden's Olympic 100m butterfly champion Sarah Sjostrom is happy with her last few weeks of preparation ahead of the Tokyo Games, but wishes she had a few more weeks of training.

Sjostrom, who will be competing at her fourth Olympics, had surgery for a broken elbow she suffered falling on ice in February, leaving her out of the water for months.

"I don't feel pain in my elbow anymore and yeah, I've been improving all the way from February until now, so I'm super happy with that," she told a press conference on Friday.

The 27-year-old is due to swim the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 100m butterfly which starts on Saturday.

While she holds the world record for the 100m fly with a time of 55.48 seconds, which she set in Rio, she will be up against stiff competition including Australia's Emma McKeon, American Torri Huske, China's Zhang Yufei and Canadian Maggie MacNeil.

"This is my fourth Olympics and I have had very different kind of preparations than I had for my last three. It's a different kind of challenge," she said.

"I'm going to do everything I can to do my best, and we'll see how it goes."

Australian Associated Press