Dana Vollmer brought the U.S. women’s swimming its first gold medal of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she won the 100m Butterfly Sunday (July 29), defeating both Australia’s Alicia Coutts, who was trying to make it three straight golds in this event for the Aussies, and the (at the time) current world record holder Sarah Sjostrom.
But Sjostrom is not the world record holder any longer. Vollmer didn’t just win, she broke the world record of 56.06 by swimming a 55.98, making her the first woman in the world to ever swim the 100m Butterfly in under 56 seconds. Above you can see Vollmer’s expression after spotting on the big electronic board that she set a new world record.
“I’m just so excited right now. I felt good that first 50 and I got even
more excited as I was coming home … it’s just so exciting, the whole
thing,” says Vollmer after the race.
Vollmer was actually in third after the 50m turn, but she turned on the gas for the final 50 and surged ahead of the pack. Lu Ying of China finished second and Coutts of Australia finished third. Vollmer’s U.S. teammate Claire Donahue finished seventh.