With a time of 24.72, Sarah Sjöström was the fastest of all who qualified for the final in the 50 meter freestyle.

From track four in Rome, she was favorite for the gold.

She kept the favorite pressure and won EC gold with a time of 23.91.

A good start was important on the long course, which Sarah Sjöström got.

After that, it was an even battle against the Polish Katarzyna Wasick, but Sjöström was always a little bit ahead and was able to hold off all the way to the finish line.

Wasick took silver with a time of 24.20, the bronze went to the Dutch Valerie van Roon (24.64).

The article is updated.