Therese Alshammar

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Therese Alshammar (2013)

Personal information
Surname: Therese Alshammar
Nickname (s): Tessan
Nation: SwedenSweden Sweden
Swimming style (s) : Freestyle, butterfly
Society: Taby Sim
College team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Birthday: August 26, 1977
Place of birth: Solna
Size: 1.80 m
Medal table

Therese Alshammar (born August 26, 1977 in Solna ) is a former Swedish swimmer . She is world champion over 50 m butterfly and multiple European champion over 50 m butterfly and the short freestyle courses .


Alshammar made his first international appearance at the 1994 World Swimming Championships . At that time she reached the semi-finals over 100 m back . She also took part in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta via this route , but this time too she did not get past the semifinals. With bronze in the 50 m freestyle, she won her first international medal at the European Championships in 1997 . From then on, this route developed into your special route. At the European Championships in 1999 she already won silver on this sprint track, only defeated by Inge de Bruijn .

Her final breakthrough to the top of the world came at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney . She won two silver medals in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle, where she was barely defeated by her conqueror Inge de Bruijn from the Netherlands, and the bronze medal with the Swedish sprint relay.

Since Sydney she has been one of the favorites on the short distances at major international events. At the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka , she again won two silver medals, this time in the 50 m freestyle and 50 m butterfly, again mastered by Inge de Bruijn. In Berlin at the European Swimming Championships in 2002 , she became European champion over 50 m butterfly.

The year 2003 took them a little slower in order to consistently prepare for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens . In her only start in the 50 m freestyle, however, she just missed a medal in fourth. At the 2005 World Swimming Championships in Montréal , she won the bronze medal in the 50 m butterfly. At the Short Course World Championships in Shanghai in 2006 she won the 50 m butterfly and was second in the 50 m freestyle, defeated by a wafer thin by a hundredth of a second by the Australian Lisbeth Lenton .

At the European Swimming Championships in Budapest in 2006 , Alshammar won the gold medal in the 50 m butterfly, defeating her compatriot Anna-Karin Kammerling , and the silver medal in the 50 m freestyle when she only had to admit defeat to the German Britta Steffen . At the European Short Course Championships in Helsinki in 2006 she won the 50 m butterfly by relegating her compatriot Kammerling to second place, while she won the silver medal in the 50 m freestyle, narrowly beaten by the Dutchwoman Marleen Veldhuis .

As her greatest success to date, she won gold over 50 m butterfly at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne , ahead of defending champion Danni Miatke from Australia, and silver over 50 m freestyle, defeating Britta Steffen and Marleen Veldhuis, but again defeated Australian Lisbeth Lenton . On June 13, 2007, Alshammar set a new world record for the 50 m butterfly in a Mare Nostrum series competition in Barcelona with 25.46 seconds, undercutting Anna-Karin Kammerling's seven-year-old record by eleven hundredths. At the Paris Open 2007 she won in her parade disciplines 50 m butterfly and 50 m freestyle, defeating Britta Steffen, who had to be content with second place.

Her world record of 25.44 seconds over 50 m butterfly, which she achieved in Sydney on March 17, 2009, was disqualified because Alshammar violated the FINA competition rules, which had been changed only two weeks earlier , which forbid wearing two swimsuits. Alshammar rated this as "a little sexist ".

At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, she again won the silver medal in the 50 m freestyle.

In recognition of her sporting achievements in 2010, Therese Alshammar was the first female swimmer to be awarded the Jerringpriset . In December 2011 she received the Svenska Dagbladet gold medal for her victory in the 50 m freestyle at the 2011 World Swimming Championships in Shanghai .

At the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics , she was given the honor of being the flag bearer of the Swedish team .

In November 2016 Therese ended her career at the Swedish short course championships.

Private life

Therese is in a relationship with her trainer Johan Wallberg. In June 2013, they became parents to a son.

During her childhood she practiced athletics and danced ballet in addition to swimming.


World records (2)
50 m butterfly 00: 25.07 min July 31, 2009 Rome
50 m butterfly (short course) 00: 24.38 min November 22, 2009 Singapore
(As of August 7, 2010)

Web links

Commons : Therese Alshammar  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Swimmer Alshammar criticizes the Märkische Oderzeitung suit rule of March 18, 2009, last accessed on July 30, 2011
  2. Sebastian Schwenke: Olympia opening: Alshammar and Pellegini are also there as flag bearers. In: Retrieved August 16, 2016 .
  3. Sebastian Schwenke: Video: The last race by Therese Alshammar. In: Retrieved November 13, 2016 .
  4. "Alshammar har blivit mamma" website from Retrieved June 26, 2013 (Swedish)
  5. Sabrina Knoll: Swimmer Therese Alshammar: "It's hard to be young and successful in sport" . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . July 16, 2012, ISSN  0174-4909 ( [accessed November 13, 2016]).