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  • RIO 2016 blog - Behind the Camera: "Sarah" by Joel Marklund

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    160807 Japans Ikee Rikako, Sveriges Sarah Sjöström och Australiens Emma McKeon startar i finalen på 100 meter fjärilsim den 7 augusti 2016 under OS i Rio de Janeiro. Foto: Joel Marklund / BILDBYRÅN / kod JM / 87293
    Swimmer Sarah Sjöström (middle) of Sweden starts in the final of women’s 100 metre butterfly during the Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nikon D4S body | AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8 lens at 14mm| 1/1000th sec | F5.6 Copyright: Joel Marklund / BILDBYRÅN

     

    Joel Marklund, professional sports photographer from Sweden and European Nikon Ambassador:  “I never get nervous at work. Not when covering the 100 metres final starring Usain Bolt, not even when shooting the Sweden vs Canada ice hockey final at Sochi Olympics. But this time something was different. Sarah Sjöström, Sweden’s most successful swimmer over the last few years, won her first Olympic medal and also broke the current world record when competing in the women’s 100 metre butterfly final.

    I took my first portrait of Sarah nine years ago, when she was 13 years old and I was 22. Having seen her transformation through the years, the ups and downs in her career and knowing the pressure that built up to this final, I felt a huge relief when she eventually crushed the competition in the race. I guess that was a good kind of nervousness!”

     

    160807 Sveriges Sarah Sjšstršm tŠvlar i finalen pŒ 100 meter fjŠrilsim den 7 augusti 2016 under OS i Rio de Janeiro. Foto: Joel Marklund / BILDBYRN / kod JM / 87293
    Swimmer Sarah Sjöström of Sweden competes in the final of women’s 100 metre butterfly during the Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nikon D4S body | AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8 lens at 14mm| 1/1000th sec | F5.6 Copyright: Joel Marklund / BILDBYRÅN

     

    160807 Sveriges Sarah Sjšstršm grŒter efter att ha vunnit finalen pŒ 100 meter fjŠrilsim den 7 augusti 2016 under OS i Rio de Janeiro. Foto: Joel Marklund / BILDBYRN / kod JM / 87293
    Swimmer Sarah Sjöström of Sweden reacts after competing in the final of women’s 100 metre butterfly during the Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She won gold and broke the world record in the race. Nikon D5 body | AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F2.8E FL VR lens | 1/1600th sec | F3.5 Copyright: Joel Marklund / BILDBYRÅN