Dutch Duels Ahoy: Kromowidjojo 53.21, Vs Heemskerk; Brzoskowski Vs Verschuren

Ranomi Kromowidjojo - by Gian Mattia D'Alberto / LaPresse for arena

The closing semi-finals stole the show at the SwimCup Eindhoven this evening as Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo popped a 53.21 for a ticket to lane 4 in the final tomorrow after watching Femke Heemskerk go 53.87 at the helm of the first line-up. If that set up one Dutch sprint freestyle clash, then Maarten Brzoskowski, like Kromowidjojo at the NTC excellence centre in Eindhoven and racing in his home pool, clocked 1:47.36 in the 200m semis, Sebastiaan Verschuren, NTC-De Dolfijn, on 1:47.55. Rio 2016 relays at stake in the mix

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Interesting, to note that Kromowidjojo is consistently very fast from the blocks and Steenbergen is consistenly very slow.
Prelim 0.66sec vs 0.76sec
Semi 0.63 vs 0.80
0.17 sec is a significant advantage at 100m freestyle race. I would expect a younger swimmer to be more explosive.


RT does not determine how good the start is. Popov often appeared to leave the blocks last yet was always first to the 15.


you are right about RT:he is a component of the start process;Dive,underwater kicks and breakout are very important.
BUT, normally, a swimmer with bad RT has bad twitch fibre reaction, and that means he will need to have some time to “get in” in the race.We are talking about precious time in the current state of affairs, a time a sprinter can’t afford to lose.Of course, there is always exceptions like Cate Campbell and Popov.


Kromowdjojo has always had excellent RT, that’s why she is consistently medaling in 50 free at every global championships since 2011. and that’s why sprinters like Cate sometimes missed out on medaling like in Kazan even though she has the 50 free textile WR.


The Dutch will be one swimmer short of a competitive relay.

Craig Lord

p1robi – yes – shame about Inge Dekker. All best to her for recovery:

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