Marrit Steenbergen – 53.97 A Euro Junior Record Set & Matched For Baku Gold

Marrit Steenbergen, a sprinter on the move

If – and it will probably be when – Marrit Steenbergen learns a world-class start, she’ll be well on her way to cracking 53sec. As things stand, the 15-year-old Dutch sprinter has two 100m freestyle efforts inside 54sec to her name at the European Junior Championships, part of the fledgling continental Games, in Baku. The clock in both the semi and the final stopped in 53.97, a European junior record set and matched.

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If – and it will probably be when – Marrit Steenbergen learns a world-class start, she’ll be well on her way to cracking 53sec. As things stand, the 15-year-old Dutch sprinter has two 100m freestyle efforts inside 54sec to her name at the European Junior Championships, part of the fledgling continental Games, in Baku. The clock in both the semi and the final stopped in 53.97, a European junior record set and matched.

Comments

Cayley Guimarães

Wow…

DDias

That 0.87 RT…Yikes!The Dutch are always producing some awesome sprinters.

But today, I am more impressed by Openysheva…only 1.60 and 54.45!That is a totally absurd time for someone so short.

Craig Lord

Potential in juniors is what impresses me, DDias… I’m not at all sure that 54.4 will ever get significantly faster and make an impact in senior waters. I feel fairly sure that 53.9 will turn into something that will have an impact in senior waters over two laps one day.

aswimfan

The live commentator pair were so funny.
They were excitedly calling Carini 1:57.80 as the new “games record”, although a moment before they called pakhomov’s 1:57.74 also as the new “games record”.

They really have no clue about swimming.

OAC

^ Just curious as to why you think a 53.9 swimmer has more potential than a 54.4 swimmer, when both coming from 15 year olds?

DDias

Craig Lord,
There is no doubt about it, but the small wonder is faster than my area record(Larissa Oliveira-54.61)and still a Junior(and) probably being a non-specialist (not a pure sprinter) and a top 50 in the World.That is impressive.
Looking at men´s 100free semis, very weak times(not much different than a Brazilian champs), I expect to have a much more deep ion final.
Marrit is a pure sprinter and already a reality.Time will tell “how good” a reality she will be.

roy

I think marrit steenbergen will swim a 53 mid by the time Rio comes along.
OAC, Craig lord said that openysheva will not be as steenbergen in the future because her short height will limit her in the future.
steenbergen is 5,10 while openysheva is 5,3. But yes a 5,3 girl swimming a 54.45 is very impressive.
I agree that steenbergen will have more potential than openysheva in the future.
Steenbergen is currently 5,10 in height but I hope she gets a little taller, maybe 6 feet but I doubt it. Most girls stop growing when they are 14 or 15.
On a ligher note, I don,t think that steenbergen will appreciate me hoping that she gets taller as most girls don,t want to be too tall.

roy

second paragraph I meant OAC,Craig lord said that openysheva will not be as fast as steenbergen in the future because her short height will limit her in the future.

Viva la Bang

Interesting Cate Campbell’s Australian 15 yrs records are 24.13 and 53.30 both from 2008

Dee

OAC,

Openysheva is not built to be a top sprinter, Steenbergen is, Simple as that.

AusBoet

Some previous comments seem to be obsessed with stature as an indicator of swimming sprinting potential. The beauty of swimming is that it is completely irrelevant unlike other sports eg Basketball or Netball where height is generally a prerequisite for top level competition. Remember a little shorty of 5 ft 6′ who broke the 100 free world record in 2008 with with a 52.88 in 2006……Libby Trickett.

DDias

AusBoet,
sorry to burst your bubble, mas Libby is an exception within exception.A true phenomenon.

Height IS a prerequisite in swimming, and more in sprinting.You can always tell WHO are the small wonders among the best(like Morozov and Libby). The average sprinter is very tall(Adrian,Cielo,Manaudou…), and there is no tendency to lower that.
Even in non sprint events, swimmers small sized like Janet Evans(I would put Krisztina Egerszegi too, but in her Wikipedia page she is 10 centimetres taller than I thought she was…) are rare.

AusBoet

DDais,
Averages mean nothing, If your head is in the oven and your butt is in the freezer, on average you are feeling OK. My point is that while sprinters are on average taller, one needs to look at actual data to get a real understanding. To label Ms Openysheva as a low potential sprinter at this stage is not valid.

roy

Ausboet,
Height matters (in sprinting) in swimming. Mostly the 50 and 100 meters of all the strokes except the breaststroke. But in the longer distances, height is less important. Shorter sprinters can excel but they are usually the exception not the rule.

in the backstroke sprints ( 50 and 100 meters ). Ryosuke irie is the exception not the rule. Irie is just 5,10 and is shorter that all his main competitors such as matt grevers who is 6,3. Ryan Murphy who is 6,3 etc. ryosuke irie is a very rare exception to the rule.

Libby trickett was 5,6 and Fran halsall is also 5,6. The both of them are very rare exceptions. Most top class female sprint freestyles are between 5,10 and 6,1.

Examples are
cate Campbell 6,1
Sarah sjostrom 6,1
Simone Manuel 5,11
Missy franklin 6,1
Emma McKeon 5,10
Bronte Campbell 5,10
Abby weitzeil 5,10
Shen duo 5,11
Marrit steenbergen 5,10
Feemke heemskerk 5,11
Ranomi kromowidjojo 5,10

Craig Lord

OAC, the way it was swum, technique, as well as height, build, physical type and the systems in which the swimmers come from.
One swimmer has been fast-tracked to maturity and has 17 junior medals on the cards and a profile of fast junior since she was 13-14; and she has arrived in a place where, in senior waters, her 4:08 400 would be a touch more useful than her 54.4. At 5’3 and swimming as she does (lots of spirit, lots of energy wasted above and below water and her kick more useful to 400 than 100 – and her 400 swum more efficiently) I don’t see her as a 100 swimmer;
The other swimmer is very much at the start of a learning curve, the potential for improvement obvious (it could have been a 53.5 with a couple of minor refinements), as is her aptitude for sprinting (50 to 200 range). This is a swimmer who will go a 52; I don’t see Openysheva ever doing that (any 53-mid swim for her as a senior would be very good). European junior swimming has a fair few examples of swimmers who raced everything and picked up a pile of medals on their way to much more modest senior careers, be that modesty in terms of relative results and/or in terms of the No and type of event they settled on. I don’t see Openysheva as a future threat to a major sprint crown; I do see Steenbergen as having that potential – and not just because of her obvious talents and aptitude but because of the Dutch sprint tradition – it helps to have role models and high bars ahead of you.
And in sprint: yes, height – and that relative to other dimensions – is significant – as the averages (a generality but an indicator nonetheless) of the best in the world tell us (and no, I’m not going to work them all out this morning 🙂

roy

Matt grevers is 6,7 not 6,3. My mistake.

Josh

Openysheva doesn’t have to be a top sprinter. 54.4 is a great time for someone who does better at distance races. That’s a great speed foundation to build a really strong 400 and 800 on.

Craig Lord

Quite so, Josh. If she makes good in senior waters, it is more likely to be over 400 etc, not 100; which is the point I was making… these two swimmers will not clash keenly many times in the years ahead, as was stated, in my opinion; they will swim different events, for a start.

Craig Lord

Yes, it is valid, AusBoet, but not because of height – she isn’t a sprinter. She has been a fast junior since she was 13. She will not be a threat to a major sprint crown in intl senior waters and is from a country that can recall many fast juniors across every event you can think of in Euro junior waters but has a very different record in senior intl global waters. Steenbergen is a natural-born sprinter who has not been fast-tracked, her journey just beginning.

Craig Lord

Thanks for that list, Roy – and for noting that it is not only about height, with Libby and Fran the obvious examples of shorter sprinters – though Fran is actually almost 5ft 8

roy

I agree it,s not only about height. Fran halsall is 5,7 or so. I find it intruiging that she seems to be better in the 50 free than the 100 free although she,s gone sub 53 in the 100 free but that was during the supersuit era.
I don,t know. How many women have gone sub 53 in textile.
I only know if cate campbell, Bronte campbell, Sarah sjostrom and recently feemke heemskerk. I wasn’t following swimming keenly during the time of Libby ticket so I,m not sure if she went sub 53 in textile or in a super suit ( tech suit ).

Craig Lord

Roy, Fran is 1.72, which is 5ft 7.7 something or other… a haircut under 5ft 8 🙂
Six women have gone sub-53 in textile, Libby makes the list with her 52.99 from April 2007, post worlds duel with USA in which she raced in a lane next to Michael Phelps – so the world record pace was not recognised as a world record under prevailing rules.

Personal Best

I watched live that 52.99 from Libby.

Great moment but it was momentarily lost by the fact that Phelps was seemingly 5m ahead when they touched the wall (from memory anyway).

52.99 flashed on the board and my mind went ‘yep, impressive relay split’, till I realised that she was the lead off.

roy

Thanks Craig. Six women have gone sub 53 in textile but I don,t know the sixth woman. The ones I know of are
Cate Campbell
Bronte Campbell
Sarah sjostrom
Feemke heemskerk and
Libby ticket

Is ranomi kromowidjojo the sixth woman to go sub 53 in textile. She,s the only one I can think of right now in that group capable of going sub 53 in textile even now.

The sub 53 category for the women,s freestyle sprints remains exclusive to a few women. For the men, the sub 48 category is exclusisive to just a few men.

Craig Lord

Yes, Roy, Ranomi – Olympic title yet to be won inside 53 but 52.75 was Ranomi’s spring trials time on way to London 2012 gold in 53 flat

roy

Thanks craig

OAC

Thanks Craig – I thought your initial comment was more just about the time, rather than the individuals – but your rationale on the individuals’ potential in the event makes sense!

aswimfan

roy,

there are many men who have broken 48 in textile than women breaking 53:

47.10 Magnussen, James
47.52 Adrian, Nathan
47.62 Morozov, Vladimir
47.63 Roberts, James
47.65 McEvoy, Cameron
47.65 Ning, Zetao
47.80 Hayden, Brent
47.82 Feigen, Jimmy
47.84 Cielo, Cesar
47.84 Agnel, Yannick
47.88 Verschuren, Sebastiaan
47.91 Nystrand, Stefan
47.98 Grechin, Andrey
47.98 Manaudou, Florent

For the simple reason that men first went sub 48 in 2000 (PVDH) while women went sub 53 seven years later in 2007 (trickett)

BIG D

I am 6ft 5in and very slow.

Let the clock be the judge.

roy

aswimfan thanks for the list of the men that have gone sub 48. Cesar cielo,s 100 free world record is tough to beat.

Luigi

At least one name missing, Aswimfan: the great PVDH, 47.84

Luigi

Ps I just read you mentioned him in the final sentence

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