Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s Best 100m Since London 2012 As Pellegrini Goes 53.18 NR

Ranomi Kromowidjojo by Patrick B. Kraemer
Ranomi Kromowidjojo by Patrick B. Kraemer

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) claimed Olympic gold in a Games record of 53.00 four years ago in London over 100m freesyle. This evening in Rome on the second day of three at the Sette Colli International in Rome, she raced faster than she has at any time since London 2012, her two-lapper covered in 53.14, right there with it the Italian record and fastest evenr by Federica Pellegrini, 53.18.

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Yozhik

What can I say? Bravo, Federica! What other trick does she have up her sleeve? I hope there won’t be the repetition of last year when best times were shown one month prior major competition.

aswimfan

Pellegrini is a smart swimmer, this very fast 100 is showing the result of new focus on 100-200 and training stability in the past 2 years (which cannot be said of her before 2012 London).

Bad Anon

Fede will have a lot of confidence going into Rio. Whether her new found speed will translate into the 200 is yet to be seen…. Though in recent history more success has been seen in 50/100 free and 200/400free doubles rather than 100/200 insofar as olympic/worlds medals come to mind. Franklin has been doing100/200free for years but no silverware in the individual 100… Thorpe snuck a bronze in the 100 in Athens which was incredible…. Lets imagine Fede pulling off a Thorpe in 100free in Rio ??i. , it would be truly incredible, however quite unlikely ……though any new found closing speed will surely help Fede to hold on to a podium finish in a “pure fight” for a podium in Rio to borrow Fede’s words……

aswimfan

If nothing bad happens to C1+C2 and Sarah, I severely doubt that Fede’s 100 is fast enough for bronze. Bronze will be around 52.6-52.7

But, this will mean that it will be even more incredibly competitive to get into the final. If a top swimmer is just off her game or miscalculates in the semis, they may miss out on final, a la Libby Trickett in Beijing (who was saved later by the dq of Chinese swimmer).
Here’s a list of swimmers who will swim 52.5 or faster in the semis:
C1, C2, Sarah, Ranomi, Femke, Fede, Penny.
So only one place left for these swimmers to fight for:
2 americans, Aliaksandra, MIchelle, Rikako and a chinese or two.

aswimfan

edit:
“Here’s a list of swimmers who will swim 53.5 or faster in the semis”

DDias

Talk about an unexpected improving!0.6s in a 100!
I would not be surprised if the Lioness dip under 1:54 in 200free…

ThereaLuigi

Fede said after the race she has not decided yet whether she will swim the 100. I believe she is not deluded about snatching a medal. But she surprised herself with this result. Said she thought Ranomi was going slow, instead it was the other way round :-). This bodes well for her 200, it could mean she can go under 1:55. KL is virtually unbeatable, but no one else is.

aswimfan

She should swim 100. Why not?

The 100 free prelims starts one day after 200 free final.

Ok, maybe the 100 free semis is on the same night as 4×200 free. So, if Fede sacrifices 100, this means she believes that Italy has a strong chance of a medal. Let’s check some facts. Last year, they were lucky an unsual combination happened that allowed them to win silver (which btw is by far the slowest silver winning time in a worlds/olympics since 2007):
1. ALL of their four swimmers swam their PBs,
2. The other medal contenders, China, Australia, GBR and Japan swam their worst in years. Even SWE had Ida Marko Varga swimming 2:00 and finished 4th.

It is highly unlikely that these combination will occur again this year, and anyway, silver will likely not be won in slower time than 7:46

Bad Anon

There is no harm in Fede entering 100free as a fun event…. Depending on her training I’m not sure she’ll be any faster with tapering…. She’ll need to be under 1.55 in the 200free to medal… Women’s 100back also shaping up to be cut throat with many capable of 59.5 or better; Seebohm; Nielsen, Wilson, Hosszu, Franklin, Coughlin, Ustinova, Zueva, Canada girl, 8 spots available; big names will be shut out of w100free/back finals…..

aswimfan

Bad Anon,
You right that Fede doesn’t usually drop large chunk of time with tapering. Last year she went 1:55.00 on 4 July at France Open and then a month later went 1:55.32 in Kazan.
In 2014, she went 1:55.69 in Italian Spring Nationals and then went 1:56.01 at 2014 Euro champs.
Most tellingly:
In 2012, she went 1:56.32 in Sette Colli, and then went 1:56.67 in London.

So, her 200 free today in Sette Colli will be important to indicate what time she will swim in Rio.

ThereaLuigi

Fede started out as a 100 free swimmer and was already a 54 mid at 15. Then her late coach Castagnetti decided she was built for middle distances and changed her training, increasing volume. This probably resulted in her losing some base speed, although it was a right choice in hindsight. I believe in the dusk of her career she is doing quality training, and much more dryland, but I have no inside information.

Yozhik

Luigi, I am not sure how accurate my observation can be, but it looks to me that Pellegrini performs better when she has a moving target within the reach in front of her. Like “slow” moving Ranomi, as you said. Last year it was racing Hosszu with 1:55.0. I think should she focus on Ledecky but not Franklin her time at 200 at WC will be better. Her relays also seem to prove that she is not afraid of being well behind and like to chase and catch. But this says more of her as middle distance swimmer. I really didn’t expect her to be that fast at 100. I like it
very much.

ThereaLuigi

Yes Yozhik, she is indeed a chaser, like any lioness 🙂

The problem with KL is that she is virtually impossible to get from behind. A prey unlike any other.

aswimfan

“Her relays also seem to prove that she is not afraid of being well behind and like to chase and catch”.

Not always true.
Case in point:
In 2012 London, she anchored 4×200 in 1:57.61. She gave up.
In 2011 Shanghai, she went 1:58.08 in the second leg.
In Barcelona, she anchored in 1:58.73

Yozhik

We have been spoiled by a few superstars’ under 53 swimming. To comprehend how significant 53.18 is think about the fact that none of American sprinters was faster. Never ever!

aswimfan

Amanda Weir swam American Record of 53.02 in Rome, 2009. In polyurethane suit, of course.

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