Rikke Pedersen Survives The Katie Matts Chase; & Pernille Blume Pops A 53.9 100 Free

Rikke Pedersen, of Denmark - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Katie Matts, of Stockport Metro, did not quite get there but she was able to emerge from the women’s 200m breaststroke in the curtain-closing session of the Edinburgh International knowing what it feels like to chase down a world record holder. Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen won the race in 2:25.86, Matts on 2:25.93. It was no stroke-for-stroker but a last-lap-catch-up of an affair. Pedersen’s was one of three wins for the Danes on the last day of action, Olympic 50m freestyle champion Pernille Blume taking the 100m by storm in 53.93. The time marked the third best of her career, inside her Rio 2016 pace last year

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