Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) may not be back to where she was in the 100m for gold in London last year but in her second Olympic glory event, the 50m freestyle, she was bang on: 24.05, the world title matching precisely the speed of her one-lap bonanza in Britain; silver for Cate Campbell; bronze for Fran Halsall
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Deciding to scratch the 100 freestyle might have seemed like a strange idea by Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen, the defending champion. But there was a method to her madness and she was rewarded with a gold medal in the 50 butterfly.
The pressure she might have been feeling before the World Championships got started is gone now, a gold medal in the 100 freestyle serving as a calming influence. Now, Australian Cate Campbell is on a free roll in the 50 freestyle, which is dangerous for a young woman with exceptional talent and the desire to sweep the sprint freestyles.
Morning heats on day 7 at the 15th FINA World Championships with the SwimVortex team here in Barcelona, Craig Lord and John Lohn. On the penultimate morning, Yuliya Efimova dropped a 29.78 world record in the 50m breaststroke
Perhaps as much as anyone in the sport, Cate Campbell has dealt with difficult circumstances. But all of those troubles are a thing of the past after the Australian blew away the field in the 100 freestyle, winning the gold medal in 52.34.
Young will meet old when the final of the 50 freestyle is contested. That much was determined in the semifinals of the one-lap sprint when Frenchman Florent Manaudou and American Anthony Ervin nailed down the top spots for the championship final. Both men are Olympic champions in the 50 free, but the similarities end there.
Be sure to stay with SwimVortex during the morning preliminary session of the 15th FINA World Championships for constant updates as action unfolds.
Australia’s Cate Campbell remains the favorite to win the 100 freestyle, but Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo an Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom are not going to make the final easy. Sjostrom was the surprise top qualifier for the final in 52.87.
Be sure to stay with SwimVortex during the morning preliminary session of the 15th FINA World Championships for constant updates as action unfolds. The team here in Barcelona, Craig Lord and John Lohn, will be regularly adding updates to this file throughout the morning from the Palau Sant Jordi. All our loyal readers need to do is refresh their browser to see the latest news uploaded to the SwimVortex site. Enjoy the action and the coverage.
The stage is set for the rematch: The United States’ Nathan Adrian vs. Australia’s James Magnussen. Both frontrunners in the 100 freestyle did what was necessary in the semifinal round and will clash for gold in what is widely considered the premier event on the program.