W50 Free: Ranomi Kromowidjojo Heads To Olympic-Title Defence A European Champion

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of The Netherlands - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Olympic champion and now European champion for the first time: Ranomi Kromowidjojo, the Dutch ace who will defend her crown in Rio in August, blasted a 24.07sec for victory. Silver went to the defending champion Fran Halsall (GBR) in 24.44, the bronze to Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) in 24.61

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Halsall has been slower in the final than her semis swims (50 free/fly).

Kromowidjojo has been perfect: fast enough in semis to qualify fastest or among fastest and yet went even faster in the final (50/100 free).


Yes, Halsall’s final somewhat disappointing however, I still feel she’ll be in the final in Rio.

Ranomi certainly seems to be firing this year. At this point, she looks the most likely gate crasher of the AUS-SWE party in the 100 and whilst she’s never broken 24sec; this 24.07 clearly indicates she’s likely to give it a nudge.

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