Rikke Moller Pedersen Takes A Run At Her Own World Record In The 200 Breaststroke

  6 Jeff Grace | March 29th, 2014 | Europe, Featured, International, News

On the third night of the Danish Open 200 breaststroke world record holder Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark took a run at her own record winning the event in a time of 2:19.94. Pedersen posted a 2:19.11 in the semi-final of the World Championships last summer.

  • World Record – 31.80/1:07.27 (35.47)/1:42.89 (35.62)/2:19.11 (36.22)
  • Danish Open – 32.48/1:07.58 (35.10)/1:43.68 (36.10)/2:19.94 (36.26)

This is extremely impressive considering that her coach Shannon Rollason told SwimSwam before the meet that Pedersen was not rested and was focusing on the Swim Cup in Eindhoven in two weeks time.

She also separated herself from the rest of the world beating the current number one time of 2:22.46 recorded by Kanako Watanabe of Japan.

Rikke Moller Pedersen, 200 breaststroke prelim, 2013 FINA Worlds (Photo Credit Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

2014 LCM Women 200 Breast TYR World Ranking

2Kanako
WATANABE
JPN2.21.0904/13
3Rie
KANETOU
JPN2.21.5804/13
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Mie Nielsen broke her own Nordic record in the women’s 50 backstroke twice in one day. In the prelims Nielsen gave the crowd a preview of what was to come in the finals. Nielsen posted a 28.28 in the women’s 50 backstroke, breaking her own Nordic record of 28.43. The time also ties her with Australian Lauren Quigley for sixth in the world rankings.

In the final she one upped herself winning the event in a time of 27.96, breaking her newly set Nordic record and tying her with Aliaksandra Herasimenia for third in the world rankings.

For Nielsen that is over a half second improvement on the year so far, it looks she has put her injury woes behind her. 

Pernille Blume took the 100 freestyle posting a time of 53.69, beating her Danish National Training Centre training partner Jeanette Ottesen, who recorded a time of 54.07.

Blume’s time places her third in the current world rankings with only Australian Cate Campbell (53.08) and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden (53.65) ahead of her. It is also a lifetime best, beating her previous time of 54.06, which she recorded at this meet in 2012.

This is a season’s best for Ottesen, putting up a time that ties her with Fran Halsall of Great Britain for the seventh spot in the world rankings (taking Blume’s time into consideration).

Cate Campbell, 100 free winner, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig)

2014 LCM Women 100 Free TYR World Ranking

CateAUS
CAMPBELL
04/05
52.68
2Sarah
SJOSTROM
SWE52.7304/13
3Bronte
CAMPBELL
AUS52.8607/28
4Femke
HEEMSKERK
NED53.3904/10
5Emma
McKEON
AUS53.4304/04
6Michelle
COLEMAN
SWE53.6604/13
7Pernille
BLUME
DEN53.6903/29
7Ranomi
KROMOWIDJOJO
NED53.6904/13
9Melanie
SCHLANGER
AUS53.7804/04
9Jeanette
OTTESEN GRAY
DEN53.7804/26
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Louise Hansson finished third in a time of 54.98.

Lotte Friis recorded her best time of the season in the women’s 1500 freestyle winning the event in a time of 16:31.45, placing her sixth in the current world rankings

It was a battle for the top spot in the men’s 200 freestyle with the top three athletes separated by only two tenths of a second. Going into the final 50 meters Daniel Skaaning led Daniel Steen Andersen by over a second and Mads Glaesner by over two, but both men made a run in the final 50 meters.

Skaaning held on to the win finishing in a time of 1:49.94. Andersen finished second by six one-hundredths of a second touching the wall in a time of 1:50.00 followed by Glaesner who took the bronze in a time of 1:50.15.

Alicja Tchorz of Poland won the women’s 200 IM in a time of 2:15.65 while Vitaly Melnikov of Russia took the men’s 100 backstroke in a time of 55.68.

 

 

Comments

  1. bobo gigi says:
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    Wow! RMP very close to her world record!
    And great 53.69 for Pernille Blume in the 100 free.
    Ok. Now it’s sure that Denmark is the biggest threat to USA in the medley relay in the next 2 years, as long as Australia hasn’t a fast breaststroker. Perhaps Taylor McKeown is their hopeful. We’ll see what she can do next week. To come back to Denmark, with Mie Nielsen RMP, Jeanette Ottesen and Pernille Blume, they have now a complete team.

    • aswimfan says:
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      I remember you were saying all along that Russia will be USA’s closest competition in w4x100 medley.

      Why made you change your prediction?

      • bobo gigi says:
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        Only because Russia doesn’t have Efimova anymore.
        I don’t know.
        Is she suspended?
        She should have at least 2 years of suspension.
        On the other hand, she could be in Rio.

  2. Rafael says:
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    Denamrk being able to beat US in swimming is something I never even imagined in my life.

    And I ´m really curious to see what that 13 (in 2013) year old japanese girl has to show this year on 200 BR

    • bobo gigi says:
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      I haven’t said Denmark would beat USA in that relay. I said that Denmark will be perhaps the biggestv threat. But on paper USA remains the big favorite. They have now Simone Manuel on freestyle!
      The big question is Australia. If in 2016 they have a breaststroker in 1.05/1.06, they will be very dangerous.

  3. DanishSwimFan says:
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    SÅDAN PIGER!

    Some great swimming from our Danish girls this week, so many good performances I’m not sure which has impressed me most.

    Mie continues to go from strength to strength, she’s ready for a big big year after having to sit out the world championships, and more importantly it looks like she has definitely put her injury woes behind her. It will be exciting to see how she progresses.

    Pernille beating Jeanette is a quite a great surprise, and she’s close to the Danish record. It’s particularly impressive given that Pernille is very small for a sprint freestyler. She swims a bit like Morozov with very straight arms. A really important moment for her I think, although she will probably be less impressed with how it was reported in the Danish newspaper Politiken. “Underwear model hands Ottesen a rare defeat” was their headline (referring to the current edition of the Danish magazine ‘M!’ in which Pernille can be seen with not a lot of clothes on…). It will be fun to see the rematch in Eindhoven, I’m sure this will fire up Jeanette to get her revenge.

    And RMP.. 2:19 unrested? O.O. If that isn’t Mr Rollason playing mind games with us… wow. She could be very fast in Eindhoven. I was hoping for her to swim a 2:22, maybe 2:21. I really didn’t expect a 2:19. She will be a massive favourite in Berlin if she keeps up this kind of swimming all season.

    It’s quite amazing enough that Denmark is a possible contender in medley relay, although I don’t think the US is really in too much danger for now. But that now with Pernille, Jeanette, Mie and Julie Levisen we might have a decent freestyle relay (at European level at least) is nothing short of mind blowing and not something I thought I would ever see in my lifetime. Little old Denmark!

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