Beckmann Drops Sub-26 50 Fly, Pedersen Wins Again on Danish Nats Day 4


On the final night of Danish Summer Nationals, Emilie Beckmann came within .01 of cracking the world’s top 10 in the 50 fly. Beckmann posted a 25.92, bettering her PR of 25.96 by four hundredths. That time is .01 away from the 10th-best time this world (25.91), and Beckmann crawls just a bit closer to Jeanette Ottesen’s 25.24 Danish record. Beckmann is still the only Danish woman, besides Ottesen, to break 26 in this race.

Tobias Bjerg won the men’s 50 fly, going 24.22. That wasn’t his first win of the night– in the men’s 100 breast, he was 1:02.09 for the victory there. That was a great time for Bjerg, and it was just .06 off of the Danish record, held by Philip Greve. Though he was in the race, too, Greve was DQ’d for FINA rule SW 7.6, which is outlined below. It seems he did not touch with both hands simultaneously at one of his walls; he was 1:02.58 in prelims.

At each turn and at the finish of the race, the touch shall be made with both hands separated and simultaneously at, above, or below the water level. At the last stroke before the turn and at the finish an arm stroke not followed by a leg kick is permitted. The head may be submerged after the last arm pull prior to the touch, provided it breaks the surface of the water at some point during the last complete or incomplete cycle preceding the touch.

After taking the 200 breast earlier this weekend, Rikke Møller Pedersen posted a 1:08.89 for the win in the 100 breast tonight. She used a stronger first 50 to get out ahead of 2nd place finisher Matilde Schrøder (1:09.24).


  • In the women’s 200 free, it was Laura Glerup Jensen at 2:01.99. The men’s race went to Spaniard Joan Casanovas (1:51.44).
  • Magnus Jákupsson was 56.33 to take the men’s 100 back, while Sara Sylvest posted a 1:03.05 to win the women’s race.
  • Sigma Swim won the women’s 4×100 free relay at 3:50.65. The fastest split of the field came from Julie Kepp Jensen of A6 at 55.92.
  • Farum Svømmeklub took the men’s 4×100 free relay at 3:23.19, with 2nd leg Kevin Witt Christensen splitting a field-best 49.74.

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I feel bad for Pedersen. She never has been able to perform well when it matters but she is so talented. She’s been 2:19 three times but only 2:24 this year in the 200. She could challenge Efimova in that event, and be top 5 in the 100 if she could just get back to 2:13-2014 form. I wish her well at worlds


Is Jeannette Ottessen even going to be at worlds? She performed well at the wc circuit last year and also won gold at sc worlds, but I don’t think she’s swam any long course this year


In the 100m butterfly preview they mentioned that Ottesen wasn’t listed on the Danish roster.

About Karl Ortegon

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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