Blueseventy Swim of the Week: The Two Fastest 50 Frees In History

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Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

One single race in Berlin this weekend launched the two fastest short course meter 50 freestyles in history in side-by-side lanes.

The story of the swim begins five days earlier, when Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom used the opening leg of the FINA World Cup to blast a 23.10, breaking a two-year-old world record and earning a $10,000 bonus in the World Cup’s prize money system.

The previous world record-holder, the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojowas second in that race at 23.39, just over a tenth off her old record.

Fast forward to five days later, and it was Kromowidjojo picking up the $10K payday, smashing a 22.93 to become the first woman ever under 23 seconds in the race. One lane down from her was Sjostrom, who bettered her own personal best with a 23.00 good for second place.

That means in the past six days, we’ve seen the three fastest 50 freestyles in history, two of them in the same race in Berlin.

The new World Cup rules should mean that the 50 free won’t be part of the competition program on the tour’s next stop in Eindhoven this week. But in just two stops, Sjostrom has made over $30,000 and Kromowidjojo almost $17,000. The tour continues with 7 more stops, and the first cluster bonuses handed out after the Eindhoven stop. (Full money lists here.)

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WOMEN’S 50 FREE BERLIN
Ranomi New World record 22.93
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYv_KtMcWsU

Thanks for posting the link to the video. She had a great turn and a perfect touch. That’s what WRs are made of.

Congrats Ranomi Kromowidjojo! That was an awesome swim. Good to see her bounce back so well from the injuries she had in 2016.

Does sjostrom get the world record bonus if she broke the previous world record but got second?

One would think not, because .08s before she touched the wall the WR became 22.92. When she touched the wall she did not break the current WR

How come no-one’s talking about Cate Campbell’s comeback here. She’s been consistently behind these two on the world cup stops. She can only get better

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