Blume Cracks 24 For The First Time, Becomes 6th Fastest Performer Ever


Ben Proud‘s new Commonwealth and British Record in the men’s 50 free at the 2018 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome wasn’t the only sensational swim on the opening day, as Denmark’s Pernille Blume also set the pool on fire in the women’s event.

Blume, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in this race, cracked the 24-second barrier for the first time in her career, touching to win the women’s splash-n-dash in 23.92, breaking her national record of 24.00 from the 2017 World Championships.

In addition to the Danish Record, the 24-year-old became the 10th swimmer in history to go sub-24, and moves into 6th all-time. Check out the fastest performers of all-time below:

Fastest Performers Ever
1 Sarah Sjostrom 23.67
2 Britta Steffen 23.73
3 Cate Campbell 23.78
4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 23.85
5 Therese Alshammar 23.88
6 Pernille Blume 23.92
7 Marleen Veldhuis 23.96
7 Fran Halsall 23.96
9 Libby Trickett 23.97
9 Simone Manuel 23.97

Blume won over two other women who are on the list, with world record holder Sarah Sjostrom placing 2nd in 24.18 and 2012 Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo 3rd in 24.64.

In addition to Blume and Proud, check out some of the other national records from day 1:

  • USC member Robert Glinta broke his own Romanian Record to win the men’s 50 back, clocking 24.78 to crush his 24.97 from 2016.
  • Italian Silvia Scalia cracked the Italian Record in the women’s 50 back, clocking 28.01 for 4th to surpass Elena Gemo‘s 28.07 from 2015.
  • Valentine Dumont broke a 30-year-old record in the women’s 400 free, breaking the Belgian National Record of 4:11.71 in 4:11.12 to place 2nd to GBR’s Holly HibbottIsabelle Arnould swam the 4:11.71 at the 1988 Olympics where she placed 6th.
  • Arno Kamminga, who broke the Dutch National Record this morning in the men’s 100 breast lowered it again at finals, dropping his 59.41 down to 59.14 to move into 4th in the world rankings. The previous mark of 59.50 belonged to Lennart Stekelenburg from 2009.

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Cate Campbell 23.78


Wow. Olympic champion still getting better and better.

tea rex

Until 2014, nobody had broken 24 in textile.

Now 5 active swimmers have done it (Sjostrom, Campbell, Kromo, Blume, Manuel). Ikee is looking to be the next.

By 2020, it may take 23-point to final.


A 24 will sneak in

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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