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.
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).
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.