Dana Vollmer Sets Olympic, US Records in 100m Fly Heats

Dana Vollmer bested her own American Record (56.42) and the Olympic Record of 56.61 set by Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands at the Sydney 2000 Games in heats of the women’s 100m Butterfly. Vollmer took the race out in 26.28 (0.14 faster than her previous AR) and finished in a 56.25, shaving almost four tenths from the previous Olympic Record. Vollmer had set her former American Record in semi-finals of the 100m Butterfly at the US Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha. De Bruijn’s time from Sydney won her the Olympic gold medal and set the World Record at the time. Vollmer will lead the pack into the semi-final tonight, almost a full second ahead of China’s Lu Ying (57.17) who was followed closely by Alicia Coutts of Australia (57.36).

Check out Braden Keith’s Live Recap for up-to-the-minute results and commentary on the prelims in London.

Splits Compared:

Women’s 100m Butterfly 50m 100m (50m)
Inge de Bruijn (Sydney 2000) OR (WR) 26.67 56.61 (29.94)
Dana Vollmer (Omaha 2012) AR 26.42 56.42 (30.00)
Dana Vollmer (London 2012) OR 26.28 56.25 (29.97)


De Bruijn’s swim at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney:

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Too fast, Dana! Slow it down to 56 high or 57.0 in semis!!

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