GBR’s Hopkin Nabs Olympic Consideration Time In 50 Free Final

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The women’s 50m freestyle event on night 2 of the European Championships saw Dutch Olympian Ranomi Kromowidjojo get to the wall first, claiming gold in a near-personal best of 23.97. That was enough to hold off a tying pair of swimmers in Dane Pernille Blume and Pole Kasia Wasick who touched in identical times of 24.17 for co-runners-up.

Although she finished off the podium in 6th place, British speedster Anna Hopkin managed to fire off a time of 24.51. That result dipped under the British Swimming-mandated qualification time of 24.60 needed to make the Olympic Games.

The two possible 50m freestyle slots remained open after the British Olympic Selection meet, which meant these Championships provided an opportunity for possible consideration. At the Trials meet, Hopkin indeed took the meet title but here mark of 24.79 fell short of the aforementioned 24.60 standard.

En route to 6th place, Hopkin’s 24.51 should qualify her for the event for Tokyo, paired with the 100m freestyle qualification she already nabbed at the Trials.

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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