Jeanette Ottesen Slips Under Own 100 Free Danish Record


In the first semifinal of the women’s 100 free, Denmark‘s Jeanette Ottesen posted a new Danish record, besting her own mark.

Ottesen, notably, went faster than her time of 53.41 from the 2009 World Championships. That was right in the height of the magic suit era, but Ottesen has found a way to better than mark. Her time of 53.35 tonight is just .06 ahead of her old record.

Split comparison

  • 2009: 25.66/27.75 (53.41)
  • 2016: 25.91/27.44 (53.35)

Ottesen has been showing some impressive sprint freestyle this meet, having gone a 53.53 in prelims.

Ottesen, who is better known for her butterfly prowess, qualified into the 100 free final for tomorrow night. She holds Danish records in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, and 100 fly.

Earlier in these Games, Ottesen swam in the 100 fly final, where she touched 8th. In addition to the 100 free final tomorrow night, Ottesen will swim the 50 free prelims on Friday morning. She’s also expected to be a part of the Danish 4×100 medley relay on the final night of competition on Saturday.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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