Swimswam coverage of women’s 50 freestyle at the 2013 FINA World Championships reported by Jeff Grace:
Australian Cate Campbell was able to get the best of Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo in the 100 freestyle, but the Dutch swimmer was not going to let that happen in the 50.
After collecting a silver in the 50 butterfly and a bronze in the 100 freestyle Kromowidjojo was determined to go home with at least one gold and did in her signature event.
At the Olympics she dominated the race winning in a time of 24.05, although she matched that time in her victory today Campbell made the race much closer than it was in London.
Campbell, who bronze in the event at both the 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Championships finished in a textile best of 24.14. This caps off a great comeback season for Campbell who had an extremely disappointing 2012 Olympics.
Fran Halsall of Great Britain did it. After failing to win a medal in London and stating that she wanted start on a path of redemption, Halsall collected the first medal for Great Britain at the 2013 World Championships.
After having a very strong reaction after achieving very little success at their home Olympics in London, winning three medals in the pool, what will be the reaction of the British after the world championships?
Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden finished fourth in a lifetime best of 24.45. It is certain that Sjostrom would have liked to have finished the meet with a medal finish, but the Swede will go home happy after winning the 100 butterfly and finishing second in the 100 freestyle.
Australian Bronte Campbell finished tied for fifth with Jeanette Ottesen Gray of Denmark in a time of 24.66.
American Simone Manuel finished seventh in a lifetime best of 24.80.
Dorothea Brandt of Germany finished eighth in a time of 24.81.