Kromowidjojo 50 Free World Championships Win – Post Race Interview

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.

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Selamat ya Ranomi!

Sugeng ing sukses! mugia tansah sukses!


In The Philippines , they say ” Salamat ” , pretty close language there to say ” thanks ” .


Ranomi took this one owing to her experience. I hope she will dive back in pool and be ready to be part of the new phase of female sprint swimming. I’d love to see a bunch of women going inside 53 in the near future; and you must do so if you’re going to compete with the likes of Campbell and Sjöström.

Sjöstöm couldn’t be happier with her results at the meeting. I liked the fact that also the British got one medal.


Yes, I am so happy also for Sjoestrom. After all this 4 years.

Sjoestrom was in my virtual team when asked by John Lohn in a swimming world experiment for greatest swim teams that went head to head with each other.

It’s a good thing that Sjoestroem edited her events a bit and decided not to swim 50 fly. It paid off for her.

Halsall decided to focus on raw speed and ottesen decided not tosswim 100 free also paid off for both of them.

This is a good base to rebuild halsall’s confidence. She was devastated after 2011 and last year.


although unfotunately for Halsall now the target has moved further away.


I think she can be the worlds best 50 Freestyler. She loses a lot on Kromowidjojo off the start – She even lost ground on Campbell (Who herself has a poor start). Both Kromowidjojo and Halsall didn’t train properly until January (I am not sure about Ranomi – I think that is what I heard) so they should both have more to come. Halsall’s positive is that she has still has things in her race she can improve on unlike Kromowidjojo. If you watch the actual race Halsall is at about Kromowidjojo’s shoulder when they are at 15m (She was even further behind in the Fly) but at 30m they are level… Halsall has the turn over and the speed… Read more »

I believe Sarah will improve more in near future.A heavy weight was removed from her back.She even made a nice PB in 50 free.
The same i can talk about Cate Campbell.Always a kid of bright future but never delivering because of her injuries.It will be tough to beat her in 100 free…

The same i talked about mens 50 free i will talk about women: In a near future, we will see that mark lowering a lot.With a better start, Campbell blast a sub 24.The speed is there.
Good for US to have Manuel on the rise.US female sprinting was too much linked to Dara Torres.


Very true. Dara Torres was a big factor for a long time

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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