Kromowidjojo Tops Sjostrom, Rattles WR On Day 2 of Tokyo World Cup


Women’s Events

Ranomi Kromowidjojo avenged a 50 fly loss to Sarah Sjostrom with a touchout 50 free win on day 2 of the Tokyo World Cup, coming within a few tenths of her own world record in the process.

Kromowidjojo went 23.29 to beat Sjostrom (23.34) for that win, with Australian Cate Campbell (23.70) taking bronze.

Sjostrom got her own win in the 100 fly, going 55.07 to set a World Cup record and come within four tenths of her world record. The other series points contender, Katinka Hosszu, pulled down one win in the 100 IM, going 57.38 to touch out Japanese youngster Rikako Ikee (57.75 and a new World Junior Record).

Li Bingjie set a World Junior Record too, going 3:59.14 and winning the 400 free by almost a second over Boglarka Kapas. Other event winners were Emily Seebohm in the 200 back (2:01.98) and Yulia Efimova in the 100 breast (1:03.90).

Men’s Events

On the men’s side, Daiya Seto set a new World Cup record with a 3:57.66 win in the 400 IM. That blew out the field by a whopping 5.7 seconds. It was a solid day for home nation swimmers all-around, with Yasuhiro Koseki taking home the 50 breast title in 26.06. He completes a breaststroke sweep in Tokyo.

Series points leader Chad le Clos went 1:50.71 to win the 200 fly over Nao Horomura (1:51.37), with the latter just a hair off of a World Junior Record benchmark time (1:51.30). Le Clos just missed a second win in the 200 free, going 1:43.56 but coming up short to Cameron McEvoy‘s 1:43.37. The other event winner was China’s Xu Jiayu at 49.86 in the 100 backstroke.

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crooked donald

Ranomi has one of the all-time great smiles. Wicked start, too.

crooked donald

I do not get C1’s brain. Crazy fast on home turf just a while ago, then struggles when she’s up against real competition. Hope she wins one to regain her confidence.


Possibly a bit rested at home? She seemed very much ‘in the zone’ and mentioned wanting to see where she was at post-break.


Not sure that its just confined to international competition. Her performances at this year’s AUS Nats were as perplexing. Clearly fastest qualifier in 100free then almost a carbon copy of Rio in the final to finish 3rd. Was beaten (in a fairly pedestrian time for her) in the 50 by C2. WILL grant the point that WR do tend to happen … when they happen, rather than as part of any linear pattern but I think we will know by late August 2018 whether she still has it mentally or whether her future may solely be as a relay swimmer (if that). Like most, I hope its the former rather than the latter. Little sister ….. lacks the record breaking… Read more »


Bronte only raced the 50m in Tokyo when she was originally listed to race in the 200m free as well. Not sure if she’s reinjured herself again.

With Cate, she absolutely flew in her relay leg in the Mixed Free Relay. Not sure what the fastest ever relay split is by a female in the 4 x 50m Free (not in the first leg, etc) but she must have come close to it last night.


Interestingly, Bronte soon about this when she broke onto the scene in am interview in The Australian. She said she only wanted to swim so she could be better than Care when they were little – That one comment struck me as it was so countered to Care who was very ‘big sister’ – Just enjoying swimming with her little sister and not caring as much about positions. Even then, I think this was in 2013, Bronte came across as far more punchy.


Any updates on good ol BeefyT?

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