Kromowidjojo wins the 50 freestyle in star studded final

by SwimSwam Staff 4

March 09th, 2013 Europe, International, News

Olympic 50 and 100 freestyle champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo came away with gold in the 50 freestyle on the third night of the British Gas International in Leeds.

The final of the 50 had it’s share of stars including Femke Heemskerk, Natalie Coughlin, Jeanette Ottesen Gray and Fran Halsall.

Kromowidjojo won the event in a time of 24.56 followed by Halsall who posted a time of 24.77 with Ottesen Gray finishing third in a time of 25.36.

Women’s 1500 freestyle

Jazmin Carlin who has expressed both her disappointment after her 2012 performances and her determination to have a successful 2013 campaign has started with success in the 1500 freestyle winning the event in a new Welsh record time of 16:18.80.

Open water star Kerri-Ann Payne finished second in a time of 16:28.22 followed by Eleanor Faulkner who finished third in a time of 16:35.04.

This event was swum during the preliminaries session this morning.

Men’s 400 IM

Roberto Pavoni, Matthew Johnson and Xavier Mohammed entered the breaststroke leg of the 400 IM with only a tenth of a second between them, that is when Pavoni made his move and separated himself from the field in the breaststroke heading into the freestyle with just over a second and a half lead.

Pavoni won the event finishing in a time of 4:19.23. Johnson finished second in a time of 4:20.96 with Max Litchfield finishing in third posting a time of 4:21.44.

Women’s 200 butterfly

The women’s 200 butterfly turned out to be a fabulous race with the top five finishers separated by 42 one-hundredths of a second going into the final 50.

In the end Tilly Gray was victorious in a time of 2:10.78 followed by Elena Sheridan who posted a 2:11.01.

Alys Thomas finished third in a time of 2:11.63, only three one-hundreths of a second ahead of Hannah Miley.

Although she did not swim the final Olympian Jemma Lowe had the fastest 200 butterfly on the day posting a time of 2:10.28 in the heats.

Men’s 100 backstroke

Chris Walker-Hebborn led the race from start to finish with Olympian Liam Tancock following close behind. At the 50 meter mark Walker-Hebborn turned in a time of 26.29 with Tancock trailing by 17 one-hundreths of a second with a 26.46.

In the end Walker-Hebborn took the event in a time of 54.80 with Tancock finishing in second with a time of 55.00.

Bastiaan Lijesen finished third in a time of 55.27.

Men’s 50 butterfly

Benjamin Proud won the event in a time of 24.10. Adam Barrett finished second in a time of 24.45 with Jack Mariott finishing third in a time of 24.49.

Women’s 100 breaststroke

Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte won the event easily posting a time of 1:06.75, which eclipsed the current world’s best of 1:07.15 swum by Rikke Moller Pedersen in January.

The race for second was a close one between Moniek Nijhuis and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. O’Connor led at the 50 by just over half a second, but Nijhuis had a great second 50 catching O’Connor to finish second in a time of 1:08.40.

O’Connor finished third only two one-hundreths of a second behind Nijhuis in a time of 1:08.42.

Men’s 200 breaststroke

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson avoided having the need for a swim-off to qualify for the final, as he did in the 100, and eventual took the event in a time of 2:10.43, which is the fastest in the world this year. The previous world best of 2:10.50 was swum by Daniel Gyurta in January.

Andrew Willis finished second in a time of 2:11.42 followed by Marco Koch who finished third in a time of 2:11.64.

Men’s 200 freestyle

The men’s 200 freestyle was won by James Guy in a time of 1:48.28. Guy was followed by Olympians Robbie Renwick who finished in a time of 1:48.65 and Sebastiaan Verschuren who posted a time of 1:49.42.

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8 years ago

That 50m Free was immense – looked much closer than .2 of a second. Kromowidjojo has an amazing start, she was gone and away by 25m – Halsall closed her down at the end but Kromowidjojo’s start was way too powerful. If you put Kromowidjojo’s first 25 with Halsall or Herasimenia’s turn over/second 25m…WOW!

Highlight for me was James Guy – Again. His turns weren’t quite as good as the the lads around him but between the walls he is brilliant. He really could be scarily good.

I probably expected a little too much from O’Connor after her 200IM. I still think she will go 59. in the fly though. Still it all points towards her being very fast by… Read more »

Reply to  Jack
8 years ago

You’re probably not used to waiting as long for the trials like this. I don’t know if this will be a long term thing for British Swimming but I think it should be helpful in a post Olympic year to have them later.

Reply to  Jack
8 years ago

1:08.4 is stunning for an IMer.

8 years ago

Anyone noted Ottesen times?She made only 25.36 in 50 free, but 25.76 in 50 fly!!!