Pernille Blume Breaks Danish Record In 100 Free Preliminaries

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

50 free Olympic gold medalist Pernille Blume had an excellent performance in her individual debut this morning in Budapest, putting up a time of 53.13 in the women’s 100 freestyle to break the Danish national record. The swim breaks the 2016 record of Jeanette Ottesen, who clocked 53.35 in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games.

Blume’s personal best time stood at 53.69 from 2014 until she lowered it this season at 53.52, and now brings it down to 53.13 as the fastest Dane of all-time. In the history of the event, she ties China’s Pang Jiaying as the 14th fastest performer in history.

True to form, the 23-year-old was the fastest of anyone in the field on the first 50 this morning in 25.34, before checking in at 2nd overall behind world record holder Sarah Sjostrom (53.01).

Though Blume solidifies herself as a medal contender in this event, her main event will come in two days time. Sjostrom is favored in the women’s 50 free, but Blume has been close to her Olympic winning time in-season and is the front-runner for silver.

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times (SCM): 50 FR - 24.70 100 FR - 53.88 200 FR - 1:56.12 1500 FR - 16:45.97 100 BK - …

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