Pernille Blume Breaks Danish Record In 100 Free Preliminaries


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 formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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