Pernille Blume Breaks Own Danish Record to Win 100 Free Bronze


Denmark‘s Pernille Blume is showing that she’s got much more range than just 50 meters. The reigning 50 free Olympic champion, who wasn’t even expected to win that race in Rio, posted a 52.69 tonight in Budapest. That takes three tenths off of her lifetime best from semis, a 52.99.


  • Blume, semis: 25.49 – 27.50 (52.99)
  • Blume, finals: 25.06 – 27.63 (52.69)

Blume was certainly out much faster tonight in the final, and she was able to close well enough to take three tenths off of the Danish record. She has the only two times under 53 in Danish history.

More importantly for her, Blume won the bronze medal tonight, finishing only four tenths behind Simone Manuel and just under four tenths behind Sarah Sjöström. That will give Blume some firepower as she heads into the 50 free prelims tomorrow. Though she’ll have to face just as stacked of a field as there was in the 100, the defending Olympic champ will take to the shorter sprint race and shoot for gold.

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Her 50 is going to be amazing. SS can’t take ANYTHING for granted. 3 women will be sub 24 in the final.


Really enjoy watching her swim! Hopefully we have an amazing 50F

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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