Ranomi Kromowidjojo first woman under 23 seconds in SC 50m freestyle

FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN

Netherlands-based sprint freestyler Ranomi Kromowidjojo became the first woman ever under 23 seconds in the 50m SCM freestyle on Monday swimming at the FINA World Cup Series stop in Berlin. With a perfect race and against the former world record holder Sarah Sjöström, Kromowidjojo set a new mark at 22.93. Sjostrom’s old record was a 23.10 done at the Moscow stop last week, and the previous record was Kromowidjojo’s in 23.24.

Sarah Sjöström also went under the old record with a 23.00 in finals for 2nd place.

Kromowidjojo is the 2012 Olympic Champion in both, the 50m and 100m freestyle (LC) and won the silver medal at the 2017 (LC) World Championships in the 50 – behind Sjostrom (who broke the World Record in the long course version as well). This has the makings of a phenomenal women’s sprint rivalry headed toward the Tokyo Olympics, especially if Australian Cate Campbell returns to form after skipping the World Championships.

 

 

 

 

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Majdalf
5 years ago

Very impressive Ranomi!

ardy43
5 years ago

I’d like to see Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzel have a crack at the 50M WR this winter tapered!

marklewis
5 years ago

Is there a video of this record-setting swim? She must have been hydroplaning to swim that fast.

She was the first to swim a 51.+ split in a LC relay, wasn’t she? She’s always been a monster anchor leg.

aquajosh
Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

https://twitter.com/mrwouda/status/894612611689582592

This was retweeted by Sjostrom, btw. She is all class.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

Just watched video– amazing! But there’s room for improvement. I thought Kromo was a bit close to the wall when she went into her turn. Her underwaters are phenomenal.

Mlaformat
5 years ago

Hard to compare apples and oranges but she is definitely giving ledecky a run for best female swimmer.

Sean S
Reply to  Mlaformat
5 years ago

It’s not that hard to compare one fruit to another.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
5 years ago

Ranomi— WOW!!! Could you imagine her swimming yards? She would destroy NCAAs!

Hswimmer
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
5 years ago

Simone may not agree.

anonymoose
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

she might, so what? not like she beat ranomi in a 50 ever i guess

C J
Reply to  anonymoose
5 years ago

Rio 2016!

Lennart van Haaften
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
5 years ago

This time converts to 20.65 using the swimswam converter. The US Open/American record is 21.12 by Weitzeil.

M K
Reply to  Lennart van Haaften
5 years ago

The converters aren’t as accurate as you might think when you talk about the most extreme times, but I could definitely see her going a 20.high.

JustTrolls
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
5 years ago

Fair point, but the rest of the world does not care about yards, therefore it is irrelevant.

Perasgal
5 years ago

Sad Dressel is not doing some WRs at these meets

Perasgal
Reply to  Perasgal
5 years ago

I mean Sad he isn’t competing as I would expect WRs as a result

aquajosh
Reply to  Perasgal
5 years ago

He’s smart not to because he can save the records for next year when he can actually get paid for breaking them.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  aquajosh
5 years ago

MA should high tail over there and try to salvage his season.

BRONK27
Reply to  Perasgal
5 years ago

Yeah, Dressel would easily beat Ranomi’s time for sure…

BSD
5 years ago

Ranomi to Sarah: “Nah”

Swimmer
5 years ago

Woooooooow!