2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 7
- Monday, May 16th – Sunday, May 22nd
- Prelims: 10:00 AM (London Time) / 5:00 AM (Eastern Time)
- Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
- London Aquatics Center, London, UK
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live Stream
In the final session of the 2016 European Championships, 25-year old Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo has broken the Championship Record in the 50 free and moved to #2 in the world rankings.
Kromowidjojo swam a 24.07 in the final, which improved upon the record set in 2008 by her since-retired countrymate Marleen Veldhuis, who was 2009 in the lead up to those Olympics.
Kromowidjojo, the defending Olympic champion champion in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, will hope for a better Olympic result in Rio than Veldhuis had in Beijing. Veldhuis was just 5th at those Olympics, about two-tenths slower than she was at the European Championships 5 months earlier.
The swim now ranks her 2nd in the world behind Cate Campbell, who has stolen most of the world’s female sprint attention over the last year. Campbell at just 16 won a bronze medal at those 2008 Olympics, ahead of Veldhuis, and while she appears almost untouchable in the 100 free (save perhaps her sister), she’s never won a World or Olympic gold medal in this 50.
Coming into this meet, Kromowidjojo had never won an individual European medal in long course. This gold becomes her 2nd of the meet after silver in the 100.