Toussaint Takes Back Dutch 50 Back National Record, Now World’s #1


Multiple Olympic medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo of Netherlands, known for her sprinting prowess in freestyle and butterfly, surprised even herself back in September when she earned a new National Record in the women’s 50m backstroke. While competing on her home turf at the Eindhoven World Cup, Kromo clocked a personal best of 26.10 to surpass the previous mark held by teammate Kira Toussaint.

For the remaining World Cup stops, Toussaint has danced around the 26-low arena, coming close, but not yet claiming back her NR. The 24-year-old European Championships double medalist got the job done tonight in Singapore, however, touching in 26.04 to reclaim her slot in the Dutch swimming record books.

With her performance tonight, Toussaint now earns the world rankings crown, beating out Aussie Emily Seebohm who held the top time in the world entering tonight’s final with her 26.05 outing from Budapest.

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In terms of all time performers Toussaint’s time now checks-in as the 10th fastest ever.

Top 10 All Time Performers in Women’s 50 SCM Backstroke

#1 – 25.67 Etiene Medeiros BRA 2014 SCM World Champs 12/7/2014 Doha
#2 – 25.70 Sanja Jovanovic CRO 1/1/2010
#3 – 25.82 Zhao Jing CHN 1/1/2010
#4 – 25.83 Emily Seebohm AUS 2014 SCM World Champs 12/7/2014 Doha
#5 – 25.92 Gao Chang CHN 1/1/2010
#6 – 25.95 Katinka Hosszu HUN LEN XIX European Short Course Championships 12/16/2017 Copenhagen
#7 – 25.98 Marieke D’Cruz AUS 1/1/2010
#8 – 25.99 Daryna Zevina UKR 2014 SCM World Champs 12/7/2014 Doha
#9 – 26.03 Aleksandra Urbanczyk POL Polish Championships 12/19/2015 Lublin
#10 – 26.04 Kira Toussaint NED FINA World Cup – Singapore 11/15/18 Singapore


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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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