Watch Kromowidjojo & Heemskerk Light Up Women’s 400 Fr Relay In London


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In the final women’s race of tonight’s session at the 2016 European Championships, the wickedly-fast women from the Netherlands crushed the competition in the 400m freestyle relay.

The squad members of Maud Van der Meer, Femke Heemskerk, Marrit Steenbergen and Ranomi Kromowidjojo combined to clock a monster time of 3:33.80 to beat the competition by just under 4 solid seconds in London. Their time tonight was just .13 of a second shy of their outing at last year’s World Championships, a mark which earned the same squad, albeit in a different sequence, the silver medal in Kazan.

Splits and orders between the two relays are below:

Netherlands Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay at European Championships:

Van der Meer – 54.68
Heemskerk – 52.80
Steenbergen – 53.82
Kromowidjojo – 52.50

Netherlands Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay at World Championships:

Kromowidjojo – 53.30
Van der Meer – 54.50
Steenbergen – 53.88
Heemskerk – 51.99

Scary to the rest of the world is the fact that key team member Kromowidjojo tells the media post-race that “swimmers are not in the best shape here in London”, as everyone whose made their nation’s Olympic roster is eyeing Rio as their primary target. However, she does say that “it’s good to swim against the toughest and fastest girls in Europe” to give the Dutch confidence heading into the Olympics.


As originally reported by Loretta Race:


  • Netherlands, 3:33.80
  • Italy, 3:37.68
  • Sweden, 3:37.84

The Netherlands completely dominated the women’s 400 freestyle relay, highlighted by two eye-popping sub-53-second splits by the big guns. Femke Heemskerk unleashed a 52.80 split on the 2nd leg, followed by Ranomi Kromowidjojo‘s anchor of 52.50. They were the only 2 to notch times in the 52-zone of the entire field.

Sarah Sjostrom fired off an opening split of 53.48 to help give Sweden the edge it needed to land on the 3rd tier of the podium for bronze.

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6 years ago

When you add the .6 weren’t that Eye-Popping. That relay just confirmed how much of a walk in the park the 4 x 100m relay will be for the Aussie women. RIO 1st AUS 2nd – Neth 3rd – Ger

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6 years ago

Germany for the bronze how do you figure? Wondering if that was a typo from GBR? Even so I’d say Canada and USA have a better shot there.

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