WATCH: Pernille Blume Pull off 50 Free Upset to Win Gold


Reported by Mitch Bowmile. 

Watch the 2016 Olympic final of the women’s 50 free:

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Start List: click here
Top Seed: 24.28 – Pernille Blume – Denmark
World Record: 23.73 (2009) – Britta Steffen – Germany
JR World Record: 24.74 – Rikako Ikee – Japan
Olympic Record: 24.05 (2012) – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands
2012 Olympic Champion: 24.05 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands

Pernille Blume of Denmark held on to her top seeds from both the prelims and semifinals in order to claim her first Olympic gold medal, closing fast to touch in at a time of 24.07.

Defending Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands was right in the mix at the touch but wasn’t able to get her hand on the wall in a podium position. She faded to sixth overall in 24.19 just 0.08 seconds off the podium.

Picking up the silver behind Blume as 100m freestyle co-champion Simone Manuel of the United States. She flew in to just miss gold by two one-hundredths of a second, falling short in a time of 24.09.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus managed to squeeze in for the bronze in 24.11.

Cate Campbell of Australia was fifth, her sister Bronte was seventh. The top six swimmers were all extremely close to each other, only separated by 0.12 seconds.

  1. Pernille Blume – Denmark – 24.07
  2. Simone Manuel – USA – 24.09
  3. Aliaksandra Herasimenia – Belarus – 24.11
  4. Francesca Halsall – Great Britain – 24.13
  5. Cate Campbell – Australia – 24.15
  6. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands – 24.19
  7. Bronte Campbell – Australia – 24.42
  8. Etiene Medeiros – Brazil – 24.69

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4 years ago

Was Manuel’s swim fastest 50m lc American woman in a textile?

Reply to  Freebee
4 years ago

Dara Torres swam a 24.07 suited in 2008

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