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Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre freestyle

The women's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 3–4 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 3, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 4, 2012 (final)
Competitors 73 from 64 nations
Winning time 24.05 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ranomi Kromowidjojo
 Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Aliaksandra Herasimenia
 Belarus
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Marleen Veldhuis
 Netherlands
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Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo smashed a new Olympic record to strike a fourth sprint freestyle double in history, since East German Kristin Otto did so in 1988, her fellow countrywoman Inge de Bruijn in 2000, and Germany's defending champion Britta Steffen in 2008. She blistered the field with a sterling time and a textile best in 24.05 to slice off Steffen's previous Olympic record by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[2][3] Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia added a second silver to her Olympic hardware in a national record of 24.28, while Kromowidjojo's teammate Marleen Veldhuis edged out the scorching Steffen (24.46) by 0.07 seconds to snatch the bronze in 24.39, handing over an entire medal haul for the Dutch squad with a one–three finish.[4][5]

Great Britain's home favorite Francesca Halsall finished behind Steffen by a fingertip with a fifth-place time in 24.47.[6] Meanwhile, Sweden's Therese Alshammar shook off a pinched nerve injury to officially compete in her fifth Olympics, but managed only to claim a sixth spot in 24.61.[5] U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy (24.62) and the Bahamas' Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (24.69) rounded out the field in a splash-and-dash finale.[5][7]

Notable swimmers missed the top-eight final including Aussie sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, defending bronze medalist; and Halsall's teammate Amy Smith, who finished outside the roster by 16-hundredths of a second with a ninth-place time in 24.87.[8][9] Earlier on the morning prelims, Smith picked up a sixteenth spot in a most exciting three-way swim-off against U.S. sprinter Kara Lynn Joyce and Iceland's Sarah Blake Bateman after they each posted a matching time of 25.28.[10][11]

Contents

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Britta Steffen (GER) 23.73 Rome, Italy 2 August 2009
Olympic record   Britta Steffen (GER) 24.06 Beijing, China 17 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 4 Final Ranomi Kromowidjojo   Netherlands 24.05 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 10 4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo   Netherlands 24.51 Q
2 10 5 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands 24.57 Q
3 9 4 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 24.61 Q
4 9 5 Britta Steffen   Germany 24.70 Q
5 9 3 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 24.76 Q
6 8 4 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 24.77 Q
7 10 2 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace   Bahamas 24.85 Q
10 6 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark Q
9 8 3 Bronte Campbell   Australia 24.87 Q
10 8 5 Cate Campbell   Australia 24.94 Q
9 6 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden Q
12 10 3 Jessica Hardy   United States 24.99 Q
13 8 7 Theodora Drakou   Greece 25.13 Q
14 9 7 Victoria Poon   Canada 25.15 Q
15 9 8 Anna Santamans   France 25.23 Q
16 7 6 Sarah Blake Bateman   Iceland 25.28 QSO
8 6 Kara Lynn Joyce   United States QSO
9 2 Amy Smith   Great Britain QSO
19 10 7 Triin Aljand   Estonia 25.33
20 10 1 Sviatlana Khakhlova   Belarus 25.36
21 8 2 Nery Mantey Niangkouara   Greece 25.40
22 8 1 Graciele Herrmann   Brazil 25.44
23 7 2 Hayley Palmer   New Zealand 25.47
24 6 3 Zhu Qianwei   China 25.54
9 1 Pernille Blume   Denmark
26 5 4 Rūta Meilutytė   Lithuania 25.55 NR
6 5 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland
28 7 4 Arlene Semeco   Venezuela 25.56
29 7 7 Vanessa García   Puerto Rico 25.58
30 7 3 Anna Dowgiert   Poland 25.59
31 7 8 Jolien Sysmans   Belgium 25.60
32 6 6 Erika Ferraioli   Italy 25.69
33 10 8 Darya Stepanyuk   Ukraine 25.70
34 7 5 Burcu Dolunay   Turkey 25.72
35 8 8 Yayoi Matsumoto   Japan 25.73
36 7 1 Trudi Maree   South Africa 25.78
37 6 8 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 25.98
38 6 2 Miroslava Syllabová   Slovakia 26.07
39 5 3 Gabriela Ņikitina   Latvia 26.26
40 5 5 Chinyere Pigot   Suriname 26.30
41 6 1 Farida Osman   Egypt 26.34
42 6 7 Miroslava Najdanovski   Serbia 26.46
43 5 6 Nicola Muscat   Malta 27.22
44 5 2 Jessica Teixeira Vieira   Mozambique 27.39
45 5 7 Talita Baqlah   Jordan 27.45
46 4 2 Joyce Tafathata   Malawi 27.74
47 4 5 Judith Meauri   Papua New Guinea 27.84
48 5 1 Faye Sultan   Kuwait 27.92 NR
49 4 4 Ann-Marie Hepler   Marshall Islands 28.06
50 4 3 Keesha Keane   Palau 28.25
51 4 6 Sabine Hazboun   Palestine 28.28
52 5 8 Jamila Lunkuse   Uganda 28.44
53 4 8 Antoinette Guedia Mouafo   Cameroon 29.28
54 4 7 Celeste Brown   Cook Islands 29.36
55 3 3 Karin O'Reilly Clashing   Antigua and Barbuda 30.01
56 2 6 Debra Daniel   Federated States of Micronesia 30.32
57 3 6 Hemthon Vitiny   Cambodia 30.44
58 3 5 Alphonsine Agahozo   Rwanda 30.72
59 3 2 Nada Arkaji   Qatar 30.89
60 3 4 Katerina Izmaylova   Tajikistan 31.27
61 4 1 Mariana Henriques   Angola 31.36
62 3 7 Fatoumata Samassekou   Mali 31.88
63 2 4 Angelika Ouedraogo   Burkina Faso 32.19
64 3 8 Aminath Shajan   Maldives 32.23
65 3 1 Yanet Seyoum   Ethiopia 32.41
66 2 3 Assita Toure   Ivory Coast 33.09
67 2 2 Elsie Uwamahoro   Burundi 33.14
68 2 5 Sara Al Flaij   Bahrain 33.81
69 2 7 Aminata Aboubakar Yacoub   Congo 34.64
70 2 1 Mhasin Fadlalla   Sudan 35.07
71 1 4 Nafissatou Moussa Adamou   Niger 37.29
72 1 5 Adzo Kpossi   Togo 37.55
73 1 3 Masempe Theko   Lesotho 42.35
6 4 Eszter Dara   Hungary DNS

Qualification swim-offEdit

[16]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Amy Smith   Great Britain 24.82 Q
2 5 Kara Lynn Joyce   United States 25.16
3 4 Sarah Blake Bateman   Iceland 26.03

SemifinalsEdit

[17]

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands 24.50 Q
2 5 Britta Steffen   Germany 24.57 Q
3 6 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace   Bahamas 24.64 Q, NR
4 7 Jessica Hardy   United States 24.68 Q
5 3 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 24.71 Q
6 8 Amy Smith   Great Britain 24.87
7 2 Cate Campbell   Australia 25.01
8 1 Victoria Poon   Canada 25.17

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo   Netherlands 24.07 Q
2 3 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 24.45 Q, NR
3 5 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 24.63 Q
4 2 Bronte Campbell   Australia 24.94
8 Anna Santamans   France
6 6 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark 24.99
7 7 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 25.08
8 1 Theodora Drakou   Greece 25.28

FinalEdit

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Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo   Netherlands 24.05 OR
  5 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 24.28 NR
  3 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands 24.39
4 6 Britta Steffen   Germany 24.46
5 2 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 24.47
6 8 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 24.61
7 1 Jessica Hardy   United States 24.62
8 7 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace   Bahamas 24.69

ReferencesEdit

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