Ranomi Kromowidjojo sent shockwaves through the world of swimming last weekend with two stunning sprint freestyle swims at the Amsterdam Swim Cup. Her times of 24.40 and 53.44 put her well clear of the rest of the world this year (by 0.54 in the 50m Free and 0.86 in the 100m Free).
Kromowidjojo, 19, could be set to take over the mantle as Holland's next great female sprint Freestyler. Last year in Rome she finished 6th in the 100m Free final in a time of 53.37 having been 53.31 in the semis. She also put in a stunning relay split of 52.30 helping the Dutch to Gold and a new World Record. The loss of the techsuits clearly hasn't affected her too much.
The world records before the introduction of non-textile suits in Feb 2008 were 24.13 in the 50m Free (Inge de Bruijn) and 53.30 in the 100m Free (Britta Steffen). To be so close to these marks is great news for Kromowidjojo and the Dutch relay team who will battle Germany once again at the European Champs this year.