Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Thoughts from the European Short Course Championships - Ranomi Kromowidjojo Special
When it comes to Ranomi Kromowidjojo this year the overriding question has to be...What might have been in 2010?
She started the year in white hot fashion with blazing times of 24.40 (LC 50m Free) and 53.44 (LC 100m Free) back in March. Even after all the major LC competitions this summer, she remains top ranked in the world over 100m Free and second in the 50m Free. Fully tapered at Europeans, Britta Steffen's textile best time of 53.30 surely would have gone... and by some margin. Unfortunately for Kromowidjojo and Holland, she was hit with a bout of Meningitis in July, before she could perform at Europeans...
... as a result its all the sweeter that she should have returned at the European Short Course Champs, on home soil, in such top form.
Here's a run down of her phenomenal performances from last week's competition.
1.) Women's 100m Freestyle Final - 51.44 (Last year in Istanbul - 51.44)
The 4th best performance of all time, equalling her time exactly from last year's corresponding competition. Missed the WR by just 0.43 seconds.
2.) Womens's 50m Freestyle Final - 23.58 (Last year in Istanbul - 23.58!)
The 10th best performance of all time, equalling her time exactly from last year's corresponding competition. Missed the WR by just 0.33 seconds.
3.) Women's 4 x 50m Medley Relay - Freestyle split - 22.70. (Last year in Istanbul - 22.70!!)
Equals her own fastest relay split of all-time, EQUALLING HER TIME FROM LAST YEAR'S CORRESPONDING COMPETITION!
4.) Women's 4x50m Freestyle Relay - Split 23.09. (Last year in Istanbul - 23.03. So close!)
The Dutch team get pretty close to their own World Record, just 1.09 seconds away.
Had Marleen Veldhuis' 23.38 from the relay heats replaced Femke Heemskerk's 23.79 from the final, and Kromowidjojo swam the 22.70 that came later in the competition, a difference of 0.8 seconds, they would have missed the WR by just 0.29.
For the 100m Free in Shanghai 2011 and London 2012, I'm making Kromowidjojo favourite with Fran Halsall her closest competition.
PS. Has anyone in major competition history, ever swum four races, equalled their time from the year before in three of those races, and been just 0.06 seconds off in the fourth race? Only logical explanation is that Ranomi Kromowidjojo is a robot, unaffected by suit law changes.
PPS. Thanks to Youtube user