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

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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
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Swimming at the
2012 Summer Olympics

Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

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]

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 swimmer 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 claimed 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]

Records[edit]

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 [12][13]
Olympic record  Britta Steffen (GER) 24.06 Beijing, China 17 August 2008 [14]

The following records were established during the competition:

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

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

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
7 10 6 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 24.85 Q
9 8 3 Bronte Campbell Australia 24.87 Q
10 8 5 Cate Campbell Australia 24.94 Q
10 9 6 Sarah Sjöström Sweden 24.94 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
16 8 6 Kara Lynn Joyce United States 25.28 QSO
16 9 2 Amy Smith Great Britain 25.28 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
24 9 1 Pernille Blume Denmark 25.54
26 5 4 Rūta Meilutytė Lithuania 25.55 NR
26 6 5 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 25.55
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
074 6 4 Eszter Dara Hungary DNS

Qualification swim-off[edit]

[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

Semifinals[edit]

[17]

Semifinal 1[edit]

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 2[edit]

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
4 8 Anna Santamans France 24.94
6 6 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 24.99
7 7 Sarah Sjöström Sweden 25.08
8 1 Theodora Drakou Greece 25.28

Final[edit]

[18]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 24.05 OR
2 5 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 24.28 NR
3 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

References[edit]

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