Pernille Blume

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Pernille Blume
Kazan 2015 - 100m freestyle semi Pernille Blume.JPG
Blume at Kazan 2015
Personal information
Nationality  Denmark
Born (1994-05-14) May 14, 1994 (age 22)
Herlev, Denmark
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)[1]
Website PernilleBlume.com
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, medley
Club Sigma Nordsjælland
Coach Shannon Rollason (national team)

Pernille Blume (born 14 May 1994) is a Danish swimmer who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was the 2016 Summer Olympic champion in women's 50 m freestyle.

Personal life[edit]

Blume was born on 14 May 1994 in Herlev, Hovedstaden, Denmark.[1][2]

Swimming career[edit]

Blume swims for the Sigma Nordsjælland club in Denmark.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Blume competed for the Danish team in five different events.[2] In the 50 metre freestyle she failed to advance beyond the heats having finished 8th in her race and 26th fastest overall.[4] In the 100 metre freestyle she again was eliminated in the first round after finishing 6th in her heat and 19th fastest overall.[5] She won her heat of the 200 metre freestyle but did not advance to the next round after finishing 24th fastest overall.[6] In the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay Blume swam in a Danish quartet along with Mie Nielsen, Lotte Friis and Jeanette Ottesen; they qualified for the final, in which they finished sixth, setting a new Danish national record of 3:37.45.[7][8] In the 4 × 100 metre medley relay Blume, Nielsen, Ottesen and Rikke Pedersen reached the final and finished seventh.[9] Later in 2012 she won a gold medal at the World Short Course Championships in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay.[3] She also won a bronze medal in the 4 × 50 metre freestyle relay.[10]

At the 2014 World Short Course Championships, Blume, Nielsen, Pedersen and Ottesen won a gold medal and set a new world record as they won the 4 × 50 metre medley relay.[11] The quartet also won the gold medal in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay.[12]

In 2016 Blume won the 50 metre freestyle event at the Danish open gala. She was subsequently selected to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she won 50 metre freestyle and also competed in 100 metre freestyle, the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay and the 4 × 100 metre medley relay where she anchored the medley and thereby contributed to the Danish team winning a bronze medal, just 0.01 seconds behind the Australian team who won the silver medal.[13]

This was the first Olympic gold won by Denmark in swimming since Karen Harup at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Blume was Denmark's flag bearer at the closing ceremony.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pernille Blume". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Pernille Blume". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Pernille er verdensmester". sn.dk (in Danish). 16 December 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's 50 metres Freestyle Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's 100 metres Freestyle Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Freestyle Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Final". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Australia won the women's swimming 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay final". Reuters. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Final". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Women's 4x50m Freestyle". Omega Timing. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "World Record From Denmark, American Record From USA in 200 Medley Relay at Worlds". Swimming World Magazine. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Women's 4x100m Medley Relay". Omega Timing. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Hansen, Thomas (11 May 2016). "Yderligere otte svømmere OL-klar" (in Danish). National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

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