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
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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Swimming at the
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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 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]

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
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

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
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  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  Côte d'Ivoire 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
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

Final[edit]

[18]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo  Netherlands 24.05 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Aliaksandra Herasimenia  Belarus 24.28 NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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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