World-Leading Speed: Sarah & Ranomi
Apr 4, 2013 - Craig Lord
Former world champion and record holder Sarah Sjostrom of Soedertoerns SS in Sweden, clocked 57.66 for victory in the 100m butterfly at the SwimCup Eindhoven today, victory all but sealed with a 27.18sec half-way split. Britain and Swansea's Jemma Lowe took second in 58.57 after turning at precisely the same moment as Hungarian Eszter Dara, on 27.66. The visitor from Jovo SC took this in 59.21. Sjostrom's time extended her lead at the helm of the world ranking's a 57.90 in January surfing at the helm when Lu Ying (CHN) clocked 57.94 at China nationals this week.
The Swedish ace featured on the podium a second time in the first finals session of the four-day meet, a 24.70 in the 50m free granting her silver behind Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED, NTC), on 24.48 in semis and a world-leading 24.30 in the final. Kromowidjojo's season best had been a 24.56 and inside Australian Cate Campbell's 24.46, the world-ranks leader so far this season until today.
Third place in Eindhoven went to Femke Heemskerk, also NTC, on 24.90 and inside world titles cut, with Inge Dekker (NED) and Dorothea Brandt (GER) close by on 25.16 and 25.37 (after 25.24 in the semi) respectively at the helm of a tight race behind the winner.
In the 200m medley, Zsuzsanna Jakabos (ANK Uszoklub Pecs and HUN ) got the better of world s/c 400IM champion Hannah Miley (Garioch and GBR) 2:10.27 to 2:12.04, almost all of the winning margin secured in the first 100m of the race. Third place went to Wendy van der Zanden (NED, NTC) in 2:14.01.
Andrey Govorov, of the ADN Project and Russia, clocked 23.72 in the 50m butterfly semi, with Mike Marissen (NED) on 23.89. The winner's ADN teammates occupied the next five places in the final, Evgeny Korotyshkin on 24.20, Sergey Fesikov, 24.22, Henrique Martins, 24.27 (the official result sheet has him as faster than third place but in 5th), Evgeny Lazuka, 24.34, and Vitaly Melnikov, 24.60.
In the women's 200m backstroke final, Sharon van Rouwendaal (NTC) took the win in 2:10.94, shy of qualification for Barcelona 2013, with Evelyn Verraszto , of the Jovo club in Hungary, on 2;11.33 and Britain's Georgia Davies on 2:13.01. The men's equivalent went to Britain's Ryan Bennett in 2:00.95. His fellow Brit Tom Haffield claimed the 400m medley in 4:24.43.
Apologies to readers who read this file before an update at a time when the meet server was down and results were unavailable. The file has been updated with the times of the final of the women's 50m freestyle