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WR: Dutch Divas Take Down s/c 4x100m Free Mark

Dec 19, 2008  - Craig Lord

And they keep falling. Eiffel Swimmers
PSV, the team coached by Jacco Verhaeren, set the 107th world record, a short-course effort, of the year, with a 3:28.22 effort in the 4x100m
freestyle at Dutch s/c Nationals in Amsterdam.

The time broke down as follows:

Hinkelien Scheuder 52.88, Inge Dekker
52.24, Ranomi Kromowidjojo 52.12 and Marleen Veldhuis 50.98.

It was that last split that did the job, you might say. Wow. That also makes it European record No 137 this year. Will we ever see the likes again. Hopefully not.  As with all these records, the high-tech suits that are the subject of so much unease in the sport, played a significant part in the result, alongside the hard work, the talent, the coaching and so on and so forth.

You can find more results for the meet in Amsterdam here.

The petition from European coaches, listing issues that need to be discussed in the formation of new rules and a framework for suit approvals, has now been sent to FINA.

Meanwhile, over at Russian s/c nationals, world record holder Nikolay Skvortsov clocked 1.50.76 in the 200m butterfly and Italy based Randall Bal (USA) clocked 49.79 in the 100m backstroke.