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Ranomi Rattles Out A 24.40 Dash

Mar 28, 2010  - Craig Lord

After a storming 100m free win on Saturday, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, of Eiffel Swimmers in Eindhoven, shone again on the last day of action at the Amsterdam Swim Cup and Dutch trials for 2010 European titles, with a dominant 24.40sec blast that showed intentions of reaching the podium come Budapest in August.

 The 19-year-old kept at bay training partnesr Hinkelien Schreuder, on 25.02 and sealing the second berth for Budapest, and Inge Dekker, on 25.38, just ahead of Josefin Lillhage, Sweden and Vaesby Simsaellskap, on 25.54 In a timed final immediately after the senior race, 16-year-old Manon Minneboo, of De Stormvogel, clocked 26.21 to book a place at the Youth Olympics in Singapore, while in third place Tamara van Vliet, based at the national swim institute in Amsterdam clocked 26.62 for a place at the European junior championships in Helsinki.

After a 50.44 effort in the heats of the 100m free, Olympic champion Alain Bernard (FRA) withdrew from the final, following a recommendation of his coach Denis Auguin. After a race that marked Bernard's last outing before French trials for Budapest, on April 13-18, Auguin said: "It serves no purpose to race in the final under the circumstances." Those being that the sprinter felt "very tired" and would take a break from the water until Tuesday. Monday will see him take blood tests to make sure that his current fatigue is not not down to underlying illness.

 The final saw Sebastiaan Verschuren, of the Amsterdam Institute, cracked out a 48.98 textile-suit best just 0.07sec shy of his 2009 peak and book his passage to Budapest. In his wake came Fabien Gilot, France and CN Marseille, on 49.40, his training partner William Meynard on 49.75, Steffen Deibler, Germany and Hamburger SC, on 49.95, with Joost Reijns, of Amsterdam, Stefan Nystrand, Sweden and SK Neptun, and Gregory Mallet, CN Marseille, all just over the 50sec mark, Stefan de Die, of Amsterdam brining the field home in 50.29.

  Lennart Stekelenburg, in his home pool in Amsterdam, took the 100m breaststroke in 1:01.57 ahead of Robin van Aggele, AZ&PC, on 1:01.87, the rest of the field, including a couple of sub-minute men from 2009, over 1:03 on their way to bigger tests at their domestic trials.

 Nick Driebergen, of Amsterdam, added the 100m backstroke victory to his successes this week, on 55.10 in a tight top-three finish ahead of Camille Lacourt, CN Marseille, on 55.41, with Bastiaan Lijesen, of Eiffel Swimmers PSV, on 55.50.

  The 50m 'fly went to world 100m champ Sarah Sjostrom, of Sweden and Soedertoerns Simsaellskap, on 26.32, with Dekker taking second just 0.01sec away and adding another event for herself in Budapest. Among 'fly swimmers who excelled in 2008 and 2009, Tao Li, Singapore, took 4th in 26.90, with Diane Bui Duyet, France and CN Marseille, on 27.71.

Germany's Jenny Mensing, of Hessischer-SV, took the 200m backstroke in a pool record of 2:11.57, ahead of 200m free winner Femke Heemskerk, of Amsterdam, on 2:13.14. Third place went to Sharon van Rouwendaal, of Eiffel Swimmers PSV, her 2:13.40 effort booking the 16-year-old a place in the race at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. Back in 7th, Annemarie Worst, a 14-year-old from the Octopus club, clocked 2:19.00 and will race at the European junior championships in Helsinki.

The 1,500m free went to Luca Ferretti, of Italian club Nuoto Livorno, on 15:16.22, ahead of Job Kienhuis, of Eiffel Swimmers PSV, on 15:33.56; Chiara Boggiatto, Ferretti's clubmate, clocked 2:30.53 to win the 200m breaststroke, and another Livorno charge, Martina de Memme won the 400m free in 4:15.35.

At the end of the four-day meet, the following swimmers have qualified so far for action at the European Championships in Budapest in August:

Sharon van Rouwendaal, Ilse Kraaijeveld, Saskia de Jonge, Elise Bouwens, Stefan de Die, Joost Reijns, Bas van Velthoven, Sebastiaan Verschuren, Nick Driebergen, Job Kienhuis, Bastiaan Lijesen, Lennart Stekelenburg, Robin van Aggele, Joeri Verlinden, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk, Inge Dekker, Hinkelien Schreuder, Moniek Nijhuis. Wendy van der Zanden, Arjen van der Meulen are reserves.

Go to www.zwemkroniek.com for a full set of official results.

Day 1 action.

Day 2 action.

Day 3 action.