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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012

Gold: NED Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Silver: BLR Aleksandra Gerasimenya
Bronze: CHN Tang Yi

Summary

After her 2008 Olympic title, Britta Steffen also won the 2009 world title. With the swimsuit craze at its zenith, she lowered the world record in Rome to a spectacular 52.07. With the new swimsuits banned from 2010, times dropped back into the 53-second range. At the 2011 World Championships, the title was shared between two outsiders, Aleksandra Gerasimenya and Jeanette Ottesen. Third then was Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who would become the first to swim below 53 seconds in the post-polyurethane era, when she clocked 52.75 in spring 2012. At the 4×100 m relay earlier in the Games, Kromowidjojo had by far clocked the fasted relay split, despite losing out to Australia's Mel Schlanger in the final leg. Other favorites for the gold medal included Sweden's Sarah Sjöström, 2012 European Champion and swimming 53.05 in late 2011, and home favorite Fran Halsall. Veteran swimmer Therese Alshammar suffered from a trapped nerve shortly before the Games, and decided to skip the event.

The semi-finals saw Steffen's Olympic Record fall, Kromowidjojo lowering it to 53.05. Steffen herself was eliminated, as was Sjöström. Second best was Schlanger, three tenths back. In the final, it was Gerasimenya off to the best start, swimming from lane 1 (she had won the world title from lane 8). Kromowidjojo turned in fourth place, but had the best second leg and powered to 53.00, again lowering the Olympic record. Second was Gerasimenya, winning Belarus' first Olympic medal in swimming, with Tang Yi claming a surprise bronze.

Born of a Surinamese father and a Dutch mother, Kromowidjojo won her first Olympic title at age 17 in Beijing with the Dutch relay team. The squad repeated at the 2009 and 2011 Worlds, but Kromowidjojo was yet to win an individual title in the 50 m pool. She did win two golds at the 2010 World Short Course Championships in Dubai. Earlier that year, she had been diagnosed with meningitis, causing her to miss the 2010 Europeans.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 21 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Aleksandra Gerasimenya 26 Belarus BLR Silver
3 Tang Yi 19 China CHN Bronze
4 Mel Schlanger 25 Australia AUS
5 Missy Franklin 17 United States USA
6 Fran Halsall 22 Great Britain GBR
7 Jeanette Ottesen Gray 24 Denmark DEN
8 Jessica Hardy 25 United States USA
9 Sarah Sjöström 18 Sweden SWE
10 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 22 Bahamas BAH
11 Femke Heemskerk 24 Netherlands NED
12 Britta Steffen 28 Germany GER
13 Julia Wilkinson 25 Canada CAN
14 Amy Smith 25 Great Britain GBR
15 Daniela Schreiber 23 Germany GER
16 Haruka Ueda 24 Japan JPN
17 Veronika Popova 21 Russia RUS
18 Hanna-Maria Seppälä 27 Finland FIN
19 Pernille Blume 18 Denmark DEN
20 Charlotte Bonnet 17 France FRA
21 Hannah Wilson 23 Hong Kong HKG
22 Burcu Dolunay 28 Turkey TUR
23 Eszter Dara 22 Hungary HUN
24 Nina Rangelova 21 Bulgaria BUL
25 Liliana Ibáñez 21 Mexico MEX
26 Daynara de Paula 23 Brazil BRA
27 Katarzyna Wilk 20 Poland POL
28 Nastja Govejšek 15 Slovenia SLO
29T Mylene Ong 21 Singapore SIN
29T Rūta Meilutytė 15 Lithuania LTU
31 Katarína Filová 23 Slovakia SVK
32 Nery Mantey Niangouara 29 Greece GRE
33 Arlene Semeco 28 Venezuela VEN
34 Jasmine Alkhaldi 29 Philippines PHI
35T Miroslava Najdanovski 24 Serbia SRB
35T Megan Fonteno 19 American Samoa ASA
37 Karen Milenka Torrez Guzman 19 Bolivia BOL
38 Clelia Tini 20 San Marino SMR
39 Jade Howard 17 Zambia ZAM
40 Bayan Jumah 18 Syria SYR
41 Karen Riveros 17 Paraguay PAR
42 Britany van Lange 15 Guyana GUY
43 Aina Fils Rabetsara 18 Madagascar MAD
44 Reshika Udugampola 18 Sri Lanka SRI
45 Magdalena Moshi 21 Tanzania TAN
46 Mareme Faye 25 Senegal SEN
47 Shreya Dhital 17 Nepal NEP
48 Sihame Ayouba Ali 17 Comoros COM