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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 50 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012

Gold: NED Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Silver: BLR Aleksandra Gerasimenya
Bronze: NED Marleen Veldhuis

Summary

Sweden's Therese Alshammar had won this event at the 2011 World Championships, and the defending gold medalist, German Britta Steffen, was back, but they were expected to be challenged by Dutchwoman Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who had already won the 100 freestyle in London. But it was Kromo who won relatively easily, taking the lead from the start and stopping the clock in 24.05 for the gold medal. Behind her teammate Marleen Veldhuis appeared ready to give the Netherlands a 1-2 finish but was pipped at the finish by Belarussian Aleksandra Gerasimenya for the silver. Steffen just missed the medals in fourth place, nipping out Alshammar in fifth.

Kromowidjojo became the fourth woman to sweep the two sprint freestyles since the 50 was introduced in 1988, joining East German Kristin Otto from 1988, her countrywoman Inge de Bruijn in 2000, and Steffan at Beijing. Kromowidjojo's unusual name reflects her mixed Dutch-Javanese-Surinamese ethnicity.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 21 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Aleksandra Gerasimenya 26 Belarus BLR Silver
3 Marleen Veldhuis 33 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Britta Steffen 28 Germany GER
5 Fran Halsall 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Therèse Alshammar 34 Sweden SWE
7 Jessica Hardy 25 United States USA
8 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 22 Bahamas BAH
9 Amy Smith 25 Great Britain GBR
10 Bronte Campbell 18 Australia AUS
11 Anna Santamans 19 France FRA
12 Jeanette Ottesen Gray 24 Denmark DEN
13 Cate Campbell 20 Australia AUS
14 Sarah Sjöström 18 Sweden SWE
15 Victoria Poon 27 Canada CAN
16 Theodora Drakou 20 Greece GRE
17T Kara Lynn Joyce 26 United States USA
17T Sarah Bateman 22 Iceland ISL
19 Triin Aljand 27 Estonia EST
20 Svetlana Khokhlova 27 Belarus BLR
21 Nery Mantey Niangouara 29 Greece GRE
22 Graciele Herrmann 20 Brazil BRA
23 Hayley Palmer 23 New Zealand NZL
24T Pernille Blume 18 Denmark DEN
24T Zhu Qianwei 21 China CHN
26T Hanna-Maria Seppälä 27 Finland FIN
26T Rūta Meilutytė 15 Lithuania LTU
28 Arlene Semeco 28 Venezuela VEN
29 Vanessa García 28 Puerto Rico PUR
30 Anna Dowgiert 22 Poland POL
31 Jolien Sysmans 19 Belgium BEL
32 Erika Ferraioli 26 Italy ITA
33 Daria Stepaniuk 22 Ukraine UKR
34 Burcu Dolunay 28 Turkey TUR
35 Yayoi Matsumoto 22 Japan JPN
36 Trudi Maree 23 South Africa RSA
37 Alia Atkinson 23 Jamaica JAM
38 Miroslava Syllabová 21 Slovakia SVK
39 Gabriela Ņikitina 18 Latvia LAT
40 Chinyere Pigot 19 Suriname SUR
41 Farida Osman 17 Egypt EGY
42 Miroslava Najdanovski 24 Serbia SRB
43 Nicola Muscat 18 Malta MLT
44 Jessica Vieira 20 Mozambique MOZ
45 Talita Baqlah 16 Jordan JOR
46 Joyce Tafatatha 14 Malawi MAW
47 Judith Meauri 20 Papua New Guinea PNG
48 Fai Hussain 17 Kuwait KUW
49 Ann-Marie Hepler 16 Marshall Islands MHL
50 Keesha Keane 16 Palau PLW
51 Sabine Hazboun 18 Palestine PLE
52 Jamila Lunkuse 15 Uganda UGA
53 Antoinette Guedia 16 Cameroon CMR
54 Celeste Brown 17 Cook Islands COK
55 Karin O'Reilly 19 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
56 Debra Daniel 21 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
57 Hemthon Vitiny 19 Cambodia CAM
58 Alphonsine Agahozo 16 Rwanda RWA
59 Nada Wafa 17 Qatar QAT
60 Yekaterina Izmaylova 35 Tajikistan TJK
61 Mariana Henriques 17 Angola ANG
62 Fatoumata Samassekou 24 Mali MLI
63 Angelika Ouedraogo 18 Burkina Faso BUR
64 Aminath Shajan 18 Maldives MDV
65 Yanet Gebremedhin 18 Ethiopia ETH
66 Assita Touré 19 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
67 Elsie Uwamahoro 23 Burundi BDI
68 Sara Alflaij 16 Bahrain BRN
69 Aminata Yacoub 23 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
70 Mhasin Al-Noor 18 Sudan SUD
71 Nafissatou Adamou 14 Niger NIG
72 Adzo Kpossi 13 Togo TOG
73 Masempe Theko 25 Lesotho LES