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Ranomi Kromowidjojo takes gold in women's 100-meter freestyle

August 02, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • Ranomi Kromowidjojo is congratulated by Missy Franklin after winning the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday in London.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo is congratulated by Missy Franklin after winning… (Matt Slocum / Associated…)

LONDON -- The Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who was forced to miss time during the 2010 season because of a bout of viral meningitis, captured her second medal of the London Olympics, winning the 100-meter freestyle.

She won the glamour event of the sport on Thursday night at the Aquatics Centre in an Olympic-record time of 53.00 seconds.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus took the silver in 53.38 and Yi Tang of China earned the bronze in 53.44.

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Americans Missy Franklin and Jessica Hardy were fifth and eighth, respectively.

Kromowidjojo's victory was not considered an upset as she came to London with the fastest time in the world this season and had come on strong at the world championships last year, taking third.

Earlier in the London Games, she was part of the Dutch 400-meter freestyle relay team that placed second.

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