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London Olympics: Ranomi Kromowidjojo wins 50-meter freestyle

August 04, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • The Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo outkicks the competition in the women's 50-meter freestyle.
The Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo outkicks the competition… (Francois Xavier Marit /…)

LONDON -- The fastest female swimmer in the world?

Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

The Dutch swimmer reconfirmed her sprint superiority, taking the 50-meter freestyle in an Olympic-record 24.05 seconds to complete a clean sweep on Saturday night at the Aquatics Centre.

It was the final night of what has been a stellar swimming competition at the Olympics.

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It was the same one-two finish as the 100 freestyle on Thursday night. Finishing second to Kromowidjojo again was Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus (24.28) and veteran sprinter Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands took the bronze (24.39).

Britta Steffen of Germany, who won the sprint double four years ago in Beijing, was fourth and American Jessica Hardy placed seventh.

Hardy's time was 24.62, which was off her qualifying mark at the U.S. Olympic trials when she went 24.50.

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