Ranomi Roars, Wins World Championships

Courtesy of FINA, Hangzhou, China.

Dutch freestyler Ranomi Kromowidjojo is back on top. After winning three Olympic gold medals in the sprint events at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, she finished out of podium positions in her individual and relay events at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But she is returned to form by winning the 100m freestyle title at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, China.

Earlier this year, she visited San Francisco and competed in the RCP Tiburon Mile. While the one nautical mile race from Angel Island is a little bit outside her preferred distance, it was clear in San Francisco that her competitive fire is stoked with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics less than 2 years away.

The underwater cameras in the pool during the 100m freestyle final show Kromowidjojo’s technically beautiful arm stroke, underwater streamlining, and her body and head position very well.

Footnote: On December 15th, Kromowidjojo set the 50m butterfly Championship Meet record on the fourth night of the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships with a time of 24.47.

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