By Oene Rusticus
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 1. HOLLAND's Inge de Bruijn clocked 26.10 seconds to win the 50 meter butterfly during the first day of the Amsterdam Swim Cup.
Her race felt strong, she said, but the real speed is yet to come. Qualifying for Athens is her main goal in Amsterdam. In the next days the triple Olympic gold medallist will compete in the 50 and 100 free and 100 fly.
De Bruijn isn’t planning on retaking the World Record in the 100 freestyle from Lisbeth Lenton in this meet yet, but according to her coach Paul Bergen she should be able to swim under 53 in Athens. “Her world mark in the 100 freestyle was the easiest to break. She should have made this record more difficult to break in 2000. Someone who can swim 24,14 on the 50, should be able to realise a high 52 in the 100.”
The duel between Marleen Veldhuis and Otylia Jedrzejczak in the 200 freestyle was another highlight in this meet with a very strong international field. Hometown favourite Veldhuis led from the start, but 200 fly world record holder Jedrzejczak touched the pad just 0.02 seconds ahead of Veldhuis in 2:00.76. Another member of the Polish national team, Paulina Barzycka, placed third in 2:01.88, just before Haike van Stralen (2:02.06).
Igor Martchenko had the best performance on the men’s side, taking the 100 butterfly in 53.30. The Russian got tough competition from Joris Keizer (53.94), but the Dutchman couldn’t match his 53.67 from two weeks ago.
Paul Bergen’s swimmer Ron Karnaugh didn’t make finals in the 200 IM, due to a disqualification. Bergen wasn’t very happy with this situation: “Ron doesn’t make faults with his experience, he just turns very fast.” In his absence, Lukasz Wojt from Poland took this event in 2:04.36, just ahead of Ioannis Drymonakos from the Greek National team (2:05.09).
Pawel Korzeniowski led the international field in the 400 freestyle, touching first for Poland in 3:50.42. Dimitros Manganas (GRE) followed in 3:51.14, a length ahead of Heiko Hell (3:53.92) from the German team of coach Dirk Lange.