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BARCELONA, Spain, August 3. DENMARK’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray captured her second career world long course title with a textile best in the women’s 50-meter fly to open the penultimate night of competition at the FINA World Championships.
Ottesen Gray blitzed the field with a sterling time of 25.24, bettering her previous textile best of 25.29 set in Rio de Janeiro in April of 2012. That’s now the second-fastest time ever behind only Therese Alshammar’s world record of 25.07 from the techsuited 2009 World Championships in Rome. That’s Ottesen Gray’s second world title, matching with her 100-meter freestyle victory at the 2011 Shanghai meet.
China’s Lu Ying ripped off an Asian record 25.42 for silver tonight. That effort bettered the previous Asian record of 25.57 set by Zhou Yafei at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, and is the seventh fastest swim of all time.
The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo closed out the podium with a third-place time of 25.53. That’s her eighth overall medal in World Championship competition. She’s won a pair of golds, a silver and now five bronzes during her long-standing career as one of the best sprinters on the planet. It’s her third bronze of the meet as well after finishing third in the 100 free and 400 freestyle relays.
Great Britain’s Fran Halsall finished fourth in 25.70, while defending champion Inge Dekker took fifth overall in 25.83. France’s Melanie Henique, who had to win a swimoff just to make semifinals after tying for 16th in prelims, managed a sixth-place time of 25.96.
Egypt’s Farida Osman (26.17) and USA’s Dana Vollmer (26.46) comprised the rest of the championship finale.