VICHY, France, July 5. DUTCH sprint star Ranomi Kromowidjojo has decided to shut down her 2014 long course season a bit early, even after winning the 50-meter free at the French Open with a 24.53.
The news, as reported by SwimVortex, has Kromowidjojo pulling out of the European Championships next month because she’s just not ready yet. She will now look towards the World Short Course Championships later this year.
”It has been a turbulent year and it has taken a lot of energy,” Kromowidjojo said in a statement. “I want to invest in the next world tournaments. Therefore, a depth investment and an intensive training is required. I am sorry that I have to let go this European Championship, also for my teammates. My dream is to win the gold medal in Kazan in 2015 and Rio 2016, not only in individual races but also in the relay.”
Kromowidjojo already has had a rough year with her coach Christiaan Sloof quitting earlier this season with technical director Joop Alberda stepping in with some leadership direction.
”Our conclusion is that it is better for Ranomi not go to the European Championship,” Alberda said in his statement. “She will start with a new training program this summer and will focus on the World Cup short course in Doha in December 2014 and the World Cup long course in Kazan in 2015. This fits better in her preparations on the road to Olympic success in Rio in 2016. It is good to “reset” after the recent period, and to renew focus.”