Jeanette Ottesen Claims Her Elusive World Championships Gold in 50 Fly

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Women’s 50 Fly:

Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark finally grabbed her elusive gold medal after finishing silver in the women’s 50 fly for several World Championships. Ottesen powered ahead of the USA’s Kelsi Worrell in the final fifteen meters to touch first in a 24.92 and be the only athlete beneath the 25-second mark in finals.

Worrell settled for the silver and a final time of 25.27, just off the American record of 24.94 she uncorked in prelims of the event.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee picked up the bronze medal with a final time of 25.32, while France’s Melanie Henique finished fourth overall with a close 25.33.

Silvia di Pietro of Italy touched fifth with a time of 25.35, followed by Canada’s Katerine Savard’s 25.51.

Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann and the Netherlands’ Maaike de Waard finished seventh and eighth respectively with times of 25.54 and 25.66.

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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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