Ranomi Kromowidjojo Leads 50 Fly Semis; Sarah Sjostrom Misses Final

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The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo posted the top time in the semi-finals of the women’s 50 fly at 25.28, but the biggest surprise came with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom finishing tied for ninth in 25.80.

Sjostrom was scheduled for a busy night that also included the women’s 100 free semi-finals, women’s 100 IM semi-finals and potentially the 50 fly final, but she is now out of an event in which she has won the last two long course World titles.

Joining Kromowidjojo in the center lanes for the final, scheduled for later in the evening, were Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann (25.33), Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk (25.51) and Kromowidjojo’s countrywoman Maaike De Waard (25.60).

Other finalists included Germany’s Aliena Schmidtke (25.62), France’s Melanie Henique (25.66), Belarus’ Anastasiya Shkurdai (25.74) and Belgium’s Kimberly Buys (25.78). Sjostrom, who tied with Finland’s Mimosa Jallow, missed the final by two hundredths of a second.

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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