Olympics swimming: Ranomi Kromowidjojo wins freestyle gold

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Olympics swimming: Ranomi Kromowidjojo wins freestyle gold

Ranomi Kromowidjojo claimed her first gold medal at London 2012 with victory in the women's 100m freestyle.

The Dutch swimmer clocked an Olympic record of 53.00 seconds to finish ahead of Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus, while China's Tang Yi won bronze.

Kromowidjojo, 21, was favourite going into the race after setting an Olympic record in the semi-final with 53.05secs.

Great Britain's Fran Halsall touched the wall in sixth place.

"I just didn't have it today. I can't change it now unfortunately, I gave it my best shot," said Halsall, who had been fastest off the blocks.

Great Britain have two medals so far in the pool.

After completing the first lap in fourth place, Kromowidjojo surged on the last length to become the first Dutchwoman to win the classic women's sprint at the Olympics since Inge de Bruijn in 2000.

American teenager Missy Franklin finished out of the medals in fifth place.

Final Results

Final results by Athlete
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment Result
1 Kromowidjojo NED 53.00 OR
2 Herasimenia BLR 53.38
3 Tang CHN 53.44

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