Triple Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo equalled her own 50m freestyle short course world record as the Europe All-Stars failed to come from behind to win the Duel in the Pool against the USA.
Kromowidjojo has had a fine end to the year after a difficult World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, winning double gold at the European Short Course Championships in Netanya, including the 50m freestyle title.
The 25-year-old was off the world record in Israel though but that wasn’t the case on the second and final night of the Duel in the Pool as she equalled her two-year-old mark of 23.24 seconds to secure a win for Europe.
Kromowidjojo’s victory in the 50m freestyle was one of four on the night for Europe as the USA held onto the lead they built on the opening day to win 155-107 and retain the Duel in the Pool crown in Indianapolis.
The format of the Duel in the Pool sees a first-place finish secure five points, second claim three and third one with Yuliya Efimova, Katinka Hosszu and the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team – which included Kromowidjojo – the other European winners.
Europe began with three straight second places courtesy of Boglarka Kapas in the 800m freestyle, world record holder Gregorio Paltrinieri in the 1500m and Hosszu in the 200m – Briton Siobhan-Marie O’Connor ensuring a double in the latter with a third.
O’Connor’s in-form British teammate James Guy was third in the men’s 200m freestyle before Denmark’s Mie Nielsen returned Europe to back-to-back second-place finishes in the 100m backstroke.
Kromowidjojo wasn’t the only swimmer in world record form in Indianapolis as the men’s 100m backstroke produced a new mark of 48.92 from American Matt Grevers – Europe’sArkady Vyatchanin could do little in second.
Russian Efimova’s win in the 200m breaststroke followed – Europe’s first of day two – while the men’s race produced a European double with Hungarian Daniel Gyurta second and Briton Craig Benson third.
The next five races produced a flurry of good European performances as continental short course champion Franziska Hentke and continental long course champion Viktor Bromer both placed second in the 200m butterfly.
Then came triple Olympic champion Kromowidjojo’s blistering 50m freestyle in which European teammate Jeanette Ottesen was second with Vladimir Morozov also collecting three points in the men’s race.
Six-time European short course champion from Netanya 2015, Hosszu was dominant in the 200m medley for victory with O’Connor also returning to the pool give Europe a one-two with three events remaining.
Dan Wallace was third in the men’s 200m medley before O’Connor once again came out poolside to help Europe win the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay alongside Kromowidjojo, Ottesen and Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus.
Guy, Morozov, Dion Dreesens and Marco Orsi then teamed up for the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay but couldn’t get the better of the USA as they claimed victory in the final event to complete a 155-107 win.
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