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Kromowidjojo wins 50 free to complete sprint sweep

Saturday - 8/4/2012, 2:46pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands has won the women's 50-meter freestyle to complete a sweep of the sprints at the London Olympics.

Having already won the 100 free, Kromowidjojo clocked an Olympic-record 24.05 seconds in the one-lap race Saturday. Defending champion Britta Steffen of Germany went 24.06 in Beijing four years ago in a now-banned bodysuit, when she swept the sprints.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus touched in 24.28 to take the silver medal and another Dutchwoman, Marleen Veldhuis, finished in 24.39 to take bronze.

Steffen finished fourth, home favorite Francesca Halsall of Britain was fifth and 34-year-old Therese Alshammar of Sweden was sixth in her fifth Olympics.


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