Danish Trials Day 1 Finals: 4 Danes and Pál confirm spot on Danish Olympic squad


In the women’s 100 freestyle semifinal, Jeanette Ottesen’s 55.64 didn’t quite make the Olympic qualification time (yet), but is on the team anyhow because of having made it in Shanghai, and then now the lesser ‘stability time’ of 55.39 (FINA A + 1.5%) that Danes want the already qualified to swim at the Danish Trials, in order to prove good form. In the men’s 400 freestyle, our guy Pál Joensen pipped Mads Glæsner with a 3:46.86 to Glæsner’s 3:46.93, a new Faroese record and both under the Olympic qualification time of 3:48.92. Lotte Friis also qualified with a 4:06.85 in the women’s 400 freestyle, well under the FINA A standard and Danish Olympic qualification time of 4:09.35.


(Pál getting a massage after the 400, Jákup Jacobsen took this picture)

And by the way, it has been confirmed by the Danish Swimming Federation, that despite of Rikke Møller having pulled out of the Danish Trials now because of a stress fractured rib, and therefore not being able to prove good form now at the Trials, she is on the Olympic team because of good results at the recent British Trials.


(Mads, Pál and Frans on the podium in Bellahøj. Photo: Jón Bjarnason)

Besides this, our Faroese young gun Magnus Jákupsson won a silver in the men’s 50 backstroke, with a new Faroese senior and junior record of 26.64, his old being 26.76 from the European Junior Championships in Belgrade last summer. And Frans Johannesen, both parents from the Faroese Islands but living in Denmark, managed a 3:56.76 and 3rd in the men’s 400 freestyle. It is a good day to be Faroese :-)

All results from today’s final can be found here.


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1 Comment

  1. Right, I was too much in a hurry yesterday and oversaw that we had only been through the women’s 100 semifinal, yet. So Jeanette will probably be even faster tonight :-)

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