On the 3rd night of Danish Olympic Trials, 15-year-old Mie Ø. Nielsen qualified for the Olympics in the women’s 100 meter backstroke, with a scorching time of 59.69, and new Danish junior and senior record, and Nordic record beating Louise Ørnstedt’s 1:00.48 from a home meet in Odense back in 2005. She had actually qualified for the 4×100 freestyle yesterday, when clocking a 55.10 new Danish record and 3rd in the women’s 100 freestyle, but now it is for an individual event too :-) See result list here.
(Mie Ø. Nielsen at the Stockholm 2010 World Cup)
In the men’s 200 freestyle time trials, things got of to a bad start with Mads Glæsner and Daniel Skaaning pushing hard from the start but fading in the end, clocking 1:49.46 and 1:49.04 respectively, the Danish commentators losing hope already midway through the relay. But then Anders Lie kept hope alive, splitting 1:49.09, before Pál scorched the pool in a personal record split of 1:47.79. Relay clocking 7.15.38, to keep them in contention for a London 2012 selection.
No other swimmer made the necessary FINA A standard to qualify for the Olympics, and quite a few of them also missed the qualification time for the Debrechen 2012 Europeans, needed to get that second chance of qualifying for the Danish Olympic team.
All results from today’s finals can be seen here.