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Ranomi Kromowidjojo: The Campbell sisters are the most dangerous competitors for me

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R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
01.08.2015, 08:00 Sport
Three-time Olympic champion, multiple world and European champion, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands told about her expectations from the16th FINA World Championships, the main competitors and internal competition of the Netherlands team.

– What are your impressions of the 2015 FINA World Championships?

– My first impressions and feelings are positive, actually the swimming pool is very good. The city is beautiful, though I have not managed to see around - we have seen it only through the window of the bus. But it is very beautiful here!

– What do you expect from the World Championships in Kazan?

– I will try to swim as fast as possible to bring the result I expect. The fact is that I did not take part in the European Championships last summer, and the Championships in Kazan will be the first significant competition for me for last two years.

– The 2015 FINA World Championships are a qualifying competition for the Olympics. Despite the fact that you are already three times Olympic champion, what are your goals for the Championships here, in Kazan?

– I expect I will get into the final and get a medal for the freestyle in the 50m event. I think it is really very important, and all our girls hope deeply to be qualified for the Olympics. That's why I must swim fast to be qualified and to show myself in full at the Olympic Games. This is a top priority for me.

– Who do you consider as your main competitors? 

– Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell from Australia, Femke Heemskerk from the Netherlands. I think there are a lot of sportswomen who swim very fast in the 100m and 50m events. But the Campbell sisters are the most dangerous competitors for me.

– Have you already met your competitors somewhere before? Maybe, you have trained together?

– No. Femke Heemskerk is from my national team, we see each other every day and train together. And as for the other competitors I have not seen them training, we have met only at the competitions. 

– It seems you will have good competition in the team?

– That's right! There are a lot of girls in the team who swim the 100m freestyle race. But this is very good and helps us to follow the success of each other, we make each other stronger. I think that competition is a positive element, because you swim not only to show your best result, you try to swim faster than your competitor, and it motivates greatly.

– What is the medal plan of the Netherlands?

– I don't know. In my opinion we have all chances to take medals in the 50m event...

– Gold, silver or bronze?

– I can't say, we will see! (smiling). And in general, we would like to take medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle events, we have all chances for that. Yes, of course, the team from Australia is a very strong competitor. But I believe that there is nothing impossible! Everything depends on us.

– To your mind, what is the most important in swimming? Daily trainings, talent or speed?

– The most important thing in swimming is discipline and concentration. I mean that it is necessary to know when to exercise hard and when to rest. Because full recovery is impossible without relaxation. And no results without trainings. A comprehensive approach is a must upon every point. During the race it is necessary to be concentrated to the maximum: no other thoughts or excitement.

– What are your plans for the future? Are you getting ready for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro?

– I don't want to talk about the future now... We will see how I will perform and how the Australians will perform. One must not take a long shot. My immediate goal is to win the FINA World Championships in Kazan. Then if everything shapes well, I will get ready for Rio. But let's not go too far ahead... Wait and see! (smiles).

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