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Ranomi KROMOWIDJOJO
Sport Swimming
NOC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Born20 Aug 1990 in Sauwerd, NED
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Ferry Weertman
Residence
Eindhoven, NED
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Business Administration, Communications - Notenboom Business School: Eindhoven, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming at age three on a family holiday in Spain. She began swimming competitively at age seven in Groningen, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
She got her first swimsuit at age three while on a family holiday in Spain. "At that time, I felt that by wearing the suit I could swim. As a result, I almost drowned. But I did not give up because in the pool I felt free, fun and all other positive things."
International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Budapest, HUN
General Interest
Nicknames
Kromo (ad.nl, 10 Apr 2021)
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmers Inge De Bruijn and Marleen Veldhuis. (omroepbrabant.nl, 04 Aug 2012; studenten.net, 2012)
Injuries
She competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a back problem. She sustained the injury during a pre-Games training camp in London, England. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 02 Nov 2016)

In July 2010 she was diagnosed with viral meningitis while training with the Dutch national team in the Canary Islands, Spain. Five months later she won three gold medals at the World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (ed.nl, 13 Dec 2021; zwemsite.nl, 29 Jul 2010)

She suffered an elbow injury at the 2008 World Short Course Championships in Manchester, England, and had to withdraw from the 100m freestyle event. (bcn2013.com, 04 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be yourself." (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named 2019 Sportswoman of the Year at the Eindhoven SportAwards in the Netherlands. (eindhovensport.nl, 14 Jan 2020)

She was named 2012 European Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (swimming.org, 18 Feb 2013)

She was named the 2011 and 2012 Netherlands Sportswoman of the Year. (nocnsf.nl, 18 Dec 2012; noorderkrant.nl, 13 Dec 2011)

She won the 2008 Dutch Olympic Committee [NOCNSF] Sports Talent of the Year award. (nu.nl, 08 Jun 2008)

She was named Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau for winning a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (rtlboulevard.nl, 16 Aug 2012)

She has been named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. (Facebook page, 14 Aug 2017)
Milestones
She won six medals at the 2021 Short Course World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, taking her overall tally at the tournament to 28. This made her the most successful female swimmer at the short course world championships in terms of total medals won, surpassing Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu's total of 27. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Jan 2022; fina.org, 23 Dec 2021)
Famous relatives
Her partner Ferry Weertman represented the Netherlands in open water swimming at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020, winning gold in the 10km event at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Twitter profile, 08 Dec 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Dec 2021)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from competitive swimming in January 2022. (reuters.com, 27 Jan 2022; Instagram profile, 27 Jan 2022)

FATHER'S TOKYO DISAPPOINTMENT
Her parents always watch her compete at major tournaments, but they were unable to attend the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I think that's a real shame [about no spectators in Tokyo], but I think it's even worse for my parents. My father, in particular, has been really looking forward to the 2020 Olympic Games and not just to swimming. My father is a karate teacher and karate is now on the Olympic programme for the first time. He was going to watch karate with my brother in Tokyo. I think it's worse that he can't go to karate than to swimming." (ad.nl, 10 Apr 2021)

RIO REDEMPTION
She was disappointed after ending the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro without a medal, but returned to form a year later taking four medals at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. "I knew for sure that I could swim faster than I did in Rio. Now I have shown it. I never doubted it. It sometimes goes with ups and downs, that can happen occasionally. It was also not bad what I showed in Rio. You should not let your head hang and be grumpy for the rest of your life if you do not win gold or medal." (nrc.nl, 30 Jul 2017)

TONSILS REMOVED
In September 2017 she had a tonsillectomy. "I had inflammations for many years, which was very annoying. But most important, every year, it would cost me about four weeks of training and always with unexpected timing. So I hope from now on I won't have those complaints anymore." She had to miss 12 days of training after the procedure. (swimswam.com, 19 Sep 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF] and has founded the 'Ranomi Cup', a swimming event in The Hague, Netherlands, which raises money for the charity. (Instagram profile, 25 Jan 2020; unicef.nl, 06 Apr 2019; Facebook page, 30 Nov 2016)

EARLY DAYS
At age 18 she moved from Groningen to Eindhoven after competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where she won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Four years later she won gold medals in both the 50m and 100m freestyle at the 2012 Games in London. She said that her athlete management group and her club helped her cope with the abrupt changes during this period. "I was very shy as a child. That was the Groningen upbringing. Living in Eindhoven was quite different. People speak with more words, it was more exuberant. I learned to be more assertive and to say more than just yes, good or fine. Then I became aware [after winning two gold medals the 2012 Olympic Games] everyone has an opinion about me. If I didn't greet someone, I was suddenly arrogant. At first after London I had the idea that I should please everyone, but then you could never do it right. So it is nice to have a management that protects you and a home base that you can always rely on. Where you are not the swimmer or champion, but the daughter, sister or niece." (parool.nl, 20 Aug 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.30
19 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 53.71
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.70
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.25
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 24.19
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 53.08
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.81
1 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 53.00
1 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 24.05
6 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.28
2 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.79
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 2:00.02
1 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.76
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 25.35
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 53.43
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 24.35
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.32
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.48
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.38
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 52.78
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.85
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:32.64
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:21.81
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 53.17
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.22
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.67
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.10
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 25.53
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 53.42
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 24.05
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.77
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 53.66
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.27
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.96
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Backstroke 29.09
5 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.31
6 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Freestyle 53.37
1 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.72
Semifinal 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Freestyle 55.33
3 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.81
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Butterfly 24.44
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Freestyle 23.31
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.89
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.03
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.86
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.61
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:36.20
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 24.47
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.19
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Freestyle 51.14
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.54
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.55
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.05
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.51
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.02
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.57
2 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 51.92 
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle 23.60 
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly DNS
2 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.82
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.10
3 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 51.47
1 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.32
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.24
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:26.53
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:32.85
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 51.45
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 23.37
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.54
Heats 2008 Manchester, ENG 50m Backstroke  DNS
Heats 2008 Manchester, ENG 100m Freestyle 54.09
1 2008 Manchester, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:38.90
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:22.26
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.30
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.97
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.44
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.29
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 24.21 
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 25.88
  2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle DNS
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.77
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:45.57
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.97
1 2016 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 24.07
2 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 53.24
4 2016 London, ENG 50m Butterfly 25.82
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.80
1 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.64
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:59.77
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 25.22
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 54.24
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.62 
4 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:56.14
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 27.72
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 26.24
2 2006 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.04
5 2006 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 50.95
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 24.78
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 57.05
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 23.31
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.39
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.91
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.39
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.71
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Freestyle 23.56
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Freestyle 51.59
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:36.20
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.03
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.85
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.23
1 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 51.78
1 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Freestyle 23.36
3 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.62
  2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly  DNS
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 51.44
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 23.58
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.34
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.98
2 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 51.44
2 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle 23.58
1 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.25
1 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.69
  2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Freestyle  DNS
6 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Backstroke 27.08 
3 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Freestyle 52.22 
1 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.73
1 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.80
17 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.83
17 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.49
19 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.99
10 2007 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
1 2007 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.82
31 2006 Helsinki, FIN 100m Freestyle 56.21
24 2006 Helsinki, FIN 50m Freestyle 25.75
17 2005 Trieste, ITA 50m Freestyle 25.51
31 2005 Trieste, ITA 100m Freestyle 56.29
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
29 2021   Overall Ranking  
1 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.46
1 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 24.74
4 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 52.22
3 2019 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 28.48
2 2019 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 24.65
1 2019 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 25.67
2 2019 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 53.33
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.63
4 2019 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 28.42
2 2019 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.62
3 2019 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.81
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.03
3 2019 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.43
3 2018   Overall Ranking  
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.04
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 51.51
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.48
3 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 26.19
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.23
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 24.65
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 51.01
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.68
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.01
2 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 28.49
2 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 53.29
3 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 59.40
3 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 24.62
2 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.76
1 2018 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:30.81
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 26.10 NR
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 23.26
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 24.67
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 51.42
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.64
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.90
2 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 26.09
4 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 59.20
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 53.71
6 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 28.83
2 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.55
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:27.42
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 26.25
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 23.46
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 24.64
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 51.56
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 26.24
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.40
1 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 24.51
1 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 51.26
3 2017   Overall  
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 57.18
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.58
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.47
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 51.91
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.99
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.97
5 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 26.64
2 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 24.95
4 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 56.97
1 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 22.93
1 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.70
1 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.41
4 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 58.22
4 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 27.37
2 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.82
2 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 52.19
2 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.25
1 2017 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.92
1 2017 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.20
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 24.54 NR
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 51.19
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.34
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.90
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.12
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 52.53
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.46
3 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 57.78
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.75
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.11
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 23.39
5 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 26.77
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 51.14
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 51.65
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 24.73
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.80
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.97
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 24.81
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.29
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.70
9 2013   Overall  
1 2013 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 23.72
1 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 51.28
1 2013 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.33
5 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.91
1 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.69
1 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 52.29
4 2013 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 25.92
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 52.48
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 24.02
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 51.54
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 23.24 WR
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.27
2 2013 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.46
22 2011   Overall  
2 2011 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 24.23
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 52.88
2 2011 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 26.08
21 2009   Overall  
3 2009 Durban, RSA 50m Freestyle 23.84
1 2009 Durban, RSA 100m Freestyle 52.46