Dutch women swimmers bag gold and world record

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The Dutch women’s team won the 4x100m freestyle relay world title in a world record time of 3min 31.72sec.

Rome – The Netherlands won the women's 4x100m freestyle relay world title on Sunday in a world record time of 3min 31.72sec Sunday, despite a record-breaking swim from Germany's Britta Steffen.

The Dutch women added the world title to the Olympic gold they claimed in Beijing and lowered the world record of 3:33.62 they set at Eindhoven on 18 March 2008.

The team is made up of Femke Heemskerk, Marleen Veldhuis, Inge Dekker and Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

The Dutch team was in fifth position after the first 100 metres. However, Kromowidjojo and Heemskerk caught up with competing teams and laid the way for final-stage swimmer Veldhuis.

Germany's Steffen claimed the individual 100m freestyle world record with a time of 52.22sec in the opening leg of the race, but the Germans settled for second.

Radio Netherlands / AFP / Expatica

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