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Femke Heemskerk


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Femke Heemskerk, born September 21, 1987 in Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands is a Dutch swimmer who mainly specializes in freestyle, but also has a strong backstroke and medley. As part of the Dutch team, she holds the world record in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay on both short course and long course. In short course she is also part of the Dutch team who holds the 4×200 meter freestyle relay world record. Individually she is owner of five national records, two in long course in the 200 meter freestyle and in the 200 meter individual medley, and two in the short course, 200 meter freestyle, 200 meter backstroke and the 200 meter individual medley.

Femke Heemskerk made her international debut at the World LC Championships 2005 in Montreal as a relay-swimmer. She only swum in the heats of the 4×100 meter freestyle and the 4×200 meter freestyle events. She competed in the European LC Championships 2006 and the European Short Course Swimming Championships. But individually she did not advance past the heats in both events. At the World LC Championships 2007 she won a bronze medal in the 4×100 meter freestyle together with Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Marleen Veldhuis. At the European Short Course Swimming Championships 2007 in Debrecen she surprisingly finished 6th in her first international final, the 100 meter freestyle. She also finished 10th in the 200 meter freestyle.

In 2008 she swam at the 2008 European Aquatics Championships on the world record breaking 4×100 meter freestyle team, which also won bronze in the World Championships the year before. With the same team she ended fourth in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay. Individually she did not reach the semi-finals. The next month she competed in Manchester at the World SC Championships 2008 where she again broke two relay records in the 4×200 meter freestyle with the same team as in Eindhoven. In the 4×100 meter freestyle Hinkelien Schreuder replaced Ranomi Kromowidjojo who suffered from an elbow injury. She won her first individual medal, a silver medal, in the 200 meter freestyle on the last day of the tournament. During the National Championships in June 2008, Heemskerk lowered three national records on the long course, 200 meter freestyle, 200 meter individual medley and the 100 meter backstroke.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won a gold medal in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. She did so alongside Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Marleen Veldhuis in a time of 3:33.76, just 0.14 outside their own world record. The day after she competed individually in the 200 meter individual medley where she finished 28th during the heats. Heemskerk was the lead-off swimmer in both 4×200 meter freestyle and the 4×100 meter medley relays, both of which did not qualify for the finals. After the Olympics Heemskerk returned to competition at the 2008 European Aquatics Championships where she qualified for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in the 100 meters and the 200 meter freestyle. The week afterwards she participated in the European Short Course Swimming Championships 2008 in Rijeka, Croatia. There she won a silver medal in the 200 meter freestyle behind Federica Pellegrini. She also finished fifth in the 100 meter medley.

In 2011 Heemskerk won a gold medal at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships as part of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay alongside Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Marleen Veldhuis in a time of 3:33.96. She anchored the team with a split time of 52.46, the fastest split in the final by 0.53.


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See more of Femke at: www.femkeheemskerk.nl

source: www.wikipedia.org







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