Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke
|Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Dates||August 18, 2004 (heats &
August 19, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||36 from 30 nations|
|Winning time||1:54.95 OR|
|Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
U.S. swimmer Aaron Peirsol won a gold medal in this event, with an Olympic record time of 1:54.95. Markus Rogan added another silver for Austria in the same stroke, in an outstanding time of 1:57.35. Romania's Răzvan Florea, who finished behind Rogan by 0.21 of a second, earned a bronze in 1:57.56. Peirsol became the fifth swimmer and fourth American in Olympic history to claim titles in two backstroke events.
In the final, Peirsol won the race but was disqualified for a noncontinuous backstroke turn (in backstroke, a swimmer is allowed to rotate onto his/her stomach going into a turn, as long as 1) only one arm pull occurs while the swimmer is on his/her stomach and 2) the turn is one smooth motion ). Peirsol's disqualification was appealed, and overturned, reinstating his time and finish. The British team have announced their intention to appeal to a higher body in an attempt to get their fourth-place swimmer James Goddard for a bronze medal.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Aaron Peirsol (USA)||1:54.74||Long Beach, United States||12 July 2004|
|Olympic record||Lenny Krayzelburg (USA)||1:56.76||Sydney, Australia||21 September 2000|
The following records were established during the competition:
|18 August||Semifinal||Aaron Peirsol||United States||1:55.14||OR|
|19 August||Final||Aaron Peirsol||United States||1:54.95||OR|
|1||4||James Goddard||Great Britain||1:57.25||Q|
|1||4||Aaron Peirsol||United States||1:55.14||Q, OR|
|3||3||Gregor Tait||Great Britain||1:58.75||Q|
|5||6||Bryce Hunt||United States||1:59.74|
|4||Aaron Peirsol||United States||1:54.95||OR|
|4||5||James Goddard||Great Britain||1:57.76|
|7||2||Gregor Tait||Great Britain||1:59.28|
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