Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

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Men's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatic Centre
Date August 17, 2004 (heats and semifinals)
August 18, 2004 (final)
Competitors 47 from 39 nations
Winning time 2:09.44 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    Japan
Silver medal    Hungary
Bronze medal    United States
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100 m men women
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100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
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Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 17 and 18.[1]

After missing out the semifinals in Sydney four years earlier, Japan's Kosuke Kitajima blasted one of the longest Olympic swimming records in the book, when he clocked at 2:09.44 to erase a 0.77-second mark by American swimmer Mike Barrowman in 1992, and to strike a breaststroke double for the second straight time.[2] 15-year-old Dániel Gyurta of Hungary made a surprise packet with a silver medal in 2:10.80, edging out U.S. swimmer Brendan Hansen in a close race by 0.07 of a second. Hansen, who broke Kitajima's world record at the U.S. Olympic trials one month ago, finished third in 2:10.87.[3]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Brendan Hansen (USA) 2:09.04 Long Beach, United States 11 July 2004
Olympic record  Mike Barrowman (USA) 2:10.16 Barcelona, Spain 29 July 1992

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 18 Final Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:09.44 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 2 Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:11.29 Q
2 4 4 Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:11.97 Q
3 4 5 Paolo Bossini Italy 2:12.09 Q
4 4 3 Mike Brown Canada 2:12.69 Q
5 6 4 Brendan Hansen United States 2:12.77 Q
6 5 8 Vladislav Polyakov Kazakhstan 2:12.96 Q
7 6 3 Ian Edmond Great Britain 2:13.08 Q
8 5 3 Grigory Falko Russia 2:13.45 Q
9 5 5 Scott Usher United States 2:13.59 Q
10 6 5 Jim Piper Australia 2:13.79 Q
11 5 6 Genki Imamura Japan 2:14.10 Q
12 4 1 Terence Parkin South Africa 2:14.12 Q
13 5 2 Maxim Podoprigora Austria 2:14.31 Q
14 6 7 Richárd Bodor Hungary 2:14.36 Q
15 2 4 Lai Zhongjian China 2:14.61 Q
16 4 6 Chris Cook Great Britain 2:14.68 Q
17 5 4 Dmitry Komornikov Russia 2:14.92
18 4 8 Jens Kruppa Germany 2:15.29
19 3 2 Ratapong Sirisanont Thailand 2:15.39
20 3 3 Valeriy Dymo Ukraine 2:15.52
21 3 4 Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson Iceland 2:15.60
22 6 8 Michael Williamson Ireland 2:15.75
23 4 2 Regan Harrison Australia 2:15.86
24 2 1 Eduardo Fischer Brazil 2:16.04
25 5 1 Hugues Duboscq France 2:16.56
26 5 7 Thijs van Valkengoed Netherlands 2:16.80
27 6 1 Martin Gustavsson Sweden 2:17.12
28 2 5 Mihail Alexandrov Bulgaria 2:17.19
29 6 6 Morgan Knabe Canada 2:17.20
30 3 6 Daniel Málek Czech Republic 2:17.47
31 2 6 Sofiane Daid Algeria 2:17.78
32 3 7 Aleksander Baldin Estonia 2:17.90
33 3 8 Romanos Alyfantis Greece 2:18.18
34 2 8 Andrey Morkovin Uzbekistan 2:18.48
35 1 3 Bradley Ally Barbados 2:18.64
36 2 2 Emil Tahirovič Slovenia 2:18.65
37 3 1 Vanja Rogulj Croatia 2:18.81
38 1 1 Miguel Molina Philippines 2:19.19
39 2 3 Ben Labowitch New Zealand 2:19.25
40 4 7 Loris Facci Italy 2:19.38
41 2 7 Tam Chi Kin Hong Kong 2:19.48
42 1 4 Wang Wei-Wen Chinese Taipei 2:20.65
43 1 5 Malick Fall Senegal 2:22.31
44 1 2 Edvinas Dautartas Lithuania 2:23.12
45 1 7 Sergiu Postica Moldova 2:27.21
46 1 6 Anton Kramarenko Kyrgyzstan 2:28.59
47 3 5 Jarno Pihlava Finland DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:10.86 Q
2 5 Mike Brown Canada 2:12.14 Q
3 3 Vladislav Polyakov Kazakhstan 2:12.19 Q
4 2 Jim Piper Australia 2:12.22 Q
5 6 Grigory Falko Russia 2:12.42
6 1 Richárd Bodor Hungary 2:12.76
7 7 Terence Parkin South Africa 2:13.58
8 8 Chris Cook Great Britain 2:15.91

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:10.75 Q
2 3 Brendan Hansen United States 2:10.81 Q
3 5 Paolo Bossini Italy 2:11.76 Q
4 2 Scott Usher United States 2:12.00 Q
5 7 Genki Imamura Japan 2:12.86
6 1 Maxim Podoprigora Austria 2:14.66
7 8 Lai Zhongjian China 2:14.94
8 6 Ian Edmond Great Britain DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1st 3 Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:09.44 OR
2nd 4 Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:10.80
3rd 5 Brendan Hansen United States 2:10.87
4 6 Paolo Bossini Italy 2:11.20
5 1 Vladislav Polyakov Kazakhstan 2:11.76
6 7 Mike Brown Canada 2:11.94
7 2 Scott Usher United States 2:11.95
8 8 Jim Piper Australia DSQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 2004-08-05. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Japan's Kitajima wins men's 200m breaststroke for 2nd gold". Xinhua (People's Daily). 18 August 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Kitajima Takes the Breaststroke Double, Wins the 200 in an Olympic Record 2:09.44". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 

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