Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre freestyle

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Women's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Date August 16, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 17, 2004 (final)
Competitors 41 from 36 nations
Winning time 1:58.03
Medalists
Gold medal    Romania
Silver medal    Italy
Bronze medal    France
«2000 2008»
Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 16 and 17.[1]

Camelia Potec became the second Romanian swimmer to claim a gold medal in swimming (the first being done by Diana Mocanu in Sydney), outside the record time of 1:58.03. The silver medal was awarded to 15-year-old Federica Pellegrini of Italy, who finished behind Potec by 0.19 of a second, clocking at 1:58.22. France's Solenne Figuès, on the other hand, took home the bronze in 1:58.45. World record holder Franziska van Almsick, however, finished outside of medals in fifth place, with a time of 1:58.88.[2][3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Franziska van Almsick (GER) 1:56.64 Berlin, Germany 3 August 2002
Olympic record  Heike Friedrich (GDR) 1:57.65 Seoul, South Korea 21 September 1988

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 2 Dana Vollmer United States 1:59.49 Q
2 6 2 Claudia Poll Costa Rica 1:59.50 Q
3 5 7 Paulina Barzycka Poland 1:59.52 Q
4 5 6 Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:59.80 Q
5 6 3 Solenne Figuès France 1:59.90 Q
6 6 7 Josefin Lillhage Sweden 2:00.04 Q
7 4 6 Elka Graham Australia 2:00.13 Q
8 6 4 Lindsay Benko United States 2:00.21 Q
9 6 5 Franziska van Almsick Germany 2:00.23 Q
10 5 4 Melanie Marshall Great Britain 2:00.46 Q
11 4 5 Camelia Potec Romania 2:00.50 Q
12 5 3 Alena Popchanka Belarus 2:00.67 Q
13 4 1 Tomoko Nagai Japan 2:00.73 Q
14 5 5 Pang Jiaying China 2:00.80 Q
15 4 3 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 2:01.00 Q
16 4 4 Yang Yu China 2:01.33 Q
17 6 8 Brittany Reimer Canada 2:01.39
18 4 7 Sara Isaković Slovenia 2:01.71
19 6 6 Linda Mackenzie Australia 2:02.04
20 5 2 Sara Harstick Germany 2:02.25
21 5 1 Nataliya Shalagina Russia 2:02.37
22 3 5 Olena Lapunova Ukraine 2:02.71
23 5 8 Mariana Brochado Brazil 2:02.91
24 3 3 Hanna Miluska Switzerland 2:03.28
25 3 1 Florencia Szigeti Argentina 2:03.29
26 4 8 Kim Hyun-Joo South Korea 2:03.33
27 6 1 Zoi Dimoschaki Greece 2:03.38
28 3 4 Elina Partõka Estonia 2:03.54
29 3 2 Alison Fitch New Zealand 2:03.58
30 3 8 Janelle Atkinson Jamaica 2:04.06
31 3 7 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 2:04.22
32 3 6 Petra Banović Croatia 2:04.24
33 2 2 Jana Myšková Czech Republic 2:04.62
34 2 4 Vesna Stojanovska Macedonia 2:04.64
35 1 3 Pilin Tachakittiranan Thailand 2:05.29
36 1 4 Yang Chin-Kuei Chinese Taipei 2:05.65
37 2 3 Louise Mai Jansen Denmark 2:06.06
38 2 5 Larisa Lăcustă Romania 2:06.62
39 2 6 Sze Hang Yu Hong Kong 2:07.55
40 2 7 Khadija Ciss Senegal 2:09.04
41 1 5 Yuliya Rissik Kazakhstan 2:09.93

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:58.02 Q
2 1 Pang Jiaying China 1:58.68 Q
3 3 Josefin Lillhage Sweden 1:59.31 Q
4 4 Claudia Poll Costa Rica 1:59.79
5 7 Alena Popchanka Belarus 1:59.87
6 6 Lindsay Benko United States 2:00.22
7 8 Yang Yu China 2:00.52
8 2 Melanie Marshall Great Britain 2:01.06

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Solenne Figuès France 1:58.65 Q
2 4 Dana Vollmer United States 1:59.04 Q
3 5 Paulina Barzycka Poland 1:59.10 Q
4 2 Franziska van Almsick Germany 1:59.13 Q
5 7 Camelia Potec Romania 1:59.25 Q
6 6 Elka Graham Australia 1:59.44
7 8 Martina Moravcová Slovenia 1:59.96
8 1 Tomoko Nagai Japan 2:00.09

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1st 1 Camelia Potec Romania 1:58.03
2nd 4 Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:58.22
3rd 5 Solenne Figuès France 1:58.45
4 2 Paulina Barzycka Poland 1:58.62
5 7 Franziska van Almsick Germany 1:58.88
6 6 Dana Vollmer United States 1:58.98
7 3 Pang Jiaying China 1:59.16
8 8 Josefin Lillhage Sweden 1:59.20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Potec wins freestyle gold". BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Camelia Potec Takes 200 Freestyle from Lane Ones". Swimming World Magazine. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

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