Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre freestyle
|Women's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 16, 2004 (heats &
August 17, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||41 from 36 nations|
|Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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.
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.
|4||4||Claudia Poll||Costa Rica||1:59.79|
|6||6||Lindsay Benko||United States||2:00.22|
|8||2||Melanie Marshall||Great Britain||2:01.06|
|2||4||Dana Vollmer||United States||1:59.04||Q|
|4||2||Franziska van Almsick||Germany||1:59.13||Q|
|5||7||Franziska van Almsick||Germany||1:58.88|
|6||6||Dana Vollmer||United States||1:58.98|