Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre individual medley
|Men's 200 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 18, 2004 (heats &
August 19, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||50 from 42 nations|
|Winning time||1:57.14 OR|
|Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps blasted his own Olympic record of 1:57.14 to claim his fourth career gold medal in swimming. Coming from fifth place in the final turn, Phelps' teammate Ryan Lochte powered home with a silver in 1:58.78. Meanwhile, George Bovell held off Hungary's László Cseh by four hundredths of a second (0.04) to give Trinidad and Tobago its first ever swimming medal, in a Commonwealth record of 1:58.80.
Earlier in the semifinals, Phelps posted a new Olympic record of 1:58.52, previously set by Italian swimmer and defending Olympic champion Massimiliano Rosolino in Sydney four years earlier. Rosolino, along with his teammate Alessio Boggiatto, failed to reach the top 8 final with a tenth and eleventh-place effort. Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli, who placed fifth in the 400 m individual medley, also missed the cut, but set an African record of 2:01.11.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Michael Phelps (USA)||1:55.94||College Park, United States||9 August 2003|
|Olympic record||Massimiliano Rosolino (ITA)||1:58.98||Sydney, Australia||21 September 2000|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|August 18||Semifinal 1||Michael Phelps||United States||1:58.52||OR|
|August 19||Final||Michael Phelps||United States||1:57.14||OR|
|1||4||Michael Phelps||United States||1:58.52||Q, OR|
|2||2||Ryan Lochte||United States||1:59.58||Q|
|3||6||Vytautas Janušaitis||Lithuania||2:00.57||Q, NR|
|8||7||Robin Francis||Great Britain||2:03.85|
|3||5||George Bovell||Trinidad and Tobago||2:00.31||Q|
|7||6||Dean Kent||New Zealand||2:01.94|
|8||1||Adrian Turner||Great Britain||2:02.86|
|4||Michael Phelps||United States||1:57.14||OR|
|5||Ryan Lochte||United States||1:58.78|
|2||George Bovell||Trinidad and Tobago||1:58.80||NR|
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