Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

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Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
Competitors 42 from 33 nations
Winning time 1:53.94 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Russia
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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
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–15 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Billed as the Clash of the Titans, Ryan Lochte stormed home on the final lap to defeat his teammate Aaron Peirsol and claim his first individual Olympic gold medal. He touched the wall first in 1:53.94, faster than the world record he shared with Peirsol at 1:54.32.[2][3][4]

Peirsol enjoyed a head-to-head battle against Lochte in the first 150 metres, but ended up only with a silver in 1:54.33. Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin added a second bronze to his collection, finishing in a new European record of 1:54.93 to hold off Austria's Markus Rogan (1:55.49), the silver medalist in Athens four years earlier.[3] Earlier in the semifinals, Vyatchanin edged out Germany's Helge Meeuw in a swimoff to secure a last spot for the top 8 final.[5]

Japan's Ryosuke Irie finished fifth with a time of 1:55.72, and was followed in the sixth spot by Australia's Hayden Stoeckel, who shared bronze medals with Vyatchanin in the 100 m backstroke, in an Oceanian record of 1:56.39. Romania's Răzvan Florea (1:56.52) and Great Britain's Gregor Tait (1:57.00) rounded out the finale.[3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ryan Lochte (USA)
 Aaron Peirsol (USA)
1:54.32 Melbourne, Australia
Omaha, United States
30 March 2007
4 July 2008
[6]
[7]
Olympic record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:54.95 Athens, Greece 19 August 2004 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Final Ryan Lochte United States 1:53.94 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Ryan Lochte United States 1:56.29 Q
2 5 4 Aaron Peirsol United States 1:56.35 Q
3 4 4 Markus Rogan Austria 1:56.64 Q
4 5 5 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 1:56.97 Q
5 6 5 Gregor Tait Great Britain 1:57.03 Q
6 4 5 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 1:57.15 Q
7 5 3 Ryosuke Irie Japan 1:57.68 Q
8 6 7 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 1:57.81 Q
9 6 3 Ashley Delaney Australia 1:57.87 Q
10 4 3 Răzvan Florea Romania 1:57.97 Q
11 5 6 Helge Meeuw Germany 1:58.42 Q
12 4 2 Damiano Lestingi Italy 1:58.53 Q
13 3 7 George Du Rand South Africa 1:58.62 Q, AF
14 6 6 Stanislav Donets Russia 1:58.68 Q
15 6 8 Keith Beavers Canada 1:58.84 Q
16 3 4 Tobias Oriwol Canada 1:58.94 Q
17 5 2 Pierre Roger France 1:59.01
18 3 1 Omar Pinzón Colombia 1:59.11
19 4 1 Sebastian Stoss Austria 1:59.44
19 6 1 Roland Rudolf Hungary 1:59.44
21 4 6 Takashi Nakano Japan 1:59.59
22 3 6 Derya Büyükuncu Turkey 1:59.86
23 5 8 Lucas Salatta Brazil 1:59.91
24 5 1 Nick Driebergen Netherlands 2:00.24
25 5 7 Mattia Aversa Italy 2:00.25
26 3 8 Kim Ji-Heun South Korea 2:00.72
27 2 5 Itai Chammah Israel 2:00.93
28 3 2 Pedro Oliveira Portugal 2:01.08
29 1 4 Brett Fraser Cayman Islands 2:01.17
30 2 1 Pedro Medel Cuba 2:01.32
31 4 7 Gabor Balog Hungary 2:01.42
32 3 3 Jonathan Massacand Switzerland 2:01.80
33 1 5 Oleg Rabota Kazakhstan 2:01.95
34 4 8 Simon Dufour France 2:02.00
35 3 5 Dimitrios Chasiotis Greece 2:02.30
36 2 2 Květoslav Svoboda Czech Republic 2:03.12
37 2 4 Deng Jian China 2:03.34
38 1 3 Sergey Pankov Uzbekistan 2:03.51
39 2 6 Oleksandr Isakov Ukraine 2:03.59
40 2 3 Andres Olvik Estonia 2:03.66
41 2 7 Simon Sjödin Sweden DNS
41 6 2 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber Spain DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank ! Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Aaron Peirsol United States 1:55.26 Q
2 2 Răzvan Florea Romania 1:56.45 Q, NR
3 3 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 1:56.73 Q, OC
4 5 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 1:56.85 QSO
5 7 Damiano Lestingi Italy 1:58.25
6 6 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 1:59.22
7 8 Tobias Oriwol Canada 1:59.50
8 1 Stanislav Donets Russia 1:59.87

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte United States 1:55.40 Q
2 5 Markus Rogan Austria 1:56.34 Q
3 6 Ryosuke Irie Japan 1:56.35 Q
4 3 Gregor Tait Great Britain 1:56.72 Q
5 7 Helge Meeuw Germany 1:56.85 QSO
6 2 Ashley Delaney Australia 1:57.73
7 8 Keith Beavers Canada 1:58.50
8 1 George Du Rand South Africa 1:58.61 AF

Swimoff[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 1:57.75 Q
2 5 Helge Meeuw Germany 2:00.97

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Ryan Lochte United States 1:53.94 WR
2 4 Aaron Peirsol United States 1:54.33
3 8 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 1:54.93 EU
4 3 Markus Rogan Austria 1:55.49 NR
5 6 Ryosuke Irie Japan 1:55.72
6 1 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 1:56.39 OC
7 2 Răzvan Florea Romania 1:56.52
8 7 Gregor Tait Great Britain 1:57.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lochte, Peirsol take gold, silver in 200 back". NBC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Ryan Lochte Claims Epic Battle Against Aaron Peirsol With 200 Back World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lochte grabs 200m backstroke gold". BBC Sport. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Americans Go 1-2 in Men's 200 Back, Aaron Peirsol Top Seed". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (31 March 2007). "American sets a record, but, no, it’s not Phelps". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  7. ^ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (5 July 2008). "Phelps in a world of his own". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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