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

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Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 11, 2008 (heats)
August 12, 2008 (semifinals)
August 13, 2008 (final)
Competitors 44 from 39 nations
Winning time 1:52.03 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Hungary
Bronze medal    Japan
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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 butterfly event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 11–13 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps blasted a new world record of 1:52.03 to defend his title in the event, and more importantly, claim his fourth Olympic gold, tenth career, and twelfth overall medal. During the final, Phelps' goggles filled with water, which prevented him from seeing anything, while he was finishing the second lap.[2]

Hungary's László Cseh added a second silver to his hardware from the 400 m individual medley, breaking a European record of 1:52.70. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda powered home with a bronze medal in 1:52.97.[3][4]

New Zealand's Moss Burmester shared a fourth place with host nation China's Wu Peng in 1:54.35, while Poland's Paweł Korzeniowski finished sixth with a time of 1:54.60. Brazil's Kaio de Almeida (1:54.71) and Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov (1:55.14) rounded out the finale.[3]

Earlier in the semifinals, Phelps registered his own Olympic record of 1:53.70 to establish a strong lead for the top 8 final, matching his preliminary time in the process.[5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:52.09 Melbourne, Australia 28 March 2007 [6]
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:54.04 Athens, Greece 17 August 2004 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 11 Heat 6 Michael Phelps United States 1:53.70 OR
August 12 Semifinal 2 Michael Phelps United States 1:53.70 =OR
August 13 Final Michael Phelps United States 1:52.03 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Michael Phelps United States 1:53.70 Q, OR
2 4 2 László Cseh Hungary 1:54.48 Q
3 6 3 Kaio de Almeida Brazil 1:54.65 Q
4 6 6 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 1:55.06 Q
5 4 4 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 1:55.21 Q
6 6 5 Nikolay Skvortsov Russia 1:55.33 Q
7 5 5 Wu Peng China 1:55.39 Q
8 5 4 Gil Stovall United States 1:55.42 Q
9 5 7 Michael Rock Great Britain 1:55.55 Q
10 4 5 Moss Burmester New Zealand 1:55.80 Q
11 5 3 Ryuichi Shibata Japan 1:55.82 Q
12 4 6 Dinko Jukić Austria 1:55.96 Q
13 4 1 Ioan Gherghel Romania 1:56.09 Q, NR
14 6 1 Sergiy Advena Ukraine 1:56.24 Q
15 5 6 Chen Yin China 1:56.55 Q
16 3 2 Hsu Chi-chieh Chinese Taipei 1:56.59 Q
17 5 2 Christophe Lebon France 1:56.63
18 6 2 Travis Nederpelt Australia 1:56.64
19 6 7 Mathieu Fonteyn Belgium 1:56.65 NR
20 4 7 Niccolo Beni Italy 1:56.99
21 4 3 Denys Sylantyev Ukraine 1:57.02
22 5 1 Tamás Kerékjártó Hungary 1:57.29
23 6 8 Juan Veloz Mexico 1:57.32 NR
24 3 6 Pedro Oliveira Portugal 1:57.41
25 4 8 Adam Sioui Canada 1:57.45
26 3 5 Simon Sjödin Sweden 1:57.75
27 5 8 Romanos Alyfantis Greece 1:57.99
28 3 8 Alon Mandel Israel 1:59.27 NR
29 2 5 James Walsh Philippines 1:59.39 NR
30 3 3 Omar Pinzón Colombia 1:59.47
31 1 3 Nikša Roki Croatia 1:59.58 NR
32 2 1 Javier Núñez Spain 2:00.24
33 2 7 Andrés José González Argentina 2:00.36
34 2 6 Yoo Jung-Nam South Korea 2:01.00
35 3 4 Jeremy Knowles Bahamas 2:01.08
36 2 8 Alexis Márquez Rivas Venezuela 2:01.25
37 3 7 Daniel Bego Malaysia 2:01.28
38 2 3 Douglas Lennox-Silva Puerto Rico 2:01.69
39 3 1 Georgi Palazov Bulgaria 2:01.84
40 1 5 Rehan Poncha India 2:01.89
41 1 4 Emmanuel Crescimbeni Peru 2:02.13
42 1 6 Javier Hernández Maradiaga Honduras 2:02.23
43 2 4 Vladan Marković Serbia 2:03.12
44 2 2 Donny Utomo Indonesia 2:03.44

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 1:54.02 Q, AS
2 3 Nikolay Skvortsov Russia 1:54.31 Q, NR
3 4 László Cseh Hungary 1:54.35 Q
4 2 Moss Burmester New Zealand 1:55.26 Q
5 6 Gil Stovall United States 1:55.36
6 7 Dinko Jukić Austria 1:55.65
7 1 Sergiy Advena Ukraine 1:56.64
8 8 Hsu Chi-chieh Chinese Taipei 1:57.48

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Phelps United States 1:53.70 Q, =OR
2 6 Wu Peng China 1:54.93 Q
3 5 Kaio de Almeida Brazil 1:55.21 Q
4 3 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 1:55.35 Q
5 8 Chen Yin China 1:55.88
6 2 Michael Rock Great Britain 1:55.90
7 7 Ryuichi Shibata Japan 1:56.17
8 1 Ioan Gherghel Romania 1:56.57

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Phelps United States 1:52.03 WR
2 6 László Cseh Hungary 1:52.70 EU
3 5 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 1:52.97 AS
4 1 Moss Burmester New Zealand 1:54.35 OC
4 2 Wu Peng China 1:54.35
6 8 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 1:54.60
7 7 Kaio de Almeida Brazil 1:54.71
8 3 Nikolay Skvortsov Russia 1:55.14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: World Record Bonanza Continues, Michael Phelps Clips Standard in 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Phelps sets world marks, becomes winningest Olympic athlete". ESPN. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Michael Phelps Ties Olympic Record in 200 Fly Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (29 March 2007). "Phelps smashes another world record, his own". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 

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