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

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008 (semifinals)
August 12, 2008 (final)
Competitors 58 from 50 nations
Winning time 1:42.96 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    South Korea
Bronze medal    United States
«2004 2012»
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 freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–12 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

After winning a bronze in Athens four years earlier, Michael Phelps blasted a new world record of 1:42.96 to claim his third straight gold, ninth career, and eleventh overall medal at the Olympics.[2][3] South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan added a silver to his collection, following an unprecedented triumph in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier. He established a new Asian record of 1:44.85 to clear a 1:45 barrier, and used a final-lap split of 26.17 to edge out Phelps' teammate Peter Vanderkaay, who took home a bronze medal in a personal best of 1:45.14.[2][4]

South Africa's Jean Basson finished fourth with a time of 1:45.97, and was followed in the fifth spot by Germany's Paul Biedermann in 1:46.00. Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry, who raced to a top seed in the prelims, earned a sixth spot in 1:46.95, while Japan's Yoshihiro Okumura (1:47.14) and Great Britain's Robbie Renwick (1:47.47) rounded out the finale.[5] Renwick missed out the semifinals by 0.01 of a second from the prelims, but was offered a second shot, following a sudden withdrawal of two swimmers. Canada's Brent Hayden and France's Amaury Leveaux later scratched the event to focus on their duty in the 4×100 m freestyle relay.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:43.86 Melbourne, Australia 27 March 2007 [7]
Olympic record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 1:44.71 Athens, Greece 16 August 2004 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Final Michael Phelps United States 1:42.96 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 2 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 1:45.80 Q
2 6 4 Jean Basson South Africa 1:46.31 Q
3 6 2 Brent Hayden Canada 1:46.40 Q, WD
4 8 4 Michael Phelps United States 1:46.48 Q
5 6 3 Colin Russell Canada 1:46.58 Q
6 8 5 Bak-Tae-Hwan South Korea 1:46.73 Q
7 8 3 Danila Izotov Russia 1:46.80 Q
8 8 7 Yoshihiro Okumura Japan 1:46.89 Q
9 6 7 Emiliano Brembilla Italy 1:47.04 Q
10 7 5 Paul Biedermann Germany 1:47.09 Q
11 8 6 Ross Davenport Great Britain 1:47.13 Q
12 7 4 Peter Vanderkaay United States 1:47.39 Q
13 6 5 Amaury Leveaux France 1:47.44 Q, WD
14 6 6 Nicholas Sprenger Australia 1:47.64 Q
15 5 6 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or Israel 1:47.78 Q, NR
16 8 1 Dominik Koll Austria 1:47.81 Q, NR
17 7 7 Robbie Renwick Great Britain 1:47.82
18 6 1 Rodrigo Castro Brazil 1:47.87
19 6 8 Oussama Mellouli Tunisia 1:47.97
19 7 3 Alexander Sukhorukov Russia 1:47.97
21 5 5 Darian Townsend South Africa 1:48.08
22 7 6 Kenrick Monk Australia 1:48.17
23 5 1 Sergiy Advena Ukraine 1:48.18 NR
24 5 4 Sho Uchida Japan 1:48.34
25 7 8 Romāns Miloslavskis Latvia 1:48.41 NR
26 5 2 Shaune Fraser Cayman Islands 1:48.60
27 4 4 Gard Kvale Norway 1:48.73 NR
28 7 2 Massimiliano Rosolino Italy 1:48.76
29 5 3 Andreas Zisimos Greece 1:48.82
30 5 8 Glenn Surgeloose Belgium 1:48.92
31 4 7 Jon Raahauge Rud Denmark 1:48.96
32 3 5 Ryan Pini Papua New Guinea 1:49.04
33 7 1 Zhang Enjian China 1:49.15
34 8 8 Łukasz Gąsior Poland 1:49.25
35 4 5 Norbert Kovács Hungary 1:49.34
36 4 6 Martín Kutscher Uruguay 1:49.61
37 3 1 Dominik Straga Croatia 1:49.63
38 4 3 Christoffer Wikström Sweden 1:49.84
39 5 7 Tiago Venâncio Portugal 1:50.24
40 3 7 Radovan Siljevski Serbia 1:50.25
41 2 6 Bryan Tay Singapore 1:50.41 NR
42 3 3 Crox Acuña Venezuela 1:50.52
43 3 2 Julio Galofre Colombia 1:50.62
44 3 6 Daniel Bego Malaysia 1:50.92
45 2 5 Vladimir Sidorkin Estonia 1:51.27 NR
46 4 2 Květoslav Svoboda Czech Republic 1:51.67
47 3 8 Saulius Binevičius Lithuania 1:51.80
48 4 8 Virdhawal Khade India 1:51.86
49 4 1 Raphael Stacchiotti Luxembourg 1:52.01
50 2 3 Mario Montoya Costa Rica 1:52.19 NR
51 2 4 Mahrez Mebarek Algeria 1:52.66
52 2 2 Artur Dilman Kazakhstan 1:52.90
53 1 4 Irakli Revishvili Georgia 1:53.60
54 2 1 Ibrahim Nazarov Uzbekistan 1:56.27
55 1 3 Mihajlo Ristovski Macedonia 1:57.45
56 2 7 Andrei Zaharov Moldova 1:58.62
57 1 5 Emanuele Nicolini San Marino 1:59.47
58 3 4 Luka Turk Slovenia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Jean Basson South Africa 1:46.13 Q
2 3 Danila Izotov Russia 1:47.24
3 2 Ross Davenport Great Britain 1:47.35
4 6 Emiliano Brembilla Italy 1:47.70
5 7 Nicholas Sprenger Australia 1:47.80
6 1 Dominik Koll Austria 1:47.87
7 5 Colin Russell Canada 1:48.13
8 8 Rodrigo Castro Brazil 1:48.71

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Peter Vanderkaay United States 1:45.76 Q
2 3 Park Tae-Hwan South Korea 1:45.99 Q, AS
3 5 Michael Phelps United States 1:46.28 Q
4 2 Paul Biedermann Germany 1:46.41 Q
5 6 Yoshihiro Okumura Japan 1:46.44 Q
6 4 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 1:46.54 Q
7 8 Robbie Renwick Great Britain 1:47.07 Q
8 1 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or Israel 1:48.16

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 6 Michael Phelps United States 1:42.96 WR
2nd 5 Park Tae-Hwan South Korea 1:44.85 AS
3rd 4 Peter Vanderkaay United States 1:45.14
4 3 Jean Basson South Africa 1:45.97
5 2 Paul Biedermann Germany 1:46.00
6 1 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 1:46.95
7 7 Yoshihiro Okumura Japan 1:47.14
8 8 Robbie Renwick Great Britain 1:47.47

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