Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008 (final)
Competitors 42 from 35 nations
Winning time 4:03.22
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Great Britain
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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 women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–11 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Rebecca Adlington became Great Britain's first ever female gold medalist in swimming after 48 years.[2] She posted an outside-record time of 4:03.22 to hold off U.S. swimmer Katie Hoff in the final 50 metres with a 1.46-second deficit. Hoff added a silver to her hardware from the 400 m individual medley just a day earlier, in 4:03.29. Adlington's teammate Joanne Jackson earned a bronze in 4:03.52, handing an entire medal haul for Team GB in the pool.[3][4][5]

France's Coralie Balmy narrowly missed the podium by eight hundredths of a second (0.08), finishing in fourth place at 4:03.60. Italy's world record holder and top favorite Federica Pellegrini earned a fifth spot in a time of 4:04.56, holding off Romania's Camelia Potec to sixth by 0.10 of a second (4:04.66). Australia's Bronte Barratt (4:05.05) and defending Olympic champion Laure Manaudou (4:11.26).[3]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, silver medalist in Athens four years earlier, Hoff's teammate Kate Ziegler, and South Africa's Wendy Trott, who broke a new African record (4:08.38) in the heats.[6]

Earlier in the prelims, Pellegrini, Hoff, Jackson, and Adlington broke one of the oldest Olympic records in the book as they each went under the time of 4:03.85, which had stood since Janet Evans won the gold medal in the event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 4:01.53 Eindhoven, Netherlands 24 March 2008 [7]
Olympic record  Janet Evans (USA) 4:03.85 Seoul, South Korea 22 September 1988

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 5 Katie Hoff United States 4:03.71 OR
August 10 Heat 6 Federica Pellegrini Italy 4:02.19 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Federica Pellegrini Italy 4:02.19 Q, OR
2 6 3 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 4:02.24 Q, NR
3 5 4 Katie Hoff United States 4:03.71 Q, AM
4 5 6 Joanne Jackson Great Britain 4:03.80 Q
5 5 3 Bronte Barratt Australia 4:04.16 Q, OC
6 5 5 Coralie Balmy France 4:04.25 Q
7 4 6 Camelia Potec Romania 4:04.55 Q
8 4 4 Laure Manaudou France 4:04.93 Q
9 4 5 Otylia Jędrzejczak Poland 4:05.50
10 4 3 Linda Mackenzie Australia 4:05.91
11 6 1 Stephanie Horner Canada 4:07.45
12 5 2 Wendy Trott South Africa 4:08.38 AF
13 5 7 Lotte Friis Denmark 4:08.47
14 6 5 Kate Ziegler United States 4:09.59
14 6 7 Flavia Rigamonti Switzerland 4:09.59
16 4 8 Jördis Steinegger Austria 4:09.72 NR
17 6 2 Melissa Corfe South Africa 4:10.54
18 5 1 Gabriella Fagundez Sweden 4:11.40
19 4 1 Savannah King Canada 4:11.49
20 3 3 Susana Escobar Mexico 4:11.99 NR
21 3 5 Monique Ferreira Brazil 4:12.21
22 4 7 Tan Miao China 4:12.35
23 4 2 Erika Villaécija García Spain 4:14.25
24 3 6 Hoi Shun Stephanie Au Hong Kong 4:14.82
25 6 8 Jaana Ehmcke Germany 4:15.15
26 5 8 Li Mo China 4:15.50
27 3 2 Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou Greece 4:15.78
28 3 4 Daria Belyakina Russia 4:16.21
29 1 4 Boglárka Kapás Hungary 4:16.22
30 3 1 Lynette Lim Singapore 4:17.67
31 6 6 Ai Shibata Japan 4:17.96
32 2 2 Yanel Pinto Venezuela 4:18.09
33 2 1 Nataliya Khudyakova Ukraine 4:18.34
34 3 7 Cecilia Biagioli Argentina 4:19.85
35 2 7 Eva Lehtonen Finland 4:20.07
36 2 3 Kristina Lennox-Silva Puerto Rico 4:20.17
37 2 6 Lee Ji-Eun South Korea 4:21.53
38 2 5 Khoo Cai Lin Malaysia 4:23.37
39 2 4 Golda Marcus El Salvador 4:23.50
40 3 8 Yang Chin-Kuei Chinese Taipei 4:24.78
41 1 3 Shrone Austin Seychelles 4:35.86
42 1 5 Natthanan Junkrajang Thailand DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 5 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 4:03.22
2nd 3 Katie Hoff United States 4:03.29 AM
3rd 6 Joanne Jackson Great Britain 4:03.52
4 7 Coralie Balmy France 4:03.60
5 4 Federica Pellegrini Italy 4:04.56
6 1 Camelia Potec Romania 4:04.66
7 2 Bronte Barratt Australia 4:05.05
8 8 Laure Manaudou France 4:11.26

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