Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre freestyle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 15, 2008 (heats)
August 16, 2008(semifinals)
August 17, 2008 (final)
Competitors 92 from 83 nations
Winning time 24.06 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    Germany
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Australia
«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 women's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15–17 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Germany's Britta Steffen blasted a new Olympic record to strike a sprint freestyle double. She posted a time of 24.06, the second-fastest ever in the event, to erase Inge de Bruijn's 2000 record, and to hold off U.S. swimmer Dara Torres in a close race by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[2][3] Returning from an eight-year absence, Torres became the first woman in Olympic history to swim past the age of 40.[4] She established both a personal best and an American record of 24.07 to earn a silver medal and eleventh overall in her fifth Olympics since 1984.[5] Meanwhile, Australian teenager Cate Campbell picked up a bronze in 24.17, edging out her teammate Lisbeth Trickett (24.25) by 0.08 of a second.[6]

Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis finished fifth with a time of 24.26, and was followed in the sixth spot by American Kara Lynn Joyce in 24.63. Veldhuis' teammate Hinkelien Schreuder (24.65) and Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia (24.77) rounded out the finale.[2]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Sweden's Therese Alshammar, four-time Olympian and silver medalist in Sydney eight years earlier, and Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppälä, fourth-place finalist in the 100 m freestyle.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Lisbeth Trickett (AUS) 23.97 Sydney, Australia 29 March 2008 [8]
Olympic record  Inge de Bruijn (NED) 24.13 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 17 Final Britta Steffen Germany 24.06 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 10 4 Cate Campbell Australia 24.20 Q
2 11 4 Marleen Veldhuis Netherlands 24.38 Q
3 10 5 Dara Torres United States 24.58 Q
4 12 4 Lisbeth Trickett Australia 24.67 Q
5 11 6 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 24.83 Q
6 12 5 Britta Steffen Germany 24.90 Q
7 12 2 Zhu Yingwen China 24.91 Q
8 10 3 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 24.93 Q
9 11 5 Therese Alshammar Sweden 24.94 Q
10 12 6 Malia Metella France 24.95 Q
11 11 2 Arlene Semeco Venezuela 24.98 Q, NR
12 11 3 Hinkelien Schreuder Netherlands 25.00 Q
12 11 8 Li Zhesi China 25.00 Q
14 12 3 Kara Lynn Joyce United States 25.01 Q
15 12 1 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 25.06 Q, NR
16 10 6 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 25.07 Q
17 12 7 Agata Ewa Korc Poland 25.14 NR
18 11 1 Céline Couderc France 25.22
19 8 7 Anna Gostomelsky Israel 25.23 NR
20 12 8 Sviatlana Khakhlova Belarus 25.27
21 9 5 Triin Aljand Estonia 25.29
22 10 2 Anna-Karin Kammerling Sweden 25.34
22 10 7 Flavia Cazziolato Brazil 25.34
24 8 2 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Bahamas 25.40
25 10 1 Petra Dallmann Germany 25.43
26 11 7 Lize-Mari Retief South Africa 25.44
27 9 4 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 25.47
28 9 7 Anastasia Aksenova Russia 25.51
29 8 5 Sandra Kazíková Czech Republic 25.54
30 9 6 Victoria Poon Canada 25.58
31 9 8 Chang Hee-Jin South Korea 25.59
32 9 2 Oksana Serikova Ukraine 25.65
33 9 1 Martha Matsa Greece 25.68
34 10 8 Cristina Chiuso Italy 25.74
35 9 3 Vanessa García Puerto Rico 25.81
36 8 3 Ragnheidur Ragnarsdottir Iceland 25.82
37 8 1 Natasha Moodie Jamaica 25.95
38 7 1 Carolina Colorado Colombia 26.11
39 6 6 Rugilė Mileišytė Lithuania 26.19
39 7 2 Sharntelle McLean Trinidad and Tobago 26.19
41 7 5 Eva Dobar Hungary 26.33
42 6 2 Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane Papua New Guinea 26.47
43 7 3 Nina Sovinek Slovenia 26.49
44 6 3 Yamile Bahamonde Ecuador 26.54
44 7 6 Yu Ning Elaine Chan Hong Kong 26.54
46 7 8 Marina Mulyayeva Kazakhstan 26.57
47 6 5 Christel Simms Philippines 26.64
48 8 8 Chii Lin Leung Malaysia 26.75
49 7 4 Monika Babok Croatia 26.84
50 6 4 Veronica Vdovicenco Moldova 26.92
51 5 4 Sharon Paola Fajardo Sierra Honduras 27.19
52 6 7 Ngozi Monu Nigeria 27.39
53 6 1 Ellen Lendra Hight Zambia 27.42
54 5 5 Chinyere Pigot Suriname 27.66
55 5 7 Dalia Tórrez Zamora Nicaragua 27.81
56 5 3 Razan Taha Jordan 27.82
57 6 8 Marianela Quesada Costa Rica 28.11
58 4 4 Ximene Gomes Mozambique 28.15
58 5 2 Rovena Marku Albania 28.15 NR
60 5 6 Tojohanitra Andriamanjatoarimanana Madagascar 28.54
61 4 8 Senele Dlamini Swaziland 28.70
62 4 1 Virginia Farmer American Samoa 28.82
63 5 1 Diane Etiennette Mauritius 28.83
64 4 3 Katerine Moreno Bolivia 29.05
65 5 8 Ana Crysna da Silva Romero Angola 29.06
66 3 5 Olivia Aya Nakitanda Uganda 29.38
67 4 2 Dashtserengiin Saintsetseg Mongolia 29.63
68 7 7 Mariya Bugakova Uzbekistan 29.73
69 4 5 Kiran Khan Pakistan 29.84
70 3 4 Samantha Paxinos Botswana 29.91
71 3 8 Amber Yobech Palau 30.00
72 4 6 Aminath Rouya Hussain Maldives 30.21
73 4 7 Doli Akhter Bangladesh 30.23
74 1 5 Sameera Al Bitar Bahrain 30.32
75 3 6 Julianne Kirchner Marshall Islands 30.42
76 3 7 Debra Daniel Federated States of Micronesia 30.61
77 3 2 Magdalena Moshi Tanzania 31.37
78 3 1 Vitiny Hemthon Cambodia 31.41
79 2 7 Zakiya Nassar Palestine 31.97
80 3 3 Katerina Izmaylova Tajikistan 32.09
81 2 5 Karishma Karki Nepal 32.35
82 2 4 Zahra Pinto Malawi 32.53
83 2 6 Antoinette Guedia Mouafo Cameroon 33.59
84 2 3 Vilayphone Vongphachanh Laos 34.79
85 2 2 Elisabeth Nikiema Burkina Faso 34.98
86 2 8 Elsie Uwamahoro Burundi 36.86
87 1 6 Gloria Koussihouede Benin 37.09
88 1 3 Pamela Girimbabazi Rwanda 39.78
89 1 4 Djene Barry Guinea 39.80
90 2 1 Mariama Souley Bana Niger 40.83
91 8 4 Miroslava Najdanovski Serbia DNS
91 8 6 Bayan Jumah Syria DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Britta Steffen Germany 24.43 Q
2 4 Marleen Veldhuis Netherlands 24.46 Q
3 5 Lisbeth Trickett Australia 24.47 Q
4 7 Hinkelien Schreuder Netherlands 24.52 Q
5 1 Kara Lynn Joyce United States 24.63 Q
6 8 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 24.72 Q
7 6 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 24.80
8 2 Malia Metella France 24.89

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Dara Torres United States 24.27 Q
2 4 Cate Campbell Australia 24.42 Q
3 6 Zhu Yingwen China 24.76
4 3 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 24.86
5 1 Li Zhesi China 24.90
6 2 Therese Alshammar Sweden 24.96
7 7 Arlene Semeco Venezuela 25.05
8 8 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 25.19

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 3 Britta Steffen Germany 24.06 OR
2nd 4 Dara Torres United States 24.07 AM
3rd 5 Cate Campbell Australia 24.17
4 2 Lisbeth Trickett Australia 24.25
5 6 Marleen Veldhuis Netherlands 24.26
6 1 Kara Lynn Joyce United States 24.63
7 7 Hinkelien Schreuder Netherlands 24.65
8 8 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 24.77

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (16 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Britta Steffen Edges Dara Torres by .01 to Win 50 Free in Olympic Standard". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Steffen snatches gold in 50m free, Torres takes silver". ESPN. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Forty-one-year-old Olympian Torres gains pool of 40-ish fans". USA Today. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dara Torres settles for silver medal in 50-meter freestyle". New York Daily News. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ English, Ben (17 August 2008). "Cate Campbell claims 50m bronze, Libby Trickett misses at Beijing Olympics". The Australian. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Cate Campbell Bounces Back, Tops 50 Free Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Cowley, Michael (30 March 2008). "Just the Trickett: Libby breaks the speed barrier". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

External links[edit]