Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre individual medley

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Men's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Michael Phelps Ryan Lochte Laszlo Cseh medals 2008 Olympics.jpg
Medal winners
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Dates August 9 (heats)
August 10 (final)
Competitors 29 from 22 nations
Winning time 4:03.84 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Hungary
Bronze medal    United States
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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 400 metre individual medley event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 9–10 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps blasted a new world record to defend his title in the event, and more importantly, claim his first Olympic gold, seventh career, and ninth overall. Phelps expected to get a major challenge from teammate Ryan Lochte, but he pulled away from the field on the breaststroke leg, and then opened up his lead on the freestyle leg to a strong finish in 4:03.84, more than a second faster than his world record from the U.S. Olympic Trials.[2][3] Hungary's László Cseh earned his first ever Olympic silver medal at these Games, in a European record of 4:06.16. Lochte, who fought off a challenge against Phelps, faded towards the end of the race with a bronze in 4:08.09.[4]

Italian tandem Alessio Boggiatto (4:12.16) and Luca Marin (4:12.47) earned fourth and fifth spots with only 0.31 seconds apart from each other. Hungary's Gergő Kis (4:12.84), Canada's Brian Johns (4:13.38), and Brazil's Thiago Pereira (4:15.40) rounded out the finale.[4]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 4:05.25 Omaha, United States 29 June 2008 [5]
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 4:08.26 Athens, Greece 14 August 2004 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 9 Heat 4 Michael Phelps United States 4:07.82 OR
August 10 Final Michael Phelps United States 4:03.84 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Michael Phelps United States 4:07.82 Q, OR
2 2 4 László Cseh Hungary 4:09.26 Q
3 4 5 Luca Marin Italy 4:10.22 Q
4 3 4 Ryan Lochte United States 4:10.33 Q
5 4 3 Gergő Kis Hungary 4:10.66 Q
6 2 3 Alessio Boggiatto Italy 4:10.68 Q
7 3 7 Brian Johns Canada 4:11.41 Q, NR
8 3 5 Thiago Pereira Brazil 4:11.74 Q
9 4 2 Keith Beavers Canada 4:12.75
10 2 1 Bradley Ally Barbados 4:14.01 NR
11 2 8 Gal Nevo Israel 4:14.03 NR
12 3 3 Riaan Schoeman South Africa 4:14.09
13 3 1 Andrey Krylov Russia 4:14.55
14 4 6 Travis Nederpelt Australia 4:15.37
15 2 2 Dinko Jukić Austria 4:15.48 NR
16 2 7 Alexander Tikhonov Russia 4:16.49
17 2 5 Thomas Haffield Great Britain 4:16.76
18 2 6 Vasileios Demetis Greece 4:18.40
19 3 6 Euan Dale Great Britain 4:18.60
20 4 8 Vadym Lepskyy Ukraine 4:20.96
21 3 8 Omar Pinzón Colombia 4:22.31
22 4 7 Pierre Henri France 4:22.41
23 1 4 Nikša Roki Croatia 4:22.44
24 3 2 Javier Núñez Spain 4:22.69
25 4 1 Romanos Alyfantis Greece 4:23.41
26 1 6 Dmitriy Gordiyenko Kazakhstan 4:25.20
27 1 2 Vasilii Danilov Kyrgyzstan 4:29.20
28 1 3 Deniz Nazar Turkey 4:30.80
29 1 5 Hocine Haciane Andorra 4:32.00

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Michael Phelps United States 4:03.84 WR
2nd 5 László Cseh Hungary 4:06.16 EU
3rd 6 Ryan Lochte United States 4:08.09
4 7 Alessio Boggiatto Italy 4:12.16
5 3 Luca Marin Italy 4:12.47
6 2 Gergő Kis Hungary 4:12.84
7 1 Brian Johns Canada 4:13.38
8 8 Thiago Pereira Brazil 4:15.40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Newberry, Paul (10 August 2008). "Michael Phelps sets world record in 400 IM, 1 gold down, 7 to go". New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Opening statement: Phelps grabs gold, WR in 400 IM". ESPN. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Michael Phelps Smashes World Record in 400 IM". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Crouse, Karen (30 June 2008). "Rival’s fast finish propels Phelps to another record". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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