Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

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Women's 100 metre backstroke
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 49 from 38 nations
Winning time 58.96 AM
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Zimbabwe
Bronze medal    United States
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Swimming events at the
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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 100 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–12 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin set a lifetime best and an American record of 58.96 to defend her title in the event. Zimbabwe's new world record holder Kirsty Coventry added a second silver to her hardware from the 400 m individual medley two days earlier, in a time of 59.19. Coming from fifth place in the turn, Margaret Hoelzer continued her impressive form in the shorter backstroke to pick up a bronze in 59.34, handing the entire medal haul for Team USA in the pool.[2][3]

Great Britain's Gemma Spofforth narrowly missed the podium by four-hundredths of a second (0.04), posting a European record of 59.38 for a fourth-place finish. Russia's Anastasia Zuyeva finished fifth in a close race at 59.40, and was followed in the sixth spot by Japan's Reiko Nakamura in 59.72. France's Laure Manaudou (1:00.10), bronze medalist in Athens four years earlier, and Japanese Hanae Ito (1:00.18) rounded out the finale.[2]

Earlier in the prelims, Zuyeva, Nakamura, and Coventry scratched out Coughlin's existing Olympic record, as they went under a time of 59.68 to lead all seeded heats.[4] The following morning, in the semifinals, Coventry blitzed the field on the final lap to set a new world record of 58.77, breaking Coughlin's mark by two-tenths of a second (0.20).[5][6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Natalie Coughlin (USA) 58.97 Omaha, United States 1 July 2008 [7]
Olympic record  Natalie Coughlin (USA) 59.68 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 5 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.61 OR
August 10 Heat 6 Reiko Nakamura Japan 59.36 OR
August 10 Heat 7 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 59.00 OR
August 11 Semifinal 2 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 58.77 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 5 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 59.00 Q, OR
2 6 6 Reiko Nakamura Japan 59.36 Q, AS
3 5 4 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.61 Q, EU
4 7 4 Natalie Coughlin United States 59.69 Q
5 6 5 Laure Manaudou France 1:00.09 Q
6 7 6 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 1:00.11 Q
7 6 4 Margaret Hoelzer United States 1:00.13 Q
8 6 3 Hanae Ito Japan 1:00.16 Q
9 5 5 Emily Seebohm Australia 1:00.27 Q
10 4 3 Julia Wilkinson Canada 1:00.38 Q
11 5 8 Antje Buschschulte Germany 1:00.48 Q
12 5 2 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 1:00.53 Q
13 5 6 Nina Zhivanevskaya Spain 1:00.54 Q
14 5 3 Sophie Edington Australia 1:00.65 Q
15 7 1 Elizabeth Coster New Zealand 1:00.66 Q
16 6 1 Kseniya Moskvina Russia 1:00.70 Q
17 5 1 Xu Tianlongzi China 1:00.82
18 7 7 Fabíola Molina Brazil 1:01.00
19 3 3 Carolina Colorado Colombia 1:01.19 NR
20 4 4 Melissa Ingram New Zealand 1:01.24
21 5 7 Kateryna Zubkova Ukraine 1:01.25
22 6 2 Sanja Jovanović Croatia 1:01.30
23 7 2 Alexianne Castel France 1:01.44
24 7 8 Nikolett Szepesi Hungary 1:01.77
25 3 2 Anna Gostomelsky Israel 1:01.87 NR
26 4 6 Romina Armellini Italy 1:02.21
26 4 8 Anja Čarman Slovenia 1:02.21
28 4 5 Mercedes Peris Spain 1:02.30
29 3 1 Sarah Sjöström Sweden 1:02.38
30 4 2 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 1:02.39
31 4 1 Aisling Cooney Ireland 1:02.50
32 3 7 Alana Dillette Bahamas 1:02.56
33 1 4 Kiera Aitken Bermuda 1:02.62
34 3 4 Tsai Hiu Wai Sherry Hong Kong 1:02.68
35 3 5 Fernanda González Mexico 1:02.76
36 2 4 Zuzanna Mazurek Poland 1:02.77 NR
37 6 7 Iryna Amshennikova Ukraine 1:02.85
38 2 5 Gisela Morales Guatemala 1:02.92
39 3 6 Petra Klosová Czech Republic 1:03.36
40 2 3 Marica Strazmester Serbia 1:03.56
41 3 8 Sarah Blake Bateman Iceland 1:03.82
42 6 8 Christin Zenner Germany 1:03.87
43 2 7 Erin Volcán Venezuela 1:03.90
44 2 6 Kim Yu-Yeon South Korea 1:04.63
45 2 2 Yekaterina Rudenko Kazakhstan 1:04.85
46 1 5 Maria Virginia Baez Paraguay 1:05.39
47 1 3 Christie Bodden Panama 1:07.18
48 7 3 Zhao Jing China DSQ
48 4 7 Sviatlana Khakhlova Belarus DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin United States 59.43 Q
2 4 Reiko Nakamura Japan 59.64 Q
3 3 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 59.79 Q
4 6 Hanae Ito Japan 1:00.13 Q
5 7 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 1:00.39
6 2 Julia Wilkinson Canada 1:00.60
7 1 Sophie Edington Australia 1:01.05
8 8 Kseniya Moskvina Russia 1:01.06

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 58.77 Q, WR
2 5 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.77 Q
3 6 Margaret Hoelzer United States 59.84 Q
4 3 Laure Manaudou France 1:00.19 Q
5 2 Emily Seebohm Australia 1:00.31
6 1 Nina Zhivanevskaya Spain 1:00.50
7 7 Antje Buschschulte Germany 1:01.15
8 8 Elizabeth Coster New Zealand 1:01.45

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 5 Natalie Coughlin United States 58.96 AM
2nd 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 59.19
3rd 7 Margaret Hoelzer United States 59.34
4 2 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 59.38 EU
5 6 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.40
6 3 Reiko Nakamura Japan 59.72
7 8 Laure Manaudou France 1:00.10
8 1 Hanae Ito Japan 1:00.18

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