Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke

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Women's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 14, 2008 (heats)
August 15, 2008 (semifinals)
August 16, 2008 (final)
Competitors 35 from 24 nations
Winning time 2:05.24 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Zimbabwe
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Japan
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The women's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 14–16 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

After claiming three silver medals at these Games, Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry stormed home on the final lap to defend her Olympic title in the event. She posted a time of 2:05.24 to crush a world record set by U.S. swimmer Margaret Hoelzer from the Olympic trials one month earlier.[2] Meanwhile, Hoelzer added a silver to her hardware from the 100 m backstroke, when she touched the wall in 2:06.23, the second-fastest effort of her career.[3][4] Japan's Reiko Nakamura managed to repeat a bronze from Athens four years earlier, in an Asian record of 2:07.13.[5]

Russia's top favorite Anastasia Zuyeva finished fourth with a time of 2:07.88, and was followed in the fifth spot by American teenager Elizabeth Beisel, aged 16, in 2:08.23. Elizabeth Simmonds set a new British record of 2:08.51 to earn a sixth spot, while Aussies Meagan Nay (2:08.84) and Belinda Hocking (2:10.12) closed out the field.[5][6] Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Russia's Stanislava Komarova, silver medalist in Athens, and British top favorite Gemma Spofforth.[5]

Before her breakthrough final, Coventry broke one of the oldest Olympic records earlier in the prelims. She posted a top-seeded time of 2:06.76 to lead 34 other swimmers in the race, slashing four-tenths of a second (0.40) off the record set by Hungary's three-time Olympic champion Krisztina Egerszegi from Barcelona in 1992.[7][8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Margaret Hoelzer (USA) 2:06.09 Omaha, United States 5 July 2008 [9]
Olympic record  Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:07.06 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 14 Heat 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:06.76 OR
August 16 Final Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:05.24 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:06.76 Q, OR
2 5 6 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 2:08.66 Q, NR
3 4 3 Meagen Nay Australia 2:08.79 Q
4 3 5 Zhao Jing China 2:08.97 Q
5 3 3 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 2:09.01 Q
6 5 5 Elizabeth Beisel United States 2:09.02 Q
7 5 4 Margaret Hoelzer United States 2:09.12 Q
8 4 2 Melissa Ingram New Zealand 2:09.34 Q
9 4 5 Alexianne Castel France 2:09.37 Q
10 3 4 Laure Manaudou France 2:09.39 Q
11 3 6 Belinda Hocking Australia 2:09.54 Q
12 5 3 Reiko Nakamura Japan 2:09.77 Q
13 5 7 Stanislava Komarova Russia 2:09.93 Q
14 4 6 Hanae Ito Japan 2:10.05 Q
15 3 1 Anja Čarman Slovenia 2:10.49 Q, NR
16 3 2 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 2:10.58 Q
17 3 7 Evelyn Verrasztó Hungary 2:11.02
18 5 2 Nikolett Szepesi Hungary 2:11.47
19 4 8 Chen Yanyan China 2:11.95
20 2 7 Melanie Nocher Ireland 2:12.29 NR
21 2 6 Zuzanna Mazurek Poland 2:12.46 NR
22 4 7 Melissa Corfe South Africa 2:12.64
22 5 8 Kateryna Zubkova Ukraine 2:12.64
24 5 1 Escarlata Bernard Spain 2:12.86
25 2 4 Lydia Morant Spain 2:13.87
26 1 3 Kang Yeong-Seo South Korea 2:14.52
27 1 5 Gisela Morales Guatemala 2:14.54
28 2 8 Fernanda González Mexico 2:14.64
29 2 1 Stella Boumi Greece 2:14.73
30 3 8 Lindsay Seemann Canada 2:15.07
31 2 3 Sanja Jovanović Croatia 2:15.57
32 1 4 Erin Volcán Venezuela 2:15.58
33 4 1 Iryna Amshennikova Ukraine 2:15.78
34 2 5 Christin Zenner Germany 2:20.28
35 2 2 Julia Wilkinson Canada DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Elizabeth Beisel United States 2:07.90 Q
2 7 Reiko Nakamura Japan 2:08.21 Q
3 4 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 2:08.96 Q
4 8 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 2:09.19
5 5 Zhao Jing China 2:09.59
6 6 Melissa Ingram New Zealand 2:09.70
7 1 Hanae Ito Japan 2:09.86
8 2 Laure Manaudou France 2:12.04

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:07.76 Q
2 5 Meagen Nay Australia 2:08.09 Q, OC
3 6 Margaret Hoelzer United States 2:08.25 Q
4 7 Belinda Hocking Australia 2:08.80 Q
5 3 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 2:09.07 Q
6 2 Alexianne Castel France 2:10.04
7 1 Stanislava Komarova Russia 2:10.50
8 8 Anja Čarman Slovenia 2:12.46

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:05.24 WR
2 2 Margaret Hoelzer United States 2:06.23
3 6 Reiko Nakamura Japan 2:07.13 AS
4 8 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 2:07.88
5 5 Elizabeth Beisel United States 2:08.23
6 1 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 2:08.51 NR
7 3 Meagen Nay Australia 2:08.84
8 7 Belinda Hocking Australia 2:10.12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Evans, Simon (15 August 2008). "Coventry's silver mine seeded with gold". Reuters. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Margaret Hoelzer gets Olympic silver in 200 backstroke". Team USA. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Kelley, Steve (16 August 2008). "Margaret Hoelzer wins silver in backstroke". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry Wins 200 Back in World Record Fashion". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (16 August 2008). "Coventry wins backstroke gold". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry Dominates 200 Back Prelims, Sets Olympic Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Harris, Beth (16 August 2008). "Americans Hoff, Ziegler fail in 800 free heats". USA Today. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Borzi, Pat (6 July 2008). "As records change by the minute, the women’s 800 stays standing". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2008. 

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