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

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
Competitors 41 from 34 nations
Winning time 2:20.22 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Norway
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100 m men women
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200 m men women
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4×100 m men women
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4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–15 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni pulled away over the final lap to capture gold and set a new world record of 2:20.22.[2][3] Australia's world record holder and top favorite Leisel Jones enjoyed a strong lead in the first 100 metres, but ended up only with a silver in 2:22.05, almost two seconds behind Soni.[4] Meanwhile, Sara Nordenstam earned Norway's second Olympic medal in swimming, as he powered home with a bronze in a European record of 2:23.02.[5]

Austria's Mirna Jukić finished outside the medals in fourth place at 2:23.24, while Russia's Yuliya Yefimova set a national record of 2:23.76 to hold off Canada's Annamay Pierse (2:23.77) for a fifth spot by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[6] Japanese duo Rie Kaneto (2:25.14) and Megumi Taneda (2:25.23) closed out the field.[5]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top 8 final, featuring Germany's Anne Poleska, bronze medalist in Athens four years earlier. Competing at her fourth Olympics, defending champion Amanda Beard placed eighteenth in 2:27.70, but missed the semifinals by 0.42 seconds.[7][8]

Earlier in the prelims, Soni posted a top-seeded time of 2:22.17 to lead the heats, cutting off Beard's Olympic record by exactly two-tenths of a second (0.20).[7]

Records[edit]

Leisel Jones, the world record holder and favourite for the 200 m breaststroke.

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

World record  Leisel Jones (AUS) 2:20.54 Melbourne, Australia 1 February 2006 [9]
Olympic record  Amanda Beard (USA) 2:23.37 Athens, Greece 19 August 2004 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 13 Heat 5 Rebecca Soni United States 2:22.17 OR
August 15 Final Rebecca Soni United States 2:20.22 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Rebecca Soni United States 2:22.17 Q, OR
2 6 4 Leisel Jones Australia 2:23.81 Q
3 6 5 Mirna Jukić Austria 2:24.39 Q
4 6 1 Sara Nordenstam Norway 2:24.47 Q
5 4 6 Rie Kaneto Japan 2:24.62 Q
6 5 5 Megumi Taneda Japan 2:24.75 Q
7 4 5 Annamay Pierse Canada 2:25.01 Q
8 4 4 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 2:25.07 Q
9 5 7 Suzaan van Biljon South Africa 2:25.51 Q
10 5 3 Sally Foster Australia 2:25.54 Q
11 6 3 Jung Seul-Ki South Korea 2:25.95 Q
12 6 6 Joline Höstman Sweden 2:26.00 Q
13 6 2 Qi Hui China 2:26.16 Q
14 5 2 Anne Poleska Germany 2:26.74 Q
15 4 8 Elise Matthysen Belgium 2:27.04 Q
16 4 1 Jeong Da-Rae South Korea 2:27.28 Q
17 3 7 Inna Kapishina Belarus 2:27.34 NR
18 4 3 Amanda Beard United States 2:27.70
19 2 2 Siow Yi Ting Malaysia 2:27.80
20 4 2 Olga Detenyuk Russia 2:27.87
20 5 1 Kirsty Balfour Great Britain 2:27.87
22 3 4 Adriana Marmolejo Mexico 2:28.10 NR
23 6 8 Yuliya Pidlisna Ukraine 2:28.84
24 4 7 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 2:29.46
25 2 4 Alia Atkinson Jamaica 2:29.53
26 6 7 Luo Nan China 2:29.67
27 3 1 Katalin Bor Hungary 2:29.95
28 3 2 Sara El Bekri Morocco 2:30.04
29 3 3 Diana Gomes Portugal 2:30.18
30 5 8 Sophie de Ronchi France 2:30.93
31 2 7 Marina Kuč Montenegro 2:31.24
32 2 3 Dilara Buse Günaydin Turkey 2:31.86
33 3 6 Nađa Higl Serbia 2:32.78
34 2 6 Smiljana Marinović Croatia 2:32.80
35 1 5 Raminta Dvariškytė Lithuania 2:33.32
36 2 5 Nicolette Teo Singapore 2:34.60
37 3 8 Agustina de Giovanni Argentina 2:34.94
38 3 5 Angeliki Exarchou Greece 2:36.83
39 1 3 Noora Laukkanen Finland 2:38.97
40 1 4 Tatiane Sakemi Brazil 2:39.13
41 5 6 Sarah Poewe Germany DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Leisel Jones Australia 2:23.04 Q
2 5 Sara Nordenstam Norway 2:23.79 Q, EU
3 6 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 2:24.00 Q
4 3 Megumi Taneda Japan 2:25.42 Q
5 2 Sally Foster Australia 2:26.33
6 1 Anne Poleska Germany 2:26.71
7 7 Joline Höstman Sweden 2:27.14
8 8 Jeong Da-Rae South Korea 2:28.28

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni United States 2:22.64 Q
2 5 Mirna Jukić Austria 2:23.76 Q, EU
3 6 Annamay Pierse Canada 2:23.94 Q
4 3 Rie Kaneto Japan 2:25.65 Q
5 7 Jung Seul-Ki South Korea 2:26.83
6 1 Qi Hui China 2:27.63
7 2 Suzaan van Biljon South Africa 2:28.45
8 8 Elise Matthysen Belgium 2:29.64

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Rebecca Soni United States 2:20.22 WR
2nd 5 Leisel Jones Australia 2:22.05
3rd 6 Sara Nordenstam Norway 2:23.02 EU
4 3 Mirna Jukić Austria 2:23.24 NR
5 7 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 2:23.76 NR
6 2 Annamay Pierse Canada 2:23.77 NR
7 1 Rie Kaneto Japan 2:25.14
8 8 Megumi Taneda Japan 2:25.23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Majendie, Paul (15 August 2008). "Soni goes from heart surgery to gold medal". Reuters. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rebecca Soni breaks 200m breaststroke record". France 24. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Breen, Neil (15 August 2008). "Leisel Jones collapses after silver in 200m breaststroke final at Beijing Olympics". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Rebecca Soni Upsets Leisel Jones With 200 Breast World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swimmer Phelps wins a sixth gold medal at Beijing". CTV News. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Rebecca Soni Sets Olympic, American Record to Lead 200 Breast Qualifying". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Pierce, Tony (13 August 2008). "Was Amanda Beard sick, distracted, or just too old to compete in Beijing?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Cowley, Michael (2 February 2006). "Lethal again: Jones beats own record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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