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

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Women's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (semifinals)
August 14, 2008 (final)
Competitors 36 from 28 nations
Winning time 2:04.18 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    China
Silver medal    China
Bronze medal    Australia
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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 women's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–14 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

In front of a large home crowd inside the Water Cube, Liu Zige powered past the entire field to capture a first gold medal for the host nation in swimming. She set a new world record of 2:04.18 to cut off a 1.32-second standard set by Australia's Jessicah Schipper at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She also enjoyed her teammate Jiao Liuyang handing an entire medal haul for China with a one–two finish. Jiao earned a silver medal as she overhauled Schipper on the final lap, and touched the wall in 2:04.72.[2][3] Meanwhile, Schipper added a second bronze to her hardware from the 100 m butterfly, outside the record time of 2:06.26.[4]

Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, the defending Olympic champion, finished outside the medals in fourth place at 2:07.02. Having won a bronze medal from Athens four years earlier, Japan's Yuko Nakanishi earned a fifth spot in 2:07.32, holding off France's Aurore Mongel (2:07.36) to sixth by four hundredths of a second (0.04). Americans Elaine Breeden (2:07.57) and Kathleen Hersey (2:08.23) closed out the field.[4][5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Jessicah Schipper (AUS) 2:05.40 Victoria, Canada 17 August 2006 [6]
Olympic record  Misty Hyman (USA) 2:05.88 Sydney, Australia 20 September 2000 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 14 Final Liu Zige China 2:04.18 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 2 Liu Zige China 2:06.46 Q
2 5 5 Aurore Mongel France 2:06.49 Q, NR
3 3 4 Yuko Nakanishi Japan 2:06.62 Q
4 5 6 Jiao Liuyang China 2:06.89 Q
5 5 4 Otylia Jędrzejczak Poland 2:06.91 Q
6 3 6 Natsumi Hoshi Japan 2:07.02 Q
7 4 6 Kathleen Hersey United States 2:07.65 Q
8 4 7 Micha Kathrine Østergaard Jensen Denmark 2:07.77 Q, NR
9 5 3 Elaine Breeden United States 2:07.92 Q
10 4 5 Jemma Lowe Great Britain 2:08.07 Q
11 4 4 Jessicah Schipper Australia 2:08.11 Q
12 4 3 Audrey Lacroix Canada 2:08.54 Q
13 5 2 Samantha Hamill Australia 2:08.83 Q
14 4 8 Petra Granlund Sweden 2:08.97 Q
15 4 2 Ellen Gandy Great Britain 2:08.98 Q
16 2 6 Kathryn Meaklim South Africa 2:09.41 Q, AF
17 2 4 Nina Dittrich Austria 2:09.85 NR
18 5 7 Beatrix Boulsevicz Hungary 2:10.00
19 2 5 Sara Oliveira Portugal 2:10.14 NR
20 3 8 Stephanie Horner Canada 2:10.33
21 3 7 Paola Cavallino Italy 2:10.46
22 5 8 Joanna Melo Brazil 2:10.64
23 5 1 Choi Hye-Ra South Korea 2:11.42
24 2 8 Tetyana Khala Ukraine 2:12.16
25 4 1 Yana Martynova Russia 2:12.47
26 2 7 Tao Li Singapore 2:12.63 NR
27 3 5 Emese Kovács Hungary 2:12.73
28 3 1 Magali Rousseau France 2:13.12
29 2 2 Yang Chin-Kuei Chinese Taipei 2:13.26
30 1 5 Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou Greece 2:13.27
31 2 1 Denisa Smolenová Slovakia 2:13.81
32 1 6 Gülşah Günenç Turkey 2:14.44 NR
33 1 4 Ingvild Snildal Norway 2:14.53
34 1 3 Kristina Lennox-Silva Puerto Rico 2:17.27
35 2 3 Georgina Bardach Argentina DNS
35 3 3 Sara Isakovič Slovenia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Jiao Liuyang China 2:06.42 Q
2 4 Aurore Mongel France 2:07.21 Q
3 2 Jemma Lowe Great Britain 2:07.87
4 3 Natsumi Hoshi Japan 2:07.93
5 6 Micha Kathrine Østergaard Jensen Denmark 2:09.29
6 7 Audrey Lacroix Canada 2:09.74
7 1 Petra Granlund Sweden 2:09.79
8 8 Kathryn Meaklim South Africa 2:11.74

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Liu Zige China 2:06.25 Q, AS
2 7 Jessicah Schipper Australia 2:06.34 Q
3 3 Otylia Jędrzejczak Poland 2:06.78 Q
4 5 Yuko Nakanishi Japan 2:06.96 Q
4 6 Kathleen Hersey United States 2:06.96 Q
6 2 Elaine Breeden United States 2:07.73 Q
7 1 Samantha Hamill Australia 2:09.58
8 8 Ellen Gandy Great Britain 2:10.60

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Liu Zige China 2:04.18 WR
2 3 Jiao Liuyang China 2:04.72
3 5 Jessicah Schipper Australia 2:06.26
4 6 Otylia Jędrzejczak Poland 2:07.02
5 2 Yuko Nakanishi Japan 2:07.32
6 1 Aurore Mongel France 2:07.36
7 8 Elaine Breeden United States 2:07.57
8 7 Kathleen Hersey United States 2:08.23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Double delight for China". South China Morning Post. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Liu captures China's first Beijing swimming gold". NDTV. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Liu Zige of China Sets World Record in Women's 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "China goes 1–2 in women's 200 butterfly". USA Today. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Schipper breaks 200m butterfly WR". ABC News. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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