Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre butterfly
|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|
|Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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. Meanwhile, Schipper added a second bronze to her hardware from the 100 m butterfly, outside the record time of 2:06.26.
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.
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|||
|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.
|August 14||Final||Liu Zige||China||2:04.18||WR|
|3||2||Jemma Lowe||Great Britain||2:07.87|
|5||6||Micha Kathrine Østergaard Jensen||Denmark||2:09.29|
|8||8||Kathryn Meaklim||South Africa||2:11.74|
|1||4||Liu Zige||China||2:06.25||Q, AS|
|4||6||Kathleen Hersey||United States||2:06.96||Q|
|6||2||Elaine Breeden||United States||2:07.73||Q|
|8||8||Ellen Gandy||Great Britain||2:10.60|
|7||8||Elaine Breeden||United States||2:07.57|
|8||7||Kathleen Hersey||United States||2:08.23|
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