Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre individual medley

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Women's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Stephanie Rice 1 - Craig Franklin.jpg
Stephanie Rice
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 9, 2008 (heats)
August 10, 2008 (final)
Competitors 38 from 28 nations
Winning time 4:29.45 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Australia
Silver medal    Zimbabwe
Bronze medal    United States
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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 400 metre individual medley event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 9–10 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Australia's Stephanie Rice pulled away to a strong finish on the freestyle leg, as she claimed an Olympic gold medal in the event. She established a sterling time of 4:29.45 to slash 1.67 seconds off the world record, set by Katie Hoff from the U.S. Olympic Trials.[2][3] Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry also went under a world record, but earned her first silver at these Games, in an African record of 4:29.89. Meanwhile, Hoff did not match her stellar performance from the trials, as she settled only for the bronze in 4:31.71.[4][5]

Rising American teenager Elizabeth Beisel finished outside the medals in fourth place at 4:34.24, holding off Italy's Alessia Filippi (4:34.34) to fifth by exactly a tenth of a second (0.10). Great Britain's Hannah Miley (4:39.44), Russia's Yana Martynova (4:40.04), and China's Li Xuanxu (4:42.13) rounded out the finale.[4]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Katie Hoff (USA) 4:31.12 Omaha, USA 29 June 2008 [6]
Olympic record  Yana Klochkova (UKR) 4:33.59 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Final Stephanie Rice Australia 4:29.45 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Elizabeth Beisel United States 4:34.55 Q
2 5 4 Katie Hoff United States 4:34.63 Q
3 3 5 Alessia Filippi Italy 4:35.11 Q
3 4 4 Stephanie Rice Australia 4:35.11 Q
5 3 3 Yana Martynova Russia 4:36.25 Q, NR
6 4 3 Li Xuanxu China 4:36.35 Q
7 4 5 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 4:36.43 Q
8 5 5 Hannah Miley Great Britain 4:36.56 Q
9 4 7 Katarzyna Baranowska Poland 4:36.95 NR
10 4 1 Kathryn Meaklim South Africa 4:37.11 NR
11 3 7 Maiko Fujino Japan 4:37.35
12 5 3 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 4:37.55
13 5 2 Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary 4:37.86
14 5 7 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 4:37.91
15 3 6 Keri-Anne Payne Great Britain 4:38.69
16 5 8 Anja Klinar Slovenia 4:38.90
17 2 3 Joanna Melo Brazil 4:40.18
18 2 7 Sara Nordenstam Norway 4:40.28 NR
19 4 6 Camille Muffat France 4:40.29
20 3 8 Tanya Hunks Canada 4:40.63
21 5 1 Jessica Pengelly South Africa 4:41.04
22 3 1 Samantha Hamill Australia 4:41.89
23 5 6 Joanne Andraca France 4:43.88
24 3 2 Helen Norfolk New Zealand 4:44.22
25 2 5 Liu Jing China 4:44.96
26 2 1 Jördis Steinegger Austria 4:45.15
27 4 2 Saori Haruguchi Japan 4:45.22
28 1 3 Nam Yoo-Sun South Korea 4:46.74
29 4 8 Alexa Komarnycky Canada 4:46.98
30 2 8 Susana Escobar Mexico 4:47.32 NR
31 2 6 Svetlana Karpeeva Russia 4:50.22
32 1 6 Quah Ting Wen Singapore 4:51.25 NR
33 2 2 Katharina Schiller Germany 4:51.52
34 1 4 Lew Yih Wey Malaysia 4:55.83
35 1 5 Anna-Liisa Põld Estonia 4:58.21
36 2 4 Georgina Bardach Argentina 5:00.87
37 1 7 Nimitta Thaveesupsoonthorn Thailand 5:02.18
38 1 2 Maroua Mathlouthi Tunisia DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Stephanie Rice Australia 4:29.45 WR
2 1 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 4:29.89 AF
3 5 Katie Hoff United States 4:31.71
4 4 Elizabeth Beisel United States 4:34.24
5 3 Alessia Filippi Italy 4:34.34 NR
6 8 Hannah Miley Great Britain 4:39.44
7 2 Yana Martynova Russia 4:40.04
8 7 Li Xuanxu China 4:42.13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rice claims first Aussie gold". ABC News. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stephanie Rice wins Australia's first medal of the Beijing Games in 400m individual medley". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 10 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Return to Sender…Stephanie Rice Blasts Women's 400 IM World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hoff loses world record, finishes 3rd in 400 IM". NBC News. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Crouse, Karen (30 June 2008). "Rival’s fast finish propels Phelps to another record". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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