Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle

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Women's 100 metre freestyle
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 49 from 41 nations
Winning time 53.12 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    Germany
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    United States
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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 100 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–15 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Germany's Britta Steffen blasted a new Olympic record to claim a gold medal in the event. Coming from eighth place in the turn, she posted a time of 53.12 to edge out Australia's world record holder and top favorite Lisbeth Trickett by 0.04 of a second. Swimming in lane eight, Trickett earned a silver with an outside record time of 53.16.[2][3][4] She narrowly reached the final as the eighth seed, when China's Pang Jiaying was disqualified for a false start in the semifinals.[5] Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin powered home with a bronze in a matching American record of 53.39 for the second consecutive Olympics. It was Coughlin's fifth medal of these Games, matching her total from Athens four years earlier.[6]

Competing at her third straight Olympics with Steffen, Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppälä finished outside the medals in fourth place at 53.97. Earlier, she posted a top-seeded time of 53.60 from the sixth heat to lead the prelims.[7] She was followed in fifth place by Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (54.06), and host nation China's Zhu Yingwen, who shared a sixth-place tie with the Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis in 54.21. Great Britain's Francesca Halsall (54.29) closed out the field.[2]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Lisbeth Trickett (AUS) 52.88 Sydney, Australia 27 March 2008 [8]
Olympic record  Britta Steffen (GER) 53.38 Beijing, China 10 August 2008 -

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Final Britta Steffen Germany 53.12 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 3 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 53.60 Q, NR
2 6 4 Britta Steffen Germany 53.67 Q
3 6 5 Marleen Veldhuis Netherlands 53.76 Q
4 7 5 Natalie Coughlin United States 53.82 Q
5 5 6 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 53.93 Q
6 7 4 Lisbeth Trickett Australia 53.99 Q
7 6 6 Pang Jiaying China 54.01 Q, =AS
7 7 7 Zhu Yingwen China 54.01 Q, =AS
9 4 5 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 54.04 Q
10 6 2 Josefin Lillhage Sweden 54.07 Q
11 7 3 Malia Metella France 54.12 Q
12 5 7 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 54.52 Q
13 5 4 Cate Campbell Australia 54.55 Q
14 5 3 Lacey Nymeyer United States 54.62 Q
15 7 6 Erica Morningstar Canada 54.66 Q
16 6 7 Petra Dallmann Germany 54.70 Q*
16 7 1 Julia Wilkinson Canada 54.70
18 5 2 Alena Popchanka France 54.86
19 7 8 Tatiana Barbosa Brazil 55.01
20 6 1 Agata Ewa Korc Poland 55.14 NR
21 6 8 Lize-Mari Retief South Africa 55.17
22 4 3 Anna Gostomelsky Israel 55.18
23 5 1 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 55.20
24 5 5 Inge Dekker Netherlands 55.23
25 4 4 Anastasia Aksenova Russia 55.29
26 3 3 Hannah Wilson Hong Kong 55.32
27 4 8 Darya Stepanyuk Ukraine 55.51
28 3 4 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Bahamas 55.61
29 3 2 Birgit Koschischek Austria 55.62
30 4 2 Arlene Semeco Venezuela 55.70
31 5 8 Jana Klusáčková Czech Republic 55.92
32 3 1 Chang Hee-Jin South Korea 55.96
33 4 7 Triin Aljand Estonia 56.10
34 2 5 Quah Ting Wen Singapore 56.14
35 3 5 Ragnheidur Ragnarsdottir Iceland 56.35
36 3 8 Anna Stylianou Cyprus 56.38
37 3 7 Eleni Kosti Greece 56.44
38 4 1 Miroslava Najdanovski Serbia 56.50
39 2 6 Natthanan Junkrajang Thailand 56.56
40 2 4 Orsolya Tompa Hungary 56.57
41 2 7 Christel Simms Philippines 56.67 NR
42 4 6 Maria Laura Simonetto Italy 56.72
43 2 3 Nieh Pin-Chieh Chinese Taipei 57.28
44 3 6 Nina Sovinek Slovenia 57.30
45 1 4 Madeleine Scerri Malta 57.97 NR
46 2 2 Irina Shlemova Uzbekistan 58.77
47 1 5 Elena Popovska Macedonia 59.93
48 1 6 Olga Hachatryan Turkmenistan 1:14.77
49 7 2 Caitlin McClatchey Great Britain DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin United States 53.70 Q
2 6 Zhu Yingwen China 53.84 Q, AS
3 4 Britta Steffen Germany 53.96 Q
4 3 Lisbeth Trickett Australia 54.10 Q
5 2 Josefin Lillhage Sweden 54.59
6 1 Lacey Nymeyer United States 54.74
7 8 Petra Dallmann Germany 55.05
8 7 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 55.31

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Marleen Veldhuis Netherlands 53.81 Q
2 4 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 53.84 Q
3 3 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 53.94 Q
4 2 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 54.05 Q
5 7 Malia Metella France 54.20
6 1 Cate Campbell Australia 54.54
7 8 Erica Morningstar Canada 55.36
8 6 Pang Jiaying China DSQ

Note: Lisbeth Trickett advanced to the final only when Chinese swimmer Pang Jiaying, who had finished first in the semifinals, was disqualified for a false start.

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 7 Britta Steffen Germany 53.12 OR
2nd 8 Lisbeth Trickett Australia 53.16
3rd 4 Natalie Coughlin United States 53.39 =AM
4 6 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 53.97
5 1 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 54.06
6 3 Zhu Yingwen China 54.21
6 5 Marleen Veldhuis Netherlands 54.21
8 2 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 54.29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Worst to First, Britta Steffen Wins 100 Free in Olympic Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Steffen wins first swimming gold for Germany". NBC Olympics. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Steffen edges Trickett for gold". BBC Sport. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Natalie Coughlin Tops 100 Free Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Coughlin claims bronze in 100 free". NBC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppala Leads Qualifying in Women's 100 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Trickett, Sullivan set pool alight". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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