Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

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Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 29, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 30, 2012 (final)
Competitors 45 from 38 nations
Winning time 58.33 AM
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Japan
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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 backstroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29–30 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

At only 17 years of age, U.S. teenage sensation Missy Franklin, billed as "Missy the Missile" by her fans, stormed home on the final stretch to pick up her first ever Olympic gold medal in swimming. Trailing behind at the halfway turn, she pulled away from a tightly packed field with a more destructive force to hit the wall first in an American record of 58.33.[2][3] Australia's Emily Seebohm started the race with a marginal lead over the rest of the field, but faded down the stretch to settle only for the silver in 58.68.[4][5] Meanwhile, Japan's Aya Terakawa came up with a spectacular swim to grab the bronze in a superb Asian record of 58.83, holding off the fast-charging Russian swimmer Anastasia Zuyeva to a fourth spot in 59.00.[6][7]

Great Britain's Gemma Spofforth, the reigning world record holder, finished fifth in 59.20, while China's Zhao Jing (59.23), Australia's Belinda Hocking (59.29) and Zhao's teammate Fu Yuanhui (1:00.50) rounded out the field.[7][8][9]

Earlier in the prelims, Seebohm blitzed the field from heat four to lead all swimmers with a sterling Olympic and Oceanian record in 58.23, shaving 0.54 seconds off the standard set by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry in Beijing four years earlier.[10][11] Coventry, double Olympic silver medalist, missed a chance to reach the final roster with a fourteenth-place effort (1:00.39) from the semifinals.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Gemma Spofforth (GBR) 58.12 Rome, Italy 28 July 2009 [12][13]
Olympic record  Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 58.77 Beijing, China 11 August 2008 [14]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 29 Heat 4 Emily Seebohm Australia 58.23 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 5 Emily Seebohm Australia 58.23 Q, OC, OR
2 6 4 Missy Franklin United States 59.37 Q
3 6 3 Belinda Hocking Australia 59.61 Q
4 6 5 Aya Terakawa Japan 59.82 Q
5 5 4 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.88 Q
6 4 6 Georgia Davies Great Britain 59.92 Q
7 5 6 Julia Wilkinson Canada 59.94 Q
8 6 2 Fu Yuanhui China 59.96 Q
9 4 4 Zhao Jing China 59.97 Q
10 6 8 Simona Baumrtová Czech Republic 59.99 Q, NR
11 5 5 Rachel Bootsma United States 1:00.03 Q
12 5 7 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 1:00.05 Q
13 5 3 Sinead Russell Canada 1:00.10 Q
14 6 1 Alexianne Castel France 1:00.16 Q
15 4 8 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 1:00.24 Q
16 4 7 Arianna Barbieri Italy 1:00.25 Q, NR
17 4 3 Mie Nielsen Denmark 1:00.38
18 4 1 Duane da Rocha Spain 1:00.57
18 5 2 Daryna Zevina Ukraine 1:00.57
20 4 2 Sharon van Rouwendaal Netherlands 1:00.61
21 6 6 Jenny Mensing Germany 1:00.72
22 6 7 Laure Manaudou France 1:01.03
23 3 4 Maria Fernanda Gonzalez Mexico 1:01.28
24 5 1 Fabíola Molina Brazil 1:01.40
25 3 5 Alicja Tchórz Poland 1:01.44
26 2 8 Tao Li Singapore 1:01.60 NR
27 5 8 Elena Gemo Italy 1:01.77
28 3 2 Carolina Colorado Colombia 1:01.81
29 3 8 Kimberly Buys Belgium 1:01.92 NR
30 3 7 Melissa Ingram New Zealand 1:01.94
31 3 6 Ekaterina Avramova Bulgaria 1:02.20
32 2 3 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir Iceland 1:02.40 NR
33 2 4 Melanie Nocher Ireland 1:02.44
34 2 1 Anja Čarman Slovenia 1:02.68
35 3 1 Therese Svendsen Sweden 1:03.11
36 2 5 Sanja Jovanović Croatia 1:03.38
37 2 6 Eszter Povázsay Hungary 1:03.55
38 2 7 Yekaterina Rudenko Kazakhstan 1:03.64
39 3 3 Hoi Shun Stephanie Au Hong Kong 1:04.31
40 2 2 Hazal Sarikaya Turkey 1:04.80
41 1 3 Karen Vilorio Honduras 1:06.38
42 1 4 Monica Ramirez Andorra 1:07.72
43 1 5 Ines Remersaro Uruguay 1:08.03
44 1 6 Anahit Barseghyan Armenia 1:08.19
45 1 2 Angelique Trinquier Monaco 1:10.79

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Missy Franklin United States 59.12 Q
2 5 Aya Terakawa Japan 59.34 Q
3 7 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 59.70 Q
4 6 Fu Yuanhui China 59.82 Q
5 2 Simona Baumrtová Czech Republic 1:00.02
6 1 Alexianne Castel France 1:00.24
7 8 Arianna Barbieri Italy 1:00.27
8 3 Georgia Davies Great Britain 1:00.56

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Emily Seebohm Australia 58.39 Q
2 2 Zhao Jing China 59.55 Q
3 3 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.68 Q
4 5 Belinda Hocking Australia 59.79 Q
5 6 Julia Wilkinson Canada 59.91
6 7 Rachel Bootsma United States 1:00.04
7 8 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 1:00.39
8 1 Sinead Russell Canada 1:00.57

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Missy Franklin United States 58.33 AM
2 4 Emily Seebohm Australia 58.68
3 3 Aya Terakawa Japan 58.83 AS
4 2 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 59.00
5 7 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 59.20
6 6 Zhao Jing China 59.23
7 1 Belinda Hocking Australia 59.29
8 8 Fu Yuanhui China 1:00.50

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Olympics swimming: Missy Franklin wins 100m backstroke". BBC Sport. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Seebohm left shattered with silver". ABC News Australia. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (30 July 2012). "Heartbroken Emily Seebohm settles for silver in 100m backstroke". The Australian. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Kano, Shintaro (31 July 2012). "Irie, Terakawa, Suzuki haul in bronze from the pool". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Missy Franklin Wins First Olympic Gold Medal With 100 Back Victory; Sets American Record". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ McRae, Donald (30 July 2012). "London 2012: Missy Franklin wins Olympic 100m backstroke gold for US". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Gemma Spofforth misses out on 100m backstroke medal". The Daily Telegraph. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Emily Seebohm Blasts Olympic Record, Posts Textile Best in Prelims of 100 Back". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Seebohm breaks Olympic record". ABC News Australia. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Bull, Andy (28 July 2009). "Gemma Spofforth swims to 100m backstroke glory in world record time". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Swimming: Golden girl Gemma Spofforth sets new world record in Rome". Daily Mail. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Coventry sets world record in women's 100 backstroke". Los Angeles Times. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Women's 100m Backstroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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