Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date August 1, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 2, 2012 (final)
Competitors 34 from 27 nations
Winning time 2:19.59 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Japan
Bronze medal    Russia
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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 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1–2 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni cleared a 2:20-barrier in a remarkable world record to defend her Olympic title for the first time in the event's history. Dominating the race from the start, she threw down a stunning time of 2:19.59 to open up a full-body length gap over the rest of the field on the final stretch.[2][3] Meanwhile, Japan's Satomi Suzuki powered home with silver in a scorching time of 2:20.72 to match an Asian record previously held by Rie Kaneto in 2009.[4] Russia's Yuliya Yefimova, who trained with Soni at the Trojan Swim Club, snatched the bronze medal with an astonishing European record in 2:20.92.[5][6]

Denmark's Rikke Pedersen fell short of the podium by almost a full second with a fourth-place time in 2:21.65, and was followed in fifth by Canada's Martha McCabe (2:23.16) and sixth by Soni's teammate Micah Lawrence (2:23.27).[7] South Africa's Suzaan van Biljon got off to a flying start in the first length, but dropped back to seventh in 2:23.72, while Australia's Sally Foster rounded out the field to eighth in 2:26.00.[6][8]

Before the breakthrough finale, Soni scorched the field with a world-record time in 2:20.00 to pick up a top seed in the semifinals, slicing 0.12 seconds off the standard set by Canada's Annamay Pierse in a since-banned high tech bodysuit from the 2009 World Championships.[9][10]

Other notable swimmers missed the final roster featuring Serbia's Nađa Higl, the 2009 world champion; Norway's Sara Nordenstam, the defending bronze medalist; and Jamaica's Alia Atkinson, fourth-place finalist in the 100 m breaststroke.[11]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Annamay Pierse (CAN) 2:20.12 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009 [12][13]
Olympic record  Rebecca Soni (USA) 2:20.22 Beijing, China 15 August 2008 [14]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 1 Semifinal 2 Rebecca Soni United States 2:20.00 WR
August 2 Final Rebecca Soni United States 2:19.59 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Rebecca Soni United States 2:21.40 Q
2 5 6 Rikke Pedersen Denmark 2:22.69 Q, NR
3 3 4 Satomi Suzuki Japan 2:23.22 Q
4 5 5 Micah Lawrence United States 2:24.50 Q
5 5 3 Anastasia Chaun Russia 2:25.39 Q
6 4 1 Joline Höstman Sweden 2:25.44 Q
7 3 3 Ji Liping China 2:25.76 Q
7 3 1 Back Su-Yeon South Korea 2:25.76 Q
9 3 2 Suzaan van Biljon South Africa 2:25.94 Q
10 3 6 Sally Foster Australia 2:26.04 Q
11 3 7 Sara El Bekri Morocco 2:26.05 Q, NR
12 4 5 Kanako Watanabe Japan 2:26.38 Q
13 4 6 Martha McCabe Canada 2:26.39 Q
14 4 4 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 2:26.83 Q
14 4 7 Jeong Da-Rae South Korea 2:26.83 Q
16 5 1 Tessa Wallace Australia 2:26.94 Q
17 2 5 Ganna Dzerkal Ukraine 2:27.09 NR
18 4 8 Stacey Tadd Great Britain 2:27.18
19 5 7 Fanny Lecluyse Belgium 2:27.30
20 5 2 Marina Garcia Urzainqui Spain 2:27.57
21 3 5 Tera van Beilen Canada 2:27.70
22 5 8 Chiara Boggiatto Italy 2:27.74
23 3 8 Sara Nordenstam Norway 2:27.90
24 4 3 Sun Ye China 2:27.94
25 4 2 Nađa Higl Serbia 2:28.38
26 2 6 Martina Moravčíková Czech Republic 2:28.54
27 1 5 Alia Atkinson Jamaica 2:28.77 NR
28 2 4 Hrafnhildur Luthersdóttir Iceland 2:29.60
29 1 4 Anna Sztankovics Hungary 2:29.67
30 2 7 Dilara Buse Günaydin Turkey 2:30.64
31 2 1 Sarra Lajnef Tunisia 2:31.15
32 2 2 Jenna Laukkanen Finland 2:31.23
33 2 3 Tanja Šmid Slovenia 2:32.19
34 1 3 Dariya Talanova Kyrgyzstan 2:38.01

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rikke Pedersen Denmark 2:22.23 Q, NR
2 1 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 2:23.02 Q
3 5 Micah Lawrence United States 2:23.39 Q
4 2 Sally Foster Australia 2:24.46 Q
5 6 Back Su-Yeon South Korea 2:24.67
6 3 Joline Höstman Sweden 2:24.77
7 7 Kanako Watanabe Japan 2:27.32
8 8 Tessa Wallace Australia 2:27.38

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni United States 2:20.00 Q, WR
2 5 Satomi Suzuki Japan 2:22.40 Q
3 2 Suzaan van Biljon South Africa 2:23.21 Q, AF
4 1 Martha McCabe Canada 2:24.09 Q
5 7 Sara El Bekri Morocco 2:25.86 NR
6 3 Anastasia Chaun Russia 2:26.08
7 6 Ji Liping China 2:27.26
8 8 Jeong Da-Rae South Korea 2:28.74

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni United States 2:19.59 WR
2 3 Satomi Suzuki Japan 2:20.72 =AS
3 6 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 2:20.92 EU
4 5 Rikke Pedersen Denmark 2:21.65 NR
5 1 Martha McCabe Canada 2:23.16
6 7 Micah Lawrence United States 2:23.27
7 2 Suzaan van Biljon South Africa 2:23.72
8 8 Sally Foster Australia 2:26.00

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Swimmers Irie, Suzuki add silver to Japan’s medal count". The Japan Times. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "US swimmer Rebecca Soni sets another world record in the 200-meter breaststroke". Fox News. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
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  7. ^ "McCabe finishes fifth; Hayden fails to advance". The Vancouver Sun. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Van Biljon falls short in final". Sport24. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: USA's Rebecca Soni Throws Down World Record in 200 Breast Semis; Micah Lawrence Makes Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Soni sets world record in 200 breast semifinals". Gillette News-Record. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Rebecca Soni Surges to Olympic Textile Best in 200 Breast; Micah Lawrence Fourth". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pierse sets world breaststroke record". CBC Sports. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Pierse sets world swim record". CBC Sports. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Rebecca Soni breaks 200m breaststroke record". France 24. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Women's 200m Breaststroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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