Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

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Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date August 1, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 2, 2012 (final)
Competitors 35 from 27 nations
Winning time 1:53.41 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Japan
Bronze medal    United States
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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 men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1–2 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Despite of his criticisms about Michael Phelps during training camp before apologizing for the remarks, U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary put aside all the drama to capture an Olympic title in the event. Trailing behind at the 150-metre turn, he made a late charge on the final lap to edge out Japan's Ryosuke Irie and defending champion Ryan Lochte for an Olympic record and a gold medal in 1:53.41.[2][3] Irie also overhauled Lochte about the midway through the leg, but could not catch Clary near the wall to finish only with a silver in 1:53.78.[4] Leading almost an entire race in the first of a difficult double, Lochte faded down the stretch to pick up a bronze in 1:53.94.[5][6]

Poland's Radosław Kawęcki matched China's Zhang Fenglin with a fourth-place time in 1:55.59, while Irie's teammate Kazuki Watanabe earned a sixth spot in 1:57.03. Israel's Yakov-Yan Toumarkin (1:57.62) and Australia's Mitch Larkin (1:58.02) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out the finale.[6][7]

Other notable swimmers featured Russia's defending bronze medalist Arkady Vyatchanin, who missed a chance to climb the podium again after placing seventeenth in the prelims (1:58.69); and Turkey's Derya Büyükuncu, who opened the event with a top finish in heat one, but posted a thirty-third place time of 2:01.68 in his astonishing sixth Olympic appearance.[8][9]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:51.92 Rome, Italy 31 July 2009 [10][11]
Olympic record  Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:53.94 Beijing, China 15 August 2008 [12]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 2 Final Tyler Clary United States 1:53.41 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[13]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Tyler Clary United States 1:56.24 Q
2 5 4 Ryan Lochte United States 1:56.36 Q
3 5 3 Zhang Fenglin China 1:56.71 Q
4 4 4 Ryosuke Irie Japan 1:56.81 Q
5 2 4 Gábor Balog Hungary 1:56.98 Q
6 4 5 Jan-Philip Glania Germany 1:57.01 Q
7 3 7 Nick Driebergen Netherlands 1:57.29 Q
8 5 2 Yakov-Yan Toumarkin Israel 1:57.33 Q, NR
9 3 5 Péter Bernek Hungary 1:57.52 Q
10 4 7 Mitch Larkin Australia 1:57.53 Q
11 3 1 Tobias Oriwol Canada 1:58.06 Q
12 5 6 Yannick Lebherz Germany 1:58.07 Q
13 3 3 Kazuki Watanabe Japan 1:58.17 Q
14 5 5 Radosław Kawęcki Poland 1:58.18 Q
15 4 1 Omar Pinzón Colombia 1:58.20 Q
16 4 2 Leonardo de Deus Brazil 1:58.22 Q
17 3 2 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 1:58.69
18 3 8 Marco Loughran Great Britain 1:58.72
19 5 7 Sebastiano Ranfagni Italy 1:58.76
20 2 2 Pedro Oliveira Portugal 1:58.83 NR
21 4 8 Matson Lawson Australia 1:58.92
22 3 6 Chris Walker-Hebborn Great Britain 1:59.00
23 5 1 Anton Anchin Russia 1:59.49
24 4 3 Benjamin Stasiulis France 1:59.52
25 2 5 Darren Murray South Africa 2:00.01
26 2 3 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber Spain 2:00.02
27 2 7 Pedro Medel Cuba 2:00.05 NR
28 5 8 Xu Jiayu China 2:00.26
29 4 6 Gareth Kean New Zealand 2:00.54
30 2 6 Oleksandr Isakov Ukraine 2:00.78
31 2 8 Alexandr Tarabrin Kazakhstan 2:01.22
32 2 1 Park Hyung-Joo South Korea 2:01.50
33 1 5 Derya Büyükuncu Turkey 2:01.68
34 1 4 Sebastian Stoss Austria 2:02.91
35 1 3 Quah Zheng Wen Singapore 2:03.45

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte United States 1:55.40 Q
2 5 Ryosuke Irie Japan 1:55.68 Q
3 1 Radosław Kawęcki Poland 1:56.74 Q
4 2 Mitch Larkin Australia 1:56.82 Q
5 6 Yakov-Yan Toumarkin Israel 1:57.33 Q, =NR
6 3 Jan-Philip Glania Germany 1:57.43
7 8 Leonardo de Deus Brazil 1:58.14
8 7 Yannick Lebherz Germany 1:58.80

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Tyler Clary United States 1:54.71 Q
2 5 Zhang Fenglin China 1:55.66 Q, NR
3 1 Kazuki Watanabe Japan 1:56.81 Q
4 6 Nick Driebergen Netherlands 1:57.35
5 3 Gábor Balog Hungary 1:57.56
6 2 Péter Bernek Hungary 1:57.71
7 7 Tobias Oriwol Canada 1:58.74
8 8 Omar Pinzón Colombia 1:58.99

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Tyler Clary United States 1:53.41 OR
2nd 6 Ryosuke Irie Japan 1:53.78
3rd 5 Ryan Lochte United States 1:53.94
4 2 Radosław Kawęcki Poland 1:55.59
4 3 Zhang Fenglin China 1:55.59 NR
6 7 Kazuki Watanabe Japan 1:57.03
7 8 Yakov-Yan Toumarkin Israel 1:57.62
8 1 Mitch Larkin Australia 1:58.02

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (2 August 2012). "Clary tops Lochte, wins gold in 200-meter backstroke". USA Today. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clary wins 200m backstroke gold ahead of teammate Lochte". London 2012 (NBC Olympics). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swimmers Irie, Suzuki add silver to Japan’s medal count". The Japan Times. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tyler Clary wins gold in 200 back". ESPN. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Tyler Clary Sets Olympic Record in 200 Back Victory; Ryosuke Irie Earns Silver; Ryan Lochte Claims 10th Career Medal With Bronze". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tyler Clary upstages Ryan Lochte to take backstroke gold". The Australian. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Tyler Clary Leads 200 Back Prelims; Defending Champ Ryan Lochte Second; Derya Buyukuncu Swims in Sixth Olympics". Swimming World Magazine. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Tyler Clary Leads 200 Back Prelims; Defending Champ Ryan Lochte Second; Derya Buyukuncu Swims in Sixth Olympics". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cavic supplants Phelps' 100 fly time". ESPN. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Michaelis, Vicky (31 July 2009). "Phelps earns relay gold medal, Peirsol sets 200m backstroke mark". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lochte, Peirsol take gold, silver in 200 back". NBC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Men's 200m Backstroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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