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

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Men's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 31, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 1, 2012 (final)
Competitors 34 from 28 nations
Winning time 2:07.28 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Hungary
Silver medal    Great Britain
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 men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 31 July and 1 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Hungary's Dániel Gyurta blasted the field with a stunning world record to become the country's third gold medalist in the event since József Szabó topped the podium in 1988 and Norbert Rózsa in 1996. Turning second at the halfway mark, he threw down a remarkable time of 2:07.28 on the final stretch to shave 0.03 seconds off the record set by Australia's Christian Sprenger in a since-banned high tech bodysuit from the 2009 World Championships.[2][3] With the delight of a raucous home crowd, Great Britain's Michael Jamieson enjoyed the race of his life to snatch the silver in 2:07.43, moving him up to fourth in the event's all time rankings.[4][5] Meanwhile, Japan's Ryo Tateishi powered home with a bronze in 2:08.29 to edge out Kosuke Kitajima (2:08.35) by six-hundredths of a second, ending the defending champion's hopes for an Olympic three-peat bid.[6][7]

U.S. swimmer Scott Weltz finished fifth in 2:09.02 to hold off his teammate Clark Burckle (2:09.25) by 23-hundredths of a second.[8] Australia's Brenton Rickard (2:09.28), the reigning silver medalist, and Great Britain's home favorite Andrew Willis (2:09.44) rounded out the championship field.[7][9]

Notable swimmers missed the final roster featuring Lithuania's Giedrius Titenis, a top eight finalist in the 100 m breaststroke; and Luxembourg's Laurent Carnol, who became the nation's first ever semifinalist in swimming.[10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Christian Sprenger (AUS) 2:07.31 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) 2:07.64 Beijing, China 14 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 1 Final Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:07.28 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Men's 200m Breaststroke heat 5
Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:08.71 Q
2 3 6 Michael Jamieson Great Britain 2:08.98 Q, NR
3 5 3 Andrew Willis Great Britain 2:09.33 Q
4 4 4 Ryo Tateishi Japan 2:09.37 Q
5 5 4 Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:09.43 Q
6 4 3 Clark Burckle United States 2:09.55 Q
7 3 5 Scott Weltz United States 2:09.67 Q
8 5 2 Giedrius Titenis Lithuania 2:10.36 Q
9 4 7 Vyacheslav Sinkevich Russia 2:10.48 Q
10 3 2 Glenn Snyders New Zealand 2:10.55 Q, NR
11 5 5 Marco Koch Germany 2:10.61 Q
12 5 6 Laurent Carnol Luxembourg 2:10.83 Q
13 2 4 Scott Dickens Canada 2:10.95 Q
14 4 2 Tales Cerdeira Brazil 2:11.05 Q
15 5 7 Brenton Rickard Australia 2:11.41 Q
16 4 5 Christian vom Lehn Germany 2:11.66 Q
17 3 8 Matti Mattsson Finland 2:11.81 NR
18 5 1 Lennart Stekelenburg Netherlands 2:12.02
19 4 6 Henrique Barbosa Brazil 2:12.05
20 4 1 Ákos Molnár Hungary 2:12.42
21 2 5 Sławomir Kuczko Poland 2:12.51
22 3 1 Igor Borysik Ukraine 2:12.61
23 2 2 Tomáš Klobučník Slovakia 2:13.40
24 4 8 Yannick Käser Switzerland 2:13.49
25 3 7 Choi Kyu-Woong South Korea 2:13.57
26 2 3 Christian Schurr Voight Mexico 2:14.16
27 3 3 Panagiotis Samilidis Greece 2:14.82
28 1 4 Irakli Bolkvadze Georgia 2:15.86 NR
29 2 7 Hunor Mate Austria 2:15.98
30 2 6 Nuttapong Ketin Thailand 2:16.07
31 2 1 Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson Iceland 2:16.72
32 1 5 Dmitrii Aleksandrov Kyrgyzstan 2:17.92
33 5 8 Chen Cheng China 2:19.83
034 1 3 Tsilavina Ramanantsoa Madagascar DSQ

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Jamieson Great Britain 2:08.20 Q, NR
2 3 Clark Burckle United States 2:09.11 Q
3 5 Ryo Tateishi Japan 2:09.13 Q
4 1 Tales Cerdeira Brazil 2:09.77
5 6 Giedrius Titenis Lithuania 2:09.95
6 8 Christian vom Lehn Germany 2:10.50
7 2 Glenn Snyders New Zealand 2:11.14
8 7 Laurent Carnol Luxembourg 2:11.17

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:08.32 Q
2 5 Andrew Willis Great Britain 2:08.47 Q
3 6 Scott Weltz United States 2:08.99 Q
4 3 Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:09.03 Q
5 8 Brenton Rickard Australia 2:09.31 Q
6 2 Vyacheslav Sinkevich Russia 2:09.90
7 7 Marco Koch Germany 2:10.73
8 1 Scott Dickens Canada 2:11.71

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:07.28 WR*
2 4 Michael Jamieson Great Britain 2:07.43 NR
3 1 Ryo Tateishi Japan 2:08.29
4 2 Kosuke Kitajima Japan 2:08.35
5 6 Scott Weltz United States 2:09.02
6 7 Clark Burckle United States 2:09.25
7 8 Brenton Rickard Australia 2:09.28
8 3 Andrew Willis Great Britain 2:09.44

* Also an Olympic, European, and Hungarian record.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Daniel Gyurta sets world record". ESPN. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Fordyce, Tom (1 August 2012). "GB's Jamieson wins Olympics silver in 200m breaststroke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ White, Duncan (1 August 2012). "Michael Jamieson claims silver for Great Britain in men's 200m breastroke final at London 2012 Olympics". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Odeven, Ed (3 August 2012). "Kitajima fourth in 200 as Tateishi gets bronze". The Japan Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Hungary's Daniel Gyurta Breaks World Record in 200 Breast Victory; Kosuke Kitajima Misses Podium in Threepeat Bid; Scott Weltz, Clark Burckle Fifth-Sixth". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Adrian of U.S. wins 100 free by .01 seconds". Fox News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gyurta denies Kitajima slice of history". ABC News Australia. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Daniel Gyurta Posts Olympic Textile Best to Lead 200 Breast Qualifying; Kosuke Kitajima Keeps Threepeat Hopes Alive; Clark Burckle, Scott Weltz in Top Eight". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Cowley, Michael (31 July 2009). "Gold for Schipper as Sprenger breaks world record". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Balym, Todd (31 July 2009). "Jess Schipper and Christian Sprenger claim world records in Rome". Fox Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Olympics: Kitajima seals double breaststroke gold". Guardian.co.uk. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Men's 200m Breaststroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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