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

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Women's 100 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 29, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 30, 2012 (final)
Competitors 46 from 36 nations
Winning time 1:05.47
Medalists
Gold medal    Lithuania
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Japan
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2012 Summer Olympics

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 women's 100 metre breaststroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29–30 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

At only 15 years of age, Rūta Meilutytė defeated a vastly more sophisticated field to become Lithuania's first ever gold medalist in swimming under its own banner. Dominating the race from the start, she pulled away from the field to an unexpected triumph in a sterling time of 1:05.47.[2][3] U.S. top favorite and reigning world champion Rebecca Soni held on a sprint challenge from the Lithuanian teen at the halfway turn, but ended up defending her silver instead from Beijing four years earlier in 1:05.55.[4] Meanwhile, Satomi Suzuki powered home with the bronze in 1:06.46, handing Japan its first ever medal in the event's history.[5][6]

Jamaica's Alia Atkinson raced on the outside lane after her swim-off triumph over Canada's Tera van Beilen in the semifinals, but narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place time in 1:06.93.[7] Competing in her fourth Olympics as Australia's first ever swimmer, defending Olympic champion Leisel Jones finished fifth in a credible time of 1:06.96 to end her illustrious career with a full set of medals.[8]

U.S. swimmer Breeja Larson escaped from a "no false-start" rule to pull off a sixth-place finish in 1:06.96, as the issue of her pre-race jump came with a faulty starting system.[9][10] Russia's Yuliya Yefimova (1:06.98) and Denmark's Rikke Pedersen (1:07.55) rounded out the field.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Jessica Hardy (USA) 1:04.45 Federal Way, United States 7 August 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.17 Beijing, China 10 August 2008 [13]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 6 Rūta Meilutytė Lithuania 1:05.56 Q, NR
2 6 4 Rebecca Soni United States 1:05.75 Q
3 6 5 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 1:06.51 Q
4 5 4 Breeja Larson United States 1:06.58 Q
5 4 4 Leisel Jones Australia 1:06.98 Q
6 5 5 Satomi Suzuki Japan 1:07.08 Q
7 6 2 Sarah Poewe Germany 1:07.12 Q
8 6 3 Jennie Johansson Sweden 1:07.14 Q
9 5 3 Rikke Pedersen Denmark 1:07.23 Q
10 3 6 Alia Atkinson Jamaica 1:07.39 Q, NR
11 4 5 Leiston Pickett Australia 1:07.41 Q
12 3 2 Suzaan van Biljon South Africa 1:07.54 Q
13 4 1 Zhao Jin China 1:07.68 Q
14 4 2 Mina Matsushima Japan 1:07.69 Q
15 4 3 Jillian Tyler Canada 1:07.81 Q
16 5 2 Tera van Beilen Canada 1:07.85 Q
17 5 7 Liu Xiaoyu China 1:07.99
18 3 3 Sara El Bekri Morocco 1:08.21 NR
19 5 1 Joline Höstman Sweden 1:08.28
20 6 7 Moniek Nijhuis Netherlands 1:08.31
21 6 8 Siobhan-Marie O'Connor Great Britain 1:08.32
22 5 6 Caroline Ruhnau Germany 1:08.43
23 6 6 Daria Deeva Russia 1:08.44
24 3 5 Petra Chocová Czech Republic 1:08.59
25 4 7 Marina Garcia Urzainqui Spain 1:08.64
26 4 8 Sycerika McMahon Ireland 1:08.80
27 3 4 Michela Guzzetti Italy 1:08.83
28 5 8 Kate Haywood Great Britain 1:09.22
29 3 1 Dilara Buse Günaydin Turkey 1:09.43
30 2 4 Tjaša Vozel Slovenia 1:09.63
31 2 5 Anna Sztankovics Hungary 1:09.65
32 2 6 Fanny Babou France 1:09.76
33 3 7 Kim Hye-Jin South Korea 1:09.79
34 2 3 Jenna Laukkanen Finland 1:09.92
35 2 2 Ana Rodrigues Portugal 1:10.62
36 2 1 Danielle Beaubrun Saint Lucia 1:11.12
37 3 8 Mariya Liver Ukraine 1:11.23
38 2 7 Chen I-Chuan Chinese Taipei 1:11.28
39 6 1 Concepcion Badillo Diaz Spain 1:12.58
40 2 8 Tatiana Chisca Moldova 1:13.30
41 1 4 Ivana Ninković Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:14.04
42 1 3 Pilar Shimizu Guam 1:15.76 NR
43 1 5 Matelita Buadromo Fiji 1:16.33
44 1 6 Oksana Hatamkhanova Azerbaijan 1:25.52
45 1 2 Oyungerel Gantumur Mongolia 1:27.17
46 1 7 Dede Camara Guinea 1:38.54

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni United States 1:05.98 Q
2 5 Breeja Larson United States 1:06.70 Q
3 3 Satomi Suzuki Japan 1:07.10 Q
4 2 Alia Atkinson Jamaica 1:07.48 QSO
4 8 Tera van Beilen Canada 1:07.48 QSO
6 6 Jennie Johansson Sweden 1:07.57
7 7 Suzaan van Biljon South Africa 1:07.68
8 1 Mina Matsushima Japan 1:08.26

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rūta Meilutytė Lithuania 1:05.21 Q, EU, NR
2 5 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 1:06.57 Q
3 3 Leisel Jones Australia 1:06.81 Q
4 2 Rikke Pedersen Denmark 1:06.82 Q
5 6 Sarah Poewe Germany 1:07.68
6 7 Leiston Pickett Australia 1:07.74
7 8 Jillian Tyler Canada 1:07.87
8 1 Zhao Jin China 1:07.97

Semifinal swim-off[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Alia Atkinson Jamaica 1:06.79 Q, NR
2 4 Tera van Beilen Canada 1:07.73

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Rūta Meilutytė Lithuania 1:05.47
2nd 5 Rebecca Soni United States 1:05.55
3rd 1 Satomi Suzuki Japan 1:06.46
4 8 Alia Atkinson Jamaica 1:06.93
5 2 Leisel Jones Australia 1:06.95
6 6 Breeja Larson United States 1:06.96 *
7 3 Yuliya Yefimova Russia 1:06.98
8 7 Rikke Pedersen Denmark 1:07.55

* False start, but she was not disqualified due to technical error.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ White, Duncan (30 July 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: 15-year-old Plymouth schoolgirl Ruta Meilutyte takes shock 100m breaststroke gold". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Walker, Peter (30 July 2012). "Ruta Meilutyte grabs a gold for Lithuania". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ruta Meilutyte wins 100m breast". ESPN. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Kano, Shintaro (31 July 2012). "Irie, Terakawa, Suzuki haul in bronze from the pool". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Ruta Meilutyte Earns Lithuania's First Gold Medal Under Its Flag With 100 Breast Win; Rebecca Soni Places Just Behind in Second". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte Sets European Record to Top 100 Breast Semis; Soni and Larson Advance". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jones misses medals in 'changing of the guard'". ABC News Australia. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Williams, Charean (30 July 2012). "Texas A&M swimmer Breeja Larson derailed after jumping gun before start". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Scott-Elliott, Robin (30 July 2012). "Plymouth's Ruta Meilutyte wins shock gold (but it's not for Great Britain)". The Independent. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jessica Hardy wins her third medal at U.S. Open". USA Today. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hardy claims third medal in 50 free". ESPN. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Leisel's Olympic redemption with elusive gold". ABC News. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women's 100m Breaststroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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