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

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Women's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date August 1, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 2, 2012 (final)
Competitors 50 from 44 nations
Winning time 53.00 OR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Swimming at the
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 freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1–2 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo blasted a new Olympic record to become the country's third gold medalist in the event since Rie Mastenbroek topped the podium in 1936 and Inge de Bruijn in 2000. Flipping fourth at the halfway turn, she pulled ahead of a tightly-packed field to touch the wall first and improve her own record in 53.00.[2][3] Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia strengthened her lead on the first length under a world-record pace, but faded down the stretch to pick up a silver in 53.38.[4] Meanwhile, China's Tang Yi produced a fast burst on the final lap to capture the bronze in 53.44.[5][6]

Australia's Melanie Schlanger finished fourth in 53.47, while American teenage sensation Missy Franklin denied a chance for another Olympic medal with a fifth-place time in 53.64.[7] Great Britain's home favorite Francesca Halsall (53.66), Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (53.75), who shared the title with Herasimenia at the 2011 World Championships, and U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy (54.02) rounded out the finale.[6][8]

Before the breakthrough finale, Kromowidjojo threw down a top-seeded time of 53.05 to slice 0.07 seconds off the previous Olympic record set by Germany's defending champion Britta Steffen, who later missed the final roster with a twelfth-place finish (54.18) from the semifinals.[9][10]

Among the fifty swimmers registered in the event, only forty-eight had competed. Sweden's five-time Olympian Therese Alshammar suffered from a pinched nerve in her neck, and decided to skip most of her events. Additionally, Australia's Cate Campbell scratched her first individual race because of a glandular fever.[11][12]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Britta Steffen (GER) 52.07 Rome, Italy 31 July 2009 [13][14]
Olympic record  Britta Steffen (GER) 53.12 Beijing, China 15 August 2008 [15]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 1 Semifinal 2 Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.05 OR
August 2 Final Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.00 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

One of the heats during the qualification

[16]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 3 Tang Yi China 53.28 Q
2 7 6 Melanie Schlanger Australia 53.50 Q
3 5 4 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 53.51 Q
4 7 5 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 53.63 Q, NR
5 7 4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.66 Q
6 6 7 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Bahamas 53.73 Q, NR
7 6 5 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 54.02 Q
8 5 6 Jessica Hardy United States 54.09 Q
9 6 1 Julia Wilkinson Canada 54.16 Q
10 6 4 Sarah Sjöström Sweden 54.26 Q
10 7 3 Missy Franklin United States 54.26 Q
12 7 2 Haruka Ueda Japan 54.35 Q
13 6 2 Amy Smith Great Britain 54.37 Q
14 6 3 Britta Steffen Germany 54.42 Q
15 5 5 Femke Heemskerk Netherlands 54.43 Q
15 5 7 Daniela Schreiber Germany 54.43 Q
17 7 7 Veronika Popova Russia 54.66
18 6 8 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 54.93
19 5 2 Pernille Blume Denmark 55.04
20 7 8 Charlotte Bonnet France 55.12
21 5 1 Hannah Wilson Hong Kong 55.33
22 4 4 Burcu Dolunay Turkey 55.35
23 3 4 Eszter Dara Hungary 55.37
24 4 2 Nina Rangelova Bulgaria 55.52 NR
25 3 5 Liliana Ibáñez Mexico 55.71 NR
26 4 6 Daynara de Paula Brazil 55.94
27 4 3 Katarzyna Wilk Poland 56.13
28 3 3 Nastja Govejšek Slovenia 56.21
29 3 2 Mylene Ong Singapore 56.33
29 4 7 Rūta Meilutytė Lithuania 56.33
31 4 8 Katarína Filová Slovakia 56.58
32 5 8 Nery Mantey Niangkouara Greece 56.63
33 4 5 Arlene Semeco Venezuela 56.90
34 3 6 Jasmine Alkhaldi Philippines 57.13
35 3 1 Megan Fonteno American Samoa 57.45
35 4 1 Miroslava Najdanovski Serbia 57.45
37 3 7 Karen Torrez Bolivia 57.78 NR
38 3 8 Clelia Tini San Marino 58.29
39 2 3 Jade Howard Zambia 59.35
40 2 5 Bayan Jumah Syria 59.78
41 2 4 Karen Riveros Paraguay 59.86
42 2 6 Brittany van Lange Guyana 1:01.62
43 2 2 Aina Fils Rabetsara Madagascar 1:02.39
44 2 7 Reshika Udugampola Sri Lanka 1:04.93
45 2 1 Magdalena Moshi Tanzania 1:05.80
46 1 4 Mareme Faye Senegal 1:06.42
47 1 5 Shreya Dhital Nepal 1:10.80
48 1 3 Ayouba Ali Sihame Comoros 1:14.40
50 6 6 Cate Campbell Australia DNS
50 7 1 Therese Alshammar Sweden DNS

Semifinals[edit]

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Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Melanie Schlanger Australia 53.38 Q
2 5 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 53.78 Q
3 6 Jessica Hardy United States 53.86 Q
4 2 Sarah Sjöström Sweden 53.93
5 3 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Bahamas 54.12
6 1 Britta Steffen Germany 54.18
7 8 Daniela Schreiber Germany 54.39
8 7 Haruka Ueda Japan 54.59

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.05 Q, OR
2 7 Missy Franklin United States 53.59 Q
3 4 Tang Yi China 53.60 Q
4 5 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 53.77 Q
4 6 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 53.77 Q
6 8 Femke Heemskerk Netherlands 54.13
7 2 Julia Wilkinson Canada 54.25
8 1 Amy Smith Great Britain 54.28

Final[edit]

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Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.00 OR
2 1 Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus 53.38 NR
3 6 Tang Yi China 53.44
4 5 Melanie Schlanger Australia 53.47
5 3 Missy Franklin United States 53.64
6 7 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 53.66
7 2 Jeanette Ottesen Denmark 53.75
8 8 Jessica Hardy United States 54.02

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Herasimenia claims silver at London 2012". Belarusian Telegraph Agency. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "China's Tang Yi bags bronze medal in women's 100m freestyle". China Daily. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Ranomi Kromowidjojo Clinches 100 Free Gold With Olympic Record; Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Tang Yi Get Silver-Bronze; Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy Miss Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Melanie Schlanger rues missing 100m free medal". The Australian. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Soni wins gold, breaks world record in 200m breast". USA Swimming. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: The Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo Clips Olympic Record in 100 Free Semis; Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy Make Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nathan Adrian of U.S. wins 100-meter freestyle gold medal by smallest of margins". CBS News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics: China's Tang Yi Posts Olympic Textile Best in 100 Free Prelims; Jessica Hardy, Missy Franklin Advance; Defending Champ Britta Steffen In". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Wordsworth, Matt (1 August 2012). "Cate Campbell pulls out of 100m freestyle". ABC News Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Bull, Andy (31 July 2009). "Fran Halsall dreams of puppy after freestyle silver at world championships". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  14. ^ Cowley, Michael (1 August 2009). "Australians cast in bronze as more records tumble". The Age. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Steffen wins first swimming gold for Germany". NBC Olympics. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Women's 100m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Women's 100m Freestyle – Semifinals". London 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Women's 100m Freestyle – Final". London 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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