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

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Women's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 2, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 3, 2012 (final)
Competitors 37 from 31 nations
Winning time 2:04.06 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Russia
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 women's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 2–3 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

U.S. teenage sensation Missy Franklin blistered the field with a remarkable world record in textile to strike a backstroke double for the first time, since Romania's Diana Mocanu did so in 2000. Dominating the race from the start, she threw down a sterling time of 2:04.06 to broaden a full-body length gap over the rest of the field and to slice three-quarters of a second (0.75) off the previous record set by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry in a now-banned polyurethane bodysuit from the 2009 World Championships.[2][3] Russia's Anastasia Zuyeva cleared a 2:06-barrier to take the silver in 2:05.92, while Franklin's teammate Elizabeth Beisel snatched the bronze in 2:06.55, handing over an entire medal haul for the Americans with a one–three finish.[4][5]

Backed by a raucous home crowd, Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds fell short of the podium with a fourth-place time in 2:07.26.[6] Australia's Meagan Nay finished fifth in 2:07.43, while Coventry, a two-time Olympic champion, missed a chance to produce another historic three-peat as she claimed a distant sixth spot in 2:08.18.[7][8] France's Alexianne Castel (2:08.43) and Canada's Sinead Russell (2:09.86) closed out the championship field.[5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 2:04.81 Rome, Italy 1 August 2009 [9][10]
Olympic record  Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 2:05.24 Beijing, China 16 August 2008 [11]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 3 Final Missy Franklin United States 2:04.06 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[12]

Missy Franklin during the heats
Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Missy Franklin United States 2:07.54 Q
2 3 5 Elizabeth Beisel United States 2:07.82 Q
3 5 2 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:08.14 Q
4 5 5 Meagen Nay Australia 2:08.40 Q
5 4 4 Belinda Hocking Australia 2:08.75 Q
6 3 6 Alexianne Castel France 2:08.92 Q
7 3 3 Sinead Russell Canada 2:09.04 Q
8 3 4 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 2:09.36 Q
9 4 3 Daryna Zevina Ukraine 2:09.40 Q
10 4 7 Duane da Rocha Spain 2:09.72 Q
11 5 7 Stephanie Proud Great Britain 2:10.01 Q
12 2 6 Simona Baumrtová Czech Republic 2:10.03 Q, NR
13 3 1 Karin Prinsloo South Africa 2:10.34 Q
14 4 5 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 2:10.37 Q
15 4 6 Jenny Mensing Germany 2:10.54 Q
16 5 3 Sharon van Rouwendaal Netherlands 2:10.60 Q
17 4 1 Melissa Ingram New Zealand 2:10.63
18 4 2 Hilary Caldwell Canada 2:10.75
19 3 7 Bai Anqi China 2:11.26
20 5 8 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir Iceland 2:11.31 NR
21 2 4 Miyu Otsuka Japan 2:11.65
22 5 1 Yao Yige China 2:12.14
23 3 2 Alessia Filippi Italy 2:12.40
24 2 5 Maria Fernanda Gonzalez Mexico 2:12.75
25 2 7 Anja Čarman Slovenia 2:13.01
26 1 4 Nguyen Thi Anh Vien Vietnam 2:13.35
27 1 6 Carolina Colorado Colombia 2:13.64 NR
28 2 2 Mie Nielsen Denmark 2:13.89
29 3 8 Alicja Tchórz Poland 2:14.02
30 5 6 Laure Manaudou France 2:14.29
31 1 2 Ham Chan-Mi South Korea 2:15.30
32 4 8 Ekaterina Avramova Bulgaria 2:15.44
33 2 1 Kim Daniela Pavlin Croatia 2:15.67
34 2 3 Melanie Nocher Ireland 2:16.29
35 1 3 Dorina Szekeres Hungary 2:18.16
36 2 8 Hoi Shun Stephanie Au Hong Kong 2:18.47
37 1 5 Yulduz Kuchkarova Uzbekistan 2:18.60

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Elizabeth Beisel United States 2:06.18 Q
2 5 Meagen Nay Australia 2:07.42 Q
3 6 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 2:07.88 Q
4 3 Alexianne Castel France 2:08.24 Q
5 1 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 2:08.48 Q
6 8 Sharon van Rouwendaal Netherlands 2:09.50
7 2 Duane da Rocha Spain 2:09.88
8 7 Simona Baumrtová Czech Republic 2:10.18

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Missy Franklin United States 2:06.84 Q
2 5 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:08.32 Q
3 6 Sinead Russell Canada 2:08.76 Q
4 7 Stephanie Proud Great Britain 2:09.04
5 3 Belinda Hocking Australia 2:09.35
6 2 Daryna Zevina Ukraine 2:09.70
7 8 Jenny Mensing Germany 2:10.68
8 1 Karin Prinsloo South Africa 2:11.42

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 5 Missy Franklin United States 2:04.06 WR
2nd 6 Anastasia Zuyeva Russia 2:05.92
3rd 4 Elizabeth Beisel United States 2:06.55
4 1 Elizabeth Simmonds Great Britain 2:07.26
5 3 Meagen Nay Australia 2:07.43
6 7 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:08.18
7 2 Alexianne Castel France 2:08.43
8 8 Sinead Russell Canada 2:09.86

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (4 August 2012). "USA's Missy Franklin wins another gold, sets world record". USA Today. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "US swimmer Missy Franklin sets world record, Phelps ends individual races with medal". Fox News. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Missy Franklin wins 200 backstroke". ESPN. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Missy Franklin Crushes World Record in 200 Back; Anastasia Zueva, Elizabeth Beisel Round Out Podium; Kirsty Coventry Misses Threepeat Opportunity". Swimming World Magazine. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Norlander, Matt (3 August 2012). "Missy Franklin smashes world record in 200-meter backstroke". CBS Sports. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  7. ^ English, Ben (3 August 2012). "Australian Meagan Nay fifth in 200m backstroke final". News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Franklin dominates 200m backstroke". ABC News Australia. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry Downs 200 Back Meet Record". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Reason, Pierse advance to 50-metre breaststroke final". CBC Sports. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Evans, Simon (15 August 2008). "Coventry's silver mine seeded with gold". Reuters. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Women's 200m Backstroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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