Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke
|Women's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Venue||London Aquatics Centre|
|Dates||August 2, 2012 (heats &
August 3, 2012 (final)
|Competitors||37 from 31 nations|
|Winning time||2:04.06 WR|
|Swimming at the
2012 Summer Olympics
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. 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.
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. 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. France's Alexianne Castel (2:08.43) and Canada's Sinead Russell (2:09.86) closed out the championship field.
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|||
|Olympic record||Kirsty Coventry (ZIM)||2:05.24||Beijing, China||16 August 2008|||
The following records were established during the competition:
|August 3||Final||Missy Franklin||United States||2:04.06||WR|
|1||4||Elizabeth Beisel||United States||2:06.18||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|
|1||4||Missy Franklin||United States||2:06.84||Q|
|4||7||Stephanie Proud||Great Britain||2:09.04|
|8||1||Karin Prinsloo||South Africa||2:11.42|
|5||Missy Franklin||United States||2:04.06||WR|
|4||Elizabeth Beisel||United States||2:06.55|
|4||1||Elizabeth Simmonds||Great Britain||2:07.26|
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