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

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Women's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 31, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 1, 2012 (final)
Competitors 28 from 21 nations
Winning time 2:04.06 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    China
Silver medal    Spain
Bronze medal    Japan
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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 200 metre butterfly event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 31 July and 1 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

China's Jiao Liuyang stormed home on the final stretch to upgrade her silver from Beijing four years earlier with an Olympic title in the event. She produced a striking effort on the last lap to come from behind and demolish the field with a gold-medal time and a new Olympic record in 2:04.06, shaving 0.12 seconds off the standard set by teammate Liu Zige.[2][3] Meanwhile, Mireia Belmonte García made an Olympic milestone to become Spain's first ever female medalist and fourth overall in swimming, as she brought home the silver in 2:05.25, the ninth-fastest of all time.[4][5] Japan's Natsumi Hoshi added a sixth bronze to her swimming squad at these Games, in a sterling time of 2:05.48.[6][7]

Leading through the prelims and the semifinals, U.S. swimmer Kathleen Hersey finished off the podium with a fourth-place time in 2:05.78, a full second ahead of her teammate Cammile Adams (2:06.78).[8] Great Britain's Jemma Lowe (2:06.80), Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:07.33) and defending champion Liu Zige (2:07.77) rounded out the field.[7][9]

Notable swimmers missed the final roster featuring Australia's Jessicah Schipper, a former world record holder; and Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, a 2004 Olympic champion, both of whom placed thirteenth (2:08.21) and sixteenth (2:13.09) respectively in the semifinals.[10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Liu Zige (CHN) 2:01.81 Jinan, China 21 October 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  Liu Zige (CHN) 2:04.18 Beijing, China 14 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 1 Final Jiao Liuyang China 2:04.06 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 6 Kathleen Hersey United States 2:06.41 Q
2 3 4 Jiao Liuyang China 2:07.15 Q
3 4 5 Jemma Lowe Great Britain 2:07.64 Q
4 3 6 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 2:07.75 Q
5 4 3 Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary 2:07.79 Q
6 2 4 Natsumi Hoshi Japan 2:08.04 Q
7 2 6 Judit Ignacio Sorribes Spain 2:08.14 Q
8 3 3 Cammile Adams United States 2:08.18 Q
9 2 5 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 2:08.19 Q
10 2 7 Choi Hye-Ra South Korea 2:08.45 Q
11 4 4 Liu Zige China 2:08.72 Q
12 2 3 Jessicah Schipper Australia 2:08.74 Q
13 3 2 Martina Granström Sweden 2:08.94 Q
14 4 1 Anja Klinar Slovenia 2:09.24 Q
15 2 2 Audrey Lacroix Canada 2:09.25 Q
16 4 2 Otylia Jędrzejczak Poland 2:09.33 Q
17 3 5 Ellen Gandy Great Britain 2:09.92
18 1 5 Ingvild Snildal Norway 2:10.99 NR
19 4 7 Katerine Savard Canada 2:11.05
20 3 7 Samantha Hamill Australia 2:11.07
21 3 8 Denisa Smolenová Slovakia 2:11.10
22 1 3 Andreina Pinto Venezuela 2:11.23 NR
23 4 8 Rita Medrano Mexico 2:11.42
24 1 4 Sara Oliveira Portugal 2:11.54
25 2 1 Martina van Berkel Switzerland 2:12.25
26 3 1 Joanna Melo Brazil 2:13.17
27 2 8 Emilia Pikkarainen Finland 2:13.81
28 1 6 Cheng Wan-Jung Chinese Taipei 2:14.29

Semifinals[edit]

[15]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Jiao Liuyang China 2:06.10 Q
2 3 Natsumi Hoshi Japan 2:06.37 Q
3 6 Cammile Adams United States 2:07.33 Q
4 5 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 2:07.69
5 1 Anja Klinar Slovenia 2:07.84
6 7 Jessicah Schipper Australia 2:08.21
7 2 Choi Hye-Ra South Korea 2:08.32
8 8 Otylia Jędrzejczak Poland 2:13.09

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kathleen Hersey United States 2:05.90 Q
2 2 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 2:06.62 Q
3 3 Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary 2:06.82 Q
4 7 Liu Zige China 2:06.99 Q
5 5 Jemma Lowe Great Britain 2:07.37 Q
6 1 Martina Granström Sweden 2:07.83 NR
7 8 Audrey Lacroix Canada 2:08.00
8 6 Judit Ignacio Sorribes Spain 2:08.96

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 5 Jiao Liuyang China 2:04.06 OR
2nd 6 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 2:05.25 NR
3rd 3 Natsumi Hoshi Japan 2:05.48
4 4 Kathleen Hersey United States 2:05.78
5 1 Cammile Adams United States 2:06.78
6 8 Jemma Lowe Great Britain 2:06.80
7 2 Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary 2:07.33
8 7 Liu Zige China 2:07.77

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Swimming: China's Jiao wins 200m butterfly gold". Reuters. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "World champion Jiao captures butterfly gold". Xinhua (China Daily). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Spain’s Mireia Belmonte wins silver in 200m butterfly". EITB. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Dillman, Lisa (1 August 2012). "London Olympics: Jiao wins 200 butterfly, Hersey places fourth". Los Angeles Times. 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: China's Jiao Liuyang Goes Silver-to-Gold With Olympic Record in Women's 200 Fly; Kathleen Hersey, Cammile Adams Miss Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Swimming: Heartbroken Hersey falls short in final". Reuters. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Jemma Lowe finishes outside medals in 200m butterfly final". London Evening Standard. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Kathleen Hersey Tops 200 Fly Semis; China's Jiao Liuyang Close Behind; Cammile Adams Makes Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Chinese National Games: Liu Zige Shocks World With Astounding 200 Fly World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Chinese Olympic champion Liu Zige breaks women's 200m butterfly world record". People's Daily. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Double delight for China". South China Morning Post. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women's 200m Butterfly – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Women's 200m Butterfly – Semifinals". London 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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