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

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Women's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors 37 from 31 nations
Winning time 1:53.61 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    France
Bronze medal    Australia
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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 freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 30–31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

U.S. swimmer Allison Schmitt blasted a new Olympic record with a stunning effort to capture the gold medal in the event for the first time, since Nicole Haislett topped the podium in 1992. She pulled away from a tightly-packed field on the final lap to hit the wall first in a sterling time of 1:53.61, shaving 1.21 seconds off the record set by Italy's Federica Pellegrini from Beijing in 2008.[2][3] After defeating Schmitt in a close duel to grab the 400 m freestyle title two days earlier, France's Camille Muffat trailed behind her rival by almost a body length for the silver in 1:55.58.[4] Meanwhile, Australia's Bronte Barratt produced a striking touch to take home the bronze in 1:55.81, edging out American teenage star Missy Franklin by a hundredth of a second.[5][6][7]

Franklin missed a chance to add her third career medal with a fourth-place time in 1:55.82, while Pellegrini, the defending Olympic champion, dropped off the podium to fifth in 1:56.73.[8][9] Russia's Veronika Popova (1:57.25), Great Britain's home favorite Caitlin McClatchey (1:57.60) and Barratt's teammate Kylie Palmer (1:57.68) closed out the field.[5][7]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top-eight final roster including Slovenia's Sara Isaković, the defending silver medalist, who placed fourteenth (1:58.47) in the semifinals; and Romania's Camelia Potec, a four-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic champion, who posted a twenty-fifth place time (2:01.15) on the morning prelims.[10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:52.98 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:54.82 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 31 Final Allison Schmitt United States 1:53.61 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 5 Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:57.16 Q
2 5 4 Allison Schmitt United States 1:57.33 Q
3 3 4 Missy Franklin United States 1:57.62 Q
4 3 3 Veronika Popova Russia 1:57.79 Q
4 5 7 Melania Costa Schmid Spain 1:57.79 Q
6 3 6 Barbara Jardin Canada 1:57.92 Q
7 5 5 Sarah Sjöström Sweden 1:58.03 Q
7 4 2 Caitlin McClatchey Great Britain 1:58.03 Q
9 3 7 Samantha Cheverton Canada 1:58.11 Q
10 4 3 Bronte Barratt Australia 1:58.12 Q
11 5 3 Kylie Palmer Australia 1:58.16 Q
12 4 4 Camille Muffat France 1:58.49 Q
13 5 6 Silke Lippok Germany 1:58.59 Q
14 4 6 Wang Shijia China 1:58.73 Q
15 4 1 Hanae Ito Japan 1:58.93 Q
16 5 1 Sara Isaković Slovenia 1:58.96 Q
17 3 2 Rebecca Turner Great Britain 1:58.98
18 3 1 Ophélie-Cyrielle Etienne France 1:59.15
19 4 8 Nina Rangelova Bulgaria 1:59.21 NR
20 5 8 Karin Prinsloo South Africa 1:59.24
21 4 7 Song Wenyan China 1:59.47
22 5 2 Ágnes Mutina Hungary 1:59.56
23 3 8 Sze Hang Yu Hong Kong 1:59.92
24 2 5 Pernille Blume Denmark 2:00.91
25 2 6 Camelia Potec Romania 2:01.15
26 2 2 Liliana Ibanez Mexico 2:01.36
27 2 1 Anna Stylianou Cyprus 2:01.87
28 2 8 Katarína Filová Slovakia 2:02.03
29 2 4 Jördis Steinegger Austria 2:02.39
30 1 3 Natthanan Junkrajang Thailand 2:02.49
31 1 5 Danielle Villars Switzerland 2:03.55
32 2 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 2:04.21
33 1 4 Baek Il-Joo South Korea 2:04.32
34 1 6 Heather Arseth Mauritius 2:07.81
35 1 2 Aurelie Fanchette Seychelles 2:23.49
036 2 3 Grainne Murphy Ireland DNS
036 4 5 Femke Heemskerk Netherlands DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Bronte Barratt Australia 1:56.08 Q
2 4 Allison Schmitt United States 1:56.15 Q
3 7 Camille Muffat France 1:56.18 Q
4 5 Veronika Popova Russia 1:56.84 Q, NR
5 3 Barbara Jardin Canada 1:57.91
6 6 Sarah Sjöström Sweden 1:58.12
7 8 Sara Isaković Slovenia 1:58.47
8 1 Wang Shijia China 1:58.63

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:56.67 Q
2 6 Caitlin McClatchey Great Britain 1:57.33 Q
3 7 Kylie Palmer Australia 1:57.44 Q
4 5 Missy Franklin United States 1:57.57 Q
5 3 Melania Costa Schmid Spain 1:57.76
6 2 Samantha Cheverton Canada 1:57.98
7 1 Silke Lippok Germany 1:58.24
8 8 Hanae Ito Japan 1:59.62

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Allison Schmitt United States 1:53.61 OR, AM
2 3 Camille Muffat France 1:55.58
3 4 Bronte Barratt Australia 1:55.81
4 8 Missy Franklin United States 1:55.82
5 6 Federica Pellegrini Italy 1:56.73
6 2 Veronika Popova Russia 1:57.25
7 7 Caitlin McClatchey Great Britain 1:57.60
8 1 Kylie Palmer Australia 1:57.68

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Allison Schmitt wins gold medal for US". Boston Globe. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Olympics swimming: Allison Schmitt wins with Games record". BBC Sport. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Allison Schmitt wins 200 free". ESPN. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Bronte Barratt claims Olympic bronze medal in women's 200m freestyle". News Corp Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Barratt snares bronze in 200m free". ABC News Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Allison Schmitt Torches 200 Free With Olympic, American Record; Missy Franklin Misses Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Das, Andrew (31 July 2012). "Schmitt Sets Mark in Winning Gold; Franklin Fourth". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (31 July 2012). "Missy Franklin finishes fourth in 200 free in London". USA Today. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Defending Champion Federica Pellegrini Leads Way in Women's 200 Free Prelims; Schmitt and Franklin Fractions Behind". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Federica Pellegrini Puts on Show for Home Crowd With World Record, U.S. Goes 2-3 With American Record". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Phelps bounces back with 200m fly world record triumph". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Pellegrini takes 200m free gold". BBC Sport. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women's 200m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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