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

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Women's 200 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors 34 from 28 nations
Winning time 2:07.57 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    China
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    United States
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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 individual medley event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 30–31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Despite of her allegations over the doping suspicion, China's Ye Shiwen pulled away from the rest of the field to strike a medley double for the fourth straight time in Olympic history since Michelle Smith did so in 1996, Yana Klochkova in 2000 and 2004, and Australia's Stephanie Rice in 2008. Coming from third at the final turn, she opened up her lead with a superb freestyle leg to establish a new Olympic record and a sterling gold-medal time in 2:07.57.[2][3] Australia's Alicia Coutts produced a striking effort to claim the silver behind the Chinese teen in a lifetime best of 2:08.15, adding it to her Olympic hardware with a full set of medals.[4][5] Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Caitlin Leverenz stormed home on the rear of a dominant breaststroke leg to take the bronze in 2:08.95.[6][7]

Rice, the defending Olympic champion, finished fourth in 2:09.55, while U.S. world record holder Ariana Kukors lost her chance to climb the podium with a fifth-place time in 2:09.83.[8][9] Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry fell short in her second attempt for an Olympic medal, earning a sixth spot in 2:11.13. Great Britain's Hannah Miley (2:11.29) and Hungary's Katinka Hosszú (2:14.19) rounded out the field.[7]

Earlier in the semifinals, Ye threw down a fastest freestyle split of 30.59 to set an Olympic record and a textile best in 2:08.39, cutting off Rice's previous standard by six-hundredths of a second (0.06) in a since-banned high tech bodysuit.[9][10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ariana Kukors (USA) 2:06.15 Rome, Italy 27 July 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  Stephanie Rice (AUS) 2:08.45 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 30 Semifinal 2 Ye Shiwen China 2:08.39 OR
July 31 Final Ye Shiwen China 2:07.57 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Ye Shiwen China 2:08.90 Q
2 5 6 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:10.51 Q
3 4 5 Caitlin Leverenz United States 2:10.63 Q
4 4 3 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 2:10.68 Q
5 4 4 Alicia Coutts Australia 2:10.74 Q
6 3 5 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 2:11.73 Q
7 3 4 Ariana Kukors United States 2:11.94 Q
8 3 6 Evelyn Verrasztó Hungary 2:12.17 Q
9 5 5 Stephanie Rice Australia 2:12.23 Q
10 5 3 Hannah Miley Great Britain 2:12.27 Q
11 3 2 Theresa Michalak Germany 2:12.75 Q
12 3 1 Amit Ivry Israel 2:13.29 Q, NR
13 3 7 Li Jiaxing China 2:13.43 Q
14 5 2 Izumi Kato Japan 2:13.85 Q
15 4 2 Beatriz Gómez Cortes Spain 2:13.93 Q
16 3 8 Joanna Melo Brazil 2:14.26 Q
17 3 3 Erica Morningstar Canada 2:14.32
18 2 5 Ganna Dzerkal Ukraine 2:14.55
19 2 4 Lisa Zaiser Austria 2:14.56
20 5 7 Stina Gardell Sweden 2:14.70
21 4 6 Sophie Allen Great Britain 2:14.72
22 2 7 Sycerika McMahon Ireland 2:14.76
23 4 7 Choi Hye-Ra South Korea 2:14.91
24 4 1 Kathryn Meaklim South Africa 2:15.25
25 2 3 Ranohon Amanova Uzbekistan 2:15.37
26 5 1 Natalie Wiegersma New Zealand 2:16.24
27 2 2 Erica Dittmer Mexico 2:16.54 NR
28 2 6 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir Iceland 2:16.81 NR
28 1 4 Katarína Listopadová Slovakia 2:16.81
30 2 1 Kim Daniela Pavlin Croatia 2:17.17
31 1 3 Cheng Wan-Jung Chinese Taipei 2:17.39
32 4 8 Barbora Závadová Czech Republic 2:17.54
33 1 5 Emilia Pikkarainen Finland 2:17.66
34 5 8 Ekaterina Andreeva Russia 2:17.84

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

[15]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 2:10.74 Q
2 2 Hannah Miley Great Britain 2:10.89 Q
3 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:10.93 Q
4 6 Evelyn Verrasztó Hungary 2:11.53
5 3 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 2:11.54
6 7 Amit Ivry Israel 2:13.31
7 1 Izumi Kato Japan 2:14.47
8 8 Joanna Melo Brazil 2:14.74

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ye Shiwen China 2:08.39 Q, OR
2 3 Alicia Coutts Australia 2:09.83 Q
3 5 Caitlin Leverenz United States 2:10.06 Q
4 6 Ariana Kukors United States 2:10.08 Q
5 2 Stephanie Rice Australia 2:10.80 Q
6 1 Li Jiaxing China 2:12.69
7 7 Theresa Michalak Germany 2:13.24
8 8 Beatriz Gómez Cortes Spain 2:15.12

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ye Shiwen China 2:07.57 OR, AS
2 5 Alicia Coutts Australia 2:08.15
3 3 Caitlin Leverenz United States 2:08.95
4 7 Stephanie Rice Australia 2:09.55
5 6 Ariana Kukors United States 2:09.83
6 8 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 2:11.13
7 1 Hannah Miley Great Britain 2:11.29
8 2 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 2:14.19

References[edit]

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  3. ^ White, Duncan (31 July 2012). "Ye Shiwen hits out at doubters after claiming second swimming gold medal amid doping row". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Alicia Coutts adds silver to her London Olympics medal haul as Stephanie Rice narrowly misses bronze". The Courier-Mail. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alicia Coutts's silver win in 200IM a 'fair fight' behind China's Ye Shiwen". The Australian. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Das, Andrew (31 July 2012). "For Chinese Swimmer, Same Result". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Ye Shiwen Uses Superb Freestyle Leg to Power to IM Sweep With Olympic Record in 200 IM; Alicia Coutts, Caitlin Leverenz 2-3; Ariana Kukors Fifth". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Coutts completes set with 200 IM silver". ABC News Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Olympics swimming: Ye Shiwen wins second gold at London 2012". New York Times. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Longman, Jere (30 July 2012). "China Pool Prodigy Churns Wave of Speculation". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kukors Sets World Record, Men’s 4×100m Wins Gold". Team USA. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Auburn’s Kukors sets stunning world swim record". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rice claims medley double". ABC News. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley – Semifinals". London 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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