Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 29, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 35 from 27 nations
Winning time 4:01.45 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Great Britain
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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 400 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

France's Camille Muffat held off a sprint duel from a hard-charging American Allison Schmitt with every stroke on the final stretch to capture the event's second Olympic title for her nation, since Laure Manaudou topped the podium in 2004. She maintained her powerful lead from the start to edge out Schmitt by 0.32 seconds for the gold medal and a new Olympic record in 4:01.45.[2][3] Meanwhile, Schmitt could not catch Muffat on a head-to-head duel to finish with an American record of 4:01.77 in the process of a silver.[4] Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington struggled through the race for her Olympic title defense, but brought out a raucous cheer from a home crowd to earn the bronze in 4:03.01.[5][6][7]

Denmark's Lotte Friis finished off the podium with a fourth-place time and a national record in 4:03.98, while Italy's Federica Pellegrini, the reigning world record holder, faded to fifth in 4:04.50.[8] Muffat's teammate Coralie Balmy (4:05.95), Canada's Brittany MacLean (4:06.24) and New Zealand's Lauren Boyle (4:06.25) rounded out the field.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 3:59.15 Rome, Italy 26 July 2009 [9][10]
Olympic record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 4:02.19 Beijing, China 10 August 2008 [11]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 29 Final Camille Muffat France 4:01.45 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[12]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Camille Muffat France 4:03.29 Q
2 5 5 Allison Schmitt United States 4:03.31 Q
3 4 6 Coralie Balmy France 4:03.56 Q
4 5 2 Lauren Boyle New Zealand 4:03.63 Q, NR
5 5 6 Lotte Friis Denmark 4:04.22 Q, NR
6 4 2 Brittany MacLean Canada 4:05.06 Q, NR
7 4 4 Federica Pellegrini Italy 4:05.30 Q
8 3 4 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 4:05.75 Q
9 5 7 Melania Costa Schmid Spain 4:06.75
10 3 5 Chloe Sutton United States 4:07.07
11 4 5 Kylie Palmer Australia 4:07.27
12 5 3 Bronte Barratt Australia 4:07.99
13 3 6 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 4:08.23
14 4 3 Shao Yiwen China 4:08.41
15 4 1 Andreina Pinto Venezuela 4:08.45 NR
16 3 7 Éva Risztov Hungary 4:09.08
17 5 1 Boglárka Kapás Hungary 4:10.01
18 4 7 Savannah King Canada 4:10.93
19 3 3 Li Xuanxu China 4:10.95
20 3 1 Camelia Potec Romania 4:11.43
21 3 2 Joanne Jackson Great Britain 4:11.50
22 3 8 Wendy Trott South Africa 4:11.63
23 2 3 Nina Rangelova Bulgaria 4:11.71 NR
24 2 5 Kristel Kobrich Chile 4:12.02
25 5 8 Yelena Sokolova Russia 4:12.19
26 2 4 Aya Takano Japan 4:12.33
27 2 2 Julia Hassler Liechtenstein 4:12.99 NR
28 2 6 Susana Escobar Mexico 4:14.78
29 2 8 Natthanan Junkrajang Thailand 4:16.45
30 2 1 Lynette Lim Singapore 4:18.64
31 4 8 Grainne Murphy Ireland 4:19.07
32 1 4 Mojca Sagmeister Slovenia 4:21.55
33 1 5 Andrea Cedron Peru 4:24.18
34 2 7 Kim Ga-Eul South Korea 4:43.46
35 1 3 Jennet Saryyeva Turkmenistan 5:40.29 NR

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Camille Muffat France 4:01.45 OR
2 5 Allison Schmitt United States 4:01.77 AM
3 8 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 4:03.01
4 2 Lotte Friis Denmark 4:03.98 NR
5 1 Federica Pellegrini Italy 4:04.50
6 3 Coralie Balmy France 4:05.95
7 7 Brittany MacLean Canada 4:06.24
8 6 Lauren Boyle New Zealand 4:06.25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Norlander, Matt (29 July 2012). "More swim records fall: Muffat in 400 free; van der Burgh in 100 breaststroke". CBS Sports. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Baldwin, Alan (29 July 2012). "Muffat takes on Manaudou's mantle". Reuters. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vollmer, van der Burgh break world records at finals". London 2012 (NBC Olympics). 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Bull, Andy (29 July 2012). "London 2012: Rebecca Adlington takes bronze behind Camille Muffat". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ White, Duncan (29 July 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: Rebecca Adlington wins bronze medal in the 400m freestyle in Aquatics centre". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Camille Muffat Pips Allison Schmitt With Olympic Record in Women's 400 Free". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (30 July 2012). "Muffat Takes Adlington’s Title to Leave Britain Waiting for Gold". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Nichols, Peter (30 July 2009). "Brits double up as Jackson and Adlington bag 400 metres freestyle silver and bronze in Rome". Mail Online. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Torres Can't Lift Relay Team To Medal Stand". Sun-Sentinel. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Kitson, Robert (11 August 2008). "Olympics: Rebecca Adlington wins gold for Britain in 400m freestyle". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Women's 400m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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