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

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Women's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 28, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 36 from 29 nations
Winning time 4:28.43 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    China
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    China
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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 400 metre individual medley event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 28 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

At only 16 years of age, China's Ye Shiwen blasted a new world record to capture the Olympic title in the event. She trailed behind American teenager Elizabeth Beisel more than halfway through the race, before pulling away with a superb freestyle leg to bring home the Olympic gold medal and the world record in a sterling time of 4:28.43. Her spectacular swim also demolished the previous standard from Australia's Stephanie Rice in Beijing four years earlier by more than a second.[2][3] Meanwhile, Beisel enjoyed the race with a powerful lead on the breaststroke leg, but felt satisfied to claim the silver in 4:31.27.[4][5] Ye's teammate Li Xuanxu stormed home on the final stretch to grab a bronze in 4:32.91, edging out Hungary's early leader Katinka Hosszú (4:33.49) by more than half a second (0.50).[6]

Great Britain's home favorite Hannah Miley finished fifth in 4:34.17, while Rice, the defending Olympic champion, matched United States' Caitlin Leverenz with an unexpected sixth-place time in 4:35.49.[7][8] Spain's Mireia Belmonte García rounded out the final roster in 4:35.62.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Stephanie Rice (AUS) 4:29.45 Beijing, China 10 August 2008 [9][10]
Olympic record  Stephanie Rice (AUS) 4:29.45 Beijing, China 10 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
July 28 Final Ye Shiwen China 4:28.43 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[11]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Elizabeth Beisel United States 4:31.68 Q
2 3 5 Ye Shiwen China 4:31.73 Q
3 3 4 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 4:33.77 Q
4 5 5 Li Xuanxu China 4:34.28 Q
5 5 3 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 4:34.70 Q
6 4 4 Hannah Miley Great Britain 4:34.98 Q
7 4 5 Stephanie Rice Australia 4:35.76 Q
8 4 3 Caitlin Leverenz United States 4:36.09 Q
9 3 3 Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary 4:37.37
10 5 1 Anja Klinar Slovenia 4:38.20
11 5 2 Aimee Willmott Great Britain 4:38.87
12 4 6 Miyu Otsuka Japan 4:39.13
13 5 6 Blair Evans Australia 4:40.42
14 4 7 Stina Gardell Sweden 4:41.33
15 3 6 Barbora Zavádová Czech Republic 4:41.84
16 4 2 Kathryn Meaklim South Africa 4:43.46
17 2 5 Kim Seo-yeong South Korea 4:43.99
18 5 7 Lara Grangeon France 4:44.28
19 3 8 Natalie Wiegersma New Zealand 4:44.78
20 3 2 Miho Takahashi Japan 4:45.10
21 2 4 Stephanie Horner Canada 4:45.49
22 4 1 Stefania Pirozzi Italy 4:45.61
23 4 8 Jördis Steinegger Austria 4:45.80
24 3 7 Yana Martynova Russia 4:45.94
25 3 1 Claudia Dasca Romeu Spain 4:46.80
26 2 7 Ganna Dzerkal Ukraine 4:48.19
27 2 6 Andreina Pinto Venezuela 4:48.64
28 1 3 Nguyen Thi Anh Vien Vietnam 4:50.32
29 1 4 Susana Escobar Mexico 4:50.57
30 2 8 Sara Nordenstam Norway 4:51.28
31 2 1 Karolina Szczepaniak Poland 4:52.50
32 2 2 Sara El Bekri Morocco 4:53.21
33 1 5 Noora Laukkanen Finland 4:53.54
34 2 3 Georgina Bardach Argentina 4:57.31
35 1 6 Anum Bandey Pakistan 5:34.64 NR
036 5 8 Joanna Melo Brazil DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Ye Shiwen China 4:28.43 WR
2 4 Elizabeth Beisel United States 4:31.27
3 6 Li Xuanxu China 4:32.91
4 3 Katinka Hosszú Hungary 4:33.49
5 7 Hannah Miley Great Britain 4:34.17
6 1 Stephanie Rice Australia 4:35.49
6 8 Caitlin Leverenz United States 4:35.49
8 2 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 4:35.62

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ye Shiwen wins gold in record time". ESPN. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Newberry, Paul (28 July 2012). "Lochte wins 400m IM in blowout; Phelps finishes 4th". London 2012 (NBC Olympics). Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Powers, John (28 July 2012). "For R.I.’s Beisel, silver nearly as good as gold". Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ye wins women's 400 IM; Beisel takes silver". Fox News. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: China's Ye Shiwen Crushes World Record in 400 IM". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Jones, Sam (28 July 2012). "Ye Shiwen sets world medley record at Olympics aged 16". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Olympics swimming: Hannah Miley fifth as Ye Shiwen breaks medley world record". BBC Sport. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Return to Sender…Stephanie Rice Blasts Women's 400 IM World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Johanson, Simon (10 August 2008). "Rice steams to gold and world record". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 11 August 2008. 
  11. ^ "Women's 400m Individual Medley – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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