Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle

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Women's 800 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 2, 2012 (heats)
August 3, 2012 (final)
Competitors 36 from 30 nations
Winning time 8:14.63 AM
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Spain
Bronze medal    Great Britain
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100 m men women
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Breaststroke
100 m men women
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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 800 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 2–3 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

At only 15 years of age, U.S. teen Katie Ledecky narrowly missed the world record on the final lap to recapture the Olympic title for the Americans since Brooke Bennett topped the podium in 2000. Strengthening her lead almost the entire race, she headed into the 750-metre turn under a world-record pace, and pulled off a stunning upset from the rest of the field to post a textile best and smash Janet Evans' 23-year-old U.S. record in 8:14.63.[2][3] Spain's Mireia Belmonte García added a second silver to her Olympic hardware in a national record of 8:18.76.[4] Meanwhile, Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington, the reigning Olympic champion, tried to hold on with Ledecky earlier through the race, but faded down the stretch to pick up a bronze in 8:20.32.[5][6]

New Zealand's Lauren Boyle produced a spectacular swim to finish with a fourth-place time and an Oceanian record in 8:22.72.[7] Meanwhile, Denmark's Lotte Friis, the defending bronze medalist, opened up the race with an early lead, but dropped back to fifth in 8:23.86 to hold off a fast-charging Hungarian Boglárka Kapás (8:23.89) on the final lap by almost a fingertip.[8] France's Coralie Balmy (8:29.26) and Venezuela's Andreina Pinto (8:29.28) rounded out the field in one of the program's long-distance pool races.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Rebecca Adlington (GBR) 8:14.10 Beijing, China 16 August 2008 [9][10]
Olympic record  Rebecca Adlington (GBR) 8:14.10 Beijing, China 16 August 2008 [9][10]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[11]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 8:21.78 Q
2 4 4 Lotte Friis Denmark 8:21.89 Q
3 3 4 Katie Ledecky United States 8:23.84 Q
4 3 5 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 8:25.26 Q
5 5 6 Lauren Boyle New Zealand 8:25.91 Q, NR
6 4 3 Boglárka Kapás Hungary 8:26.43 Q
6 4 8 Andreina Pinto Venezuela 8:26.43 Q, NR
8 4 2 Coralie Balmy France 8:27.15 Q
9 5 3 Shao Yiwen China 8:27.78
10 5 2 Erika Villaecija García Spain 8:27.99
11 3 1 Alexa Komarnycky Canada 8:28.11
12 3 3 Wendy Trott South Africa 8:28.98
13 3 2 Éva Risztov Hungary 8:29.06
14 4 7 Kristel Köbrich Chile 8:29.55
15 5 1 Savannah King Canada 8:29.72
16 5 8 Cecilia Biagioli Argentina 8:33.97 NR
17 2 4 Julia Hassler Liechtenstein 8:35.18 NR
18 4 6 Kylie Palmer Australia 8:35.75
19 2 2 Katya Bachrouche Lebanon 8:35.88
20 5 7 Jessica Ashwood Australia 8:37.21
21 5 5 Kate Ziegler United States 8:37.38
22 3 6 Ellie Faulkner Great Britain 8:38.00
23 4 1 Camelia Potec Romania 8:38.44
24 4 5 Xin Xin China 8:40.88
25 2 5 Tjaša Oder Slovenia 8:41.82
26 3 8 Yelena Sokolova Russia 8:42.73
27 2 6 Patricia Castañeda Miyamoto Mexico 8:44.44
28 2 3 Nina Dittrich Austria 8:45.41
29 1 4 Samantha Arevalo Ecuador 8:49.21 NR
30 2 7 Cai Lin Khoo Malaysia 8:51.18
31 2 1 Lynette Lim Singapore 8:52.92
32 2 8 Han Na-Kyeong South Korea 8:57.26
33 1 5 Pamela Benitez El Salvador 9:02.66
34 1 6 Danielle van den Berg Aruba 9:23.21
35 1 3 Simona Marinova Macedonia 9:28.41
036 3 7 Grainne Murphy Ireland DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Katie Ledecky United States 8:14.63 AM
2 6 Mireia Belmonte García Spain 8:18.76 NR
3 4 Rebecca Adlington Great Britain 8:20.32
4 2 Lauren Boyle New Zealand 8:22.72 OC
5 5 Lotte Friis Denmark 8:23.86
6 7 Boglárka Kapás Hungary 8:23.89 NR
7 8 Coralie Balmy France 8:29.26
8 1 Andreina Pinto Venezuela 8:29.28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Warren, Lydia (4 August 2012). "Shock as shy schoolgirl, 15, who only took up swimming to make friends breezes to gold medal and new U.S. record". Mail Online. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Christine (4 August 2012). "Katie Ledecky, 15, wins 800 free, breaks Janet Evans' record". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Harris, Beth (3 August 2012). "Olympics 2012: Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky, 15, wins 800 free". Washington Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ White, Duncan (3 August 2012). "Rebecca Adlington has to settle for bronze in 800m freestyle as 15-year-old American Katie Ledecky wins gold". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Katie Ledecky, 15, Rattles World Record With American Record Victory in 800 Free; Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Rebecca Adlington Complete Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Emotional Boyle 'proud' of fourth in 800m freestyle". TVNZ. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Adlington has to settle for bronze as 15-year-old Ledecky eases to 800m glory". Mail Online. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "We Loved You While You Lasted Janet, Rebecca Adlington Erases Longest Standing World Record With Evans' Mark in 800 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Adlington storms to second gold". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Women's 800m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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