Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

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Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Dates August 18, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 19, 2004 (final)
Competitors 36 from 30 nations
Winning time 1:54.95 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Aaron Peirsol  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Markus Rogan  Austria
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Răzvan Florea  Romania
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The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 18 and 19.[1]

U.S. swimmer Aaron Peirsol won a gold medal in this event, with an Olympic record time of 1:54.95. Markus Rogan added another silver for Austria in the same stroke, in an outstanding time of 1:57.35. Romania's Răzvan Florea, who finished behind Rogan by 0.21 of a second, earned a bronze in 1:57.56. Peirsol became the fifth swimmer and fourth American in Olympic history to claim titles in two backstroke events.[2]

In the final, Peirsol won the race but was disqualified for a noncontinuous backstroke turn[3] (in backstroke, a swimmer is allowed to rotate onto his/her stomach going into a turn, as long as 1) only one arm pull occurs while the swimmer is on his/her stomach and 2) the turn is one smooth motion [4]). Peirsol's disqualification was appealed, and overturned, reinstating his time and finish. The British team have announced their intention to appeal to a higher body in an attempt to get their fourth-place swimmer James Goddard for a bronze medal.[5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:54.74 Long Beach, United States 12 July 2004
Olympic record  Lenny Krayzelburg (USA) 1:56.76 Sydney, Australia 21 September 2000

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
18 August Semifinal Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:55.14 OR
19 August Final Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:54.95 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:57.33 Q
2 4 5 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:57.96 Q
3 5 5 Markus Rogan  Austria 1:58.06 Q
4 5 6 Răzvan Florea  Romania 1:58.81 Q
5 4 4 Gregor Tait  Great Britain 1:59.35 Q
6 5 3 Simon Dufour  France 1:59.52 Q
7 4 3 Bryce Hunt  United States 1:59.82 Q
8 5 2 Jorge Sánchez  Spain 2:00.10 Q
9 5 7 Emanuele Merisi  Italy 2:00.10 Q
10 3 2 Nathaniel O'Brien  Canada 2:00.49 Q
11 5 1 Rogério Romero  Brazil 2:00.60 Q
12 3 4 Gordan Kožulj  Croatia 2:00.94 Q
13 4 2 Keith Beavers  Canada 2:00.97 Q
14 3 5 Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia 2:01.09 Q
15 4 6 Blaž Medvešek  Slovenia 2:01.13 Q
16 3 6 Tomomi Morita  Japan 2:01.19 Q
17 4 7 Yevgeny Aleshin  Russia 2:01.25
18 3 1 Patrick Murphy  Australia 2:01.26
19 3 3 Matt Welsh  Australia 2:01.73
20 4 8 Cameron Gibson  New Zealand 2:02.65
21 2 5 Alex Lim  Malaysia 2:02.67
22 2 3 Derya Büyükuncu  Turkey 2:02.69
23 2 7 Nicholas Neckles  Barbados 2:02.84
24 4 1 Viktor Bodrogi  Hungary 2:03.16
25 2 4 Volodymyr Nikolaychuk  Ukraine 2:03.21
26 2 2 Pavel Suškov  Lithuania 2:03.54
27 2 1 Adam Mania  Poland 2:03.73
28 3 8 Antonios Gkioulmpas  Greece 2:04.30
29 3 7 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber  Spain 2:04.33
30 5 8 Yu Rui  China 2:04.51
31 2 6 Ahmed Hussein  Egypt 2:04.82
32 2 8 Sung Min  South Korea 2:04.86
33 1 5 Matti Mäki  Finland 2:06.29
34 1 6 Andrei Mihailov  Moldova 2:06.97
35 1 2 Omar Pinzón  Colombia 2:07.26
36 1 3 Iurii Zakharov  Kyrgyzstan 2:10.45

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:57.25 Q
2 5 Răzvan Florea  Romania 1:58.20 Q
3 3 Simon Dufour  France 1:58.96 Q
4 8 Tomomi Morita  Japan 1:59.52 Q
5 7 Gordan Kožulj  Croatia 1:59.61
6 1 Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia 1:59.80
7 6 Jorge Sánchez  Spain 2:00.12
8 2 Nathaniel O'Brien  Canada 2:00.13

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:55.14 Q, OR
2 5 Markus Rogan  Austria 1:57.50 Q
3 3 Gregor Tait  Great Britain 1:58.75 Q
4 8 Blaž Medvešek  Slovenia 1:59.37 Q
5 6 Bryce Hunt  United States 1:59.74
6 1 Keith Beavers  Canada 1:59.98
7 7 Rogério Romero  Brazil 2:00.48
8 2 Emanuele Merisi  Italy 2:00.83

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:54.95 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Markus Rogan  Austria 1:57.35
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Răzvan Florea  Romania 1:57.56
4 5 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:57.76
5 8 Tomomi Morita  Japan 1:58.40 AS
6 7 Simon Dufour  France 1:58.49
7 2 Gregor Tait  Great Britain 1:59.28
8 1 Blaž Medvešek  Slovenia 2:00.06

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Peirsol gets gold after all". ESPN. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  3. ^ Svrluga, Barry (19 August 2004). "Beard: Worth their wait in gold". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  4. ^ "FINA Rules for Backstroke". FINA. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Peirsol wins gold after DQ overturned". NBC Sports. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013.

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