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

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DatesAugust 15, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 16, 2004 (final)
Competitors59 from 55 nations
Winning time1:44.71 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ian Thorpe
 Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Pieter van den Hoogenband
 Netherlands
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Michael Phelps
 United States
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The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Summer Olympics was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. The event took place on 15 and 16 August.

In the lead-up to the final, the event was billed as The Race of the Century or the "greatest swimming race of all-time", due to its significance and high-class field. It featured four of the fastest swimmers in Olympic history: Ian Thorpe (Australia, world record holder in the event at the time), Pieter van den Hoogenband (Netherlands, defending Olympic champion), Grant Hackett (Australia, former world record holder in the event), and Michael Phelps (United States, later became the most decorated all-time Olympian, with a total of 28 medals).

Thorpe edged out Pieter van den Hoogenband in the final 50 metres to claim his second gold at the Games and fifth career medal, following his triumph in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier.[1] With only 50 metres to go, he powered past his arch-rival to touch the wall first in an Olympic record of 1:44.71, matching the third fastest swim over the distance. Van den Hoogenband, who led the field through the first three laps under a world record pace, settled only for the silver in 1:45.23.[2] Meanwhile, Phelps finished the race with a bronze in an American record of 1:45.32, ending his hopes of emulating Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven gold medals.[2][3][4]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 1:44.06 Fukuoka, Japan 25 July 2001
Olympic record  Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED) 1:45.35 Sydney, Australia 18 September 2000

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
16 August Final Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:44.71 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 4 Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:47.22 Q
2 8 5 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:47.32 Q
3 8 3 Emiliano Brembilla  Italy 1:47.95 Q
4 7 5 Klete Keller  United States 1:47.97 Q
5 6 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:48.43 Q
6 8 6 Simon Burnett  Great Britain 1:48.68 Q
7 7 4 Grant Hackett  Australia 1:48.90 Q
8 7 6 Jens Schreiber  Germany 1:49.00 Q, WD
9 8 2 Květoslav Svoboda  Czech Republic 1:49.25 Q
10 6 5 Rick Say  Canada 1:49.32 Q
11 8 1 Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 1:49.45 Q
12 7 7 George Bovell  Trinidad and Tobago 1:49.48 Q
13 7 2 Yoshihiro Okumura  Japan 1:49.54 Q
14 7 3 Brent Hayden  Canada 1:49.56 Q
15 7 8 Andreas Zisimos  Greece 1:49.60 Q
16 6 3 Andrey Kapralov  Russia 1:49.91 Q
17 6 7 Olaf Wildeboer  Spain 1:50.01 Q
18 5 3 Jacob Carstensen  Denmark 1:50.15
19 6 6 Stefan Herbst  Germany 1:50.23
20 6 1 Rodrigo Castro  Brazil 1:50.27
21 5 8 Saulius Binevičius  Lithuania 1:50.50
22 8 7 Peter Mankoč  Slovenia 1:50.72
23 5 4 Romāns Miloslavskis  Latvia 1:50.83
24 7 1 Maksim Kuznetsov  Russia 1:50.93
25 8 8 Nicolas Rostoucher  France 1:50.96
26 5 5 Dominik Koll  Austria 1:51.36
27 4 2 Dmytro Vereitinov  Ukraine 1:51.38
28 4 3 Joshua Ilika Brenner  Mexico 1:51.66
29 5 1 Luís Monteiro  Portugal 1:51.78
30 5 1 Łukasz Drzewiński  Poland 1:51.90
31 2 6 Mihail Alexandrov  Bulgaria 1:52.12
32 5 7 Tamás Szűcs  Hungary 1:52.26
33 5 6 Han Kyu-chul  South Korea 1:52.28
34 4 8 Damian Alleyne  Barbados 1:52.89
35 3 2 Aleksandar Malenko  Macedonia 1:53.00
4 7 Mahrez Mebarek  Algeria
37 4 5 Yahor Salabutau  Belarus 1:53.03
38 3 5 Albert Subirats  Venezuela 1:53.11
39 4 6 Giancarlo Zolezzi  Chile 1:53.18
40 3 7 Juan Martín Pereyra  Argentina 1:53.19
3 8 Shaune Fraser  Cayman Islands
42 4 1 Miguel Molina  Philippines 1:53.81
43 6 8 Zhang Lin  China 1:53.84
44 3 3 Alexandros Aresti  Cyprus 1:53.90
45 2 3 Martín Kutscher  Uruguay 1:53.91
46 6 2 Andrea Beccari  Italy 1:54.00
47 3 4 Chen Te-tung  Chinese Taipei 1:54.14
48 1 5 Igor Erhartić  Serbia and Montenegro 1:54.21
49 2 5 Ştefan Pinciuc  Moldova 1:54.56
50 2 1 Anouar Ben Naceur  Tunisia 1:54.69
51 2 2 Mark Chay  Singapore 1:54.70
52 4 4 Aytekin Mindan  Turkey 1:55.65
53 2 4 Adil Bellaz  Morocco 1:55.79
54 3 6 Mario Delač  Croatia 1:55.82
55 2 7 Vitaliy Khan  Kazakhstan 1:56.11
56 3 1 Diego Mularoni  San Marino 1:56.18
57 2 8 Petr Vasiliev  Uzbekistan 1:56.93
58 1 3 Zurab Khomasuridze  Georgia 1:58.02
59 1 4 Ruslan Ismailov  Kyrgyzstan 2:01.53

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:46.00 Q
2 5 Klete Keller  United States 1:47.28 Q
3 3 Simon Burnett  Great Britain 1:47.72 Q
4 6 Květoslav Svoboda  Czech Republic 1:49.27
5 7 Yoshihiro Okumura  Japan 1:49.49
6 1 Andreas Zisimos  Greece 1:49.76
7 2 Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 1:50.02
8 8 Olaf Wildeboer  Spain 1:50.61

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:46.65 Q
2 3 Michael Phelps  United States 1:47.08 Q
3 6 Grant Hackett  Australia 1:47.61 Q
4 5 Emiliano Brembilla  Italy 1:47.93 Q
5 2 Rick Say  Canada 1:48.16 Q
6 7 George Bovell  Trinidad and Tobago 1:49.59
7 1 Brent Hayden  Canada 1:50.00
8 8 Andrey Kapralov  Russia 1:51.35

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:44.71 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:45.23
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Michael Phelps  United States 1:45.32 AM
4 6 Klete Keller  United States 1:46.13
5 2 Grant Hackett  Australia 1:46.56
6 8 Rick Say  Canada 1:47.55
7 7 Simon Burnett  Great Britain 1:48.02
8 1 Emiliano Brembilla  Italy 1:48.40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia hails Athens hero Thorpe". CNN. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (16 August 2004). "The Thorpedo Triumphs over Hoogie in the "Race of the Century", Phelps Takes the Bronze". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Thorpe torpedoes his world rivals". CNN. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ Gordos, Phil (17 August 2004). "Thorpe steals Phelps' thunder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

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