Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre breaststroke
|Women's 100 metre breaststroke|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 15, 2004 (heats &|
August 16, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||48 from 43 nations|
|Winning time||1:06.64 OR|
|Swimming at the|
2004 Summer Olympics
Chinese swimmer and triple world champion Luo Xuejuan won the gold medal in this event, with an Olympic record time of 1:06.64, missing the world record by 0.27 of a second. Australia's Brooke Hanson took home the silver at 1:07.15, while her teammate and world record holder Leisel Jones, who won silver as a 15-year-old in Sydney (2000), finished behind Hanson for a bronze medal by a hundredth of a second (0.01), with a time of 1:07.16. In 2007, Luo announced her official retirement from swimming, because of heart ailments that had plagued her and had caused fainting spells during her training.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Leisel Jones (AUS)||1:06.37||Barcelona, Spain||21 July 2003|
|Olympic record||Penny Heyns (RSA)||1:07.02||Atlanta, United States||21 July 1996|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|August 15||Semifinal 1||Leisel Jones||Australia||1:06.78||OR|
|August 16||Final||Luo Xuejuan||China||1:06.64||OR|
|1||4||Leisel Jones||Australia||1:06.78||Q, OR|
|1||5||Tara Kirk||United States||1:07.60||Q|
|3||3||Amanda Beard||United States||1:07.92||Q|
|6||1||Lauren van Oosten||Canada||1:09.45|
|4||2||Amanda Beard||United States||1:07.44|
|6||3||Tara Kirk||United States||1:07.59|
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