Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

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Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Date August 15, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 16, 2004 (final)
Competitors 41 from 34 nations
Winning time 1:00.37
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Natalie Coughlin  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Laure Manaudou  France
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Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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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

The women's 100 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 15 and 16.[1]

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin won the gold medal in this event, outside the record time of 1:00.37. The silver medal was awarded to Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who finished behind Coughlin by 0.13 of a second, breaking an African record of 1:00.50. France's Laure Manaudou, who won the gold in the 400 m freestyle on the previous day, took home the bronze medal, with a time of 1:00.88.[2] In the semifinals, Coughlin lowered an Olympic record time of 1:00.21, set by Romania's Diana Mocanu in Sydney (2000), to 1:00.17.[3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Natalie Coughlin (USA) 59.58 Fort Lauderdale, United States 13 August 2002
Olympic record  Diana Mocanu (ROM) 1:00.21 Sydney, Australia 18 September 2000

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Semifinal 2 Natalie Coughlin  United States 1:00.17 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Laure Manaudou  France 1:01.27 Q
2 4 5 Reiko Nakamura  Japan 1:01.39 Q
3 6 4 Natalie Coughlin  United States 1:01.45 Q
4 3 5 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 1:01.60 Q, AF
5 4 6 Noriko Inada  Japan 1:01.67 Q
6 5 4 Antje Buschschulte  Germany 1:01.68 Q
7 6 5 Nina Zhivanevskaya  Spain 1:01.75 Q
8 4 3 Stanislava Komarova  Russia 1:01.84 Q
9 4 7 Ilona Hlaváčková  Czech Republic 1:01.95 Q
10 5 7 Giaan Rooney  Australia 1:01.96 Q
11 5 3 Haley Cope  United States 1:01.99 Q
12 6 3 Katy Sexton  Great Britain 1:02.01 Q
13 5 5 Louise Ørnstedt  Denmark 1:02.17 Q
6 7 Sarah Price  Great Britain Q
15 6 2 Gao Chang  China 1:02.19 Q
16 4 2 Zhan Shu  China 1:02.39 Q
17 4 1 Erin Gammel  Canada 1:02.47
3 4 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia
19 5 6 Iryna Amshennikova  Ukraine 1:02.57
20 5 8 Marieke Guehrer  Australia 1:02.76
21 6 8 Nikolett Szepesi  Hungary 1:02.78
22 5 2 Hannah McLean  New Zealand 1:03.09
23 6 6 Janine Pietsch  Germany 1:03.13
24 4 8 Shim Min-ji  South Korea 1:03.14
25 3 3 Sviatlana Khakhlova  Belarus 1:03.25
26 6 1 Alessandra Cappa  Italy 1:03.50
27 3 2 Gisela Morales  Guatemala 1:03.72
28 3 6 Anna Gostomelsky  Israel 1:04.06
29 5 1 Alexandra Putra  France 1:04.13
30 3 8 Hiu Wai Sherry Tsai  Hong Kong 1:04.25
31 2 5 Kiera Aitken  Bermuda 1:04.37
32 2 1 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong  Thailand 1:05.15
33 3 1 Eirini Karastergiou  Greece 1:05.30
34 2 4 Şadan Derya Erke  Turkey 1:05.38
35 2 3 Serrana Fernández  Uruguay 1:05.51
36 3 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä  Finland 1:05.55
37 2 2 Fu Hsiao-han  Chinese Taipei 1:06.62
38 2 7 Anastassiya Prilepa  Kazakhstan 1:07.55
39 1 4 Lenient Obia  Nigeria 1:09.95
40 1 5 Ana Galindo  Honduras 1:11.80
41 2 6 Olga Gnedovskaya  Uzbekistan 1:15.33
42 1 3 Yelena Rojkova  Turkmenistan 1:15.48

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Antje Buschschulte  Germany 1:00.94 Q
2 5 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 1:01.21 Q, AF
3 4 Reiko Nakamura  Japan 1:01.24 Q
4 2 Giaan Rooney  Australia 1:01.41 OC
5 6 Stanislava Komarova  Russia 1:01.63
6 7 Katy Sexton  Great Britain 1:01.96
7 8 Zhan Shu  China 1:02.10
8 1 Sarah Price  Great Britain 1:02.48

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin  United States 1:00.17 Q, OR
2 4 Laure Manaudou  France 1:00.88 Q
3 1 Louise Ørnstedt  Denmark 1:01.12 Q
4 7 Haley Cope  United States 1:01.13 Q
5 6 Nina Zhivanevskaya  Spain 1:01.19 Q
6 3 Noriko Inada  Japan 1:01.74
7 2 Ilona Hlaváčková  Czech Republic 1:01.81
8 8 Gao Chang  China 1:02.17

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Natalie Coughlin  United States 1:00.37
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 1:00.50 AF
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Laure Manaudou  France 1:00.88
4 8 Reiko Nakamura  Japan 1:01.05
5 7 Nina Zhivanevskaya  Spain 1:01.12
6 3 Antje Buschschulte  Germany 1:01.39
7 6 Louise Ørnstedt  Denmark 1:01.51
8 2 Haley Cope  United States 1:01.76

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Coughlin takes gold in 100-meter backstroke". USA Today. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Natalie Coughlin Finally Gets her Reward for Patience – Olympic Gold". Swimming World Magazine. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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