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

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Women's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Date August 19, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 20, 2004 (final)
Competitors 35 from 27 nations
Winning time 2:09.19 AF
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stanislava Komarova  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Reiko Nakamura  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Antje Buschschulte  Germany
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The women'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 19 and 20.[1]

Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry added gold to her silver and bronze medals by a storming victory in this event, breaking an African record time of 2:09.19. Russia's Stanislava Komarova took home the silver at 2:09.72, while Japan's Reiko Nakamura and Germany's Antje Buschschulte shared their triumph for the bronze medal, in a joint time of 2:09.88.[2] British swimmer and world champion Katy Sexton, on the other hand, finished outside the medals in seventh place, with a time of 2:12.11. Since Zimbabwe made its official debut in 1980, Coventry also became the nation's first athlete in its history to claim an individual Olympic medal.[3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:06.62 Athens, Greece 25 August 1991
Olympic record  Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:07.06 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Stanislava Komarova  Russia 2:10.71 Q
2 3 4 Reiko Nakamura  Japan 2:11.14 Q
3 3 1 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:12.49 Q
4 5 4 Margaret Hoelzer  United States 2:12.55 Q
5 4 6 Antje Buschschulte  Germany 2:12.96 Q
6 5 2 Jennifer Fratesi  Canada 2:13.00 Q
7 5 3 Louise Ørnstedt  Denmark 2:13.05 Q
8 3 5 Katy Sexton  Great Britain 2:13.25 Q
9 4 1 Hannah McLean  New Zealand 2:13.33 Q
10 4 5 Aya Terakawa  Japan 2:13.55 Q
11 3 2 Melissa Morgan  Australia 2:14.06 Q
12 2 2 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary 2:14.07 Q
13 5 6 Nicole Hetzer  Germany 2:14.42 Q
14 5 5 Iryna Amshennikova  Ukraine 2:14.49 Q
15 5 1 Frances Adcock  Australia 2:14.85 Q
16 4 8 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia 2:15.01 Q
17 4 2 Kristen Caverly  United States 2:15.34
18 3 7 Elizabeth Warden  Canada 2:15.77
19 2 6 Kateřina Pivoňková  Czech Republic 2:16.08
20 4 3 Karen Lee  Great Britain 2:16.10
21 3 8 Alessia Filippi  Italy 2:17.29
2 7 Şadan Derya Erke  Turkey
23 5 7 Anja Čarman  Slovenia 2:17.62
24 2 1 Lin Man-hsu  Chinese Taipei 2:17.68
25 2 5 Lee Da-hye  South Korea 2:17.73
26 2 3 Gisela Morales  Guatemala 2:18.23
27 5 8 Alexandra Putra  France 2:19.75
28 1 4 Hiu Wai Sherry Tsai  Hong Kong 2:19.83
29 2 8 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong  Thailand 2:21.11
30 2 4 Eirini Karastergiou  Greece 2:21.93
31 1 5 Gretchen Gotay Cordero  Puerto Rico 2:23.39
32 1 3 Saida Iskandarova  Uzbekistan 2:26.17
33 3 3 Zhan Shu  China 2:31.56
35 3 6 Chen Xiujun  China DSQ
35 4 7 Alenka Kejžar  Slovenia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Reiko Nakamura  Japan 2:10.14 Q
2 5 Margaret Hoelzer  United States 2:11.68 Q
3 2 Aya Terakawa  Japan 2:12.21 Q
4 6 Katy Sexton  Great Britain 2:12.62 Q
5 3 Jennifer Fratesi  Canada 2:12.64
6 8 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia 2:13.76
7 7 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary 2:13.98
8 1 Iryna Amshennikova  Ukraine 2:14.83

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Stanislava Komarova  Russia 2:09.62 Q
2 5 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:10.04 Q, AF
3 3 Antje Buschschulte  Germany 2:10.66 Q
4 6 Louise Ørnstedt  Denmark 2:11.77 Q
5 2 Hannah McLean  New Zealand 2:12.87
6 1 Nicole Hetzer  Germany 2:13.01
7 7 Melissa Morgan  Australia 2:13.34
8 8 Frances Adcock  Australia 2:15.69

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:09.19 AF
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Stanislava Komarova  Russia 2:09.72
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Reiko Nakamura  Japan 2:09.88
6 Antje Buschschulte  Germany
5 2 Margaret Hoelzer  United States 2:10.70
6 7 Louise Ørnstedt  Denmark 2:11.15
7 8 Katy Sexton  Great Britain 2:12.11
8 1 Aya Terakawa  Japan 2:12.90

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Coventry takes backstroke". BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe puts aside racial tensions to give hero's welcome to triple medal winner". USA Today. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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