Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke
|Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 18, 2004 (heats & semifinals)
August 19, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||33 from 28 nations|
|Winning time||2:23.37 OR|
|Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
U.S. swimmer and world-record holder Amanda Beard completed a full set of medals in the event, adding a gold to her silver from Atlanta (1996) and bronze from Sydney (2000). She posted an Olympic record of 2:23.37, holding off Australia's Leisel Jones by 0.23 of a second for a silver medal in 2:23.60. Anne Poleska, who had been seventh at the halfway mark, moved quickly into the field and finished strongly with a bronze in a personal best of 2:25.82, earning Germany's first individual medal of the meet since its reunification in 1990.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:
|World record||Amanda Beard (USA)||2:22.44||Long Beach, United States||12 July 2004|
|Olympic record||Ágnes Kovács (HUN)||2:24.03||Sydney, Australia||20 September 2000|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|19 August||Final||Amanda Beard||United States||2:23.37||OR|
|5||6||Caroline Bruce||United States||2:27.60|
|7||1||Lauren van Oosten||Canada||2:30.39|
|1||5||Amanda Beard||United States||2:25.62||Q|
|5||7||Kirsty Balfour||Great Britain||2:28.92|
|7||1||Marina Kuč||Serbia and Montenegro||2:31.77|
|4||Amanda Beard||United States||2:23.37||OR|
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