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

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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
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Amanda Beard  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Leisel Jones  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Anne Poleska  Germany
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The women's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 18 and 19.[1]

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.[2][3][4] 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.[4]

Hungary's Ágnes Kovács, the gold medalist from Sydney, finished outside the medals in fifth place behind Japan's Masami Tanaka with a time of 2:26.12.[4]

Records[edit]

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.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
19 August Final Amanda Beard  United States 2:23.37 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Leisel Jones  Australia 2:26.02 Q
2 3 3 Anne Poleska  Germany 2:26.48 Q
3 5 4 Amanda Beard  United States 2:26.61 Q
4 5 2 Ágnes Kovács  Hungary 2:26.90 Q
5 4 3 Masami Tanaka  Japan 2:26.91 Q
6 4 5 Brooke Hanson  Australia 2:27.38 Q
7 3 5 Birte Steven  Germany 2:27.42 Q
8 5 6 Caroline Bruce  United States 2:27.82 Q
9 3 4 Mirna Jukić  Austria 2:28.28 Q
10 5 5 Qi Hui  China 2:28.66 Q
11 4 6 Kirsty Balfour  Great Britain 2:29.78 Q
12 3 2 Chiara Boggiatto  Italy 2:30.32 Q
13 2 3 Marina Kuč  Serbia and Montenegro 2:30.39 Q
14 4 2 Lauren van Oosten  Canada 2:30.44 Q
15 4 8 Inna Kapishina  Belarus 2:31.26 Q
16 5 7 Elena Bogomazova  Russia 2:31.49 Q
17 4 1 Smiljana Marinović  Croatia 2:32.52
18 4 7 Alenka Kejžar  Slovenia 2:32.64
19 2 5 Ilkay Dikmen  Turkey 2:32.69
20 1 3 Jaclyn Pangilinan  Philippines 2:33.38
21 5 8 Siow Yi Ting  Malaysia 2:33.79
22 1 5 Eeva Saarinen  Finland 2:34.17
23 3 7 Diana Gomes  Portugal 2:34.23
24 5 1 Lee Ji-young  South Korea 2:34.55
25 2 7 Majken Thorup  Denmark 2:35.29
26 2 6 Agustina de Giovanni  Argentina 2:35.94
27 2 4 Adriana Marmolejo  Mexico 2:36.10
28 2 2 Imaday Nuñez Gonzalez  Cuba 2:36.40
29 3 8 Iryna Maystruk  Ukraine 2:37.42
30 1 4 Nicolette Teo  Singapore 2:38.17
31 3 1 Athina Tzavella  Greece 2:40.18
33 3 6 Diana Remenyi  Hungary DNS
33 5 3 Luo Xuejuan  China DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Brooke Hanson  Australia 2:26.43 Q
2 4 Anne Poleska  Germany 2:26.59 Q
3 5 Ágnes Kovács  Hungary 2:26.63 Q
4 2 Qi Hui  China 2:26.75 Q
5 6 Caroline Bruce  United States 2:27.60
6 8 Elena Bogomazova  Russia 2:30.35
7 1 Lauren van Oosten  Canada 2:30.39
8 7 Chiara Boggiatto  Italy 2:30.76

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Amanda Beard  United States 2:25.62 Q
2 3 Masami Tanaka  Japan 2:26.38 Q
3 4 Leisel Jones  Australia 2:26.71 Q
4 2 Mirna Jukić  Austria 2:26.95 Q
5 7 Kirsty Balfour  Great Britain 2:28.92
6 6 Birte Steven  Germany 2:29.22
7 1 Marina Kuč  Serbia and Montenegro 2:31.77
8 8 Inna Kapishina  Belarus DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Amanda Beard  United States 2:23.37 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 Leisel Jones  Australia 2:23.60
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Anne Poleska  Germany 2:25.82
4 5 Masami Tanaka  Japan 2:25.87
5 2 Ágnes Kovács  Hungary 2:26.12
6 1 Qi Hui  China 2:26.35
7 8 Mirna Jukić  Austria 2:26.36
8 3 Brooke Hanson  Australia 2:26.39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Beard rolls to win in 200 breaststroke". Associated Press. ESPN. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Beard wins first gold in 200 breaststroke". NBC Sports. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Amanda Beard Edges out Leisel Jones for the Gold in the 200 Breaststroke". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Startlist Women's 200m Breaststroke Heats". www.omegatiming.com. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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