Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre freestyle

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Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Date August 20, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 21, 2004 (final)
Competitors 75 from 67 nations
Winning time 24.58
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Malia Metella  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lisbeth Lenton  Australia
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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 50 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 20 and 21.[1]

Dutch swimmer and world record holder Inge de Bruijn managed to defend her title in this event, outside her record time of 24.58 seconds.[2] The silver medal was awarded to France's Malia Metella, with a time of 24.89 seconds. Australia's Lisbeth Lenton, who finished behind Metella by two hundredths of a second (0.02), took home the bronze at 24.91. This was also the final appearance for de Bruijn at the Olympics, before she retired from her swimming career in 2007.[3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Inge de Bruijn (NED) 24.13 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000
Olympic record  Inge de Bruijn (NED) 24.13 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 10 4 Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands 24.66 Q
2 9 3 Kara Lynn Joyce  United States 25.06 Q
3 10 3 Malia Metella  France 25.21 Q
4 10 2 Sviatlana Khakhlova  Belarus 25.24 Q
5 8 4 Michelle Engelsman  Australia 25.28 Q
10 5 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands Q
7 9 4 Lisbeth Lenton  Australia 25.31 Q
8 9 2 Alison Sheppard  Great Britain 25.36 Q
9 10 7 Flávia Cazziolato  Brazil 25.40 Q
10 9 5 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 25.42 Q
11 8 5 Jenny Thompson  United States 25.50 Q
12 8 8 Eileen Coparropa  Panama 25.57 Q
13 8 1 Nery Mantey Niangkouara  Greece 25.62 Q
14 9 6 Rebeca Gusmão  Brazil 25.64 Q
15 8 7 Dorothea Brandt  Germany 25.67 Q
16 9 1 Cristina Chiuso  Italy 25.68 Q
17 8 6 Martina Moravcová  Slovakia 25.69
18 10 6 Sandra Völker  Germany 25.74
19 9 8 Judith Draxler  Austria 25.82
20 8 3 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 25.85
21 10 8 Ana Belén Palomo  Spain 25.92
22 7 6 Jeanette Ottesen  Denmark 25.95
23 8 2 Olga Mukomol  Ukraine 25.96
24 9 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä  Finland 26.01
25 7 2 Sandra Kazíková  Czech Republic 26.18
26 7 3 Triin Aljand  Estonia 26.19
27 7 5 Arlene Semeco  Venezuela 26.20
28 7 7 Ryu Yoon-ji  South Korea 26.26
5 6 Vanessa García  Puerto Rico
30 6 2 Lara Heinz  Luxembourg 26.35
31 6 5 Ragnheidur Ragnarsdóttir  Iceland 26.36
32 7 8 Zhu Yingwen  China 26.45
33 7 4 Martha Matsa  Greece 26.46
34 5 5 Alison Fitch  New Zealand 26.56
35 6 6 Anna Gostomelsky  Israel 26.72
36 5 2 Sara Isaković  Slovenia 26.81
37 6 3 Florencia Szigeti  Argentina 26.84
38 7 1 Sharntelle McLean  Trinidad and Tobago 26.86
39 6 1 Yelena Skalinskaya  Kazakhstan 27.04
40 6 8 Shikha Tandon  India 27.08
41 6 7 Zsuzsanna Csobánki  Hungary 27.09
5 3 Nieh Pin-chieh  Chinese Taipei
43 5 1 Miroslava Najdanovski  Serbia and Montenegro 27.18
44 5 7 Alia Atkinson  Jamaica 27.21
45 5 8 Nikia Deveaux  Bahamas 27.36
46 4 4 Melanie Slowing  Guatemala 27.44
47 6 4 Yu Ning Elaine Chan  Hong Kong 27.48
48 4 5 Maria Tregubova  Moldova 28.40
49 4 3 Roshendra Vrolijk  Aruba 28.43
50 4 2 Jakie Wellman  Zambia 28.56
51 4 6 Geraldine Arce  Nicaragua 28.73
52 4 7 Menaka de Silva  Sri Lanka 28.93
53 4 8 Dohi Éliane Droubry  Côte d'Ivoire 29.23
54 4 1 Sade Daal  Suriname 29.27
55 3 6 Ermelinda Zamba  Mozambique 29.34
56 3 7 Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana  Madagascar 29.35
57 3 5 Eva Donde  Kenya 29.47
58 3 4 Diane Etiennette  Mauritius 30.00
59 3 3 Rubab Raza  Pakistan 30.10
60 3 1 Rovena Marku  Albania 30.51
61 1 5 Doli Akhter  Bangladesh 30.72
62 3 2 Samar Nassar  Jordan 30.83
63 2 4 Sameera Al Bitar  Bahrain 31.00
2 5 Ghazal El Jobeili  Lebanon
65 3 8 Aminath Rouya Hussain  Maldives 31.26
2 6 Tracy Ann Route  Micronesia
67 2 7 Christal Clashing  Antigua and Barbuda 31.55
68 1 3 Monika Bakale  Congo 31.61
69 2 3 Han Choi  Malawi 31.62
70 2 2 Evelyn Otto  Palau 33.04
71 2 1 Ket Sivan  Cambodia 34.62
72 1 4 Amira Edrahi  Libya 34.67
73 2 8 Vilayphone Vongphachanh  Laos 36.57
75 5 4 Dominique Diezi  Switzerland DNS
75 10 1 Federica Pellegrini  Italy DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kara Lynn Joyce  United States 25.06 Q
2 2 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 25.15 Q
3 3 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 25.27
4 1 Rebeca Gusmão  Brazil 25.31
5 6 Alison Sheppard  Great Britain 25.36
6 7 Eileen Coparropa  Panama 25.37
8 Cristina Chiuso  Italy
8 5 Sviatlana Khakhlova  Belarus 25.47

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands 24.56 Q
2 6 Lisbeth Lenton  Australia 24.90 Q
3 5 Malia Metella  France 24.99 Q
4 3 Michelle Engelsman  Australia 25.13 Q
5 2 Flávia Cazziolato  Brazil 25.17 Q
7 Jenny Thompson  United States Q
7 1 Nery Mantey Niangkouara  Greece 25.27
8 8 Dorothea Brandt  Germany 25.83

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands 24.58
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Malia Metella  France 24.89
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Lisbeth Lenton  Australia 24.91
4 7 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 24.93
5 6 Kara Lynn Joyce  United States 25.00
6 2 Michelle Engelsman  Australia 25.06
7 1 Jenny Thompson  United States 25.11
8 8 Flávia Cazziolato  Brazil 25.20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Inge de Bruijn defends 50m free title". Xinhua News Agency. People's Daily. 22 August 2004. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Olympic champion de Bruijn retires". Associated Press. NDTV. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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