Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

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Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
Competitors 42 from 33 nations
Winning time 1:53.94 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ryan Lochte  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Aaron Peirsol  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia
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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
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–15 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Billed as the Clash of the Titans, Ryan Lochte stormed home on the final lap to defeat his teammate Aaron Peirsol and claim his first individual Olympic gold medal. He touched the wall first in 1:53.94, faster than the world record he shared with Peirsol at 1:54.32.[2][3][4]

Peirsol enjoyed a head-to-head battle against Lochte in the first 150 metres, but ended up only with a silver in 1:54.33. Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin added a second bronze to his collection, finishing in a new European record of 1:54.93 to hold off Austria's Markus Rogan (1:55.49), the silver medalist in Athens four years earlier.[3] Earlier in the semifinals, Vyatchanin edged out Germany's Helge Meeuw in a swimoff to secure a last spot for the top 8 final.[5]

Japan's Ryosuke Irie finished fifth with a time of 1:55.72, and was followed in the sixth spot by Australia's Hayden Stoeckel, who shared bronze medals with Vyatchanin in the 100 m backstroke, in an Oceanian record of 1:56.39. Romania's Răzvan Florea (1:56.52) and Great Britain's Gregor Tait (1:57.00) rounded out the finale.[3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ryan Lochte (USA)
 Aaron Peirsol (USA)
1:54.32 Melbourne, Australia
Omaha, United States
30 March 2007
4 July 2008
Olympic record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:54.95 Athens, Greece 19 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Final Ryan Lochte  United States 1:53.94 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:56.29 Q
2 5 4 Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:56.35 Q
3 4 4 Markus Rogan  Austria 1:56.64 Q
4 5 5 Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia 1:56.97 Q
5 6 5 Gregor Tait  Great Britain 1:57.03 Q
6 4 5 Hayden Stoeckel  Australia 1:57.15 Q
7 5 3 Ryosuke Irie  Japan 1:57.68 Q
8 6 7 Gordan Kožulj  Croatia 1:57.81 Q
9 6 3 Ashley Delaney  Australia 1:57.87 Q
10 4 3 Răzvan Florea  Romania 1:57.97 Q
11 5 6 Helge Meeuw  Germany 1:58.42 Q
12 4 2 Damiano Lestingi  Italy 1:58.53 Q
13 3 7 George Du Rand  South Africa 1:58.62 Q, AF
14 6 6 Stanislav Donets  Russia 1:58.68 Q
15 6 8 Keith Beavers  Canada 1:58.84 Q
16 3 4 Tobias Oriwol  Canada 1:58.94 Q
17 5 2 Pierre Roger  France 1:59.01
18 3 1 Omar Pinzón  Colombia 1:59.11
19 4 1 Sebastian Stoss  Austria 1:59.44
6 1 Roland Rudolf  Hungary
21 4 6 Takashi Nakano  Japan 1:59.59
22 3 6 Derya Büyükuncu  Turkey 1:59.86
23 5 8 Lucas Salatta  Brazil 1:59.91
24 5 1 Nick Driebergen  Netherlands 2:00.24
25 5 7 Mattia Aversa  Italy 2:00.25
26 3 8 Kim Ji-heun  South Korea 2:00.72
27 2 5 Itai Chammah  Israel 2:00.93
28 3 2 Pedro Oliveira  Portugal 2:01.08
29 1 4 Brett Fraser  Cayman Islands 2:01.17
30 2 1 Pedro Medel  Cuba 2:01.32
31 4 7 Gabor Balog  Hungary 2:01.42
32 3 3 Jonathan Massacand  Switzerland 2:01.80
33 1 5 Oleg Rabota  Kazakhstan 2:01.95
34 4 8 Simon Dufour  France 2:02.00
35 3 5 Dimitrios Chasiotis  Greece 2:02.30
36 2 2 Květoslav Svoboda  Czech Republic 2:03.12
37 2 4 Deng Jian  China 2:03.34
38 1 3 Sergey Pankov  Uzbekistan 2:03.51
39 2 6 Oleksandr Isakov  Ukraine 2:03.59
40 2 3 Andres Olvik  Estonia 2:03.66
41 2 7 Simon Sjödin  Sweden DNS
41 6 2 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber  Spain DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank ! Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:55.26 Q
2 2 Răzvan Florea  Romania 1:56.45 Q, NR
3 3 Hayden Stoeckel  Australia 1:56.73 Q, OC
4 5 Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia 1:56.85 QSO
5 7 Damiano Lestingi  Italy 1:58.25
6 6 Gordan Kožulj  Croatia 1:59.22
7 8 Tobias Oriwol  Canada 1:59.50
8 1 Stanislav Donets  Russia 1:59.87

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:55.40 Q
2 5 Markus Rogan  Austria 1:56.34 Q
3 6 Ryosuke Irie  Japan 1:56.35 Q
4 3 Gregor Tait  Great Britain 1:56.72 Q
5 7 Helge Meeuw  Germany 1:56.85 QSO
6 2 Ashley Delaney  Australia 1:57.73
7 8 Keith Beavers  Canada 1:58.50
8 1 George Du Rand  South Africa 1:58.61 AF

Swimoff[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia 1:57.75 Q
2 5 Helge Meeuw  Germany 2:00.97

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:53.94 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:54.33
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8 Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia 1:54.93 EU
4 3 Markus Rogan  Austria 1:55.49 NR
5 6 Ryosuke Irie  Japan 1:55.72
6 1 Hayden Stoeckel  Australia 1:56.39 OC
7 2 Răzvan Florea  Romania 1:56.52
8 7 Gregor Tait  Great Britain 1:57.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lochte, Peirsol take gold, silver in 200 back". NBC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Ryan Lochte Claims Epic Battle Against Aaron Peirsol With 200 Back World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lochte grabs 200m backstroke gold". BBC Sport. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Americans Go 1-2 in Men's 200 Back, Aaron Peirsol Top Seed". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (31 March 2007). "American sets a record, but, no, it's not Phelps". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  7. ^ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (5 July 2008). "Phelps in a world of his own". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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