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

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Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 11, 2008 (heats)
August 12, 2008 (semifinals)
August 13, 2008 (final)
Competitors 44 from 39 nations
Winning time 1:52.03 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) László Cseh  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Takeshi Matsuda  Japan
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 11–13 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps blasted a new world record of 1:52.03 to defend his title in the event, and more importantly, claim his fourth Olympic gold, tenth career, and twelfth overall medal. During the final, Phelps' goggles filled with water, which prevented him from seeing anything, while he was finishing the second lap.[2]

Hungary's László Cseh added a second silver to his hardware from the 400 m individual medley, breaking a European record of 1:52.70. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda powered home with a bronze medal in 1:52.97.[3][4]

New Zealand's Moss Burmester shared a fourth place with host nation China's Wu Peng in 1:54.35, while Poland's Paweł Korzeniowski finished sixth with a time of 1:54.60. Brazil's Kaio de Almeida (1:54.71) and Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov (1:55.14) rounded out the finale.[3]

Earlier in the semifinals, Phelps registered his own Olympic record of 1:53.70 to establish a strong lead for the top 8 final, matching his preliminary time in the process.[5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:52.09 Melbourne, Australia 28 March 2007
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:54.04 Athens, Greece 17 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 11 Heat 6 Michael Phelps  United States 1:53.70 OR
August 12 Semifinal 2 Michael Phelps  United States 1:53.70 =OR
August 13 Final Michael Phelps  United States 1:52.03 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:53.70 Q, OR
2 4 2 László Cseh  Hungary 1:54.48 Q
3 6 3 Kaio de Almeida  Brazil 1:54.65 Q
4 6 6 Takeshi Matsuda  Japan 1:55.06 Q
5 4 4 Paweł Korzeniowski  Poland 1:55.21 Q
6 6 5 Nikolay Skvortsov  Russia 1:55.33 Q
7 5 5 Wu Peng  China 1:55.39 Q
8 5 4 Gil Stovall  United States 1:55.42 Q
9 5 7 Michael Rock  Great Britain 1:55.55 Q
10 4 5 Moss Burmester  New Zealand 1:55.80 Q
11 5 3 Ryuichi Shibata  Japan 1:55.82 Q
12 4 6 Dinko Jukić  Austria 1:55.96 Q
13 4 1 Ioan Gherghel  Romania 1:56.09 Q, NR
14 6 1 Sergiy Advena  Ukraine 1:56.24 Q
15 5 6 Chen Yin  China 1:56.55 Q
16 3 2 Hsu Chi-chieh  Chinese Taipei 1:56.59 Q
17 5 2 Christophe Lebon  France 1:56.63
18 6 2 Travis Nederpelt  Australia 1:56.64
19 6 7 Mathieu Fonteyn  Belgium 1:56.65 NR
20 4 7 Niccolo Beni  Italy 1:56.99
21 4 3 Denys Sylantyev  Ukraine 1:57.02
22 5 1 Tamás Kerékjártó  Hungary 1:57.29
23 6 8 Juan Veloz  Mexico 1:57.32 NR
24 3 6 Pedro Oliveira  Portugal 1:57.41
25 4 8 Adam Sioui  Canada 1:57.45
26 3 5 Simon Sjödin  Sweden 1:57.75
27 5 8 Romanos Alyfantis  Greece 1:57.99
28 3 8 Alon Mandel  Israel 1:59.27 NR
29 2 5 James Walsh  Philippines 1:59.39 NR
30 3 3 Omar Pinzón  Colombia 1:59.47
31 1 3 Nikša Roki  Croatia 1:59.58 NR
32 2 1 Javier Núñez  Spain 2:00.24
33 2 7 Andrés José González  Argentina 2:00.36
34 2 6 Yoo Jung-nam  South Korea 2:01.00
35 3 4 Jeremy Knowles  Bahamas 2:01.08
36 2 8 Alexis Márquez Rivas  Venezuela 2:01.25
37 3 7 Daniel Bego  Malaysia 2:01.28
38 2 3 Douglas Lennox-Silva  Puerto Rico 2:01.69
39 3 1 Georgi Palazov  Bulgaria 2:01.84
40 1 5 Rehan Poncha  India 2:01.89
41 1 4 Emmanuel Crescimbeni  Peru 2:02.13
42 1 6 Javier Hernández Maradiaga  Honduras 2:02.23
43 2 4 Vladan Marković  Serbia 2:03.12
44 2 2 Donny Utomo  Indonesia 2:03.44

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Takeshi Matsuda  Japan 1:54.02 Q, AS
2 3 Nikolay Skvortsov  Russia 1:54.31 Q, NR
3 4 László Cseh  Hungary 1:54.35 Q
4 2 Moss Burmester  New Zealand 1:55.26 Q
5 6 Gil Stovall  United States 1:55.36
6 7 Dinko Jukić  Austria 1:55.65
7 1 Sergiy Advena  Ukraine 1:56.64
8 8 Hsu Chi-chieh  Chinese Taipei 1:57.48

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:53.70 Q, =OR
2 6 Wu Peng  China 1:54.93 Q
3 5 Kaio de Almeida  Brazil 1:55.21 Q
4 3 Paweł Korzeniowski  Poland 1:55.35 Q
5 8 Chen Yin  China 1:55.88
6 2 Michael Rock  Great Britain 1:55.90
7 7 Ryuichi Shibata  Japan 1:56.17
8 1 Ioan Gherghel  Romania 1:56.57

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:52.03 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 László Cseh  Hungary 1:52.70 EU
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Takeshi Matsuda  Japan 1:52.97 AS
4 1 Moss Burmester  New Zealand 1:54.35 OC
4 2 Wu Peng  China 1:54.35
6 8 Paweł Korzeniowski  Poland 1:54.60
7 7 Kaio de Almeida  Brazil 1:54.71
8 3 Nikolay Skvortsov  Russia 1:55.14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: World Record Bonanza Continues, Michael Phelps Clips Standard in 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Phelps sets world marks, becomes winningest Olympic athlete". ESPN. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Michael Phelps Ties Olympic Record in 200 Fly Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (29 March 2007). "Phelps smashes another world record, his own". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 

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