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

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008 (semifinals)
August 12, 2008 (final)
Competitors 58 from 50 nations
Winning time 1:42.96 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Peter Vanderkaay  United States
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Swimming events at the
2008 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
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–12 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

After winning a bronze in Athens four years earlier, Michael Phelps blasted a new world record of 1:42.96 to claim his third straight gold, ninth career, and eleventh overall medal at the Olympics.[2][3] South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan added a silver to his collection, following an unprecedented triumph in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier. He established a new Asian record of 1:44.85 to clear a 1:45 barrier, and used a final-lap split of 26.17 to edge out Phelps' teammate Peter Vanderkaay, who took home a bronze medal in a personal best of 1:45.14.[2][4]

South Africa's Jean Basson finished fourth with a time of 1:45.97, and was followed in the fifth spot by Germany's Paul Biedermann in 1:46.00. Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry, who raced to a top seed in the prelims, earned a sixth spot in 1:46.95, while Japan's Yoshihiro Okumura (1:47.14) and Great Britain's Robbie Renwick (1:47.47) rounded out the finale.[5] Renwick missed out the semifinals by 0.01 of a second from the prelims, but was offered a second shot, following a sudden withdrawal of two swimmers. Canada's Brent Hayden and France's Amaury Leveaux later scratched the event to focus on their duty in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:43.86 Melbourne, Australia 27 March 2007
Olympic record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 1:44.71 Athens, Greece 16 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Final Michael Phelps  United States 1:42.96 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 2 Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 1:45.80 Q
2 6 4 Jean Basson  South Africa 1:46.31 Q
3 6 2 Brent Hayden  Canada 1:46.40 Q, WD
4 8 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:46.48 Q
5 6 3 Colin Russell  Canada 1:46.58 Q
6 8 5 Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea 1:46.73 Q
7 8 3 Danila Izotov  Russia 1:46.80 Q
8 8 7 Yoshihiro Okumura  Japan 1:46.89 Q
9 6 7 Emiliano Brembilla  Italy 1:47.04 Q
10 7 5 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:47.09 Q
11 8 6 Ross Davenport  Great Britain 1:47.13 Q
12 7 4 Peter Vanderkaay  United States 1:47.39 Q
13 6 5 Amaury Leveaux  France 1:47.44 Q, WD
14 6 6 Nicholas Sprenger  Australia 1:47.64 Q
15 5 6 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or  Israel 1:47.78 Q, NR
16 8 1 Dominik Koll  Austria 1:47.81 Q, NR
17 7 7 Robbie Renwick  Great Britain 1:47.82
18 6 1 Rodrigo Castro  Brazil 1:47.87
19 6 8 Oussama Mellouli  Tunisia 1:47.97
7 3 Alexander Sukhorukov  Russia
21 5 5 Darian Townsend  South Africa 1:48.08
22 7 6 Kenrick Monk  Australia 1:48.17
23 5 1 Sergiy Advena  Ukraine 1:48.18 NR
24 5 4 Sho Uchida  Japan 1:48.34
25 7 8 Romāns Miloslavskis  Latvia 1:48.41 NR
26 5 2 Shaune Fraser  Cayman Islands 1:48.60
27 4 4 Gard Kvale  Norway 1:48.73 NR
28 7 2 Massimiliano Rosolino  Italy 1:48.76
29 5 3 Andreas Zisimos  Greece 1:48.82
30 5 8 Glenn Surgeloose  Belgium 1:48.92
31 4 7 Jon Raahauge Rud  Denmark 1:48.96
32 3 5 Ryan Pini  Papua New Guinea 1:49.04
33 7 1 Zhang Enjian  China 1:49.15
34 8 8 Łukasz Gąsior  Poland 1:49.25
35 4 5 Norbert Kovács  Hungary 1:49.34
36 4 6 Martín Kutscher  Uruguay 1:49.61
37 3 1 Dominik Straga  Croatia 1:49.63
38 4 3 Christoffer Wikström  Sweden 1:49.84
39 5 7 Tiago Venâncio  Portugal 1:50.24
40 3 7 Radovan Siljevski  Serbia 1:50.25
41 2 6 Bryan Tay  Singapore 1:50.41 NR
42 3 3 Crox Acuña  Venezuela 1:50.52
43 3 2 Julio Galofre  Colombia 1:50.62
44 3 6 Daniel Bego  Malaysia 1:50.92
45 2 5 Vladimir Sidorkin  Estonia 1:51.27 NR
46 4 2 Květoslav Svoboda  Czech Republic 1:51.67
47 3 8 Saulius Binevičius  Lithuania 1:51.80
48 4 8 Virdhawal Khade  India 1:51.86
49 4 1 Raphael Stacchiotti  Luxembourg 1:52.01
50 2 3 Mario Montoya  Costa Rica 1:52.19 NR
51 2 4 Mahrez Mebarek  Algeria 1:52.66
52 2 2 Artur Dilman  Kazakhstan 1:52.90
53 1 4 Irakli Revishvili  Georgia 1:53.60
54 2 1 Ibrahim Nazarov  Uzbekistan 1:56.27
55 1 3 Mihajlo Ristovski  Macedonia 1:57.45
56 2 7 Andrei Zaharov  Moldova 1:58.62
57 1 5 Emanuele Nicolini  San Marino 1:59.47
58 3 4 Luka Turk  Slovenia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Jean Basson  South Africa 1:46.13 Q
2 3 Danila Izotov  Russia 1:47.24
3 2 Ross Davenport  Great Britain 1:47.35
4 6 Emiliano Brembilla  Italy 1:47.70
5 7 Nicholas Sprenger  Australia 1:47.80
6 1 Dominik Koll  Austria 1:47.87
7 5 Colin Russell  Canada 1:48.13
8 8 Rodrigo Castro  Brazil 1:48.71

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Peter Vanderkaay  United States 1:45.76 Q
2 3 Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea 1:45.99 Q, AS
3 5 Michael Phelps  United States 1:46.28 Q
4 2 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:46.41 Q
5 6 Yoshihiro Okumura  Japan 1:46.44 Q
6 4 Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 1:46.54 Q
7 8 Robbie Renwick  Great Britain 1:47.07 Q
8 1 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or  Israel 1:48.16

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 6 Michael Phelps  United States 1:42.96 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea 1:44.85 AS
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Peter Vanderkaay  United States 1:45.14
4 3 Jean Basson  South Africa 1:45.97
5 2 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:46.00
6 1 Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 1:46.95
7 7 Yoshihiro Okumura  Japan 1:47.14
8 8 Robbie Renwick  Great Britain 1:47.47

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