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

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Men's 200 metre individual medley
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 47 from 42 nations
Winning time 1:54.23 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) László Cseh  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ryan Lochte  United States
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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 individual medley 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 to defend his title in the event, and more importantly, claim his sixth Olympic gold, twelfth career, and fourteenth overall medal. He established a sterling time of 1:54.23 to lower his prior standard from the Olympic trials by almost six-tenths of a second (0.60). Hungary's László Cseh added a third silver to his collection, finishing with a European record of 1:56.52. Phelps' teammate and archrival Ryan Lochte earned a bronze in a time of 1:56.53, just a hundredth of a second (0.01) behind Cseh. The podium placements also replicated the results of the 400 m individual medley, held on the first day of the Games.[2][3]

Brazil's Thiago Pereira finished fourth with a time of 1:58.14, and was followed in the fifth spot by Japan's Ken Takakuwa, in an Asian record of 1:58.22. A full second later, Great Britain's James Goddard posted a time of 1:59.24 to earn a sixth spot, while Canada's Keith Beavers (1:59.43) and Goddard's teammate Liam Tancock (2:00.76) rounded out the finale.[2]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:54.80 Omaha, United States 5 July 2008
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:57.14 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 Michael Phelps  United States 1:54.23 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:58.15 Q
2 4 4 László Cseh  Hungary 1:58.29 Q
3 5 5 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 1:58.41 Q
4 4 6 Ken Takakuwa  Japan 1:58.51 Q, AS
5 4 7 Bradley Ally  Barbados 1:58.57 Q, NR
6 6 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:58.65 Q
7 5 7 Alessio Boggiatto  Italy 1:58.80 Q
8 6 2 Takuro Fujii  Japan 1:59.19 Q
9 5 1 Keith Beavers  Canada 1:59.19 Q, NR
10 6 1 Darian Townsend  South Africa 1:59.22 Q, AF
11 6 6 Vytautas Janušaitis  Lithuania 1:59.63 Q
12 3 1 Gal Nevo  Israel 1:59.66 Q
13 6 5 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:59.74 Q
14 4 5 Liam Tancock  Great Britain 1:59.79 Q
15 5 6 Leith Brodie  Australia 1:59.96 Q
16 4 3 Dinko Jukić  Austria 2:00.57 Q
17 5 3 Tamás Kerékjártó  Hungary 2:00.60
18 6 3 Brian Johns  Canada 2:00.66
19 6 7 Diogo Carvalho  Portugal 2:00.66
20 3 6 Mihail Alexandrov  Bulgaria 2:00.70
21 5 2 Dean Kent  New Zealand 2:01.12
22 6 8 Alexander Tikhonov  Russia 2:01.21
23 3 5 Ioannis Kokkodis  Greece 2:01.22
24 3 8 Jeremy Knowles  Bahamas 2:01.35 NR
25 2 6 Gard Kvale  Norway 2:01.52 NR
26 4 2 Łukasz Wójt  Poland 2:01.54
27 2 3 Miguel Molina  Philippines 2:01.61
28 2 4 Vadym Lepskyy  Ukraine 2:01.73
29 3 7 Saša Imprić  Croatia 2:01.83
30 1 7 Omar Pinzón  Colombia 2:02.28
31 2 2 Tomáš Fučík  Czech Republic 2:02.85
32 1 5 Chris Christensen  Denmark 2:02.93
33 4 1 Brenton Cabello  Spain 2:03.08
34 3 4 Qu Jingyu  China 2:03.15
35 4 8 Martin Liivamägi  Estonia 2:03.56
36 2 5 Nicholas Bovell  Trinidad and Tobago 2:03.90
37 3 3 Dmitriy Gordiyenko  Kazakhstan 2:03.92
38 1 1 Andrejs Dūda  Latvia 2:04.18
39 5 8 Robin van Aggele  Netherlands 2:04.33
40 3 2 Markus Deibler  Germany 2:04.54
41 1 2 Mehdi Hamama  Algeria 2:04.91
42 2 8 Serkan Atasay  Turkey 2:05.25
43 2 1 Leopoldo Andara  Venezuela 2:05.71 NR
44 1 4 Park Beom-ho  South Korea 2:06.17
45 1 3 Iurii Zakharov  Kyrgyzstan 2:07.01
46 1 6 Danil Bugakov  Uzbekistan 2:10.04
47 2 7 Andrew Bree  Ireland DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Michael Phelps  United States 1:57.70 Q
2 4 László Cseh  Hungary 1:58.19 Q
3 5 Ken Takakuwa  Japan 1:58.49 Q, AS
4 1 Liam Tancock  Great Britain 1:59.42 Q
5 6 Keith Beavers  Canada 1:59.43 Q
6 2 Darian Townsend  South Africa 1:59.65
7 7 Gal Nevo  Israel 2:00.43
8 8 Dinko Jukić  Austria 2:00.98

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:57.69 Q
2 5 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 1:58.06 Q
3 1 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:58.63 Q
4 3 Bradley Ally  Barbados 1:59.53
5 2 Takuro Fujii  Japan 1:59.59
6 6 Alessio Boggiatto  Italy 1:59.77
7 8 Leith Brodie  Australia 2:00.57
8 7 Vytautas Janušaitis  Lithuania 2:00.76

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Michael Phelps  United States 1:54.23 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 László Cseh  Hungary 1:56.52 EU
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:56.53
4 3 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 1:58.14
5 2 Ken Takakuwa  Japan 1:58.22 AS
6 7 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:59.24
7 8 Keith Beavers  Canada 1:59.43
8 1 Liam Tancock  Great Britain 2:00.76

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Michael Phelps Wins Sixth Gold, World Record in 200 IM". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Crouse, Karen (15 August 2008). "Phelps Moves 200 Meters Closer to His Goal". New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (5 July 2008). "Phelps in a world of his own". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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