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

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Women's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (semifinals)
August 14, 2008 (final)
Competitors36 from 28 nations
Winning time2:04.18 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Liu Zige  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jiao Liuyang  China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jessicah Schipper  Australia
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The women's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–14 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

In front of a large home crowd inside the Water Cube, Liu Zige powered past the entire field to capture a first gold medal for the host nation in swimming. She set a new world record of 2:04.18 to cut off a 1.32-second standard set by Australia's Jessicah Schipper at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She also enjoyed her teammate Jiao Liuyang handing an entire medal haul for China with a one–two finish. Jiao earned a silver medal as she overhauled Schipper on the final lap, and touched the wall in 2:04.72.[2][3] Meanwhile, Schipper added a second bronze to her hardware from the 100 m butterfly, outside the record time of 2:06.26.[4]

Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, the defending Olympic champion, finished outside the medals in fourth place at 2:07.02. Having won a bronze medal from Athens four years earlier, Japan's Yuko Nakanishi earned a fifth spot in 2:07.32, holding off France's Aurore Mongel (2:07.36) to sixth by four hundredths of a second (0.04). Americans Elaine Breeden (2:07.57) and Kathleen Hersey (2:08.23) closed out the field.[4][5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Jessicah Schipper (AUS) 2:05.40 Victoria, Canada 17 August 2006
Olympic record  Misty Hyman (USA) 2:05.88 Sydney, Australia 20 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 14 Final Liu Zige  China 2:04.18 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 2 Liu Zige  China 2:06.46 Q
2 5 5 Aurore Mongel  France 2:06.49 Q, NR
3 3 4 Yuko Nakanishi  Japan 2:06.62 Q
4 5 6 Jiao Liuyang  China 2:06.89 Q
5 5 4 Otylia Jędrzejczak  Poland 2:06.91 Q
6 3 6 Natsumi Hoshi  Japan 2:07.02 Q
7 4 6 Kathleen Hersey  United States 2:07.65 Q
8 4 7 Micha Østergaard  Denmark 2:07.77 Q, NR
9 5 3 Elaine Breeden  United States 2:07.92 Q
10 4 5 Jemma Lowe  Great Britain 2:08.07 Q
11 4 4 Jessicah Schipper  Australia 2:08.11 Q
12 4 3 Audrey Lacroix  Canada 2:08.54 Q
13 5 2 Samantha Hamill  Australia 2:08.83 Q
14 4 8 Petra Granlund  Sweden 2:08.97 Q
15 4 2 Ellen Gandy  Great Britain 2:08.98 Q
16 2 6 Kathryn Meaklim  South Africa 2:09.41 Q, AF
17 2 4 Nina Dittrich  Austria 2:09.85 NR
18 5 7 Beatrix Boulsevicz  Hungary 2:10.00
19 2 5 Sara Oliveira  Portugal 2:10.14 NR
20 3 8 Stephanie Horner  Canada 2:10.33
21 3 7 Paola Cavallino  Italy 2:10.46
22 5 8 Joanna Melo  Brazil 2:10.64
23 5 1 Choi Hye-ra  South Korea 2:11.42
24 2 8 Tetyana Khala  Ukraine 2:12.16
25 4 1 Yana Martynova  Russia 2:12.47
26 2 7 Tao Li  Singapore 2:12.63 NR
27 3 5 Emese Kovács  Hungary 2:12.73
28 3 1 Magali Rousseau  France 2:13.12
29 2 2 Yang Chin-Kuei  Chinese Taipei 2:13.26
30 1 5 Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou  Greece 2:13.27
31 2 1 Denisa Smolenová  Slovakia 2:13.81
32 1 6 Gülşah Günenç  Turkey 2:14.44 NR
33 1 4 Ingvild Snildal  Norway 2:14.53
34 1 3 Kristina Lennox-Silva  Puerto Rico 2:17.27
2 3 Georgina Bardach  Argentina DNS
3 3 Sara Isakovič  Slovenia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Jiao Liuyang  China 2:06.42 Q
2 4 Aurore Mongel  France 2:07.21 Q
3 2 Jemma Lowe  Great Britain 2:07.87
4 3 Natsumi Hoshi  Japan 2:07.93
5 6 Micha Østergaard  Denmark 2:09.29
6 7 Audrey Lacroix  Canada 2:09.74
7 1 Petra Granlund  Sweden 2:09.79
8 8 Kathryn Meaklim  South Africa 2:11.74

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Liu Zige  China 2:06.25 Q, AS
2 7 Jessicah Schipper  Australia 2:06.34 Q
3 3 Otylia Jędrzejczak  Poland 2:06.78 Q
4 5 Yuko Nakanishi  Japan 2:06.96 Q
6 Kathleen Hersey  United States Q
6 2 Elaine Breeden  United States 2:07.73 Q
7 1 Samantha Hamill  Australia 2:09.58
8 8 Ellen Gandy  Great Britain 2:10.60

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Liu Zige  China 2:04.18 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Jiao Liuyang  China 2:04.72
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Jessicah Schipper  Australia 2:06.26
4 6 Otylia Jędrzejczak  Poland 2:07.02
5 2 Yuko Nakanishi  Japan 2:07.32
6 1 Aurore Mongel  France 2:07.36
7 8 Elaine Breeden  United States 2:07.57
8 7 Kathleen Hersey  United States 2:08.23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Double delight for China". South China Morning Post. 13 August 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Liu captures China's first Beijing swimming gold". NDTV. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Liu Zige of China Sets World Record in Women's 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ "China goes 1–2 in women's 200 butterfly". USA Today. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Schipper breaks 200m butterfly WR". ABC News. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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