Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre breaststroke

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Women's 100 metre breaststroke
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 49 from 39 nations
Winning time 1:05.17 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Leisel Jones  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Rebecca Soni  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mirna Jukić  Austria
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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 women's 100 metre breaststroke 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 silver medal in Sydney and a bronze in Athens, Australia's Leisel Jones stormed home on the final lap to claim an elusive gold in the event. She established an Olympic record of 1:05.17, just eight-hundredths of a second (0.08) off her global standard.[2][3] Coming from fifth place in the turn, U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni earned a silver medal in 1:06.73.[4] Finishing fourth from the Olympic trials, she inherited a place in the event after Jessica Hardy's sudden withdrawal from the Games because of a doping irregularity.[5] Meanwhile, Mirna Jukić posted a time of 1:07.34 to settle for the bronze, holding off Russia's Yuliya Yefimova (1:07.43) to fourth place by almost a tenth of a second (0.10).[2]

Megan Jendrick, former Olympic champion from Sydney in 2000, finished fifth with a time of 1:07.62, edging out Aussie Tarnee White (1:07.63) in a close race by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[6] China's Sun Ye (1:08.08) and Japan's Asami Kitagawa (1:08.43) rounded out the finale.[2]

Earlier in the prelims, Jones opened up her meet by breaking a new Olympic record of 1:05.64, exactly a full second faster than a winning time set by Luo Xuejuan in Athens four years earlier.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.09 Melbourne, Australia 20 March 2006
Olympic record  Luo Xuejuan (CHN) 1:06.64 Athens, Greece 16 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 7 Leisel Jones  Australia 1:05.64 OR
August 12 Final Leisel Jones  Australia 1:05.17 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 4 Leisel Jones  Australia 1:05.64 Q, OR
2 7 3 Yuliya Efimova  Russia 1:06.08 Q, EU
3 5 6 Mirna Jukić  Austria 1:07.06 Q
4 5 4 Rebecca Soni  United States 1:07.44 Q
5 7 1 Suzaan van Biljon  South Africa 1:07.55 Q
6 6 1 Sun Ye  China 1:07.81 Q
7 6 4 Tarnee White  Australia 1:07.83 Q
8 7 6 Joline Höstman  Sweden 1:07.91 Q
9 7 5 Megan Jendrick  United States 1:08.07 Q
10 5 7 Jillian Tyler  Canada 1:08.13 Q
11 6 3 Kate Haywood  Great Britain 1:08.18 Q
12 5 2 Chen Huijia  China 1:08.24 Q
13 5 3 Annamay Pierse  Canada 1:08.25 Q
14 6 2 Kirsty Balfour  Great Britain 1:08.30 Q
15 5 1 Asami Kitagawa  Japan 1:08.36 Q
16 7 8 Elise Matthysen  Belgium 1:08.37 Q, NR
17 6 6 Megumi Taneda  Japan 1:08.45
18 7 2 Elena Bogomazova  Russia 1:08.63
19 3 2 Sara El Bekri  Morocco 1:08.66
20 6 5 Sarah Poewe  Germany 1:08.69
21 6 7 Hanna Westrin  Sweden 1:08.80
22 4 4 Roberta Panara  Italy 1:08.90
23 4 5 Jung Seul-ki  South Korea 1:09.26
24 6 8 Yuliya Pidlisna  Ukraine 1:09.72
25 5 5 Anna Khlistunova  Ukraine 1:09.95
26 4 2 Diana Gomes  Portugal 1:10.02
27 4 3 Inna Kapishina  Belarus 1:10.15
28 4 1 Dilara Buse Günaydin  Turkey 1:10.45
29 5 8 Sophie de Ronchi  France 1:10.46
30 4 6 Angeliki Exarchou  Greece 1:10.47
31 3 6 Adriana Marmolejo  Mexico 1:10.73 NR
32 4 7 Nicolette Teo  Singapore 1:10.76
33 3 3 Smiljana Marinović  Croatia 1:10.94
34 2 4 Yekaterina Sadovnik  Kazakhstan 1:11.14
35 4 8 Jolijn van Valkengoed  Netherlands 1:11.26
36 7 7 Sonja Schöber  Germany 1:11.36
37 3 4 Liliana Guiscardo  Argentina 1:11.43
38 2 5 Valeria Silva  Peru 1:11.64 NR
39 3 8 Tatiane Sakemi  Brazil 1:11.75
40 3 5 Erla Dogg Haraldsdóttir  Iceland 1:11.78
41 3 1 Réka Pecz  Hungary 1:12.17
42 2 6 Danielle Beaubrun  Saint Lucia 1:12.85
43 3 7 Nađa Higl  Serbia 1:13.19
44 2 3 Mayumi Raheem  Sri Lanka 1:15.33
45 2 2 Nibal Yamout  Lebanon 1:16.17 NR
46 2 7 Oksana Hatamkhanova  Azerbaijan 1:20.22
47 1 5 Asmahan Farhat  Libya 1:21.68
48 1 4 Anna Salnikova  Georgia 1:21.70
49 1 3 Mariam Pauline Keita  Mali 1:24.26

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Rebecca Soni  United States 1:07.07 Q
2 4 Yuliya Yefimova  Russia 1:07.50 Q
3 3 Sun Ye  China 1:07.72 Q
4 6 Joline Höstman  Sweden 1:08.26
5 7 Chen Huijia  China 1:08.60
6 2 Jillian Tyler  Canada 1:09.00
7 8 Elise Matthysen  Belgium 1:09.00
8 1 Kirsty Balfour  Great Britain 1:09.23

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Leisel Jones  Australia 1:05.80 Q
2 5 Mirna Jukić  Austria 1:07.27 Q
3 6 Tarnee White  Australia 1:07.48 Q
4 2 Megan Jendrick  United States 1:08.07 Q
5 8 Asami Kitagawa  Japan 1:08.23 Q
6 1 Annamay Pierse  Canada 1:08.27
7 7 Kate Haywood  Great Britain 1:08.36
8 3 Suzaan van Biljon  South Africa 1:09.56

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Leisel Jones  Australia 1:05.17 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Rebecca Soni  United States 1:06.73
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Mirna Jukić  Austria 1:07.34
4 2 Yuliya Yefimova  Russia 1:07.43
5 1 Megan Jendrick  United States 1:07.62
6 6 Tarnee White  Australia 1:07.63
7 7 Sun Ye  China 1:08.08
8 8 Asami Kitagawa  Japan 1:08.43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Leisel Jones Scares World Record, Gets Olympic Standard in Women's 100 Breast Victory". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Leisel's Olympic redemption with elusive gold". ABC News. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Soni wins silver in women's 100 breast". NBC News. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Crouse, Karen (2 August 2008). "Swimmer Pulls Out, Upsetting Her Rivals". NBC News. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Staff (12 August 2008). "A red-white-and-blue day for U.S. swimmers". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Lethal Leisel Jones Crushes Olympic Record in Women's 100 Breast". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Caroline (21 March 2006). "Lethal Leisel". The Age. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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