Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre butterfly
|Women's 100 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Aquatics Center|
|Date||August 9, 2008 (heats)
August 10, 2008 (semifinals)
August 11, 2008 (final)
|Competitors||49 from 38 nations|
|Winning time||56.73 OC|
|Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Top favorite Lisbeth Trickett powered past the entire field to earn Australia's second straight gold in the event. She posted a lifetime best of 56.73, just 0.12 of a second outside the world record set by Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. U.S. swimmer Christine Magnuson took home the silver in 57.10, while Trickett's teammate Jessicah Schipper picked up the bronze in 57.25, handing an entire medal haul for the Aussies in the pool.
China's Zhou Yafei finished fourth with a time of 57.84, while Tao Li made a historic milestone for Singapore as she became the nation's first ever swimmer to reach an Olympic final, earning a fifth spot in 57.99. Meanwhile, Great Britain's Jemma Lowe (58.06), Brazil's Gabriella Silva (58.10), and Netherlands' Inge Dekker (58.54) closed out the field.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Inge de Bruijn (NED)||56.61||Sydney, Australia||17 September 2000|
|Olympic record||Inge de Bruijn (NED)||56.61||Sydney, Australia||17 September 2000|
|2||4||Christine Magnuson||United States||57.08||Q, AM|
|3||5||Tao Li||Singapore||57.54||Q, AS|
|4||8||Jemma Lowe||Great Britain||57.78||Q, NR|
|3||Elaine Breeden||United States|
|8||6||Lize-Mari Retief||South Africa||58.63|
|5||Christine Magnuson||United States||57.10|
|6||7||Jemma Lowe||Great Britain||58.06|
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