Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008 (final)
Competitors 42 from 35 nations
Winning time 4:03.22
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Katie Hoff  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Joanne Jackson  Great Britain
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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 400 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–11 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Rebecca Adlington became Great Britain's first female gold medalist in swimming in 48 years.[2] She posted an outside-record time of 4:03.22 to hold off U.S. swimmer Katie Hoff in the final 50 metres with a 1.46-second deficit. Hoff added a silver to her hardware from the 400 m individual medley just a day earlier, in 4:03.29. Adlington's teammate Joanne Jackson earned a bronze in 4:03.52, handing an entire medal haul for Team GB in the pool.[3][4][5]

France's Coralie Balmy narrowly missed the podium by eight hundredths of a second (0.08), finishing in fourth place at 4:03.60. Italy's world record holder and top favorite Federica Pellegrini earned a fifth spot in a time of 4:04.56, holding off Romania's Camelia Potec to sixth by 0.10 of a second (4:04.66). Australia's Bronte Barratt (4:05.05) and defending Olympic champion Laure Manaudou (4:11.26).[3]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, silver medalist in Athens four years earlier, Hoff's teammate Kate Ziegler, and South Africa's Wendy Trott, who broke a new African record (4:08.38) in the heats.[6]

Earlier in the prelims, Pellegrini, Hoff, Jackson, and Adlington broke one of the oldest Olympic records in the book as they each went under the time of 4:03.85, which had stood since Janet Evans won the gold medal in the event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 4:01.53 Eindhoven, Netherlands 24 March 2008
Olympic record  Janet Evans (USA) 4:03.85 Seoul, South Korea 22 September 1988

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 5 Katie Hoff  United States 4:03.71 OR
August 10 Heat 6 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 4:02.19 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 4:02.19 Q, OR
2 6 3 Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 4:02.24 Q, NR
3 5 4 Katie Hoff  United States 4:03.71 Q, AM
4 5 6 Joanne Jackson  Great Britain 4:03.80 Q
5 5 3 Bronte Barratt  Australia 4:04.16 Q, OC
6 5 5 Coralie Balmy  France 4:04.25 Q
7 4 6 Camelia Potec  Romania 4:04.55 Q
8 4 4 Laure Manaudou  France 4:04.93 Q
9 4 5 Otylia Jędrzejczak  Poland 4:05.50
10 4 3 Linda Mackenzie  Australia 4:05.91
11 6 1 Stephanie Horner  Canada 4:07.45
12 5 2 Wendy Trott  South Africa 4:08.38 AF
13 5 7 Lotte Friis  Denmark 4:08.47
14 6 5 Kate Ziegler  United States 4:09.59
6 7 Flavia Rigamonti  Switzerland
16 4 8 Jördis Steinegger  Austria 4:09.72 NR
17 6 2 Melissa Corfe  South Africa 4:10.54
18 5 1 Gabriella Fagundez  Sweden 4:11.40
19 4 1 Savannah King  Canada 4:11.49
20 3 3 Susana Escobar  Mexico 4:11.99 NR
21 3 5 Monique Ferreira  Brazil 4:12.21
22 4 7 Tan Miao  China 4:12.35
23 4 2 Erika Villaécija García  Spain 4:14.25
24 3 6 Hoi Shun Stephanie Au  Hong Kong 4:14.82
25 6 8 Jaana Ehmcke  Germany 4:15.15
26 5 8 Li Mo  China 4:15.50
27 3 2 Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou  Greece 4:15.78
28 3 4 Daria Belyakina  Russia 4:16.21
29 1 4 Boglárka Kapás  Hungary 4:16.22
30 3 1 Lynette Lim  Singapore 4:17.67
31 6 6 Ai Shibata  Japan 4:17.96
32 2 2 Yanel Pinto  Venezuela 4:18.09
33 2 1 Nataliya Khudyakova  Ukraine 4:18.34
34 3 7 Cecilia Biagioli  Argentina 4:19.85
35 2 7 Eva Lehtonen  Finland 4:20.07
36 2 3 Kristina Lennox-Silva  Puerto Rico 4:20.17
37 2 6 Lee Ji-eun  South Korea 4:21.53
38 2 5 Khoo Cai Lin  Malaysia 4:23.37
39 2 4 Golda Marcus  El Salvador 4:23.50
40 3 8 Yang Chin-kuei  Chinese Taipei 4:24.78
41 1 3 Shrone Austin  Seychelles 4:35.86
42 1 5 Natthanan Junkrajang  Thailand DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 4:03.22
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Katie Hoff  United States 4:03.29 AM
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Joanne Jackson  Great Britain 4:03.52
4 7 Coralie Balmy  France 4:03.60
5 4 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 4:04.56
6 1 Camelia Potec  Romania 4:04.66
7 2 Bronte Barratt  Australia 4:05.05
8 8 Laure Manaudou  France 4:11.26

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