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

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Women's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 9, 2008 (heats)
August 10, 2008 (final)
Competitors 38 from 28 nations
Winning time 4:29.45 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Stephanie Rice  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Katie Hoff  United States
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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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 individual medley event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 9–10 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Australia's Stephanie Rice pulled away to a strong finish on the freestyle leg, as she claimed an Olympic gold medal in the event. She established a sterling time of 4:29.45 to slash 1.67 seconds off the world record, set by Katie Hoff from the U.S. Olympic Trials.[2][3] Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry also went under a world record, but earned her first silver at these Games, in an African record of 4:29.89. Meanwhile, Hoff did not match her stellar performance from the trials, as she settled only for the bronze in 4:31.71.[4][5]

Rising American teenager Elizabeth Beisel finished outside the medals in fourth place at 4:34.24, holding off Italy's Alessia Filippi (4:34.34) to fifth by exactly a tenth of a second (0.10). Great Britain's Hannah Miley (4:39.44), Russia's Yana Martynova (4:40.04), and China's Li Xuanxu (4:42.13) rounded out the finale.[4]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Katie Hoff (USA) 4:31.12 Omaha, United States 29 June 2008
Olympic record  Yana Klochkova (UKR) 4:33.59 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Final Stephanie Rice  Australia 4:29.45 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Elizabeth Beisel  United States 4:34.55 Q
2 5 4 Katie Hoff  United States 4:34.63 Q
3 3 5 Alessia Filippi  Italy 4:35.11 Q
4 4 Stephanie Rice  Australia Q
5 3 3 Yana Martynova  Russia 4:36.25 Q, NR
6 4 3 Li Xuanxu  China 4:36.35 Q
7 4 5 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 4:36.43 Q
8 5 5 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 4:36.56 Q
9 4 7 Katarzyna Baranowska  Poland 4:36.95 NR
10 4 1 Kathryn Meaklim  South Africa 4:37.11 NR
11 3 7 Maiko Fujino  Japan 4:37.35
12 5 3 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 4:37.55
13 5 2 Zsuzsanna Jakabos  Hungary 4:37.86
14 5 7 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 4:37.91
15 3 6 Keri-Anne Payne  Great Britain 4:38.69
16 5 8 Anja Klinar  Slovenia 4:38.90
17 2 3 Joanna Melo  Brazil 4:40.18
18 2 7 Sara Nordenstam  Norway 4:40.28 NR
19 4 6 Camille Muffat  France 4:40.29
20 3 8 Tanya Hunks  Canada 4:40.63
21 5 1 Jessica Pengelly  South Africa 4:41.04
22 3 1 Samantha Hamill  Australia 4:41.89
23 5 6 Joanne Andraca  France 4:43.88
24 3 2 Helen Norfolk  New Zealand 4:44.22
25 2 5 Liu Jing  China 4:44.96
26 2 1 Jördis Steinegger  Austria 4:45.15
27 4 2 Saori Haruguchi  Japan 4:45.22
28 1 3 Nam Yoo-sun  South Korea 4:46.74
29 4 8 Alexa Komarnycky  Canada 4:46.98
30 2 8 Susana Escobar  Mexico 4:47.32 NR
31 2 6 Svetlana Karpeeva  Russia 4:50.22
32 1 6 Quah Ting Wen  Singapore 4:51.25 NR
33 2 2 Katharina Schiller  Germany 4:51.52
34 1 4 Lew Yih Wey  Malaysia 4:55.83
35 1 5 Anna-Liisa Põld  Estonia 4:58.21
36 2 4 Georgina Bardach  Argentina 5:00.87
37 1 7 Nimitta Thaveesupsoonthorn  Thailand 5:02.18
38 1 2 Maroua Mathlouthi  Tunisia DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 6 Stephanie Rice  Australia 4:29.45 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 4:29.89 AF
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Katie Hoff  United States 4:31.71
4 4 Elizabeth Beisel  United States 4:34.24
5 3 Alessia Filippi  Italy 4:34.34 NR
6 8 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 4:39.44
7 2 Yana Martynova  Russia 4:40.04
8 7 Li Xuanxu  China 4:42.13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rice claims first Aussie gold". ABC News. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stephanie Rice wins Australia's first medal of the Beijing Games in 400m individual medley". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 10 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Return to Sender…Stephanie Rice Blasts Women's 400 IM World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hoff loses world record, finishes 3rd in 400 IM". NBC News. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Crouse, Karen (30 June 2008). "Rival’s fast finish propels Phelps to another record". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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