Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre freestyle

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Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 15, 2008 (heats)
August 16, 2008(semifinals)
August 17, 2008 (final)
Competitors 92 from 83 nations
Winning time 24.06 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Britta Steffen  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dara Torres  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Cate Campbell  Australia
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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 50 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15–17 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Germany's Britta Steffen blasted a new Olympic record to strike a sprint freestyle double. She posted a time of 24.06, the second-fastest ever in the event, to erase Inge de Bruijn's 2000 record, and to hold off U.S. swimmer Dara Torres in a close race by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[2][3] Returning from an eight-year absence, Torres became the first woman in Olympic history to swim past the age of 40.[4] She established both a personal best and an American record of 24.07 to earn a silver medal and eleventh overall in her fifth Olympics since 1984.[5] Meanwhile, Australian teenager Cate Campbell picked up a bronze in 24.17, edging out her teammate Lisbeth Trickett (24.25) by 0.08 of a second.[6]

Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis finished fifth with a time of 24.26, and was followed in the sixth spot by American Kara Lynn Joyce in 24.63. Veldhuis' teammate Hinkelien Schreuder (24.65) and Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia (24.77) rounded out the finale.[2]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Sweden's Therese Alshammar, four-time Olympian and silver medalist in Sydney eight years earlier, and Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppälä, fourth-place finalist in the 100 m freestyle.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Lisbeth Trickett (AUS) 23.97 Sydney, Australia 29 March 2008
Olympic record  Inge de Bruijn (NED) 24.13 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 17 Final Britta Steffen  Germany 24.06 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 10 4 Cate Campbell  Australia 24.20 Q
2 11 4 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 24.38 Q
3 10 5 Dara Torres  United States 24.58 Q
4 12 4 Lisbeth Trickett  Australia 24.67 Q
5 11 6 Jeanette Ottesen  Denmark 24.83 Q
6 12 5 Britta Steffen  Germany 24.90 Q
7 12 2 Zhu Yingwen  China 24.91 Q
8 10 3 Francesca Halsall  Great Britain 24.93 Q
9 11 5 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 24.94 Q
10 12 6 Malia Metella  France 24.95 Q
11 11 2 Arlene Semeco  Venezuela 24.98 Q, NR
12 11 3 Hinkelien Schreuder  Netherlands 25.00 Q
11 8 Li Zhesi  China Q
14 12 3 Kara Lynn Joyce  United States 25.01 Q
15 12 1 Hanna-Maria Seppälä  Finland 25.06 Q, NR
16 10 6 Aliaksandra Herasimenia  Belarus 25.07 Q
17 12 7 Agata Ewa Korc  Poland 25.14 NR
18 11 1 Céline Couderc  France 25.22
19 8 7 Anna Gostomelsky  Israel 25.23 NR
20 12 8 Sviatlana Khakhlova  Belarus 25.27
21 9 5 Triin Aljand  Estonia 25.29
22 10 2 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 25.34
10 7 Flavia Cazziolato  Brazil
24 8 2 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace  Bahamas 25.40
25 10 1 Petra Dallmann  Germany 25.43
26 11 7 Lize-Mari Retief  South Africa 25.44
27 9 4 Martina Moravcová  Slovakia 25.47
28 9 7 Anastasia Aksenova  Russia 25.51
29 8 5 Sandra Kazíková  Czech Republic 25.54
30 9 6 Victoria Poon  Canada 25.58
31 9 8 Chang Hee-jin  South Korea 25.59
32 9 2 Oksana Serikova  Ukraine 25.65
33 9 1 Martha Matsa  Greece 25.68
34 10 8 Cristina Chiuso  Italy 25.74
35 9 3 Vanessa García  Puerto Rico 25.81
36 8 3 Ragnheidur Ragnarsdottir  Iceland 25.82
37 8 1 Natasha Moodie  Jamaica 25.95
38 7 1 Carolina Colorado  Colombia 26.11
39 6 6 Rugilė Mileišytė  Lithuania 26.19
7 2 Sharntelle McLean  Trinidad and Tobago
41 7 5 Eva Dobar  Hungary 26.33
42 6 2 Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane  Papua New Guinea 26.47
43 7 3 Nina Sovinek  Slovenia 26.49
44 6 3 Yamile Bahamonde  Ecuador 26.54
7 6 Yu Ning Elaine Chan  Hong Kong
46 7 8 Marina Mulyayeva  Kazakhstan 26.57
47 6 5 Christel Simms  Philippines 26.64
48 8 8 Leung Chii Lin  Malaysia 26.75
49 7 4 Monika Babok  Croatia 26.84
50 6 4 Veronica Vdovicenco  Moldova 26.92
51 5 4 Sharon Paola Fajardo Sierra  Honduras 27.19
52 6 7 Ngozi Monu  Nigeria 27.39
53 6 1 Ellen Lendra Hight  Zambia 27.42
54 5 5 Chinyere Pigot  Suriname 27.66
55 5 7 Dalia Tórrez Zamora  Nicaragua 27.81
56 5 3 Razan Taha  Jordan 27.82
57 6 8 Marianela Quesada  Costa Rica 28.11
58 4 4 Ximene Gomes  Mozambique 28.15
5 2 Rovena Marku  Albania NR
60 5 6 Tojohanitra Andriamanjatoarimanana  Madagascar 28.54
61 4 8 Senele Dlamini  Swaziland 28.70
62 4 1 Virginia Farmer  American Samoa 28.82
63 5 1 Diane Etiennette  Mauritius 28.83
64 4 3 Katerine Moreno  Bolivia 29.05
65 5 8 Ana Crysna da Silva Romero  Angola 29.06
66 3 5 Olivia Aya Nakitanda  Uganda 29.38
67 4 2 Dashtserengiin Saintsetseg  Mongolia 29.63
68 7 7 Mariya Bugakova  Uzbekistan 29.73
69 4 5 Kiran Khan  Pakistan 29.84
70 3 4 Samantha Paxinos  Botswana 29.91
71 3 8 Amber Yobech  Palau 30.00
72 4 6 Aminath Rouya Hussain  Maldives 30.21
73 4 7 Doli Akhter  Bangladesh 30.23
74 1 5 Sameera Al Bitar  Bahrain 30.32
75 3 6 Julianne Kirchner  Marshall Islands 30.42
76 3 7 Debra Daniel  Micronesia 30.61
77 3 2 Magdalena Moshi  Tanzania 31.37
78 3 1 Hemthon Vitiny  Cambodia 31.41
79 2 7 Zakiya Nassar  Palestine 31.97
80 3 3 Katerina Izmaylova  Tajikistan 32.09
81 2 5 Karishma Karki  Nepal 32.35
82 2 4 Zahra Pinto  Malawi 32.53
83 2 6 Antoinette Guedia Mouafo  Cameroon 33.59
84 2 3 Vilayphone Vongphachanh  Laos 34.79
85 2 2 Elisabeth Nikiema  Burkina Faso 34.98
86 2 8 Elsie Uwamahoro  Burundi 36.86
87 1 6 Gloria Koussihouede  Benin 37.09
88 1 3 Pamela Girimbabazi  Rwanda 39.78
89 1 4 Djene Barry  Guinea 39.80
90 2 1 Mariama Souley Bana  Niger 40.83
91 8 4 Miroslava Najdanovski  Serbia DNS
91 8 6 Bayan Jumah  Syria DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Britta Steffen  Germany 24.43 Q
2 4 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 24.46 Q
3 5 Lisbeth Trickett  Australia 24.47 Q
4 7 Hinkelien Schreuder  Netherlands 24.52 Q
5 1 Kara Lynn Joyce  United States 24.63 Q
6 8 Aliaksandra Herasimenia  Belarus 24.72 Q
7 6 Francesca Halsall  Great Britain 24.80
8 2 Malia Metella  France 24.89

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Dara Torres  United States 24.27 Q
2 4 Cate Campbell  Australia 24.42 Q
3 6 Zhu Yingwen  China 24.76
4 3 Jeanette Ottesen  Denmark 24.86
5 1 Li Zhesi  China 24.90
6 2 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 24.96
7 7 Arlene Semeco  Venezuela 25.05
8 8 Hanna-Maria Seppälä  Finland 25.19

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 3 Britta Steffen  Germany 24.06 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Dara Torres  United States 24.07 AM
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Cate Campbell  Australia 24.17
4 2 Lisbeth Trickett  Australia 24.25
5 6 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 24.26
6 1 Kara Lynn Joyce  United States 24.63
7 7 Hinkelien Schreuder  Netherlands 24.65
8 8 Aliaksandra Herasimenia  Belarus 24.77

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (16 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Britta Steffen Edges Dara Torres by .01 to Win 50 Free in Olympic Standard". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Steffen snatches gold in 50m free, Torres takes silver". ESPN. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Forty-one-year-old Olympian Torres gains pool of 40-ish fans". USA Today. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dara Torres settles for silver medal in 50-meter freestyle". New York Daily News. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ English, Ben (17 August 2008). "Cate Campbell claims 50m bronze, Libby Trickett misses at Beijing Olympics". The Australian. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Cate Campbell Bounces Back, Tops 50 Free Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Cowley, Michael (30 March 2008). "Just the Trickett: Libby breaks the speed barrier". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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