Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre individual medley

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Women's 200 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 11, 2008 (heats)
August 12, 2008 (semifinals)
August 13, 2008 (final)
Competitors 39 from 30 nations
Winning time 2:08.45 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Stephanie Rice  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Natalie Coughlin  United States
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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 200 metre individual medley event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 11–13 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Australia's Stephanie Rice became the third swimmer in Olympic history to strike a medley double, since Michelle Smith did so in 1996 and Yana Klochkova in 2000 and 2004. She established a sterling time of 2:08.45 to lower her world record from the Olympic trials by almost half a second (0.50).[2][3] Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry added a third silver to her collection, finishing with an African record of 2:08.59. U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin, who held the lead on the backstroke leg, picked up a bronze medal in 2:10.34.[4][5]

Completing the second half of a difficult double, American Katie Hoff produced the same result from the 200 m freestyle, as she finished again in fourth place with a time of 2:10.68.[6] Australia's Alicia Coutts placed fifth in 2:11.43, while Japan's Asami Kitagawa swam the outside lane to finish the race in sixth place at 2:11.56. On the strength of the breaststroke leg, Kitagawa won a swimoff for the last slot in the top 8 final over Hungary's Evelyn Verrasztó.[7] Canada's Julia Wilkinson (2:12.43) and Poland's Katarzyna Baranowska (2:13.36) closed out the field.[4]

Earlier in the semifinals, Coventry established an Olympic standard of 2:09.53 to cut off Yana Klochkova's eight-year record by a 1.15-second deficit.[7][8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Stephanie Rice (AUS) 2:08.92 Sydney, Australia 25 March 2008
Olympic record  Yana Klochkova (UKR) 2:10.68 Sydney, Australia 19 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Semifinal 1 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:09.53 OR
August 13 Final Stephanie Rice  Australia 2:08.45 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 3 Alicia Coutts  Australia 2:11.55 Q
2 4 4 Katie Hoff  United States 2:11.58 Q
3 3 4 Natalie Coughlin  United States 2:11.63 Q
4 5 3 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 2:11.72 Q
5 3 6 Julie Hjorth-Hansen  Denmark 2:11.99 Q
6 5 4 Stephanie Rice  Australia 2:12.07 Q
7 4 5 Camille Muffat  France 2:12.16 Q
8 5 5 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:12.18 Q
9 3 2 Asami Kitagawa  Japan 2:12.47 Q
9 5 6 Katarzyna Baranowska  Poland 2:12.47 Q
11 5 2 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary 2:12.52 Q
12 3 1 Li Jiaxing  China 2:12.53 Q
13 3 7 Julia Wilkinson  Canada 2:12.56 Q
14 3 5 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 2:12.75 Q
15 3 3 Keri-Anne Payne  Great Britain 2:12.78 Q
16 4 1 Svetlana Karpeeva  Russia 2:12.94 Q
17 4 8 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 2:13.05
18 5 1 Helen Norfolk  New Zealand 2:13.50
19 5 7 Erica Morningstar  Canada 2:14.11
20 4 6 Qi Hui  China 2:14.25
21 4 2 Cylia Vabre  France 2:14.34
22 2 7 Joanna Maranhão  Brazil 2:14.97
23 2 1 Sara Nordenstam  Norway 2:15.13 NR
24 2 2 Choi Hye-Ra  South Korea 2:15.26
25 2 3 Anja Klinar  Slovenia 2:15.39
26 2 5 Jessica Pengelly  South Africa 2:15.80
27 3 8 María Peláez  Spain 2:15.97
28 2 6 Femke Heemskerk  Netherlands 2:16.28
29 2 8 Siow Yi Ting  Malaysia 2:17.11
30 4 7 Katharina Schiller  Germany 2:18.00
31 1 6 Ganna Dzerkal  Ukraine 2:18.25
32 1 2 Erika Stewart  Colombia 2:18.54 NR
33 1 3 Sherry Tsai  Hong Kong 2:18.91
34 5 8 Sonja Schöber  Germany 2:20.18
35 1 4 Erla Dögg Haraldsdóttir  Iceland 2:20.53
36 1 7 Lin Man-Hsu  Chinese Taipei 2:23.29
37 2 4 Georgina Bardach  Argentina 2:25.74
38 1 1 Fibriani Ratna Marita  Indonesia 2:28.18
39 1 5 Maroua Mathlouthi  Tunisia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:09.53 Q, OR
2 3 Stephanie Rice  Australia 2:10.58 Q
3 4 Katie Hoff  United States 2:10.90 Q
4 2 Katarzyna Baranowska  Poland 2:12.13 Q, NR
5 5 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 2:12.35
6 8 Svetlana Karpeeva  Russia 2:13.26
7 1 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 2:13.45
8 7 Li Jiaxing  China 2:13.47

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin  United States 2:11.84 Q
2 1 Julia Wilkinson  Canada 2:12.03 Q
4 Alicia Coutts  Australia Q
4 2 Asami Kitagawa  Japan 2:12.18 QSO
7 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary QSO
6 3 Julie Hjorth-Hansen  Denmark 2:12.26
7 6 Camille Muffat  France 2:12.36
8 8 Keri-Anne Payne  Great Britain 2:14.14

Swimoff[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Asami Kitagawa  Japan 2:12.02 Q
2 4 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary 2:14.96

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Stephanie Rice  Australia 2:08.45 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:08.59 AF
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Natalie Coughlin  United States 2:10.34
4 3 Katie Hoff  United States 2:10.68
5 2 Alicia Coutts  Australia 2:11.43
6 8 Asami Kitagawa  Japan 2:11.56
7 7 Julia Wilkinson  Canada 2:12.43
8 1 Katarzyna Baranowska  Poland 2:13.36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Cowley, Michael (14 August 2008). "Rice and shine". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rice claims medley double". ABC News. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Stephanie Rice Clocks World Record to Win 200 IM". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rice edges thrilling medley final". BBC Sport. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "World records fall in women's 200 free, 200 IM". ESPN. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Lohn, John (11 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry Clocks Olympic Record in 200 IM Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rice out-touches Coventry for gold medal, Julia's rise through world rankings meteoric". Stratford Beacon-Herald. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rice claims new world mark for medley". The Age. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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