Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

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Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
London 2012 200m backstroke IMG 5105 (7737962738).jpg
Medalists of the event
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date August 1, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 2, 2012 (final)
Competitors 35 from 27 nations
Winning time 1:53.41 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tyler Clary  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ryosuke Irie  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ryan Lochte  United States
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Swimming at the
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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 men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1–2 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Despite his criticisms about Michael Phelps during training camp before apologizing for the remarks, U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary put aside all the drama to capture an Olympic title in the event. Trailing behind at the 150-metre turn, he made a late charge on the final lap to edge out Japan's Ryosuke Irie and defending champion Ryan Lochte for an Olympic record and a gold medal in 1:53.41.[2][3] Irie also overhauled Lochte about the midway through the leg, but could not catch Clary near the wall to finish only with a silver in 1:53.78.[4] Leading almost an entire race in the first of a difficult double, Lochte faded down the stretch to pick up a bronze in 1:53.94.[5][6]

Poland's Radosław Kawęcki matched China's Zhang Fenglin with a fourth-place time in 1:55.59, while Irie's teammate Kazuki Watanabe earned a sixth spot in 1:57.03. Israel's Yakov-Yan Toumarkin (1:57.62) and Australia's Mitch Larkin (1:58.02) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out the finale.[6][7]

Other notable swimmers featured Russia's defending bronze medalist Arkady Vyatchanin, who missed a chance to climb the podium again after placing seventeenth in the prelims (1:58.69); and Turkey's Derya Büyükuncu, who opened the event with a top finish in heat one, but posted a thirty-third place time of 2:01.68 in his astonishing sixth Olympic appearance.[8][9]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:51.92 Rome, Italy 31 July 2009
Olympic record  Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:53.94 Beijing, China 15 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 2 Final Tyler Clary  United States 1:53.41 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[13]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Tyler Clary  United States 1:56.24 Q
2 5 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:56.36 Q
3 5 3 Zhang Fenglin  China 1:56.71 Q
4 4 4 Ryosuke Irie  Japan 1:56.81 Q
5 2 4 Gábor Balog  Hungary 1:56.98 Q
6 4 5 Jan-Philip Glania  Germany 1:57.01 Q
7 3 7 Nick Driebergen  Netherlands 1:57.29 Q
8 5 2 Yakov-Yan Toumarkin  Israel 1:57.33 Q, NR
9 3 5 Péter Bernek  Hungary 1:57.52 Q
10 4 7 Mitch Larkin  Australia 1:57.53 Q
11 3 1 Tobias Oriwol  Canada 1:58.06 Q
12 5 6 Yannick Lebherz  Germany 1:58.07 Q
13 3 3 Kazuki Watanabe  Japan 1:58.17 Q
14 5 5 Radosław Kawęcki  Poland 1:58.18 Q
15 4 1 Omar Pinzón  Colombia 1:58.20 Q
16 4 2 Leonardo de Deus  Brazil 1:58.22 Q
17 3 2 Arkady Vyatchanin  Russia 1:58.69
18 3 8 Marco Loughran  Great Britain 1:58.72
19 5 7 Sebastiano Ranfagni  Italy 1:58.76
20 2 2 Pedro Oliveira  Portugal 1:58.83 NR
21 4 8 Matson Lawson  Australia 1:58.92
22 3 6 Chris Walker-Hebborn  Great Britain 1:59.00
23 5 1 Anton Anchin  Russia 1:59.49
24 4 3 Benjamin Stasiulis  France 1:59.52
25 2 5 Darren Murray  South Africa 2:00.01
26 2 3 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber  Spain 2:00.02
27 2 7 Pedro Medel  Cuba 2:00.05 NR
28 5 8 Xu Jiayu  China 2:00.26
29 4 6 Gareth Kean  New Zealand 2:00.54
30 2 6 Oleksandr Isakov  Ukraine 2:00.78
31 2 8 Alexandr Tarabrin  Kazakhstan 2:01.22
32 2 1 Park Hyung-Joo  South Korea 2:01.50
33 1 5 Derya Büyükuncu  Turkey 2:01.68
34 1 4 Sebastian Stoss  Austria 2:02.91
35 1 3 Quah Zheng Wen  Singapore 2:03.45

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:55.40 Q
2 5 Ryosuke Irie  Japan 1:55.68 Q
3 1 Radosław Kawęcki  Poland 1:56.74 Q
4 2 Mitch Larkin  Australia 1:56.82 Q
5 6 Yakov-Yan Toumarkin  Israel 1:57.33 Q, =NR
6 3 Jan-Philip Glania  Germany 1:57.43
7 8 Leonardo de Deus  Brazil 1:58.14
8 7 Yannick Lebherz  Germany 1:58.80

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Tyler Clary  United States 1:54.71 Q
2 5 Zhang Fenglin  China 1:55.66 Q, NR
3 1 Kazuki Watanabe  Japan 1:56.81 Q
4 6 Nick Driebergen  Netherlands 1:57.35
5 3 Gábor Balog  Hungary 1:57.56
6 2 Péter Bernek  Hungary 1:57.71
7 7 Tobias Oriwol  Canada 1:58.74
8 8 Omar Pinzón  Colombia 1:58.99

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Tyler Clary  United States 1:53.41 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 Ryosuke Irie  Japan 1:53.78
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:53.94
4 2 Radosław Kawęcki  Poland 1:55.59
3 Zhang Fenglin  China NR
6 7 Kazuki Watanabe  Japan 1:57.03
7 8 Yakov-Yan Toumarkin  Israel 1:57.62
8 1 Mitch Larkin  Australia 1:58.02

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (2 August 2012). "Clary tops Lochte, wins gold in 200-meter backstroke". USA Today. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clary wins 200m backstroke gold ahead of teammate Lochte". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swimmers Irie, Suzuki add silver to Japan’s medal count". The Japan Times. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tyler Clary wins gold in 200 back". ESPN. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Tyler Clary Sets Olympic Record in 200 Back Victory; Ryosuke Irie Earns Silver; Ryan Lochte Claims 10th Career Medal With Bronze". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tyler Clary upstages Ryan Lochte to take backstroke gold". The Australian. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Tyler Clary Leads 200 Back Prelims; Defending Champ Ryan Lochte Second; Derya Buyukuncu Swims in Sixth Olympics". Swimming World Magazine. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Tyler Clary Leads 200 Back Prelims; Defending Champ Ryan Lochte Second; Derya Buyukuncu Swims in Sixth Olympics". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cavic supplants Phelps' 100 fly time". ESPN. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Michaelis, Vicky (31 July 2009). "Phelps earns relay gold medal, Peirsol sets 200m backstroke mark". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lochte, Peirsol take gold, silver in 200 back". NBC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Men's 200m Backstroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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