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

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 29, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 30, 2012 (final)
Competitors 41 from 29 nations
Winning time 1:43.14
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Yannick Agnel  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sun Yang  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea
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The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29–30 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

After overhauling the Americans in the 4x100 freestyle relay with a stunning anchor leg, France's Yannick Agnel pulled away from a star-studded field by over a full body length to earn his second Olympic gold in swimming at these Games. Billed as the "Race of the Century", he came up again with a spectacular swim on the final stretch to hit the wall first in 1:43.14, posting a textile best in the process and moving rapidly to third in the world's all time rankings.[2][3] Meanwhile, South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan and China's Sun Yang tied for the silver medal in a matching time of 1:44.93, following a dramatic rivalry in the 400 m freestyle final two days earlier.[4][5]

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, the reigning world champion, missed the podium by 11-hundredths of a second with a fourth-place time in 1:45.04.[6][7] Germany's world-record holder Paul Biedermann faded down the stretch to pick up a fifth spot in 1:45.53, edging out British home favorite Robbie Renwick by a full body length with a highly-creditable, sixth-place effort (1:46.53).[8][9] Australia's Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:46.93) and Russia's Danila Izotov (1:47.75) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out the stellar championship field.[5]

Notable swimmers missed out the final roster featuring Lochte's teammate Ricky Berens, who replaced Michael Phelps to fill out the slot for the Americans but placed ninth (1:46.87); and Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry, a sixth-place finalist in Beijing four years earlier, who finished fifteenth in the semifinals (1:48.25).[10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Paul Biedermann (GER) 1:42.00 Rome, Italy 28 July 2009
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:42.96 Beijing, China 12 August 2008

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 5 Sun Yang  China 1:46.24 Q
2 5 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:46.45 Q
3 6 4 Yannick Agnel  France 1:46.60 Q
4 4 5 Danila Izotov  Russia 1:46.61 Q
5 6 5 Park Tae-hwan  South Korea 1:46.79 Q
6 4 2 Robert Renwick  Great Britain 1:46.86 Q
7 6 2 Kenrick Monk  Australia 1:46.94 Q
8 5 3 Ricky Berens  United States 1:47.07 Q
9 5 7 Dominik Kozma  Hungary 1:47.18 Q
10 4 4 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:47.27 Q
11 6 3 Sebastiaan Verschuren  Netherlands 1:47.31 Q
12 4 3 Grégory Mallet  France 1:47.39 Q
13 6 6 Thomas Fraser-Holmes  Australia 1:47.50 Q
14 5 2 Brett Fraser  Cayman Islands 1:47.74 Q
15 6 7 Artem Lobuzov  Russia 1:47.91 Q
16 4 6 Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 1:47.97 Q
17 3 3 Blake Worsley  Canada 1:48.14
18 6 1 Matthew Stanley  New Zealand 1:48.19
19 4 1 Ieuan Lloyd  Great Britain 1:48.52
20 6 8 Shaune Fraser  Cayman Islands 1:48.53
21 3 4 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or  Israel 1:48.60
22 3 5 Cristian Quintero Valero  Venezuela 1:48.71
23 5 6 Li Yunqi  China 1:48.72
24 4 7 Clemens Rapp  Germany 1:48.75
25 3 7 Glenn Surgeloose  Belgium 1:48.77
26 5 8 Benjamin Hockin  Paraguay 1:48.91
27 3 2 David Brandl  Austria 1:49.00
5 1 Dion Dreesens  Netherlands
29 4 8 Marco Belotti  Italy 1:49.14
30 3 6 Ahmed Mathlouthi  Tunisia 1:49.68
31 2 5 Matias Koski  Finland 1:49.84
32 2 4 Radovan Siljevski  Serbia 1:51.40
33 2 2 Mario Montoya  Costa Rica 1:51.66
34 2 3 Sebastián Jahnsen Madico  Peru 1:52.36
35 3 8 Tiago Venâncio  Portugal 1:52.36
36 2 6 Jessie Lacuna  Philippines 1:52.91
37 1 4 Nicholas Schwab  Dominican Republic 1:53.41 NR
38 2 7 Raul Martinez Colomer  Puerto Rico 1:54.23
39 1 5 Mathieu Marquet  Mauritius 1:58.91
40 1 3 Anderson Lim  Brunei 2:02.26 NR
41 3 1 Mads Glæsner  Denmark DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:46.10 Q
2 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:46.31 Q
3 3 Robbie Renwick  Great Britain 1:46.65 Q
5 Danila Izotov  Russia Q
5 6 Ricky Berens  United States 1:46.87
6 1 Brett Fraser  Cayman Islands 1:47.01
7 7 Grégory Mallet  France 1:47.56
8 8 Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 1:48.25

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Sun Yang  China 1:45.61 Q
2 5 Yannick Agnel  France 1:45.84 Q
3 3 Park Tae-hwan  South Korea 1:46.02 Q
4 1 Thomas Fraser-Holmes  Australia 1:46.80 Q
5 2 Dominik Kozma  Hungary 1:46.93
6 7 Sebastiaan Verschuren  Netherlands 1:46.95
7 6 Kenrick Monk  Australia 1:47.38
8 8 Artem Lobuzov  Russia 1:48.26

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Yannick Agnel  France 1:43.14 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Sun Yang  China 1:44.93 NR
3 Park Tae-hwan  South Korea
4 2 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:45.04
5 6 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:45.53
6 1 Robbie Renwick  Great Britain 1:46.53
7 8 Thomas Fraser-Holmes  Australia 1:46.93
8 7 Danila Izotov  Russia 1:47.75

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Ryan Lochte finishes fourth in 200-meter freestyle at London Olympics, France’s Yannick Agnel wins gold". New York Daily News. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Clarey, Christopher (30 July 2012). "Agnel Outduels Lochte Again as French Savor Early Success". New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
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  9. ^ "Spofforth, Tancock, and Renwick miss out". Team GB. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Sun Yang, Yannick Agnel Post 1:45s to Lead Men's 200 Free Semis; Lochte 5th". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Phelps breaks 200 free world record by nearly a second". ESPN. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
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