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

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Men's 200 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
London 2012 200m medley (7737961552).jpg
Medalists of the event
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date August 1, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 2, 2012 (final)
Competitors 36 from 27 nations
Winning time 1:54.27
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ryan Lochte  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) László Cseh  Hungary
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The men's 200 metre individual medley event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1–2 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Adding to an unprecedented medal tally to become the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps made another milestone as the first male swimmer ever to defend his third straight Olympic title in the same individual event with a touch-out triumph over Ryan Lochte. Dominating the race from the start, Phelps held off a final showdown from Lochte on the freestyle leg to claim his sixteenth gold and twentieth career medal in 1:54.27.[2][3] Meanwhile, Lochte came up short in the other half of a difficult double, as he produced his eleventh overall for the silver in 1:54.90, tying an all-time record with Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi.[4] Hungary's László Cseh powered home with the bronze in 1:56.22 to keep the podium intact for the second straight Games.[5][6]

Brazil's Thiago Pereira finished fourth in 1:56.74, and was followed in fifth and sixth by Japanese duo Kosuke Hagino (1:57.35) and Ken Takakuwa (1:58.53).[7] Great Britain's James Goddard (1:59.05) and Germany's Markus Deibler (1:59.10) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out the historic finale.[6][8]

Earlier in the semifinals, South Africa's Chad le Clos also earned a spot for the championship final, but later scratched to focus on the 100 m butterfly, allowing Deibler to join the roster.[9] Meanwhile, Austria's Markus Rogan, double silver medalist and four-time Olympian, was disqualified for an illegal dolphin kick after a technical turn from backstroke to breaststroke.[10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:54.00 Shanghai, China 28 July 2011
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:54.23 Beijing, China 15 August 2008

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 2
Chad le Clos (heat 3)

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 László Cseh  Hungary 1:57.20 Q
2 5 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:58.03 Q
3 4 3 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 1:58.22 Q
4 4 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:58.24 Q
5 5 5 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 1:58.31 Q
6 3 5 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:58.56 Q
7 5 3 Markus Deibler  Germany 1:58.61 Q
8 4 5 Markus Rogan  Austria 1:58.66 Q
9 4 6 Ken Takakuwa  Japan 1:58.82 Q
10 5 7 Henrique Rodrigues  Brazil 1:59.37 Q
11 3 2 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:59.45 Q
12 5 8 Gal Nevo  Israel 1:59.56 Q
13 5 6 Daniel Tranter  Australia 1:59.70 Q
14 5 1 Vytautas Janušaitis  Lithuania 1:59.84 Q
15 3 3 Joe Roebuck  Great Britain 2:00.04 Q
16 2 6 Andrew Ford  Canada 2:00.28 Q
17 2 3 Raphaël Stacchiotti  Luxembourg 2:00.38
18 3 1 Diogo Carvalho  Portugal 2:00.40
19 3 8 Marcin Cieślak  Poland 2:00.45
20 4 8 Federico Turrini  Italy 2:00.63
21 3 7 Darian Townsend  South Africa 2:00.67
22 2 4 Bradley Ally  Barbados 2:00.85
23 3 6 Wang Shun  China 2:00.85
24 2 5 Alexander Tikhonov  Russia 2:01.00
25 2 7 Martin Liivamägi  Estonia 2:01.09
26 2 1 Andreas Vazaios  Greece 2:01.23
27 4 2 Philip Heintz  Germany 2:01.32
28 2 8 David Karasek  Switzerland 2:01.35 NR
29 2 2 Taki Mrabet  Tunisia 2:01.41
30 4 1 Wu Peng  China 2:01.43
31 4 7 Jayden Hadler  Australia 2:01.54
32 1 5 Jung Won-yong  South Korea 2:03.33
33 1 4 Maksym Shemberev  Ukraine 2:03.40
34 1 3 Nuttapong Ketin  Thailand 2:03.91
35 5 2 Dávid Verrasztó  Hungary 2:04.53
36 1 6 Ensar Hajder  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2:05.70

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:56.13 Q
2 5 Michael Phelps  United States 1:57.11 Q
3 3 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:58.49 Q
4 7 Gal Nevo  Israel 1:59.17
5 2 Henrique Rodrigues  Brazil 1:59.58
6 1 Vytautas Janušaitis  Lithuania 2:00.13
7 8 Andrew Ford  Canada 2:01.58
08 6 Markus Rogan  Austria DSQ

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 László Cseh  Hungary 1:56.74 Q
2 3 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 1:57.45 Q
3 5 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 1:57.95 Q
4 2 Ken Takakuwa  Japan 1:58.31 Q
5 7 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:58.49 Q, WD
6 6 Markus Deibler  Germany 1:58.88 Q
7 8 Joe Roebuck  Great Britain 1:59.57
8 1 Daniel Tranter  Australia 2:00.46

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 3 Michael Phelps  United States 1:54.27
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Ryan Lochte  United States 1:54.90
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 László Cseh  Hungary 1:56.22
4 6 Thiago Pereira  Brazil 1:56.74
5 2 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 1:57.35
6 7 Ken Takakuwa  Japan 1:58.53
7 1 James Goddard  Great Britain 1:59.05
8 8 Markus Deibler  Germany 1:59.10

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Men's 200m Individual Medley – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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