Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

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Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 29, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 30, 2012 (final)
Competitors 45 from 38 nations
Winning time 58.33 AM
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Missy Franklin  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Emily Seebohm  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Aya Terakawa  Japan
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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 100 metre backstroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29–30 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

At only 17 years of age, U.S. teenage sensation Missy Franklin, billed as "Missy the Missile" by her fans, stormed home on the final stretch to pick up her first ever Olympic gold medal in swimming. Trailing behind at the halfway turn, she pulled away from a tightly packed field with a more destructive force to hit the wall first in an American record of 58.33.[2][3] Australia's Emily Seebohm started the race with a marginal lead over the rest of the field, but faded down the stretch to settle only for the silver in 58.68.[4][5] Meanwhile, Japan's Aya Terakawa came up with a spectacular swim to grab the bronze in a superb Asian record of 58.83, holding off the fast-charging Russian swimmer Anastasia Zuyeva to a fourth spot in 59.00.[6][7]

Great Britain's Gemma Spofforth, the reigning world record holder, finished fifth in 59.20, while China's Zhao Jing (59.23), Australia's Belinda Hocking (59.29) and Zhao's teammate Fu Yuanhui (1:00.50) rounded out the field.[7][8][9]

Earlier in the prelims, Seebohm blitzed the field from heat four to lead all swimmers with a sterling Olympic and Oceanian record in 58.23, shaving 0.54 seconds off the standard set by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry in Beijing four years earlier.[10][11] Coventry, double Olympic silver medalist, missed a chance to reach the final roster with a fourteenth-place effort (1:00.39) from the semifinals.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Gemma Spofforth (GBR) 58.12 Rome, Italy 28 July 2009
Olympic record  Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) 58.77 Beijing, China 11 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 29 Heat 4 Emily Seebohm  Australia 58.23 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 5 Emily Seebohm  Australia 58.23 Q, OC, OR
2 6 4 Missy Franklin  United States 59.37 Q
3 6 3 Belinda Hocking  Australia 59.61 Q
4 6 5 Aya Terakawa  Japan 59.82 Q
5 5 4 Anastasia Zuyeva  Russia 59.88 Q
6 4 6 Georgia Davies  Great Britain 59.92 Q
7 5 6 Julia Wilkinson  Canada 59.94 Q
8 6 2 Fu Yuanhui  China 59.96 Q
9 4 4 Zhao Jing  China 59.97 Q
10 6 8 Simona Baumrtová  Czech Republic 59.99 Q, NR
11 5 5 Rachel Bootsma  United States 1:00.03 Q
12 5 7 Gemma Spofforth  Great Britain 1:00.05 Q
13 5 3 Sinead Russell  Canada 1:00.10 Q
14 6 1 Alexianne Castel  France 1:00.16 Q
15 4 8 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 1:00.24 Q
16 4 7 Arianna Barbieri  Italy 1:00.25 Q, NR
17 4 3 Mie Nielsen  Denmark 1:00.38
18 4 1 Duane da Rocha  Spain 1:00.57
5 2 Daryna Zevina  Ukraine
20 4 2 Sharon van Rouwendaal  Netherlands 1:00.61
21 6 6 Jenny Mensing  Germany 1:00.72
22 6 7 Laure Manaudou  France 1:01.03
23 3 4 Maria Fernanda Gonzalez  Mexico 1:01.28
24 5 1 Fabíola Molina  Brazil 1:01.40
25 3 5 Alicja Tchórz  Poland 1:01.44
26 2 8 Tao Li  Singapore 1:01.60 NR
27 5 8 Elena Gemo  Italy 1:01.77
28 3 2 Carolina Colorado  Colombia 1:01.81
29 3 8 Kimberly Buys  Belgium 1:01.92 NR
30 3 7 Melissa Ingram  New Zealand 1:01.94
31 3 6 Ekaterina Avramova  Bulgaria 1:02.20
32 2 3 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir  Iceland 1:02.40 NR
33 2 4 Melanie Nocher  Ireland 1:02.44
34 2 1 Anja Čarman  Slovenia 1:02.68
35 3 1 Therese Svendsen  Sweden 1:03.11
36 2 5 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia 1:03.38
37 2 6 Eszter Povázsay  Hungary 1:03.55
38 2 7 Yekaterina Rudenko  Kazakhstan 1:03.64
39 3 3 Hoi Shun Stephanie Au  Hong Kong 1:04.31
40 2 2 Hazal Sarikaya  Turkey 1:04.80
41 1 3 Karen Vilorio  Honduras 1:06.38
42 1 4 Monica Ramirez  Andorra 1:07.72
43 1 5 Ines Remersaro  Uruguay 1:08.03
44 1 6 Anahit Barseghyan  Armenia 1:08.19
45 1 2 Angelique Trinquier  Monaco 1:10.79

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Missy Franklin  United States 59.12 Q
2 5 Aya Terakawa  Japan 59.34 Q
3 7 Gemma Spofforth  Great Britain 59.70 Q
4 6 Fu Yuanhui  China 59.82 Q
5 2 Simona Baumrtová  Czech Republic 1:00.02
6 1 Alexianne Castel  France 1:00.24
7 8 Arianna Barbieri  Italy 1:00.27
8 3 Georgia Davies  Great Britain 1:00.56

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Emily Seebohm  Australia 58.39 Q
2 2 Zhao Jing  China 59.55 Q
3 3 Anastasia Zuyeva  Russia 59.68 Q
4 5 Belinda Hocking  Australia 59.79 Q
5 6 Julia Wilkinson  Canada 59.91
6 7 Rachel Bootsma  United States 1:00.04
7 8 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 1:00.39
8 1 Sinead Russell  Canada 1:00.57

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Missy Franklin  United States 58.33 AM
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Emily Seebohm  Australia 58.68
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Aya Terakawa  Japan 58.83 AS
4 2 Anastasia Zuyeva  Russia 59.00
5 7 Gemma Spofforth  Great Britain 59.20
6 6 Zhao Jing  China 59.23
7 1 Belinda Hocking  Australia 59.29
8 8 Fu Yuanhui  China 1:00.50

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Olympics swimming: Missy Franklin wins 100m backstroke". BBC Sport. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Seebohm left shattered with silver". ABC News Australia. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (30 July 2012). "Heartbroken Emily Seebohm settles for silver in 100m backstroke". The Australian. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Kano, Shintaro (31 July 2012). "Irie, Terakawa, Suzuki haul in bronze from the pool". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Missy Franklin Wins First Olympic Gold Medal With 100 Back Victory; Sets American Record". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ McRae, Donald (30 July 2012). "London 2012: Missy Franklin wins Olympic 100m backstroke gold for US". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Gemma Spofforth misses out on 100m backstroke medal". The Daily Telegraph. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Emily Seebohm Blasts Olympic Record, Posts Textile Best in Prelims of 100 Back". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Seebohm breaks Olympic record". ABC News Australia. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Bull, Andy (28 July 2009). "Gemma Spofforth swims to 100m backstroke glory in world record time". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Swimming: Golden girl Gemma Spofforth sets new world record in Rome". Daily Mail. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Coventry sets world record in women's 100 backstroke". Los Angeles Times. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Women's 100m Backstroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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