Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date August 1, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 2, 2012 (final)
Competitors 34 from 27 nations
Winning time 2:19.59 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Rebecca Soni  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Satomi Suzuki  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Yuliya Yefimova  Russia
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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 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1–2 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni cleared a 2:20-barrier in a remarkable world record to defend her Olympic title for the first time in the event's history. Dominating the race from the start, she threw down a stunning time of 2:19.59 to open up a full-body length gap over the rest of the field on the final stretch.[2][3] Meanwhile, Japan's Satomi Suzuki powered home with silver in a scorching time of 2:20.72 to match an Asian record previously held by Rie Kaneto in 2009.[4] Russia's Yuliya Yefimova, who trained with Soni at the Trojan Swim Club, snatched the bronze medal with an astonishing European record in 2:20.92.[5][6]

Denmark's Rikke Pedersen fell short of the podium by almost a full second with a fourth-place time in 2:21.65, and was followed in fifth by Canada's Martha McCabe (2:23.16) and sixth by Soni's teammate Micah Lawrence (2:23.27).[7] South Africa's Suzaan van Biljon got off to a flying start in the first length, but dropped back to seventh in 2:23.72, while Australia's Sally Foster rounded out the field to eighth in 2:26.00.[6][8]

Before the breakthrough finale, Soni scorched the field with a world-record time in 2:20.00 to pick up a top seed in the semifinals, slicing 0.12 seconds off the standard set by Canada's Annamay Pierse in a since-banned high tech bodysuit from the 2009 World Championships.[9][10]

Other notable swimmers missed the final roster featuring Serbia's Nađa Higl, the 2009 world champion; Norway's Sara Nordenstam, the defending bronze medalist; and Jamaica's Alia Atkinson, fourth-place finalist in the 100 m breaststroke.[11]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Annamay Pierse (CAN) 2:20.12 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009
Olympic record  Rebecca Soni (USA) 2:20.22 Beijing, China 15 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 1 Semifinal 2 Rebecca Soni  United States 2:20.00 WR, OR
August 2 Final Rebecca Soni  United States 2:19.59 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Rebecca Soni  United States 2:21.40 Q
2 5 6 Rikke Pedersen  Denmark 2:22.69 Q, NR
3 3 4 Satomi Suzuki  Japan 2:23.22 Q
4 5 5 Micah Lawrence  United States 2:24.50 Q
5 5 3 Anastasia Chaun  Russia 2:25.39 Q
6 4 1 Joline Höstman  Sweden 2:25.44 Q
7 3 3 Ji Liping  China 2:25.76 Q
3 1 Back Su-Yeon  South Korea Q
9 3 2 Suzaan van Biljon  South Africa 2:25.94 Q
10 3 6 Sally Foster  Australia 2:26.04 Q
11 3 7 Sara El Bekri  Morocco 2:26.05 Q, NR
12 4 5 Kanako Watanabe  Japan 2:26.38 Q
13 4 6 Martha McCabe  Canada 2:26.39 Q
14 4 4 Yuliya Yefimova  Russia 2:26.83 Q
4 7 Jeong Da-Rae  South Korea Q
16 5 1 Tessa Wallace  Australia 2:26.94 Q
17 2 5 Ganna Dzerkal  Ukraine 2:27.09 NR
18 4 8 Stacey Tadd  Great Britain 2:27.18
19 5 7 Fanny Lecluyse  Belgium 2:27.30
20 5 2 Marina Garcia Urzainqui  Spain 2:27.57
21 3 5 Tera van Beilen  Canada 2:27.70
22 5 8 Chiara Boggiatto  Italy 2:27.74
23 3 8 Sara Nordenstam  Norway 2:27.90
24 4 3 Sun Ye  China 2:27.94
25 4 2 Nađa Higl  Serbia 2:28.38
26 2 6 Martina Moravčíková  Czech Republic 2:28.54
27 1 5 Alia Atkinson  Jamaica 2:28.77 NR
28 2 4 Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir  Iceland 2:29.60
29 1 4 Anna Sztankovics  Hungary 2:29.67
30 2 7 Dilara Buse Günaydin  Turkey 2:30.64
31 2 1 Sarra Lajnef  Tunisia 2:31.15
32 2 2 Jenna Laukkanen  Finland 2:31.23
33 2 3 Tanja Šmid  Slovenia 2:32.19
34 1 3 Dariya Talanova  Kyrgyzstan 2:38.01

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rikke Pedersen  Denmark 2:22.23 Q, NR
2 1 Yuliya Yefimova  Russia 2:23.02 Q
3 5 Micah Lawrence  United States 2:23.39 Q
4 2 Sally Foster  Australia 2:24.46 Q
5 6 Back Su-Yeon  South Korea 2:24.67
6 3 Joline Höstman  Sweden 2:24.77
7 7 Kanako Watanabe  Japan 2:27.32
8 8 Tessa Wallace  Australia 2:27.38

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni  United States 2:20.00 Q, WR
2 5 Satomi Suzuki  Japan 2:22.40 Q
3 2 Suzaan van Biljon  South Africa 2:23.21 Q, AF
4 1 Martha McCabe  Canada 2:24.09 Q
5 7 Sara El Bekri  Morocco 2:25.86 NR
6 3 Anastasia Chaun  Russia 2:26.08
7 6 Ji Liping  China 2:27.26
8 8 Jeong Da-Rae  South Korea 2:28.74

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Rebecca Soni  United States 2:19.59 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Satomi Suzuki  Japan 2:20.72 =AS
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Yuliya Yefimova  Russia 2:20.92 EU
4 5 Rikke Pedersen  Denmark 2:21.65 NR
5 1 Martha McCabe  Canada 2:23.16
6 7 Micah Lawrence  United States 2:23.27
7 2 Suzaan van Biljon  South Africa 2:23.72
8 8 Sally Foster  Australia 2:26.00

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "McCabe finishes fifth; Hayden fails to advance". The Vancouver Sun. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
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  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: USA's Rebecca Soni Throws Down World Record in 200 Breast Semis; Micah Lawrence Makes Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Soni sets world record in 200 breast semifinals". Gillette News-Record. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Rebecca Soni Surges to Olympic Textile Best in 200 Breast; Micah Lawrence Fourth". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pierse sets world breaststroke record". CBC Sports. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
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