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

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Women's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors 37 from 31 nations
Winning time 1:53.61 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Allison Schmitt  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Camille Muffat  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bronte Barratt  Australia
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Swimming at the
2012 Summer Olympics

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 women's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 30–31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

U.S. swimmer Allison Schmitt blasted a new Olympic record with a stunning effort to capture the gold medal in the event for the first time, since Nicole Haislett topped the podium in 1992. She pulled away from a tightly-packed field on the final lap to hit the wall first in a sterling time of 1:53.61, shaving 1.21 seconds off the record set by Italy's Federica Pellegrini from Beijing in 2008.[2][3] After defeating Schmitt in a close duel to grab the 400 m freestyle title two days earlier, France's Camille Muffat trailed behind her rival by almost a body length for the silver in 1:55.58.[4] Meanwhile, Australia's Bronte Barratt produced a striking touch to take home the bronze in 1:55.81, edging out American teenage star Missy Franklin by a hundredth of a second.[5][6][7]

Franklin missed a chance to add her third career medal with a fourth-place time in 1:55.82, while Pellegrini, the defending Olympic champion, dropped off the podium to fifth in 1:56.73.[8][9] Russia's Veronika Popova (1:57.25), Great Britain's home favorite Caitlin McClatchey (1:57.60) and Barratt's teammate Kylie Palmer (1:57.68) closed out the field.[5][7]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top-eight final roster including Slovenia's Sara Isaković, the defending silver medalist, who placed fourteenth (1:58.47) in the semifinals; and Romania's Camelia Potec, a four-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic champion, who posted a twenty-fifth place time (2:01.15) on the morning prelims.[10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:52.98 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009
Olympic record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:54.82 Beijing, China 13 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 31 Final Allison Schmitt  United States 1:53.61 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 5 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 1:57.16 Q
2 5 4 Allison Schmitt  United States 1:57.33 Q
3 3 4 Missy Franklin  United States 1:57.62 Q
4 3 3 Veronika Popova  Russia 1:57.79 Q
5 7 Melania Costa Schmid  Spain Q
6 3 6 Barbara Jardin  Canada 1:57.92 Q
7 5 5 Sarah Sjöström  Sweden 1:58.03 Q
4 2 Caitlin McClatchey  Great Britain Q
9 3 7 Samantha Cheverton  Canada 1:58.11 Q
10 4 3 Bronte Barratt  Australia 1:58.12 Q
11 5 3 Kylie Palmer  Australia 1:58.16 Q
12 4 4 Camille Muffat  France 1:58.49 Q
13 5 6 Silke Lippok  Germany 1:58.59 Q
14 4 6 Wang Shijia  China 1:58.73 Q
15 4 1 Hanae Ito  Japan 1:58.93 Q
16 5 1 Sara Isaković  Slovenia 1:58.96 Q
17 3 2 Rebecca Turner  Great Britain 1:58.98
18 3 1 Ophélie-Cyrielle Etienne  France 1:59.15
19 4 8 Nina Rangelova  Bulgaria 1:59.21 NR
20 5 8 Karin Prinsloo  South Africa 1:59.24
21 4 7 Song Wenyan  China 1:59.47
22 5 2 Ágnes Mutina  Hungary 1:59.56
23 3 8 Sze Hang Yu  Hong Kong 1:59.92
24 2 5 Pernille Blume  Denmark 2:00.91
25 2 6 Camelia Potec  Romania 2:01.15
26 2 2 Liliana Ibanez  Mexico 2:01.36
27 2 1 Anna Stylianou  Cyprus 2:01.87
28 2 8 Katarína Filová  Slovakia 2:02.03
29 2 4 Jördis Steinegger  Austria 2:02.39
30 1 3 Natthanan Junkrajang  Thailand 2:02.49
31 1 5 Danielle Villars  Switzerland 2:03.55
32 2 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä  Finland 2:04.21
33 1 4 Baek Il-Joo  South Korea 2:04.32
34 1 6 Heather Arseth  Mauritius 2:07.81
35 1 2 Aurelie Fanchette  Seychelles 2:23.49
036 2 3 Grainne Murphy  Ireland DNS
036 4 5 Femke Heemskerk  Netherlands DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Bronte Barratt  Australia 1:56.08 Q
2 4 Allison Schmitt  United States 1:56.15 Q
3 7 Camille Muffat  France 1:56.18 Q
4 5 Veronika Popova  Russia 1:56.84 Q, NR
5 3 Barbara Jardin  Canada 1:57.91
6 6 Sarah Sjöström  Sweden 1:58.12
7 8 Sara Isaković  Slovenia 1:58.47
8 1 Wang Shijia  China 1:58.63

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 1:56.67 Q
2 6 Caitlin McClatchey  Great Britain 1:57.33 Q
3 7 Kylie Palmer  Australia 1:57.44 Q
4 5 Missy Franklin  United States 1:57.57 Q
5 3 Melania Costa Schmid  Spain 1:57.76
6 2 Samantha Cheverton  Canada 1:57.98
7 1 Silke Lippok  Germany 1:58.24
8 8 Hanae Ito  Japan 1:59.62

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Allison Schmitt  United States 1:53.61 OR, AM
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Camille Muffat  France 1:55.58
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Bronte Barratt  Australia 1:55.81
4 8 Missy Franklin  United States 1:55.82
5 6 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 1:56.73
6 2 Veronika Popova  Russia 1:57.25
7 7 Caitlin McClatchey  Great Britain 1:57.60
8 1 Kylie Palmer  Australia 1:57.68

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b "Bronte Barratt claims Olympic bronze medal in women's 200m freestyle". News Corp Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Barratt snares bronze in 200m free". ABC News Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Allison Schmitt Torches 200 Free With Olympic, American Record; Missy Franklin Misses Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Das, Andrew (31 July 2012). "Schmitt Sets Mark in Winning Gold; Franklin Fourth". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (31 July 2012). "Missy Franklin finishes fourth in 200 free in London". USA Today. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Defending Champion Federica Pellegrini Leads Way in Women's 200 Free Prelims; Schmitt and Franklin Fractions Behind". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Federica Pellegrini Puts on Show for Home Crowd With World Record, U.S. Goes 2-3 With American Record". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Pellegrini takes 200m free gold". BBC Sport. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women's 200m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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