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

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Women's 200 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors 34 from 28 nations
Winning time 2:07.57 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ye Shiwen  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alicia Coutts  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Caitlin Leverenz  United States
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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 individual medley at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 30–31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Despite of allegations of doping, China's Ye Shiwen pulled away from the rest of the field to strike a medley double for the fourth straight time in Olympic history since Michelle Smith did so in 1996, Yana Klochkova in 2000 and 2004, and Australia's Stephanie Rice in 2008. Coming from third at the final turn, she opened up her lead with a superb freestyle leg to establish a new Olympic record and a sterling gold-medal time in 2:07.57.[2][3] Australia's Alicia Coutts produced a striking effort to claim the silver behind the Chinese teen in a lifetime best of 2:08.15, adding it to her Olympic hardware with a full set of medals.[4][5] Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Caitlin Leverenz stormed home on the rear of a dominant breaststroke leg to take the bronze in 2:08.95.[6][7]

Rice, the defending Olympic champion, finished fourth in 2:09.55, while U.S. world record holder Ariana Kukors lost her chance to climb the podium with a fifth-place time in 2:09.83.[8][9] Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry fell short in her second attempt for an Olympic medal, earning a sixth spot in 2:11.13. Great Britain's Hannah Miley (2:11.29) and Hungary's Katinka Hosszú (2:14.19) rounded out the field.[7]

Earlier in the semifinals, Ye threw down a fastest freestyle split of 30.59 to set an Olympic record and a textile best in 2:08.39, cutting off Rice's previous standard by six-hundredths of a second (0.06) in a since-banned high tech bodysuit.[9][10]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ariana Kukors (USA) 2:06.15 Rome, Italy 27 July 2009
Olympic record  Stephanie Rice (AUS) 2:08.45 Beijing, China 13 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 30 Semifinal 2 Ye Shiwen  China 2:08.39 OR
July 31 Final Ye Shiwen  China 2:07.57 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Ye Shiwen  China 2:08.90 Q
2 5 6 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:10.51 Q
3 4 5 Caitlin Leverenz  United States 2:10.63 Q
4 4 3 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 2:10.68 Q
5 4 4 Alicia Coutts  Australia 2:10.74 Q
6 3 5 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 2:11.73 Q
7 3 4 Ariana Kukors  United States 2:11.94 Q
8 3 6 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary 2:12.17 Q
9 5 5 Stephanie Rice  Australia 2:12.23 Q
10 5 3 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 2:12.27 Q
11 3 2 Theresa Michalak  Germany 2:12.75 Q
12 3 1 Amit Ivry  Israel 2:13.29 Q, NR
13 3 7 Li Jiaxing  China 2:13.43 Q
14 5 2 Izumi Kato  Japan 2:13.85 Q
15 4 2 Beatriz Gómez Cortes  Spain 2:13.93 Q
16 3 8 Joanna Melo  Brazil 2:14.26 Q
17 3 3 Erica Morningstar  Canada 2:14.32
18 2 5 Ganna Dzerkal  Ukraine 2:14.55
19 2 4 Lisa Zaiser  Austria 2:14.56
20 5 7 Stina Gardell  Sweden 2:14.70
21 4 6 Sophie Allen  Great Britain 2:14.72
22 2 7 Sycerika McMahon  Ireland 2:14.76
23 4 7 Choi Hye-Ra  South Korea 2:14.91
24 4 1 Kathryn Meaklim  South Africa 2:15.25
25 2 3 Ranohon Amanova  Uzbekistan 2:15.37
26 5 1 Natalie Wiegersma  New Zealand 2:16.24
27 2 2 Erica Dittmer  Mexico 2:16.54 NR
28 2 6 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir  Iceland 2:16.81 NR
1 4 Katarína Listopadová  Slovakia
30 2 1 Kim Daniela Pavlin  Croatia 2:17.17
31 1 3 Cheng Wan-Jung  Chinese Taipei 2:17.39
32 4 8 Barbora Závadová  Czech Republic 2:17.54
33 1 5 Emilia Pikkarainen  Finland 2:17.66
34 5 8 Ekaterina Andreeva  Russia 2:17.84

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

[15]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 2:10.74 Q
2 2 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 2:10.89 Q
3 4 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:10.93 Q
4 6 Evelyn Verrasztó  Hungary 2:11.53
5 3 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 2:11.54
6 7 Amit Ivry  Israel 2:13.31
7 1 Izumi Kato  Japan 2:14.47
8 8 Joanna Melo  Brazil 2:14.74

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ye Shiwen  China 2:08.39 Q, OR
2 3 Alicia Coutts  Australia 2:09.83 Q
3 5 Caitlin Leverenz  United States 2:10.06 Q
4 6 Ariana Kukors  United States 2:10.08 Q
5 2 Stephanie Rice  Australia 2:10.80 Q
6 1 Li Jiaxing  China 2:12.69
7 7 Theresa Michalak  Germany 2:13.24
8 8 Beatriz Gómez Cortes  Spain 2:15.12

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Ye Shiwen  China 2:07.57 OR, AS
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Alicia Coutts  Australia 2:08.15
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Caitlin Leverenz  United States 2:08.95
4 7 Stephanie Rice  Australia 2:09.55
5 6 Ariana Kukors  United States 2:09.83
6 8 Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe 2:11.13
7 1 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 2:11.29
8 2 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 2:14.19

References[edit]

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  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Ye Shiwen Uses Superb Freestyle Leg to Power to IM Sweep With Olympic Record in 200 IM; Alicia Coutts, Caitlin Leverenz 2-3; Ariana Kukors Fifth". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Coutts completes set with 200 IM silver". ABC News Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Olympics swimming: Ye Shiwen wins second gold at London 2012". New York Times. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Longman, Jere (30 July 2012). "China Pool Prodigy Churns Wave of Speculation". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kukors Sets World Record, Men's 4×100m Wins Gold". Team USA. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Rice claims medley double". ABC News. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley – Semifinals". London 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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