Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre individual medley
|Women's 200 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Venue||London Aquatics Centre|
|Date||July 30, 2012 (heats &
July 31, 2012 (final)
|Competitors||34 from 28 nations|
|Winning time||2:07.57 OR|
|Swimming at the
2012 Summer Olympics
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. 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. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Caitlin Leverenz stormed home on the rear of a dominant breaststroke leg to take the bronze in 2:08.95.
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. 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.
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.
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:
|July 30||Semifinal 2||Ye Shiwen||China||2:08.39||OR|
|July 31||Final||Ye Shiwen||China||2:07.57||OR|
|2||2||Hannah Miley||Great Britain||2:10.89||Q|
|5||3||Mireia Belmonte García||Spain||2:11.54|
|1||4||Ye Shiwen||China||2:08.39||Q, OR|
|3||5||Caitlin Leverenz||United States||2:10.06||Q|
|4||6||Ariana Kukors||United States||2:10.08||Q|
|8||8||Beatriz Gómez Cortes||Spain||2:15.12|
|4||Ye Shiwen||China||2:07.57||OR, AS|
|3||Caitlin Leverenz||United States||2:08.95|
|5||6||Ariana Kukors||United States||2:09.83|
|7||1||Hannah Miley||Great Britain||2:11.29|
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