Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 29, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 35 from 27 nations
Winning time 4:01.45 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Camille Muffat  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Allison Schmitt  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain
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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 400 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

France's Camille Muffat held off a sprint duel from a hard-charging American Allison Schmitt with every stroke on the final stretch to capture the event's second Olympic title for her nation, since Laure Manaudou topped the podium in 2004. She maintained her powerful lead from the start to edge out Schmitt by 0.32 seconds for the gold medal and a new Olympic record in 4:01.45.[2][3] Meanwhile, Schmitt could not catch Muffat on a head-to-head duel to finish with an American record of 4:01.77 in the process of a silver.[4] Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington struggled through the race for her Olympic title defense, but brought out a raucous cheer from a home crowd to earn the bronze in 4:03.01.[5][6][7]

Denmark's Lotte Friis finished off the podium with a fourth-place time and a national record in 4:03.98, while Italy's Federica Pellegrini, the reigning world record holder, faded to fifth in 4:04.50.[8] Muffat's teammate Coralie Balmy (4:05.95), Canada's Brittany MacLean (4:06.24) and New Zealand's Lauren Boyle (4:06.25) rounded out the field.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 3:59.15 Rome, Italy 26 July 2009
Olympic record  Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 4:02.19 Beijing, China 10 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 29 Final Camille Muffat  France 4:01.45 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[12]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Camille Muffat  France 4:03.29 Q
2 5 5 Allison Schmitt  United States 4:03.31 Q
3 4 6 Coralie Balmy  France 4:03.56 Q
4 5 2 Lauren Boyle  New Zealand 4:03.63 Q, NR
5 5 6 Lotte Friis  Denmark 4:04.22 Q, NR
6 4 2 Brittany MacLean  Canada 4:05.06 Q, NR
7 4 4 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 4:05.30 Q
8 3 4 Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 4:05.75 Q
9 5 7 Melania Costa Schmid  Spain 4:06.75
10 3 5 Chloe Sutton  United States 4:07.07
11 4 5 Kylie Palmer  Australia 4:07.27
12 5 3 Bronte Barratt  Australia 4:07.99
13 3 6 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 4:08.23
14 4 3 Shao Yiwen  China 4:08.41
15 4 1 Andreina Pinto  Venezuela 4:08.45 NR
16 3 7 Éva Risztov  Hungary 4:09.08
17 5 1 Boglárka Kapás  Hungary 4:10.01
18 4 7 Savannah King  Canada 4:10.93
19 3 3 Li Xuanxu  China 4:10.95
20 3 1 Camelia Potec  Romania 4:11.43
21 3 2 Joanne Jackson  Great Britain 4:11.50
22 3 8 Wendy Trott  South Africa 4:11.63
23 2 3 Nina Rangelova  Bulgaria 4:11.71 NR
24 2 5 Kristel Kobrich  Chile 4:12.02
25 5 8 Yelena Sokolova  Russia 4:12.19
26 2 4 Aya Takano  Japan 4:12.33
27 2 2 Julia Hassler  Liechtenstein 4:12.99 NR
28 2 6 Susana Escobar  Mexico 4:14.78
29 2 8 Natthanan Junkrajang  Thailand 4:16.45
30 2 1 Lynette Lim  Singapore 4:18.64
31 4 8 Grainne Murphy  Ireland 4:19.07
32 1 4 Mojca Sagmeister  Slovenia 4:21.55
33 1 5 Andrea Cedron  Peru 4:24.18
34 2 7 Kim Ga-Eul  South Korea 4:43.46
35 1 3 Jennet Sariyeva  Turkmenistan 5:40.29 NR

Final[edit]

Podium for the 400m freestyle. L-R: Allison Schmitt (silver), Camille Muffat (gold) and Rebecca Adlington (bronze).
Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Camille Muffat  France 4:01.45 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Allison Schmitt  United States 4:01.77 AM
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8 Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 4:03.01
4 2 Lotte Friis  Denmark 4:03.98 NR
5 1 Federica Pellegrini  Italy 4:04.50
6 3 Coralie Balmy  France 4:05.95
7 7 Brittany MacLean  Canada 4:06.24
8 6 Lauren Boyle  New Zealand 4:06.25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Norlander, Matt (29 July 2012). "More swim records fall: Muffat in 400 free; van der Burgh in 100 breaststroke". CBS Sports. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Baldwin, Alan (29 July 2012). "Muffat takes on Manaudou's mantle". Reuters. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vollmer, van der Burgh break world records at finals". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Bull, Andy (29 July 2012). "London 2012: Rebecca Adlington takes bronze behind Camille Muffat". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ White, Duncan (29 July 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: Rebecca Adlington wins bronze medal in the 400m freestyle in Aquatics centre". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Camille Muffat Pips Allison Schmitt With Olympic Record in Women's 400 Free". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (30 July 2012). "Muffat Takes Adlington's Title to Leave Britain Waiting for Gold". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Nichols, Peter (30 July 2009). "Brits double up as Jackson and Adlington bag 400 metres freestyle silver and bronze in Rome". Mail Online. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Torres Can't Lift Relay Team To Medal Stand". Sun-Sentinel. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Kitson, Robert (11 August 2008). "Olympics: Rebecca Adlington wins gold for Britain in 400m freestyle". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Women's 400m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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