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

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Women's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 28, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 36 from 29 nations
Winning time 4:28.43 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ye Shiwen  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Elizabeth Beisel  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Li Xuanxu  China
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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 400 metre individual medley event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 28 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

At only 16 years of age, China's Ye Shiwen blasted a new world record to capture the Olympic title in the event. She trailed behind American teenager Elizabeth Beisel more than halfway through the race, before pulling away with a superb freestyle leg to bring home the Olympic gold medal and the world record in a sterling time of 4:28.43. Her spectacular swim also demolished the previous standard from Australia's Stephanie Rice in Beijing four years earlier by more than a second.[2][3] Meanwhile, Beisel enjoyed the race with a powerful lead on the breaststroke leg, but felt satisfied to claim the silver in 4:31.27.[4][5] Ye's teammate Li Xuanxu stormed home on the final stretch to grab a bronze in 4:32.91, edging out Hungary's early leader Katinka Hosszú (4:33.49) by more than half a second (0.50).[6]

Great Britain's home favorite Hannah Miley finished fifth in 4:34.17, while Rice, the defending Olympic champion, matched United States' Caitlin Leverenz with an unexpected sixth-place time in 4:35.49.[7][8] Spain's Mireia Belmonte García rounded out the final roster in 4:35.62.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Stephanie Rice (AUS) 4:29.45 Beijing, China 10 August 2008
Olympic record  Stephanie Rice (AUS) 4:29.45 Beijing, China 10 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
July 28 Final Ye Shiwen  China 4:28.43 WR, OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[11]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Elizabeth Beisel  United States 4:31.68 Q
2 3 5 Ye Shiwen  China 4:31.73 Q
3 3 4 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 4:33.77 Q
4 5 5 Li Xuanxu  China 4:34.28 Q
5 5 3 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 4:34.70 Q
6 4 4 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 4:34.98 Q
7 4 5 Stephanie Rice  Australia 4:35.76 Q
8 4 3 Caitlin Leverenz  United States 4:36.09 Q
9 3 3 Zsuzsanna Jakabos  Hungary 4:37.37
10 5 1 Anja Klinar  Slovenia 4:38.20
11 5 2 Aimee Willmott  Great Britain 4:38.87
12 4 6 Miyu Otsuka  Japan 4:39.13
13 5 6 Blair Evans  Australia 4:40.42
14 4 7 Stina Gardell  Sweden 4:41.33
15 3 6 Barbora Zavádová  Czech Republic 4:41.84
16 4 2 Kathryn Meaklim  South Africa 4:43.46
17 2 5 Kim Seo-yeong  South Korea 4:43.99
18 5 7 Lara Grangeon  France 4:44.28
19 3 8 Natalie Wiegersma  New Zealand 4:44.78
20 3 2 Miho Takahashi  Japan 4:45.10
21 2 4 Stephanie Horner  Canada 4:45.49
22 4 1 Stefania Pirozzi  Italy 4:45.61
23 4 8 Jördis Steinegger  Austria 4:45.80
24 3 7 Yana Martynova  Russia 4:45.94
25 3 1 Claudia Dasca Romeu  Spain 4:46.80
26 2 7 Ganna Dzerkal  Ukraine 4:48.19
27 2 6 Andreina Pinto  Venezuela 4:48.64
28 1 3 Nguyen Thi Anh Vien  Vietnam 4:50.32
29 1 4 Susana Escobar  Mexico 4:50.57
30 2 8 Sara Nordenstam  Norway 4:51.28
31 2 1 Karolina Szczepaniak  Poland 4:52.50
32 2 2 Sara El Bekri  Morocco 4:53.21
33 1 5 Noora Laukkanen  Finland 4:53.54
34 2 3 Georgina Bardach  Argentina 4:57.31
35 1 6 Anum Bandey  Pakistan 5:34.64 NR
036 5 8 Joanna Melo  Brazil DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Ye Shiwen  China 4:28.43 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Elizabeth Beisel  United States 4:31.27
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Li Xuanxu  China 4:32.91
4 3 Katinka Hosszú  Hungary 4:33.49
5 7 Hannah Miley  Great Britain 4:34.17
6 1 Stephanie Rice  Australia 4:35.49
8 Caitlin Leverenz  United States
8 2 Mireia Belmonte García  Spain 4:35.62

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ye Shiwen wins gold in record time". ESPN. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Newberry, Paul (28 July 2012). "Lochte wins 400m IM in blowout; Phelps finishes 4th". London 2012. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Powers, John (28 July 2012). "For R.I.'s Beisel, silver nearly as good as gold". Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ye wins women's 400 IM; Beisel takes silver". Fox News. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: China's Ye Shiwen Crushes World Record in 400 IM". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Jones, Sam (28 July 2012). "Ye Shiwen sets world medley record at Olympics aged 16". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Olympics swimming: Hannah Miley fifth as Ye Shiwen breaks medley world record". BBC Sport. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Return to Sender…Stephanie Rice Blasts Women's 400 IM World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Johanson, Simon (10 August 2008). "Rice steams to gold and world record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 August 2008. 
  11. ^ "Women's 400m Individual Medley – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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