Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre butterfly

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Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors 37 from 28 nations
Winning time 1:52.96 AF
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Chad le Clos  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Takeshi Matsuda  Japan
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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 men's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 30–31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

For the second time at the 2012 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps fell short in his attempt to win the same event three consecutive times, due to an upset performance from South Africa's Chad le Clos. Phelps was the odds-on favorite to win the race, but Le Clos came from third at the final turn to edge out the superstar (and his personal hero) by five-hundredths of a second (0.05) for the gold medal and an African record in 1:52.96.[2][3] By finishing with a time of 1:53.01, Phelps earned his second silver medal of the games, bringing his overall total to eighteen, and matching Larisa Latynina's record of eighteen medals as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.[4][5][6] Japan's Takeshi Matsuda managed to repeat his bronze from Beijing four years earlier in 1:53.21.[7][8]

Austria's Dinko Jukić, who claimed the top seed earlier in the prelims, missed the podium by over a body length with a fourth-place time and a national record in 1:54.35.[8][9] U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary finished fifth in 1:55.06 to hold off a close battle from Serbia's Velimir Stjepanović (1:55.07) and Poland's three-time Olympic finalist Paweł Korzeniowski (1:55.08) by a hundredth of a second (0.01) each.[10][11] China's Chen Yin rounded out the historic finale with an eighth-place time in 1:55.18.[8]

Hungary's László Cseh missed a chance to reach the final roster and defend his Olympic silver medal after placing twelfth in the semifinals (1:55.88).[9]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the world and Olympic records were:

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:51.51 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:52.03 Beijing, China 13 August 2008

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 3 Dinko Jukić  Austria 1:54.79 Q
2 5 6 Tyler Clary  United States 1:54.96 Q
3 3 7 Velimir Stjepanović  Serbia 1:54:99 Q, NR
4 3 3 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:55.23 Q
5 5 4 Michael Phelps  United States 1:55.53 Q
6 3 5 Chen Yin  China 1:55.60 Q
7 3 6 Kazuya Kaneda  Japan 1:55.70 Q
8 4 4 Takeshi Matsuda  Japan 1:55.81 Q
9 4 3 László Cseh  Hungary 1:55.86 Q
10 3 4 Wu Peng  China 1:55.88 Q
11 5 2 Paweł Korzeniowski  Poland 1:56.09 Q
12 5 5 Nick D'Arcy  Australia 1:56.25 Q
13 4 5 Bence Biczó  Hungary 1:56.51 Q
14 5 1 Chris Wright  Australia 1:56.69 Q
15 4 1 Nikolay Skvortsov  Russia 1:56.76 Q
16 3 1 Ioannis Drymonakos  Greece 1:56.97 Q
17 4 6 Kaio de Almeida  Brazil 1:56.99
3 2 Joe Roebuck  Great Britain
19 4 7 Marcin Cieślak  Poland 1:57.07
20 5 7 Roberto Pavoni  Great Britain 1:57.55
21 4 2 Leonardo de Deus  Brazil 1:58.03
22 2 3 Pedro Oliveira  Portugal 1:58.45
23 4 8 Stefanos Dimitriadis  Greece 1:58.79
24 3 8 Robert Žbogar  Slovenia 1:58.99
25 2 8 Mauricio Fiol  Peru 1:59.02 NR
26 5 8 Joseph Schooling  Singapore 1:59.18
27 2 1 Marcos Lavado  Venezuela 1:59.31
28 2 2 Illya Chuyev  Ukraine 1:59.65
29 2 5 Alexandru Coci  Romania 1:59.67
30 2 7 Hsu Chi-Chieh  Chinese Taipei 1:59.81
31 2 6 David Sharpe  Canada 1:59.87
32 1 4 Gal Nevo  Israel 1:59.98
33 2 4 Alexandre Liess  Switzerland 2:00.13
34 1 3 Omar Pinzón  Colombia 2:02.32
35 1 6 Diego Castillo  Panama 2:04.72
36 1 5 Yousef Al-Askari  Kuwait 2:05.41
37 1 2 Hocine Haciane  Andorra 2:06.37

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Takeshi Matsuda  Japan 1:54.25 Q
2 5 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:54.34 Q, AF
3 3 Chen Yin  China 1:54.43 Q
4 4 Tyler Clary  United States 1:54.93 Q
5 2 Wu Peng  China 1:55.65
6 7 Nick D'Arcy  Australia 1:56.07
7 8 Ioannis Drymonakos  Greece 1:58.05
8 1 Chris Wright  Australia 1:58.56

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Michael Phelps  United States 1:54.53 Q
2 4 Dinko Jukić  Austria 1:54.95 Q
3 7 Paweł Korzeniowski  Poland 1:55.04 Q
4 5 Velimir Stjepanović  Serbia 1:55.13 Q
5 1 Bence Biczó  Hungary 1:55.36
6 6 Kazuya Kaneda  Japan 1:55.56
7 2 László Cseh  Hungary 1:55.88
8 8 Nikolay Skvorstov  Russia 1:56.53

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:52.96 AF
2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 Michael Phelps  United States 1:53.01
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Takeshi Matsuda  Japan 1:53.21
4 7 Dinko Jukic  Austria 1:54.35 NR
5 2 Tyler Clary  United States 1:55.06
6 8 Velimir Stjepanović  Serbia 1:55.07
7 1 Paweł Korzeniowski  Poland 1:55.08
8 3 Chen Yin  China 1:55.18

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (31 July 2012). "Phelps's Silver Ties Olympic Medal Record, Le Clos Wins Gold". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Michael Phelps Ties Olympic Medal Record, Takes Silver In Men's 200m Butterfly Final". Huffington Post. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Golden years: Le Clos leads upset but Phelps wins record 19th with team". Chicago Tribune. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Matsuda third in thrilling 200 butterfly final". The Japan Times. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "2012 London Olympics: South Africa's Chad le Clos Upsets Michael Phelps for 200 Fly Gold; Phelps Still Ties Record for Most Career Olympic Medals; Tyler Clary Misses Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Austria's Dinko Jukic Leads Men's 200 Fly Prelims; Tyler Clary Second, Michael Phelps Qualifies Fifth". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Phelps becomes most decorated Olympian of all time". USA Swimming. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Radley, Paul (1 August 2012). "Olympics: Superb Stjepanovic just falls short of podium finish". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Crouse, Karen (30 July 2012). "Phelps Rebounds Amid Boycott Threat". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Phelps bounces back with 200m fly world record triumph". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  14. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Men's 200m Butterfly – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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