Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates7 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
8 August 2016 (final)
Competitors48 from 36 nations
Winning time1:44.65
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Sun Yang  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Chad le Clos  South Africa
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Conor Dwyer  United States
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The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 7–8 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

After a runner-up feat in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier, China's Sun Yang put up a monumental effort for the Olympic mid-distance freestyle title in a race against Chad le Clos of South Africa and Conor Dwyer of the United States. Hanging with the leaders at the 150-metre turn, Sun made a late charge on the final lap to edge out Le Clos in front and did not let Dwyer pass him for the gold medal in 1:44.65.[2][3] Despite his early jump to the immediate lead before the final stretch, Le Clos could not hold off Sun to finish with a silver and an African record time in 1:45.20. Meanwhile, Dwyer powered home with a bronze in 1:45.23.[4]

Swimming on the outside lane, 2015 World champion James Guy of Great Britain improved upon his position to finish fourth with a 1:45.49.[5] Dwyer's teammate Townley Haas claimed the fifth spot in 1:45.58, while Germany's world record holder Paul Biedermann (1:45.84), Japan's Kosuke Hagino (1:45.90), the Olympic champion in the 400 m individual medley, and Russia's Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:45.91) rounded out the field.[4]

Other notable swimmers featured France's Yannick Agnel, who missed a chance to defend his Olympic title after fading to nineteenth in the prelims with a 1:47.35, and two-time silver medalist Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, who posted a twenty-ninth-place time of 1:48.06 in his fourth Olympic appearance.[6] Shortly after the Games, Agnel, aged 24, officially confirmed his retirement from international swimming.[7]

The medals for the competition were presented by Tsunekazu Takeda, Japan, member of the International Olympic Committee and the gifts were presented by Kazuo Sano, Bureau Member of FINA.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Paul Biedermann (GER) 1:42.00 Rome, Italy 28 July 2009
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:42.96 Beijing, China 12 August 2008

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The heats began at 1:19pm.

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Sun Yang  China 1:45.75 Q
2 4 4 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:45.78 Q
3 5 6 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:45.89 Q
4 6 3 Conor Dwyer  United States 1:45.95 Q
5 4 5 Townley Haas  United States 1:46.13 Q
6 4 James Guy  Great Britain Q
7 6 5 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 1:46.19 Q
8 5 3 Sebastiaan Verschuren  Netherlands 1:46.32 Q
9 5 5 Thomas Fraser-Holmes  Australia 1:46.49 Q
10 6 6 Velimir Stjepanovic  Serbia 1:46.64 Q
11 4 6 Jérémy Stravius  France 1:46.67 Q, WD*
12 4 8 Dominik Kozma  Hungary 1:46.68 Q
13 5 7 Myles Brown  South Africa 1:46.78 Q
14 2 4 Cristian Quintero  Venezuela 1:47.02 Q
15 5 1 Kacper Majchrzak  Poland 1:47.12 Q
16 6 7 Alexander Krasnykh  Russia 1:47.15 Q
17 4 7 Glenn Surgeloose  Belgium 1:47.19 Q
18 3 6 Felix Auböck  Austria 1:47.24
19 4 3 Yannick Agnel  France 1:47.35
20 3 7 Matthew Stanley  New Zealand 1:47.37
21 6 8 Matias Koski  Finland 1:47.40
22 3 4 Federico Grabich  Argentina 1:47.41
23 3 3 Andrea Mitchell D'Arrigo  Italy 1:47.46
24 3 8 Marwan El-Kamash  Egypt 1:47.52
25 4 2 João de Lucca  Brazil 1:47.63
26 3 2 Welson Sim  Malaysia 1:47.67
27 6 1 Dion Dreesens  Netherlands 1:47.76
28 5 8 Christoph Fildebrandt  Germany 1:47.81
29 6 2 Park Tae-hwan  South Korea 1:48.06
30 5 2 David McKeon  Australia 1:48.38
31 1 4 Khader Baqlah  Jordan 1:48.42
32 2 6 Shang Keyuan  China 1:48.46
33 2 5 Marco Belotti  Italy 1:48.71
34 1 3 Alexei Sancov  Moldova 1:48.85
35 2 3 Cameron Kurle  Great Britain 1:49.08
36 3 1 Nikita Lobintsev  Russia 1:49.35
37 3 5 Péter Bernek  Hungary 1:49.73
38 2 2 Alexandre Haldemann  Switzerland 1:49.94
39 1 5 Anže Tavčar  Slovenia 1:49.96
40 2 1 Henrik Christiansen  Norway 1:50.09
41 2 7 Hoàng Quý Phước  Vietnam 1:50.39
2 8 Ahmed Mathlouthi  Tunisia
43 1 6 Marcelo Acosta  El Salvador 1:51.46
44 1 7 Noah Mascoll-Gomes  Antigua and Barbuda 1:53.16
45 1 2 Mikel Schreuders  Aruba 1:55.10
46 1 1 Brandon Schuster  Samoa 1:57.72
47 1 8 Ahmed Gebrel  Palestine 1:59.71
4 1 Nicolas Oliveira  Brazil DNS

* Qualified, but pulled out of semi-finals to focus on 4×100 m freestyle relay.[11]

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Conor Dwyer  United States 1:45.55 Q
2 4 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:45.69 Q
3 3 James Guy  Great Britain 1:46.23 Q
4 1 Kacper Majchrzak  Poland 1:46.30 NR
5 6 Sebastiaan Verschuren  Netherlands 1:46.34
6 7 Myles Brown  South Africa 1:46.57
7 2 Velimir Stjepanovic  Serbia 1:47.28
8 8 Glenn Surgeloose  Belgium 1:47.36

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Sun Yang  China 1:44.63 Q
2 6 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 1:45.45 Q
3 8 Aleksandr Krasnykh  Russia 1:45.69 Q
4 3 Townley Haas  United States 1:45.92 Q
5 5 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:45.94 Q
6 2 Thomas Fraser-Holmes  Australia 1:46.24
7 7 Dominik Kozma  Hungary 1:47.53
8 1 Cristian Quintero  Venezuela 1:48.00

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Sun Yang  China 1:44.65
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 Chad le Clos  South Africa 1:45.20 AF
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Conor Dwyer  United States 1:45.23
4 8 James Guy  Great Britain 1:45.49
5 7 Townley Haas  United States 1:45.58
6 6 Paul Biedermann  Germany 1:45.84
7 5 Kosuke Hagino  Japan 1:45.90
8 2 Aleksandr Krasnykh  Russia 1:45.91

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's 200m Freestyle". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ Johnson, Raphielle (8 August 2016). "Sun Yang wins 200 free, Conor Dwyer takes bronze". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "China's Sun Yang celebrates gold medal win in the 200m men's freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympics". Daily Mail. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
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  6. ^ "Sun Yang Takes Top Spot; Defending Gold and Silver Medalists Out of 200 Free". Swimming World Magazine. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ Anderson, Jared (7 August 2016). "Yannick Agnel Confirms He Will Retire After Rio". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  8. ^ Dillman, Lisa (29 July 2009). "Suit case: German ends Phelps' reign". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (29 July 2009). "Paul Biedermann beats Michael Phelps in 200m freestyle". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Phelps breaks 200 free world record by nearly a second". ESPN. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Jeux Olympiques : Jérémy Stravius fait l'impasse sur les demi-finales du 200m" [Olympics: Jérémy Stravius scratched the semifinals in the 200m free]. L'Equipe (in French). Éditions Philippe Amaury. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.