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Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 17 and 18.[1]

Men's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatic Centre
DateAugust 17, 2004 (heats and semifinals)
August 18, 2004 (final)
Competitors47 from 39 nations
Winning time2:09.44 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kosuke Kitajima  Japan
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dániel Gyurta  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Brendan Hansen  United States
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After missing out the semifinals in Sydney four years earlier, Japan's Kosuke Kitajima blasted one of the longest Olympic swimming records in the book, when he clocked at 2:09.44 to erase a 0.77-second mark by American swimmer Mike Barrowman in 1992, and to strike a breaststroke double for the second straight time.[2] 15-year-old Dániel Gyurta of Hungary made a surprise packet with a silver medal in 2:10.80, edging out U.S. swimmer Brendan Hansen in a close race by 0.07 of a second. Hansen, who broke Kitajima's world record at the U.S. Olympic trials one month ago, finished third in 2:10.87.[3]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Brendan Hansen (USA) 2:09.04 Long Beach, United States 11 July 2004
Olympic record   Mike Barrowman (USA) 2:10.16 Barcelona, Spain 29 July 1992

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 18 Final Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:09.44 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 2 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:11.29 Q
2 4 4 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:11.97 Q
3 4 5 Paolo Bossini   Italy 2:12.09 Q
4 4 3 Mike Brown   Canada 2:12.69 Q
5 6 4 Brendan Hansen   United States 2:12.77 Q
6 5 8 Vladislav Polyakov   Kazakhstan 2:12.96 Q
7 6 3 Ian Edmond   Great Britain 2:13.08 Q
8 5 3 Grigory Falko   Russia 2:13.45 Q
9 5 5 Scott Usher   United States 2:13.59 Q
10 6 5 Jim Piper   Australia 2:13.79 Q
11 5 6 Genki Imamura   Japan 2:14.10 Q
12 4 1 Terence Parkin   South Africa 2:14.12 Q
13 5 2 Maxim Podoprigora   Austria 2:14.31 Q
14 6 7 Richárd Bodor   Hungary 2:14.36 Q
15 2 4 Lai Zhongjian   China 2:14.61 Q
16 4 6 Chris Cook   Great Britain 2:14.68 Q
17 5 4 Dmitry Komornikov   Russia 2:14.92
18 4 8 Jens Kruppa   Germany 2:15.29
19 3 2 Ratapong Sirisanont   Thailand 2:15.39
20 3 3 Valeriy Dymo   Ukraine 2:15.52
21 3 4 Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson   Iceland 2:15.60
22 6 8 Michael Williamson   Ireland 2:15.75
23 4 2 Regan Harrison   Australia 2:15.86
24 2 1 Eduardo Fischer   Brazil 2:16.04
25 5 1 Hugues Duboscq   France 2:16.56
26 5 7 Thijs van Valkengoed   Netherlands 2:16.80
27 6 1 Martin Gustavsson   Sweden 2:17.12
28 2 5 Mihail Alexandrov   Bulgaria 2:17.19
29 6 6 Morgan Knabe   Canada 2:17.20
30 3 6 Daniel Málek   Czech Republic 2:17.47
31 2 6 Sofiane Daid   Algeria 2:17.78
32 3 7 Aleksander Baldin   Estonia 2:17.90
33 3 8 Romanos Alyfantis   Greece 2:18.18
34 2 8 Andrey Morkovin   Uzbekistan 2:18.48
35 1 3 Bradley Ally   Barbados 2:18.64
36 2 2 Emil Tahirovič   Slovenia 2:18.65
37 3 1 Vanja Rogulj   Croatia 2:18.81
38 1 1 Miguel Molina   Philippines 2:19.19
39 2 3 Ben Labowitch   New Zealand 2:19.25
40 4 7 Loris Facci   Italy 2:19.38
41 2 7 Tam Chi Kin   Hong Kong 2:19.48
42 1 4 Wang Wei-wen   Chinese Taipei 2:20.65
43 1 5 Malick Fall   Senegal 2:22.31
44 1 2 Edvinas Dautartas   Lithuania 2:23.12
45 1 7 Sergiu Postica   Moldova 2:27.21
46 1 6 Anton Kramarenko   Kyrgyzstan 2:28.59
3 5 Jarno Pihlava   Finland DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:10.86 Q
2 5 Mike Brown   Canada 2:12.14 Q
3 3 Vladislav Polyakov   Kazakhstan 2:12.19 Q
4 2 Jim Piper   Australia 2:12.22 Q
5 6 Grigory Falko   Russia 2:12.42
6 1 Richárd Bodor   Hungary 2:12.76
7 7 Terence Parkin   South Africa 2:13.58
8 8 Chris Cook   Great Britain 2:15.91

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:10.75 Q
2 3 Brendan Hansen   United States 2:10.81 Q
3 5 Paolo Bossini   Italy 2:11.76 Q
4 2 Scott Usher   United States 2:12.00 Q
5 7 Genki Imamura   Japan 2:12.86
6 1 Maxim Podoprigora   Austria 2:14.66
7 8 Lai Zhongjian   China 2:14.94
6 Ian Edmond   Great Britain DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
  3 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:09.44 OR
  4 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:10.80
  5 Brendan Hansen   United States 2:10.87
4 6 Paolo Bossini   Italy 2:11.20
5 1 Vladislav Polyakov   Kazakhstan 2:11.76
6 7 Mike Brown   Canada 2:11.94
7 2 Scott Usher   United States 2:11.95
8 Jim Piper   Australia DSQ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 2004-08-05. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  2. ^ "Japan's Kitajima wins men's 200m breaststroke for 2nd gold". Xinhua. People's Daily. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Kitajima Takes the Breaststroke Double, Wins the 200 in an Olympic Record 2:09.44". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.

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