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

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Summer Olympics was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. The event took place on 15 and 16 August.

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DatesAugust 15, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 16, 2004 (final)
Competitors59 from 55 nations
Winning time1:44.71 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ian Thorpe
 Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Pieter van den Hoogenband
 Netherlands
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Michael Phelps
 United States
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In the lead-up to the final, the event was billed as The Race of the Century or the "greatest swimming race of all-time", due to its significance and high-class field. It featured four of the fastest swimmers in Olympic history: Ian Thorpe (Australia, world record holder in the event at the time), Pieter van den Hoogenband (Netherlands, defending Olympic champion), Grant Hackett (Australia, former world record holder in the event), and Michael Phelps (United States, later became the most decorated all-time Olympian, with a total of 28 medals).

Thorpe edged out Pieter van den Hoogenband in the final 50 metres to claim his second gold at the Games and fifth career medal, following his triumph in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier.[1] With only 50 metres to go, he powered past his arch-rival to touch the wall first in an Olympic record of 1:44.71, matching the third fastest swim over the distance. Van den Hoogenband, who led the field through the first three laps under a world record pace, settled only for the silver in 1:45.23.[2] Meanwhile, Phelps finished the race with a bronze in an American record of 1:45.32, ending his hopes of emulating Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven gold medals.[2][3][4]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Ian Thorpe (AUS) 1:44.06 Fukuoka, Japan 25 July 2001
Olympic record   Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED) 1:45.35 Sydney, Australia 18 September 2000

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
16 August Final Ian Thorpe   Australia 1:44.71 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 4 Ian Thorpe   Australia 1:47.22 Q
2 8 5 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 1:47.32 Q
3 8 3 Emiliano Brembilla   Italy 1:47.95 Q
4 7 5 Klete Keller   United States 1:47.97 Q
5 6 4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:48.43 Q
6 8 6 Simon Burnett   Great Britain 1:48.68 Q
7 7 4 Grant Hackett   Australia 1:48.90 Q
8 7 6 Jens Schreiber   Germany 1:49.00 Q, WD
9 8 2 Květoslav Svoboda   Czech Republic 1:49.25 Q
10 6 5 Rick Say   Canada 1:49.32 Q
11 8 1 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 1:49.45 Q
12 7 7 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 1:49.48 Q
13 7 2 Yoshihiro Okumura   Japan 1:49.54 Q
14 7 3 Brent Hayden   Canada 1:49.56 Q
15 7 8 Andreas Zisimos   Greece 1:49.60 Q
16 6 3 Andrey Kapralov   Russia 1:49.91 Q
17 6 7 Olaf Wildeboer   Spain 1:50.01 Q
18 5 3 Jacob Carstensen   Denmark 1:50.15
19 6 6 Stefan Herbst   Germany 1:50.23
20 6 1 Rodrigo Castro   Brazil 1:50.27
21 5 8 Saulius Binevičius   Lithuania 1:50.50
22 8 7 Peter Mankoč   Slovenia 1:50.72
23 5 4 Romāns Miloslavskis   Latvia 1:50.83
24 7 1 Maksim Kuznetsov   Russia 1:50.93
25 8 8 Nicolas Rostoucher   France 1:50.96
26 5 5 Dominik Koll   Austria 1:51.36
27 4 2 Dmytro Vereitinov   Ukraine 1:51.38
28 4 3 Joshua Ilika Brenner   Mexico 1:51.66
29 5 1 Luís Monteiro   Portugal 1:51.78
30 5 1 Łukasz Drzewiński   Poland 1:51.90
31 2 6 Mihail Alexandrov   Bulgaria 1:52.12
32 5 7 Tamás Szűcs   Hungary 1:52.26
33 5 6 Han Kyu-chul   South Korea 1:52.28
34 4 8 Damian Alleyne   Barbados 1:52.89
35 3 2 Aleksandar Malenko   Macedonia 1:53.00
4 7 Mahrez Mebarek   Algeria
37 4 5 Yahor Salabutau   Belarus 1:53.03
38 3 5 Albert Subirats   Venezuela 1:53.11
39 4 6 Giancarlo Zolezzi   Chile 1:53.18
40 3 7 Juan Martín Pereyra   Argentina 1:53.19
3 8 Shaune Fraser   Cayman Islands
42 4 1 Miguel Molina   Philippines 1:53.81
43 6 8 Zhang Lin   China 1:53.84
44 3 3 Alexandros Aresti   Cyprus 1:53.90
45 2 3 Martín Kutscher   Uruguay 1:53.91
46 6 2 Andrea Beccari   Italy 1:54.00
47 3 4 Chen Te-tung   Chinese Taipei 1:54.14
48 1 5 Igor Erhartić   Serbia and Montenegro 1:54.21
49 2 5 Ştefan Pinciuc   Moldova 1:54.56
50 2 1 Anouar Ben Naceur   Tunisia 1:54.69
51 2 2 Mark Chay   Singapore 1:54.70
52 4 4 Aytekin Mindan   Turkey 1:55.65
53 2 4 Adil Bellaz   Morocco 1:55.79
54 3 6 Mario Delač   Croatia 1:55.82
55 2 7 Vitaliy Khan   Kazakhstan 1:56.11
56 3 1 Diego Mularoni   San Marino 1:56.18
57 2 8 Petr Vasiliev   Uzbekistan 1:56.93
58 1 3 Zurab Khomasuridze   Georgia 1:58.02
59 1 4 Ruslan Ismailov   Kyrgyzstan 2:01.53

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 1:46.00 Q
2 5 Klete Keller   United States 1:47.28 Q
3 3 Simon Burnett   Great Britain 1:47.72 Q
4 6 Květoslav Svoboda   Czech Republic 1:49.27
5 7 Yoshihiro Okumura   Japan 1:49.49
6 1 Andreas Zisimos   Greece 1:49.76
7 2 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 1:50.02
8 8 Olaf Wildeboer   Spain 1:50.61

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ian Thorpe   Australia 1:46.65 Q
2 3 Michael Phelps   United States 1:47.08 Q
3 6 Grant Hackett   Australia 1:47.61 Q
4 5 Emiliano Brembilla   Italy 1:47.93 Q
5 2 Rick Say   Canada 1:48.16 Q
6 7 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 1:49.59
7 1 Brent Hayden   Canada 1:50.00
8 8 Andrey Kapralov   Russia 1:51.35

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Ian Thorpe   Australia 1:44.71 OR
  4 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 1:45.23
  3 Michael Phelps   United States 1:45.32 AM
4 6 Klete Keller   United States 1:46.13
5 2 Grant Hackett   Australia 1:46.56
6 8 Rick Say   Canada 1:47.55
7 7 Simon Burnett   Great Britain 1:48.02
8 1 Emiliano Brembilla   Italy 1:48.40

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Australia hails Athens hero Thorpe". CNN. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (16 August 2004). "The Thorpedo Triumphs over Hoogie in the "Race of the Century", Phelps Takes the Bronze". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Thorpe torpedoes his world rivals". CNN. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ Gordos, Phil (17 August 2004). "Thorpe steals Phelps' thunder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

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