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Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

The women's 100 metre backstroke event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 15 and 16.[1]

Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DateAugust 15, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 16, 2004 (final)
Competitors41 from 34 nations
Winning time1:00.17 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Natalie Coughlin  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Laure Manaudou  France
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2008 →

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin won the gold medal in this event, outside the record time of 1:00.37. The silver medal was awarded to Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who finished behind Coughlin by 0.13 of a second, breaking an African record of 1:00.50. France's Laure Manaudou, who won the gold in the 400 m freestyle on the previous day, took home the bronze medal, with a time of 1:00.88.[2] In the semifinals, Coughlin lowered an Olympic record time of 1:00.21, set by Romania's Diana Mocanu in Sydney (2000), to 1:00.17.[3]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Natalie Coughlin (USA) 59.58 Fort Lauderdale, United States 13 August 2002
Olympic record   Diana Mocanu (ROM) 1:00.21 Sydney, Australia 18 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Semifinal 2 Natalie Coughlin   United States 1:00.17 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Laure Manaudou   France 1:01.27 Q
2 4 5 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 1:01.39 Q
3 6 4 Natalie Coughlin   United States 1:01.45 Q
4 3 5 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 1:01.60 Q, AF
5 4 6 Noriko Inada   Japan 1:01.67 Q
6 5 4 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 1:01.68 Q
7 6 5 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:01.75 Q
8 4 3 Stanislava Komarova   Russia 1:01.84 Q
9 4 7 Ilona Hlaváčková   Czech Republic 1:01.95 Q
10 5 7 Giaan Rooney   Australia 1:01.96 Q
11 5 3 Haley Cope   United States 1:01.99 Q
12 6 3 Katy Sexton   Great Britain 1:02.01 Q
13 5 5 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 1:02.17 Q
6 7 Sarah Price   Great Britain Q
15 6 2 Gao Chang   China 1:02.19 Q
16 4 2 Zhan Shu   China 1:02.39 Q
17 4 1 Erin Gammel   Canada 1:02.47
3 4 Sanja Jovanović   Croatia
19 5 6 Iryna Amshennikova   Ukraine 1:02.57
20 5 8 Marieke Guehrer   Australia 1:02.76
21 6 8 Nikolett Szepesi   Hungary 1:02.78
22 5 2 Hannah McLean   New Zealand 1:03.09
23 6 6 Janine Pietsch   Germany 1:03.13
24 4 8 Shim Min-ji   South Korea 1:03.14
25 3 3 Sviatlana Khakhlova   Belarus 1:03.25
26 6 1 Alessandra Cappa   Italy 1:03.50
27 3 2 Gisela Morales   Guatemala 1:03.72
28 3 6 Anna Gostomelsky   Israel 1:04.06
29 5 1 Alexandra Putra   France 1:04.13
30 3 8 Hiu Wai Sherry Tsai   Hong Kong 1:04.25
31 2 5 Kiera Aitken   Bermuda 1:04.37
32 2 1 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong   Thailand 1:05.15
33 3 1 Eirini Karastergiou   Greece 1:05.30
34 2 4 Şadan Derya Erke   Turkey 1:05.38
35 2 3 Serrana Fernández   Uruguay 1:05.51
36 3 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 1:05.55
37 2 2 Fu Hsiao-han   Chinese Taipei 1:06.62
38 2 7 Anastassiya Prilepa   Kazakhstan 1:07.55
39 1 4 Lenient Obia   Nigeria 1:09.95
40 1 5 Ana Galindo   Honduras 1:11.80
41 2 6 Olga Gnedovskaya   Uzbekistan 1:15.33
42 1 3 Yelena Rojkova   Turkmenistan 1:15.48

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 1:00.94 Q
2 5 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 1:01.21 Q, AF
3 4 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 1:01.24 Q
4 2 Giaan Rooney   Australia 1:01.41 OC
5 6 Stanislava Komarova   Russia 1:01.63
6 7 Katy Sexton   Great Britain 1:01.96
7 8 Zhan Shu   China 1:02.10
8 1 Sarah Price   Great Britain 1:02.48

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin   United States 1:00.17 Q, OR
2 4 Laure Manaudou   France 1:00.88 Q
3 1 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 1:01.12 Q
4 7 Haley Cope   United States 1:01.13 Q
5 6 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:01.19 Q
6 3 Noriko Inada   Japan 1:01.74
7 2 Ilona Hlaváčková   Czech Republic 1:01.81
8 8 Gao Chang   China 1:02.17

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
  4 Natalie Coughlin   United States 1:00.37
  1 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 1:00.50 AF
  5 Laure Manaudou   France 1:00.88
4 8 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 1:01.05
5 7 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:01.12
6 3 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 1:01.39
7 6 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 1:01.51
8 2 Haley Cope   United States 1:01.76

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Coughlin takes gold in 100-meter backstroke". USA Today. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Natalie Coughlin Finally Gets her Reward for Patience – Olympic Gold". Swimming World Magazine. 16 August 2004. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.

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