Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke
|Women's 100 metre backstroke|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 15, 2004 (heats &|
August 16, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||41 from 34 nations|
|Winning time||1:00.17 OR|
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. 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.
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.
|August 15||Semifinal 2||Natalie Coughlin||United States||1:00.17||OR|
|2||5||Kirsty Coventry||Zimbabwe||1:01.21||Q, AF|
|6||7||Katy Sexton||Great Britain||1:01.96|
|8||1||Sarah Price||Great Britain||1:02.48|
|1||5||Natalie Coughlin||United States||1:00.17||Q, OR|
|4||7||Haley Cope||United States||1:01.13||Q|
|7||2||Ilona Hlaváčková||Czech Republic||1:01.81|
|4||Natalie Coughlin||United States||1:00.37|
|8||2||Haley Cope||United States||1:01.76|
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- "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.