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Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke

The women's 200 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 19 and 20.[1]

Women's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DateAugust 19, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 20, 2004 (final)
Competitors35 from 27 nations
Winning time2:09.19 AF
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stanislava Komarova  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Reiko Nakamura  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Antje Buschschulte  Germany
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Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry added gold to her silver and bronze medals by a storming victory in this event, breaking an African record time of 2:09.19. Russia's Stanislava Komarova took home the silver at 2:09.72, while Japan's Reiko Nakamura and Germany's Antje Buschschulte shared their triumph for the bronze medal, in a joint time of 2:09.88.[2] British swimmer and world champion Katy Sexton, on the other hand, finished outside the medals in seventh place, with a time of 2:12.11. Since Zimbabwe made its official debut in 1980, Coventry also became the nation's first athlete in its history to claim an individual Olympic medal.[3]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:06.62 Athens, Greece 25 August 1991
Olympic record   Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:07.06 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Stanislava Komarova   Russia 2:10.71 Q
2 3 4 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 2:11.14 Q
3 3 1 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:12.49 Q
4 5 4 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 2:12.55 Q
5 4 6 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 2:12.96 Q
6 5 2 Jennifer Fratesi   Canada 2:13.00 Q
7 5 3 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 2:13.05 Q
8 3 5 Katy Sexton   Great Britain 2:13.25 Q
9 4 1 Hannah McLean   New Zealand 2:13.33 Q
10 4 5 Aya Terakawa   Japan 2:13.55 Q
11 3 2 Melissa Morgan   Australia 2:14.06 Q
12 2 2 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 2:14.07 Q
13 5 6 Nicole Hetzer   Germany 2:14.42 Q
14 5 5 Iryna Amshennikova   Ukraine 2:14.49 Q
15 5 1 Frances Adcock   Australia 2:14.85 Q
16 4 8 Sanja Jovanović   Croatia 2:15.01 Q
17 4 2 Kristen Caverly   United States 2:15.34
18 3 7 Elizabeth Warden   Canada 2:15.77
19 2 6 Kateřina Pivoňková   Czech Republic 2:16.08
20 4 3 Karen Lee   Great Britain 2:16.10
21 3 8 Alessia Filippi   Italy 2:17.29
2 7 Şadan Derya Erke   Turkey
23 5 7 Anja Čarman   Slovenia 2:17.62
24 2 1 Lin Man-hsu   Chinese Taipei 2:17.68
25 2 5 Lee Da-hye   South Korea 2:17.73
26 2 3 Gisela Morales   Guatemala 2:18.23
27 5 8 Alexandra Putra   France 2:19.75
28 1 4 Hiu Wai Sherry Tsai   Hong Kong 2:19.83
29 2 8 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong   Thailand 2:21.11
30 2 4 Eirini Karastergiou   Greece 2:21.93
31 1 5 Gretchen Gotay Cordero   Puerto Rico 2:23.39
32 1 3 Saida Iskandarova   Uzbekistan 2:26.17
33 3 3 Zhan Shu   China 2:31.56
3 6 Chen Xiujun   China DSQ
4 7 Alenka Kejžar   Slovenia DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 2:10.14 Q
2 5 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 2:11.68 Q
3 2 Aya Terakawa   Japan 2:12.21 Q
4 6 Katy Sexton   Great Britain 2:12.62 Q
5 3 Jennifer Fratesi   Canada 2:12.64
6 8 Sanja Jovanović   Croatia 2:13.76
7 7 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 2:13.98
8 1 Iryna Amshennikova   Ukraine 2:14.83

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Stanislava Komarova   Russia 2:09.62 Q
2 5 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:10.04 Q, AF
3 3 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 2:10.66 Q
4 6 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 2:11.77 Q
5 2 Hannah McLean   New Zealand 2:12.87
6 1 Nicole Hetzer   Germany 2:13.01
7 7 Melissa Morgan   Australia 2:13.34
8 8 Frances Adcock   Australia 2:15.69

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
  5 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:09.19 AF
  4 Stanislava Komarova   Russia 2:09.72
  3 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 2:09.88
6 Antje Buschschulte   Germany
5 2 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 2:10.70
6 7 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 2:11.15
7 8 Katy Sexton   Great Britain 2:12.11
8 1 Aya Terakawa   Japan 2:12.90

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Coventry takes backstroke". BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe puts aside racial tensions to give hero's welcome to triple medal winner". USA Today. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2013.

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