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

The women'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 18 and 19.[1]

Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DateAugust 18, 2004 (heats & semifinals)
August 19, 2004 (final)
Competitors33 from 28 nations
Winning time2:23.37 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Amanda Beard  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Leisel Jones  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Anne Poleska  Germany
← 2000
2008 →

U.S. swimmer and world-record holder Amanda Beard completed a full set of medals in the event, adding a gold to her silver from Atlanta (1996) and bronze from Sydney (2000). She posted an Olympic record of 2:23.37, holding off Australia's Leisel Jones by 0.23 of a second for a silver medal in 2:23.60.[2][3][4] Anne Poleska, who had been seventh at the halfway mark, moved quickly into the field and finished strongly with a bronze in a personal best of 2:25.82, earning Germany's first individual medal of the meet since its reunification in 1990.[4]

Hungary's Ágnes Kovács, the gold medalist from Sydney, finished outside the medals in fifth place behind Japan's Masami Tanaka with a time of 2:26.12.[4]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Amanda Beard (USA) 2:22.44 Long Beach, United States 12 July 2004
Olympic record   Ágnes Kovács (HUN) 2:24.03 Sydney, Australia 20 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
19 August Final Amanda Beard   United States 2:23.37 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Leisel Jones   Australia 2:26.02 Q
2 3 3 Anne Poleska   Germany 2:26.48 Q
3 5 4 Amanda Beard   United States 2:26.61 Q
4 5 2 Ágnes Kovács   Hungary 2:26.90 Q
5 4 3 Masami Tanaka   Japan 2:26.91 Q
6 4 5 Brooke Hanson   Australia 2:27.38 Q
7 3 5 Birte Steven   Germany 2:27.42 Q
8 5 6 Caroline Bruce   United States 2:27.82 Q
9 3 4 Mirna Jukić   Austria 2:28.28 Q
10 5 5 Qi Hui   China 2:28.66 Q
11 4 6 Kirsty Balfour   Great Britain 2:29.78 Q
12 3 2 Chiara Boggiatto   Italy 2:30.32 Q
13 2 3 Marina Kuč   Serbia and Montenegro 2:30.39 Q
14 4 2 Lauren van Oosten   Canada 2:30.44 Q
15 4 8 Inna Kapishina   Belarus 2:31.26 Q
16 5 7 Elena Bogomazova   Russia 2:31.49 Q
17 4 1 Smiljana Marinović   Croatia 2:32.52
18 4 7 Alenka Kejžar   Slovenia 2:32.64
19 2 5 Ilkay Dikmen   Turkey 2:32.69
20 1 3 Jaclyn Pangilinan   Philippines 2:33.38 NR
21 5 8 Siow Yi Ting   Malaysia 2:33.79
22 1 5 Eeva Saarinen   Finland 2:34.17
23 3 7 Diana Gomes   Portugal 2:34.23
24 5 1 Lee Ji-young   South Korea 2:34.55
25 2 7 Majken Thorup   Denmark 2:35.29
26 2 6 Agustina de Giovanni   Argentina 2:35.94
27 2 4 Adriana Marmolejo   Mexico 2:36.10
28 2 2 Imaday Nuñez Gonzalez   Cuba 2:36.40
29 3 8 Iryna Maystruk   Ukraine 2:37.42
30 1 4 Nicolette Teo   Singapore 2:38.17
31 3 1 Athina Tzavella   Greece 2:40.18
3 6 Diana Remenyi   Hungary DNS
5 3 Luo Xuejuan   China DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Brooke Hanson   Australia 2:26.43 Q
2 4 Anne Poleska   Germany 2:26.59 Q
3 5 Ágnes Kovács   Hungary 2:26.63 Q
4 2 Qi Hui   China 2:26.75 Q
5 6 Caroline Bruce   United States 2:27.60
6 8 Elena Bogomazova   Russia 2:30.35
7 1 Lauren van Oosten   Canada 2:30.39
8 7 Chiara Boggiatto   Italy 2:30.76

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Amanda Beard   United States 2:25.62 Q
2 3 Masami Tanaka   Japan 2:26.38 Q
3 4 Leisel Jones   Australia 2:26.71 Q
4 2 Mirna Jukić   Austria 2:26.95 Q
5 7 Kirsty Balfour   Great Britain 2:28.92
6 6 Birte Steven   Germany 2:29.22
7 1 Marina Kuč   Serbia and Montenegro 2:31.77
8 Inna Kapishina   Belarus DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Amanda Beard   United States 2:23.37 OR
  7 Leisel Jones   Australia 2:23.60
  6 Anne Poleska   Germany 2:25.82
4 5 Masami Tanaka   Japan 2:25.87
5 2 Ágnes Kovács   Hungary 2:26.12
6 1 Qi Hui   China 2:26.35
7 8 Mirna Jukić   Austria 2:26.36
8 3 Brooke Hanson   Australia 2:26.39

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Beard rolls to win in 200 breaststroke". Associated Press. ESPN. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Beard wins first gold in 200 breaststroke". NBC Sports. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Amanda Beard Edges out Leisel Jones for the Gold in the 200 Breaststroke". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Startlist Women's 200m Breaststroke Heats". www.omegatiming.com. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2012.

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