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Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre freestyle

The women's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Olympic Games was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 20 and 21.[1]

Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DateAugust 20, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 21, 2004 (final)
Competitors75 from 67 nations
Winning time24.58
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Malia Metella  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lisbeth Lenton  Australia
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Dutch swimmer and world record holder Inge de Bruijn managed to defend her title in this event, outside her record time of 24.58 seconds.[2] The silver medal was awarded to France's Malia Metella, with a time of 24.89 seconds. Australia's Lisbeth Lenton, who finished behind Metella by two hundredths of a second (0.02), took home the bronze at 24.91. This was also the final appearance for de Bruijn at the Olympics, before she retired from her swimming career in 2007.[3]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Inge de Bruijn (NED) 24.13 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000
Olympic record   Inge de Bruijn (NED) 24.13 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 10 4 Inge de Bruijn   Netherlands 24.66 Q
2 9 3 Kara Lynn Joyce   United States 25.06 Q
3 10 3 Malia Metella   France 25.21 Q
4 10 2 Sviatlana Khakhlova   Belarus 25.24 Q
5 8 4 Michelle Engelsman   Australia 25.28 Q
10 5 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands Q
7 9 4 Lisbeth Lenton   Australia 25.31 Q
8 9 2 Alison Sheppard   Great Britain 25.36 Q
9 10 7 Flávia Cazziolato   Brazil 25.40 Q
10 9 5 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 25.42 Q
11 8 5 Jenny Thompson   United States 25.50 Q
12 8 8 Eileen Coparropa   Panama 25.57 Q
13 8 1 Nery Mantey Niangkouara   Greece 25.62 Q
14 9 6 Rebeca Gusmão   Brazil 25.64 Q
15 8 7 Dorothea Brandt   Germany 25.67 Q
16 9 1 Cristina Chiuso   Italy 25.68 Q
17 8 6 Martina Moravcová   Slovakia 25.69
18 10 6 Sandra Völker   Germany 25.74
19 9 8 Judith Draxler   Austria 25.82
20 8 3 Anna-Karin Kammerling   Sweden 25.85
21 10 8 Ana Belén Palomo   Spain 25.92
22 7 6 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark 25.95
23 8 2 Olga Mukomol   Ukraine 25.96
24 9 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 26.01
25 7 2 Sandra Kazíková   Czech Republic 26.18
26 7 3 Triin Aljand   Estonia 26.19
27 7 5 Arlene Semeco   Venezuela 26.20
28 7 7 Ryu Yoon-ji   South Korea 26.26
5 6 Vanessa García   Puerto Rico
30 6 2 Lara Heinz   Luxembourg 26.35
31 6 5 Ragnheidur Ragnarsdóttir   Iceland 26.36
32 7 8 Zhu Yingwen   China 26.45
33 7 4 Martha Matsa   Greece 26.46
34 5 5 Alison Fitch   New Zealand 26.56
35 6 6 Anna Gostomelsky   Israel 26.72
36 5 2 Sara Isaković   Slovenia 26.81
37 6 3 Florencia Szigeti   Argentina 26.84
38 7 1 Sharntelle McLean   Trinidad and Tobago 26.86
39 6 1 Yelena Skalinskaya   Kazakhstan 27.04
40 6 8 Shikha Tandon   India 27.08
41 6 7 Zsuzsanna Csobánki   Hungary 27.09
5 3 Nieh Pin-chieh   Chinese Taipei
43 5 1 Miroslava Najdanovski   Serbia and Montenegro 27.18
44 5 7 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 27.21
45 5 8 Nikia Deveaux   Bahamas 27.36
46 4 4 Melanie Slowing   Guatemala 27.44
47 6 4 Yu Ning Elaine Chan   Hong Kong 27.48
48 4 5 Maria Tregubova   Moldova 28.40
49 4 3 Roshendra Vrolijk   Aruba 28.43
50 4 2 Jakie Wellman   Zambia 28.56
51 4 6 Geraldine Arce   Nicaragua 28.73
52 4 7 Menaka de Silva   Sri Lanka 28.93
53 4 8 Dohi Éliane Droubry   Ivory Coast 29.23
54 4 1 Sade Daal   Suriname 29.27
55 3 6 Ermelinda Zamba   Mozambique 29.34
56 3 7 Aina Andriamanjatoarimanana   Madagascar 29.35
57 3 5 Eva Donde   Kenya 29.47
58 3 4 Diane Etiennette   Mauritius 30.00
59 3 3 Rubab Raza   Pakistan 30.10
60 3 1 Rovena Marku   Albania 30.51
61 1 5 Doli Akhter   Bangladesh 30.72
62 3 2 Samar Nassar   Jordan 30.83
63 2 4 Sameera Al Bitar   Bahrain 31.00
2 5 Ghazal El Jobeili   Lebanon
65 3 8 Aminath Rouya Hussain   Maldives 31.26
2 6 Tracy Ann Route   Federated States of Micronesia
67 2 7 Christal Clashing   Antigua and Barbuda 31.55
68 1 3 Monika Bakale   Republic of the Congo 31.61
69 2 3 Han Choi   Malawi 31.62
70 2 2 Evelyn Otto   Palau 33.04
71 2 1 Ket Sivan   Cambodia 34.62
72 1 4 Amira Edrahi   Libya 34.67
73 2 8 Vilayphone Vongphachanh   Laos 36.57
5 4 Dominique Diezi   Switzerland DNS
10 1 Federica Pellegrini   Italy DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kara Lynn Joyce   United States 25.06 Q
2 2 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 25.15 Q
3 3 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands 25.27
4 1 Rebeca Gusmão   Brazil 25.31
5 6 Alison Sheppard   Great Britain 25.36
6 7 Eileen Coparropa   Panama 25.37
8 Cristina Chiuso   Italy
8 5 Sviatlana Khakhlova   Belarus 25.47

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Inge de Bruijn   Netherlands 24.56 Q
2 6 Lisbeth Lenton   Australia 24.90 Q
3 5 Malia Metella   France 24.99 Q
4 3 Michelle Engelsman   Australia 25.13 Q
5 2 Flávia Cazziolato   Brazil 25.17 Q
7 Jenny Thompson   United States Q
7 1 Nery Mantey Niangkouara   Greece 25.27
8 8 Dorothea Brandt   Germany 25.83

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Swimmer Nation Time Notes
  4 Inge de Bruijn   Netherlands 24.58
  3 Malia Metella   France 24.89
  5 Lisbeth Lenton   Australia 24.91
4 7 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 24.93
5 6 Kara Lynn Joyce   United States 25.00
6 2 Michelle Engelsman   Australia 25.06
7 1 Jenny Thompson   United States 25.11
8 8 Flávia Cazziolato   Brazil 25.20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Inge de Bruijn defends 50m free title". Xinhua News Agency. People's Daily. 22 August 2004. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Olympic champion de Bruijn retires". Associated Press. NDTV. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2013.

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