Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle
|Women's 800 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 19, 2004 (heats)|
August 20, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||31 from 26 nations|
Japan's Ai Shibata became the first Asian swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in long-distance freestyle swimming, outside the record time of 8:24.54. France's Laure Manaudou, who claimed the title in the 400 m freestyle, added a silver to her medal tally, with a time of 8:24.96. U.S. swimmer Diana Munz, on the other hand, edged out her teammate Kalyn Keller for the bronze medal by 0.36 of a second, clocking at 8:26.61.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Janet Evans (USA)||8:16.22||Tokyo, Japan||20 August 1989|
|Olympic record||Brooke Bennett (USA)||8:19.67||Seoul, South Korea||22 September 2000|
|6||Diana Munz||United States||8:26.61|
|4||7||Kalyn Keller||United States||8:26.97|
|5||1||Erika Villaécija García||Spain||8:29.04|
|6||5||Rebecca Cooke||Great Britain||8:29.37|
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- "Shibata wins women's 800m freestyle". Reuters. ABC News Australia. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2013.