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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–14 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (semifinals)
August 14, 2008 (final)
Competitors53 from 39 nations
Winning time2:07.64 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kosuke Kitajima  Japan
2nd, silver medalist(s) Brenton Rickard  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hugues Duboscq  France
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Japan's Kosuke Kitajima blasted a new Olympic record of 2:07.64 to strike another breaststroke double, and to defend his title in the event. He registered a straightforward triumph over Brenton Rickard, who earned a silver medal in an Australian record of 2:08.88. France's Hugues Duboscq added a second bronze and third overall to his collection in 2:08.94, finishing just ahead of Canada's Mike Brown by almost a tenth of a second (0.10) with a time of 2:09.03.[2][3]

Hungary's Dániel Gyurta, silver medalist in Athens four years earlier, finished outside the medals in fifth place at 2:09.22.[2] Earlier in the prelims, he established an Olympic record by winning the final of seven heats in 2:08.68.[4]

U.S. swimmer Scott Spann turned in another sub-2:10 barrier to earn a sixth spot in 2:09.76. Italian tandem Loris Facci (2:10.57) and Paolo Bossini (2:11.48) closed out the field.[2] Bossini set a new Olympic record of 2:08.98 to shave 0.46 seconds off Kitajima's mark in Athens, until Gyurta took three-tenths of a second (0.30) off the record time a few minutes later.[5]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top 8 final, featuring American Eric Shanteau, who entered the Games while battling testicular cancer, and Kazakhstan's Vladislav Polyakov, who finished fifth in Athens four years earlier. Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, silver medalist in the 100 m breaststroke, placed seventeenth in 2:11.30, but missed the semifinals by 0.11 seconds.[4]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) 2:07.51 Tokyo, Japan 8 June 2008
Olympic record   Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) 2:09.44 Athens, Greece 18 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Heat 5 Paolo Bossini   Italy 2:08.98 OR
August 12 Heat 7 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:08.68 OR
August 13 Semifinal 1 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:08.61 OR
August 14 Final Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:07.64 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 6 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:08.68 Q, OR, EU
2 5 2 Paolo Bossini   Italy 2:08.98 Q
3 7 2 Loris Facci   Italy 2:09.12 Q
4 7 5 Hugues Duboscq   France 2:09.42 Q
5 6 6 Mike Brown   Canada 2:09.84 Q
6 7 4 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:09.89 Q
7 6 3 Eric Shanteau   United States 2:10.29 Q
8 6 2 William Diering   South Africa 2:10.39 Q, AF
9 6 7 Neil Versfeld   South Africa 2:10.50 Q
10 5 5 Scott Spann   United States 2:10.61 Q
11 7 7 Vladislav Polyakov   Kazakhstan 2:10.83 Q
12 4 7 Andrew Bree   Ireland 2:10.91 Q
13 6 4 Brenton Rickard   Australia 2:11.00 Q
14 7 1 Igor Borysik   Ukraine 2:11.08 Q
15 5 3 Kristopher Gilchrist   Great Britain 2:11.13 Q
16 4 6 Glenn Snyders   New Zealand 2:11.19 Q
17 6 5 Alexander Dale Oen   Norway 2:11.30
7 3 Yuta Suenaga   Japan
19 3 3 Thiago Pereira   Brazil 2:11.40
20 3 5 Tom Be'eri   Israel 2:11.44 NR
21 4 1 Hunor Mate   Austria 2:11.56
22 7 8 Valeriy Dymo   Ukraine 2:11.65
23 5 4 Grigory Falko   Russia 2:11.88
24 5 8 Mihail Alexandrov   Bulgaria 2:11.94 NR
25 4 5 Yevgeniy Ryzhkov   Kazakhstan 2:12.44
26 5 6 Christian Sprenger   Australia 2:12.56
27 3 4 Melquíades Álvarez   Spain 2:12.59
28 4 8 Julien Nicolardot   France 2:12.76
29 5 1 Mathieu Bois   Canada 2:12.87
30 6 1 Henrique Barbosa   Brazil 2:12.99
31 1 4 Edvinas Dautartas   Lithuania 2:13.11
32 2 4 Carlos Almeida   Portugal 2:13.34
33 6 8 Chris Christensen   Denmark 2:13.92
34 4 3 Sergio García   Spain 2:14.30
35 4 2 Maxim Podoprigora   Austria 2:14.43
36 1 6 Sandeep Sejwal   India 2:15.24
37 4 4 James Kirton   Great Britain 2:15.25
38 2 3 Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson   Iceland 2:15.58
39 3 2 Jiří Jedlička   Czech Republic 2:15.79
40 2 8 Laurent Carnol   Luxembourg 2:15.87
41 3 8 Romanos Alyfantis   Greece 2:16.04
42 3 7 Sofiane Daid   Algeria 2:16.15
43 2 5 Shin Su-jong   South Korea 2:16.21
44 3 6 Lai Zhongjian   China 2:16.28
45 5 7 Alexey Zinovyev   Russia 2:16.40
46 2 6 Martti Aljand   Estonia 2:16.52
47 2 2 Miguel Molina   Philippines 2:16.94
48 3 1 Robin van Aggele   Netherlands 2:17.14
49 2 1 Wang Wei-wen   Chinese Taipei 2:17.20
50 1 2 Leopoldo Andara   Venezuela 2:17.77 NR
51 1 5 Ömer Aslanoglu   Turkey 2:17.93
52 1 3 Sergio Andres Ferreyra   Argentina 2:20.10
2 7 Valentin Preda   Romania DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:08.61 Q, OR
2 2 Scott Spann   United States 2:09.08 Q
3 4 Paolo Bossini   Italy 2:09.95 Q
4 5 Hugues Duboscq   France 2:09.97 Q
5 7 Andrew Bree   Ireland 2:10.16 NR
6 6 William Diering   South Africa 2:10.21
7 1 Igor Borysik   Ukraine 2:10.99
8 8 Glenn Snyders   New Zealand 2:12.07

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Mike Brown   Canada 2:08.84 Q, NR
2 1 Brenton Rickard   Australia 2:09.72 Q
3 4 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:09.73 Q
4 5 Loris Facci   Italy 2:09.75 Q
5 3 Neil Versfeld   South Africa 2:10.06 AF
6 6 Eric Shanteau   United States 2:10.10
7 8 Kristopher Gilchrist   Great Britain 2:10.27 NR
8 7 Vladislav Polyakov   Kazakhstan 2:11.87

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:07.64 OR
  6 Brenton Rickard   Australia 2:08.88 OC
  8 Hugues Duboscq   France 2:08.94 NR
4 5 Mike Brown   Canada 2:09.03
5 2 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:09.22
6 3 Scott Spann   United States 2:09.76
7 7 Loris Facci   Italy 2:10.57
8 1 Paolo Bossini   Italy 2:11.48

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kosuke Kitajima Wins 200 Breast Gold With Olympic Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Olympics: Kitajima seals double breaststroke gold". Guardian.co.uk. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Olympic Record Tumbles Twice, Daniel Gyurta Paces Qualifying in 200 Breast". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lonsbrough, Anita (12 August 2008). "Records tumble in breastroke and relays". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  6. ^ Lord, Craig (8 June 2008). "Kitajima Dons LZR For 2:07.51 WR 200m Breaststroke". Swim News. Retrieved 9 June 2008.

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