Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre butterfly
|Men's 200 metre butterfly|
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Aquatics Center|
|Date||August 11, 2008 (heats)|
August 12, 2008 (semifinals)
August 13, 2008 (final)
|Competitors||44 from 39 nations|
|Winning time||1:52.03 WR|
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps blasted a new world record of 1:52.03 to defend his title in the event, and more importantly, claim his fourth Olympic gold, tenth career, and twelfth overall medal. During the final, Phelps' goggles filled with water, which prevented him from seeing anything, while he was finishing the second lap.
Hungary's László Cseh added a second silver to his hardware from the 400 m individual medley, breaking a European record of 1:52.70. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda powered home with a bronze medal in 1:52.97.
New Zealand's Moss Burmester shared a fourth place with host nation China's Wu Peng in 1:54.35, while Poland's Paweł Korzeniowski finished sixth with a time of 1:54.60. Brazil's Kaio de Almeida (1:54.71) and Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov (1:55.14) rounded out the finale.
Earlier in the semifinals, Phelps registered his own Olympic record of 1:53.70 to establish a strong lead for the top 8 final, matching his preliminary time in the process.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Michael Phelps (USA)||1:52.09||Melbourne, Australia||28 March 2007|
|Olympic record||Michael Phelps (USA)||1:54.04||Athens, Greece||17 August 2004|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|August 11||Heat 6||Michael Phelps||United States||1:53.70||OR|
|August 12||Semifinal 2||Michael Phelps||United States||1:53.70||=OR|
|August 13||Final||Michael Phelps||United States||1:52.03||WR, OR|
|1||5||Takeshi Matsuda||Japan||1:54.02||Q, AS|
|2||3||Nikolay Skvortsov||Russia||1:54.31||Q, NR|
|4||2||Moss Burmester||New Zealand||1:55.26||Q|
|5||6||Gil Stovall||United States||1:55.36|
|8||8||Hsu Chi-chieh||Chinese Taipei||1:57.48|
|1||4||Michael Phelps||United States||1:53.70||Q, =OR|
|3||5||Kaio de Almeida||Brazil||1:55.21||Q|
|6||2||Michael Rock||Great Britain||1:55.90|
|4||Michael Phelps||United States||1:52.03||WR|
|4||1||Moss Burmester||New Zealand||1:54.35||OC|
|7||7||Kaio de Almeida||Brazil||1:54.71|
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