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

The men's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 11–13 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 11, 2008 (heats)
August 12, 2008 (semifinals)
August 13, 2008 (final)
Competitors44 from 39 nations
Winning time1:52.03 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) László Cseh  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Takeshi Matsuda  Japan
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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.[2]

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.[3][4]

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.[3]

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.[5]

RecordsEdit

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.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
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

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:53.70 Q, OR
2 4 2 László Cseh   Hungary 1:54.48 Q
3 6 3 Kaio de Almeida   Brazil 1:54.65 Q
4 6 6 Takeshi Matsuda   Japan 1:55.06 Q
5 4 4 Paweł Korzeniowski   Poland 1:55.21 Q
6 6 5 Nikolay Skvortsov   Russia 1:55.33 Q
7 5 5 Wu Peng   China 1:55.39 Q
8 5 4 Gil Stovall   United States 1:55.42 Q
9 5 7 Michael Rock   Great Britain 1:55.55 Q
10 4 5 Moss Burmester   New Zealand 1:55.80 Q
11 5 3 Ryuichi Shibata   Japan 1:55.82 Q
12 4 6 Dinko Jukić   Austria 1:55.96 Q
13 4 1 Ioan Gherghel   Romania 1:56.09 Q, NR
14 6 1 Sergiy Advena   Ukraine 1:56.24 Q
15 5 6 Chen Yin   China 1:56.55 Q
16 3 2 Hsu Chi-chieh   Chinese Taipei 1:56.59 Q
17 5 2 Christophe Lebon   France 1:56.63
18 6 2 Travis Nederpelt   Australia 1:56.64
19 6 7 Mathieu Fonteyn   Belgium 1:56.65 NR
20 4 7 Niccolo Beni   Italy 1:56.99
21 4 3 Denys Sylantyev   Ukraine 1:57.02
22 5 1 Tamás Kerékjártó   Hungary 1:57.29
23 6 8 Juan Veloz   Mexico 1:57.32 NR
24 3 6 Pedro Oliveira   Portugal 1:57.41
25 4 8 Adam Sioui   Canada 1:57.45
26 3 5 Simon Sjödin   Sweden 1:57.75
27 5 8 Romanos Alyfantis   Greece 1:57.99
28 3 8 Alon Mandel   Israel 1:59.27 NR
29 2 5 James Walsh   Philippines 1:59.39 NR
30 3 3 Omar Pinzón   Colombia 1:59.47
31 1 3 Nikša Roki   Croatia 1:59.58 NR
32 2 1 Javier Núñez   Spain 2:00.24
33 2 7 Andrés José González   Argentina 2:00.36
34 2 6 Yoo Jung-nam   South Korea 2:01.00
35 3 4 Jeremy Knowles   Bahamas 2:01.08
36 2 8 Alexis Márquez Rivas   Venezuela 2:01.25
37 3 7 Daniel Bego   Malaysia 2:01.28
38 2 3 Douglas Lennox-Silva   Puerto Rico 2:01.69
39 3 1 Georgi Palazov   Bulgaria 2:01.84
40 1 5 Rehan Poncha   India 2:01.89
41 1 4 Emmanuel Crescimbeni   Peru 2:02.13
42 1 6 Javier Hernández Maradiaga   Honduras 2:02.23
43 2 4 Vladan Marković   Serbia 2:03.12
44 2 2 Donny Utomo   Indonesia 2:03.44

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Takeshi Matsuda   Japan 1:54.02 Q, AS
2 3 Nikolay Skvortsov   Russia 1:54.31 Q, NR
3 4 László Cseh   Hungary 1:54.35 Q
4 2 Moss Burmester   New Zealand 1:55.26 Q
5 6 Gil Stovall   United States 1:55.36
6 7 Dinko Jukić   Austria 1:55.65
7 1 Sergiy Advena   Ukraine 1:56.64
8 8 Hsu Chi-chieh   Chinese Taipei 1:57.48

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:53.70 Q, =OR
2 6 Wu Peng   China 1:54.93 Q
3 5 Kaio de Almeida   Brazil 1:55.21 Q
4 3 Paweł Korzeniowski   Poland 1:55.35 Q
5 8 Chen Yin   China 1:55.88
6 2 Michael Rock   Great Britain 1:55.90
7 7 Ryuichi Shibata   Japan 1:56.17
8 1 Ioan Gherghel   Romania 1:56.57

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:52.03 WR
  6 László Cseh   Hungary 1:52.70 EU
  5 Takeshi Matsuda   Japan 1:52.97 AS
4 1 Moss Burmester   New Zealand 1:54.35 OC
4 2 Wu Peng   China 1:54.35
6 8 Paweł Korzeniowski   Poland 1:54.60
7 7 Kaio de Almeida   Brazil 1:54.71
8 3 Nikolay Skvortsov   Russia 1:55.14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: World Record Bonanza Continues, Michael Phelps Clips Standard in 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Phelps sets world marks, becomes winningest Olympic athlete". ESPN. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Michael Phelps Ties Olympic Record in 200 Fly Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (29 March 2007). "Phelps smashes another world record, his own". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2008.

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