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

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–12 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008 (semifinals)
August 12, 2008 (final)
Competitors58 from 50 nations
Winning time1:42.96 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Park Tae-Hwan  South Korea
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Peter Vanderkaay  United States
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After winning a bronze in Athens four years earlier, Michael Phelps blasted a new world record of 1:42.96 to claim his third straight gold, ninth career, and eleventh overall medal at the Olympics.[2][3] South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan added a silver to his collection, following an unprecedented triumph in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier. He established a new Asian record of 1:44.85 to clear a 1:45 barrier, and used a final-lap split of 26.17 to edge out Phelps' teammate Peter Vanderkaay, who took home a bronze medal in a personal best of 1:45.14.[2][4]

South Africa's Jean Basson finished fourth with a time of 1:45.97, and was followed in the fifth spot by Germany's Paul Biedermann in 1:46.00. Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry, who raced to a top seed in the prelims, earned a sixth spot in 1:46.95, while Japan's Yoshihiro Okumura (1:47.14) and Great Britain's Robbie Renwick (1:47.47) rounded out the finale.[5] Renwick missed out the semifinals by 0.01 of a second from the prelims, but was offered a second shot, following a sudden withdrawal of two swimmers. Canada's Brent Hayden and France's Amaury Leveaux later scratched the event to focus on their duty in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay.[6]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:43.86 Melbourne, Australia 27 March 2007
Olympic record   Ian Thorpe (AUS) 1:44.71 Athens, Greece 16 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Final Michael Phelps   United States 1:42.96 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 2 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 1:45.80 Q, NR
2 6 4 Jean Basson   South Africa 1:46.31 Q
3 6 2 Brent Hayden   Canada 1:46.40 Q, WD
4 8 4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:46.48 Q
5 6 3 Colin Russell   Canada 1:46.58 Q
6 8 5 Park Tae-Hwan   South Korea 1:46.73 Q
7 8 3 Danila Izotov   Russia 1:46.80 Q
8 8 7 Yoshihiro Okumura   Japan 1:46.89 Q
9 6 7 Emiliano Brembilla   Italy 1:47.04 Q
10 7 5 Paul Biedermann   Germany 1:47.09 Q
11 8 6 Ross Davenport   Great Britain 1:47.13 Q
12 7 4 Peter Vanderkaay   United States 1:47.39 Q
13 6 5 Amaury Leveaux   France 1:47.44 Q, WD
14 6 6 Nicholas Sprenger   Australia 1:47.64 Q
15 5 6 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or   Israel 1:47.78 Q, NR
16 8 1 Dominik Koll   Austria 1:47.81 Q, NR
17 7 7 Robbie Renwick   Great Britain 1:47.82
18 6 1 Rodrigo Castro   Brazil 1:47.87
19 6 8 Oussama Mellouli   Tunisia 1:47.97
7 3 Alexander Sukhorukov   Russia
21 5 5 Darian Townsend   South Africa 1:48.08
22 7 6 Kenrick Monk   Australia 1:48.17
23 5 1 Sergiy Advena   Ukraine 1:48.18 NR
24 5 4 Sho Uchida   Japan 1:48.34
25 7 8 Romāns Miloslavskis   Latvia 1:48.41 NR
26 5 2 Shaune Fraser   Cayman Islands 1:48.60
27 4 4 Gard Kvale   Norway 1:48.73 NR
28 7 2 Massimiliano Rosolino   Italy 1:48.76
29 5 3 Andreas Zisimos   Greece 1:48.82
30 5 8 Glenn Surgeloose   Belgium 1:48.92
31 4 7 Jon Raahauge Rud   Denmark 1:48.96
32 3 5 Ryan Pini   Papua New Guinea 1:49.04
33 7 1 Zhang Enjian   China 1:49.15
34 8 8 Łukasz Gąsior   Poland 1:49.25
35 4 5 Norbert Kovács   Hungary 1:49.34
36 4 6 Martín Kutscher   Uruguay 1:49.61
37 3 1 Dominik Straga   Croatia 1:49.63
38 4 3 Christoffer Wikström   Sweden 1:49.84
39 5 7 Tiago Venâncio   Portugal 1:50.24
40 3 7 Radovan Siljevski   Serbia 1:50.25
41 2 6 Bryan Tay   Singapore 1:50.41 NR
42 3 3 Crox Acuña   Venezuela 1:50.52
43 3 2 Julio Galofre   Colombia 1:50.62
44 3 6 Daniel Bego   Malaysia 1:50.92
45 2 5 Vladimir Sidorkin   Estonia 1:51.27 NR
46 4 2 Květoslav Svoboda   Czech Republic 1:51.67
47 3 8 Saulius Binevičius   Lithuania 1:51.80
48 4 8 Virdhawal Khade   India 1:51.86
49 4 1 Raphael Stacchiotti   Luxembourg 1:52.01
50 2 3 Mario Montoya   Costa Rica 1:52.19 NR
51 2 4 Mahrez Mebarek   Algeria 1:52.66
52 2 2 Artur Dilman   Kazakhstan 1:52.90
53 1 4 Irakli Revishvili   Georgia 1:53.60
54 2 1 Ibrahim Nazarov   Uzbekistan 1:56.27
55 1 3 Mihajlo Ristovski   Macedonia 1:57.45
56 2 7 Andrei Zaharov   Moldova 1:58.62
57 1 5 Emanuele Nicolini   San Marino 1:59.47
3 4 Luka Turk   Slovenia DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Jean Basson   South Africa 1:46.13 Q
2 3 Danila Izotov   Russia 1:47.24
3 2 Ross Davenport   Great Britain 1:47.35
4 6 Emiliano Brembilla   Italy 1:47.70
5 7 Nicholas Sprenger   Australia 1:47.80
6 1 Dominik Koll   Austria 1:47.87
7 5 Colin Russell   Canada 1:48.13
8 8 Rodrigo Castro   Brazil 1:48.71

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Peter Vanderkaay   United States 1:45.76 Q
2 3 Park Tae-Hwan   South Korea 1:45.99 Q, AS
3 5 Michael Phelps   United States 1:46.28 Q
4 2 Paul Biedermann   Germany 1:46.41 Q
5 6 Yoshihiro Okumura   Japan 1:46.44 Q
6 4 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 1:46.54 Q
7 8 Robbie Renwick   Great Britain 1:47.07 Q
8 1 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or   Israel 1:48.16

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  6 Michael Phelps   United States 1:42.96 WR
  5 Park Tae-Hwan   South Korea 1:44.85 AS
  4 Peter Vanderkaay   United States 1:45.14
4 3 Jean Basson   South Africa 1:45.97
5 2 Paul Biedermann   Germany 1:46.00
6 1 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 1:46.95
7 7 Yoshihiro Okumura   Japan 1:47.14
8 8 Robbie Renwick   Great Britain 1:47.47

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (11 August 2008). "Michael Phelps Sets World Record in 200 Free Win". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 26 February 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Phelps breaks 200 free world record by nearly a second". ESPN. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ Coffey, Wayne (11 August 2008). "Michael Phelps wins third gold medal, sets record in 200-meter freestyle". New York Daily News. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ Ross, Jack (26 August 2008). "Dominik Meichtry Leaves Beijing Having Accomplished The Rarest of Feats: He Beat Michael Phelps-Sort Of". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Rebecca Adlington wins 400 metres freestyle gold for Great Britain – Beijing Olympics 2008". The Daily Telegraph. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ Clarey, Christopher (28 March 2007). "In night of world records, Phelps leaves biggest ripple in the pool". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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