Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre individual medley
|Men's 200 metre individual medley|
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Aquatics Center|
|Date||August 13, 2008 (heats)|
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
|Competitors||47 from 42 nations|
|Winning time||1:54.23 WR|
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps blasted a new world record to defend his title in the event, and more importantly, claim his sixth Olympic gold, twelfth career, and fourteenth overall medal. He established a sterling time of 1:54.23 to lower his prior standard from the Olympic trials by almost six-tenths of a second (0.60). Hungary's László Cseh added a third silver to his collection, finishing with a European record of 1:56.52. Phelps' teammate and archrival Ryan Lochte earned a bronze in a time of 1:56.53, just a hundredth of a second (0.01) behind Cseh. The podium placements also replicated the results of the 400 m individual medley, held on the first day of the Games.
Brazil's Thiago Pereira finished fourth with a time of 1:58.14, and was followed in the fifth spot by Japan's Ken Takakuwa, in an Asian record of 1:58.22. A full second later, Great Britain's James Goddard posted a time of 1:59.24 to earn a sixth spot, while Canada's Keith Beavers (1:59.43) and Goddard's teammate Liam Tancock (2:00.76) rounded out the finale.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Michael Phelps (USA)||1:54.80||Omaha, United States||5 July 2008|
|Olympic record||Michael Phelps (USA)||1:57.14||Athens, Greece||19 August 2004|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|August 15||Final||Michael Phelps||United States||1:54.23||WR, OR|
|1||3||Michael Phelps||United States||1:57.70||Q|
|3||5||Ken Takakuwa||Japan||1:58.49||Q, AS|
|4||1||Liam Tancock||Great Britain||1:59.42||Q|
|6||2||Darian Townsend||South Africa||1:59.65|
|1||4||Ryan Lochte||United States||1:57.69||Q|
|3||1||James Goddard||Great Britain||1:58.63||Q|
|5||Michael Phelps||United States||1:54.23||WR|
|4||Ryan Lochte||United States||1:56.53|
|6||7||James Goddard||Great Britain||1:59.24|
|8||1||Liam Tancock||Great Britain||2:00.76|
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