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

The men's 200 metre individual medley 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 individual medley
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
Competitors47 from 42 nations
Winning time1:54.23 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) László Cseh  Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ryan Lochte  United States
← 2004
2012 →

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.[2][3]

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.[2]

RecordsEdit

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.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Final Michael Phelps   United States 1:54.23 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Ryan Lochte   United States 1:58.15 Q
2 4 4 László Cseh   Hungary 1:58.29 Q
3 5 5 Thiago Pereira   Brazil 1:58.41 Q
4 4 6 Ken Takakuwa   Japan 1:58.51 Q, AS
5 4 7 Bradley Ally   Barbados 1:58.57 Q, NR
6 6 4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:58.65 Q
7 5 7 Alessio Boggiatto   Italy 1:58.80 Q
8 6 2 Takuro Fujii   Japan 1:59.19 Q
9 5 1 Keith Beavers   Canada 1:59.19 Q, NR
10 6 1 Darian Townsend   South Africa 1:59.22 Q, AF
11 6 6 Vytautas Janušaitis   Lithuania 1:59.63 Q
12 3 1 Gal Nevo   Israel 1:59.66 Q
13 6 5 James Goddard   Great Britain 1:59.74 Q
14 4 5 Liam Tancock   Great Britain 1:59.79 Q
15 5 6 Leith Brodie   Australia 1:59.96 Q
16 4 3 Dinko Jukić   Austria 2:00.57 Q
17 5 3 Tamás Kerékjártó   Hungary 2:00.60
18 6 3 Brian Johns   Canada 2:00.66
19 6 7 Diogo Carvalho   Portugal 2:00.66
20 3 6 Mihail Alexandrov   Bulgaria 2:00.70 NR
21 5 2 Dean Kent   New Zealand 2:01.12
22 6 8 Alexander Tikhonov   Russia 2:01.21
23 3 5 Ioannis Kokkodis   Greece 2:01.22
24 3 8 Jeremy Knowles   Bahamas 2:01.35 NR
25 2 6 Gard Kvale   Norway 2:01.52 NR
26 4 2 Łukasz Wójt   Poland 2:01.54
27 2 3 Miguel Molina   Philippines 2:01.61
28 2 4 Vadym Lepskyy   Ukraine 2:01.73
29 3 7 Saša Imprić   Croatia 2:01.83
30 1 7 Omar Pinzón   Colombia 2:02.28
31 2 2 Tomáš Fučík   Czech Republic 2:02.85
32 1 5 Chris Christensen   Denmark 2:02.93
33 4 1 Brenton Cabello   Spain 2:03.08
34 3 4 Qu Jingyu   China 2:03.15
35 4 8 Martin Liivamägi   Estonia 2:03.56
36 2 5 Nicholas Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 2:03.90
37 3 3 Dmitriy Gordiyenko   Kazakhstan 2:03.92
38 1 1 Andrejs Dūda   Latvia 2:04.18
39 5 8 Robin van Aggele   Netherlands 2:04.33
40 3 2 Markus Deibler   Germany 2:04.54
41 1 2 Mehdi Hamama   Algeria 2:04.91
42 2 8 Serkan Atasay   Turkey 2:05.25
43 2 1 Leopoldo Andara   Venezuela 2:05.71 NR
44 1 4 Park Beom-ho   South Korea 2:06.17
45 1 3 Iurii Zakharov   Kyrgyzstan 2:07.01
46 1 6 Danil Bugakov   Uzbekistan 2:10.04
2 7 Andrew Bree   Ireland DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Michael Phelps   United States 1:57.70 Q
2 4 László Cseh   Hungary 1:58.19 Q
3 5 Ken Takakuwa   Japan 1:58.49 Q, AS
4 1 Liam Tancock   Great Britain 1:59.42 Q
5 6 Keith Beavers   Canada 1:59.43 Q
6 2 Darian Townsend   South Africa 1:59.65
7 7 Gal Nevo   Israel 2:00.43
8 8 Dinko Jukić   Austria 2:00.98

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ryan Lochte   United States 1:57.69 Q
2 5 Thiago Pereira   Brazil 1:58.06 Q
3 1 James Goddard   Great Britain 1:58.63 Q
4 3 Bradley Ally   Barbados 1:59.53
5 2 Takuro Fujii   Japan 1:59.59
6 6 Alessio Boggiatto   Italy 1:59.77
7 8 Leith Brodie   Australia 2:00.57
8 7 Vytautas Janušaitis   Lithuania 2:00.76

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Michael Phelps   United States 1:54.23 WR
  6 László Cseh   Hungary 1:56.52 EU
  4 Ryan Lochte   United States 1:56.53
4 3 Thiago Pereira   Brazil 1:58.14
5 2 Ken Takakuwa   Japan 1:58.22 AS
6 7 James Goddard   Great Britain 1:59.24
7 8 Keith Beavers   Canada 1:59.43
8 1 Liam Tancock   Great Britain 2:00.76

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Michael Phelps Wins Sixth Gold, World Record in 200 IM". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  3. ^ Crouse, Karen (15 August 2008). "Phelps Moves 200 Meters Closer to His Goal". New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  4. ^ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (5 July 2008). "Phelps in a world of his own". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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