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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

The women's 100 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–12 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008(semifinals)
August 12, 2008 (final)
Competitors49 from 38 nations
Winning time58.96 AM
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Natalie Coughlin  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Margaret Hoelzer  United States
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U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin set a lifetime best and an American record of 58.96 to defend her title in the event. Zimbabwe's new world record holder Kirsty Coventry added a second silver to her hardware from the 400 m individual medley two days earlier, in a time of 59.19. Coming from fifth place in the turn, Margaret Hoelzer continued her impressive form in the shorter backstroke to pick up a bronze in 59.34, handing the entire medal haul for Team USA in the pool.[2][3]

Great Britain's Gemma Spofforth narrowly missed the podium by four-hundredths of a second (0.04), posting a European record of 59.38 for a fourth-place finish. Russia's Anastasia Zuyeva finished fifth in a close race at 59.40, and was followed in the sixth spot by Japan's Reiko Nakamura in 59.72. France's Laure Manaudou (1:00.10), bronze medalist in Athens four years earlier, and Japanese Hanae Ito (1:00.18) rounded out the finale.[2]

Earlier in the prelims, Zuyeva, Nakamura, and Coventry scratched out Coughlin's existing Olympic record, as they went under a time of 59.68 to lead all seeded heats.[4] The following morning, in the semifinals, Coventry blitzed the field on the final lap to set a new world record of 58.77, breaking Coughlin's mark by two-tenths of a second (0.20).[5][6]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Natalie Coughlin (USA) 58.97 Omaha, United States 1 July 2008
Olympic record   Natalie Coughlin (USA) 59.68 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 5 Anastasia Zuyeva   Russia 59.61 OR
August 10 Heat 6 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 59.36 OR
August 10 Heat 7 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 59.00 OR
August 11 Semifinal 2 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 58.77 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 5 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 59.00 Q, OR
2 6 6 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 59.36 Q, AS
3 5 4 Anastasia Zuyeva   Russia 59.61 Q, EU
4 7 4 Natalie Coughlin   United States 59.69 Q
5 6 5 Laure Manaudou   France 1:00.09 Q
6 7 6 Gemma Spofforth   Great Britain 1:00.11 Q
7 6 4 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 1:00.13 Q
8 6 3 Hanae Ito   Japan 1:00.16 Q
9 5 5 Emily Seebohm   Australia 1:00.27 Q
10 4 3 Julia Wilkinson   Canada 1:00.38 Q
11 5 8 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 1:00.48 Q
12 5 2 Elizabeth Simmonds   Great Britain 1:00.53 Q
13 5 6 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:00.54 Q
14 5 3 Sophie Edington   Australia 1:00.65 Q
15 7 1 Elizabeth Coster   New Zealand 1:00.66 Q
16 6 1 Kseniya Moskvina   Russia 1:00.70 Q
17 5 1 Xu Tianlongzi   China 1:00.82
18 7 7 Fabíola Molina   Brazil 1:01.00
19 3 3 Carolina Colorado   Colombia 1:01.19 NR
20 4 4 Melissa Ingram   New Zealand 1:01.24
21 5 7 Kateryna Zubkova   Ukraine 1:01.25
22 6 2 Sanja Jovanović   Croatia 1:01.30
23 7 2 Alexianne Castel   France 1:01.44
24 7 8 Nikolett Szepesi   Hungary 1:01.77
25 3 2 Anna Gostomelsky   Israel 1:01.87 NR
26 4 6 Romina Armellini   Italy 1:02.21
4 8 Anja Čarman   Slovenia
28 4 5 Mercedes Peris   Spain 1:02.30
29 3 1 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 1:02.38
30 4 2 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 1:02.39
31 4 1 Aisling Cooney   Ireland 1:02.50
32 3 7 Alana Dillette   Bahamas 1:02.56
33 1 4 Kiera Aitken   Bermuda 1:02.62
34 3 4 Tsai Hiu Wai Sherry   Hong Kong 1:02.68
35 3 5 Fernanda González   Mexico 1:02.76
36 2 4 Zuzanna Mazurek   Poland 1:02.77 NR
37 6 7 Iryna Amshennikova   Ukraine 1:02.85
38 2 5 Gisela Morales   Guatemala 1:02.92
39 3 6 Petra Klosová   Czech Republic 1:03.36
40 2 3 Marica Strazmester   Serbia 1:03.56
41 3 8 Sarah Blake Bateman   Iceland 1:03.82
42 6 8 Christin Zenner   Germany 1:03.87
43 2 7 Erin Volcán   Venezuela 1:03.90
44 2 6 Kim Yu-yeon   South Korea 1:04.63
45 2 2 Yekaterina Rudenko   Kazakhstan 1:04.85
46 1 5 Maria Virginia Baez   Paraguay 1:05.39
47 1 3 Christie Bodden   Panama 1:07.18
7 3 Zhao Jing   China DSQ
4 7 Sviatlana Khakhlova   Belarus DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin   United States 59.43 Q
2 4 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 59.64 Q
3 3 Gemma Spofforth   Great Britain 59.79 Q
4 6 Hanae Ito   Japan 1:00.13 Q
5 7 Elizabeth Simmonds   Great Britain 1:00.39
6 2 Julia Wilkinson   Canada 1:00.60
7 1 Sophie Edington   Australia 1:01.05
8 8 Kseniya Moskvina   Russia 1:01.06

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 58.77 Q, WR
2 5 Anastasia Zuyeva   Russia 59.77 Q
3 6 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 59.84 Q
4 3 Laure Manaudou   France 1:00.19 Q
5 2 Emily Seebohm   Australia 1:00.31
6 1 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:00.50
7 7 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 1:01.15
8 8 Elizabeth Coster   New Zealand 1:01.45

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Natalie Coughlin   United States 58.96 AM
  4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 59.19
  7 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 59.34
4 2 Gemma Spofforth   Great Britain 59.38 EU
5 6 Anastasia Zuyeva   Russia 59.40
6 3 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 59.72
7 8 Laure Manaudou   France 1:00.10
8 1 Hanae Ito   Japan 1:00.18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (11 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Natalie Coughlin Breaks 59, Wins 100 Back Gold in American Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Natalie Coughlin wins gold, Margaret Hoelzer wins bronze in 100m backstroke". Los Angeles Times. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Olympic Record Times Three, Kirsty Coventry Leads Women's 100 Back Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lohn, John (10 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe Grabs 100 Back World Record in Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Coventry sets world record in women's 100 backstroke". Los Angeles Times. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  7. ^ Borzi, Pat (1 July 2008). "Natalie Coughlin again lowers backstroke record". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2013.

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