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

The women's 100 metre breaststroke 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 breaststroke
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 39 nations
Winning time1:05.17 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Leisel Jones  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Rebecca Soni  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mirna Jukić  Austria
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After winning a silver medal in Sydney and a bronze in Athens, Australia's Leisel Jones stormed home on the final lap to claim an elusive gold in the event. She established an Olympic record of 1:05.17, just eight-hundredths of a second (0.08) off her global standard.[2][3] Coming from fifth place in the turn, U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni earned a silver medal in 1:06.73.[4] Finishing fourth from the Olympic trials, she inherited a place in the event after Jessica Hardy's sudden withdrawal from the Games because of a doping irregularity.[5] Meanwhile, Mirna Jukić posted a time of 1:07.34 to settle for the bronze, holding off Russia's Yuliya Yefimova (1:07.43) to fourth place by almost a tenth of a second (0.10).[2]

Megan Jendrick, former Olympic champion from Sydney in 2000, finished fifth with a time of 1:07.62, edging out Aussie Tarnee White (1:07.63) in a close race by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[6] China's Sun Ye (1:08.08) and Japan's Asami Kitagawa (1:08.43) rounded out the finale.[2]

Earlier in the prelims, Jones opened up her meet by breaking a new Olympic record of 1:05.64, exactly a full second faster than a winning time set by Luo Xuejuan in Athens four years earlier.[7]

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RecordsEdit

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

World record   Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.09 Melbourne, Australia 20 March 2006
Olympic record   Luo Xuejuan (CHN) 1:06.64 Athens, Greece 16 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 7 Leisel Jones   Australia 1:05.64 OR
August 12 Final Leisel Jones   Australia 1:05.17 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 4 Leisel Jones   Australia 1:05.64 Q, OR
2 7 3 Yuliya Efimova   Russia 1:06.08 Q, EU
3 5 6 Mirna Jukić   Austria 1:07.06 Q
4 5 4 Rebecca Soni   United States 1:07.44 Q
5 7 1 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 1:07.55 Q
6 6 1 Sun Ye   China 1:07.81 Q
7 6 4 Tarnee White   Australia 1:07.83 Q
8 7 6 Joline Höstman   Sweden 1:07.91 Q
9 7 5 Megan Jendrick   United States 1:08.07 Q
10 5 7 Jillian Tyler   Canada 1:08.13 Q
11 6 3 Kate Haywood   Great Britain 1:08.18 Q
12 5 2 Chen Huijia   China 1:08.24 Q
13 5 3 Annamay Pierse   Canada 1:08.25 Q
14 6 2 Kirsty Balfour   Great Britain 1:08.30 Q
15 5 1 Asami Kitagawa   Japan 1:08.36 Q
16 7 8 Elise Matthysen   Belgium 1:08.37 Q, NR
17 6 6 Megumi Taneda   Japan 1:08.45
18 7 2 Elena Bogomazova   Russia 1:08.63
19 3 2 Sara El Bekri   Morocco 1:08.66
20 6 5 Sarah Poewe   Germany 1:08.69
21 6 7 Hanna Westrin   Sweden 1:08.80
22 4 4 Roberta Panara   Italy 1:08.90
23 4 5 Jung Seul-ki   South Korea 1:09.26
24 6 8 Yuliya Pidlisna   Ukraine 1:09.72
25 5 5 Anna Khlistunova   Ukraine 1:09.95
26 4 2 Diana Gomes   Portugal 1:10.02
27 4 3 Inna Kapishina   Belarus 1:10.15
28 4 1 Dilara Buse Günaydin   Turkey 1:10.45
29 5 8 Sophie de Ronchi   France 1:10.46
30 4 6 Angeliki Exarchou   Greece 1:10.47
31 3 6 Adriana Marmolejo   Mexico 1:10.73 NR
32 4 7 Nicolette Teo   Singapore 1:10.76
33 3 3 Smiljana Marinović   Croatia 1:10.94
34 2 4 Yekaterina Sadovnik   Kazakhstan 1:11.14
35 4 8 Jolijn van Valkengoed   Netherlands 1:11.26
36 7 7 Sonja Schöber   Germany 1:11.36
37 3 4 Liliana Guiscardo   Argentina 1:11.43
38 2 5 Valeria Silva   Peru 1:11.64 NR
39 3 8 Tatiane Sakemi   Brazil 1:11.75
40 3 5 Erla Dogg Haraldsdóttir   Iceland 1:11.78
41 3 1 Réka Pecz   Hungary 1:12.17
42 2 6 Danielle Beaubrun   Saint Lucia 1:12.85
43 3 7 Nađa Higl   Serbia 1:13.19
44 2 3 Mayumi Raheem   Sri Lanka 1:15.33
45 2 2 Nibal Yamout   Lebanon 1:16.17 NR
46 2 7 Oksana Hatamkhanova   Azerbaijan 1:20.22
47 1 5 Asmahan Farhat   Libya 1:21.68
48 1 4 Anna Salnikova   Georgia 1:21.70
49 1 3 Mariam Pauline Keita   Mali 1:24.26

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Rebecca Soni   United States 1:07.07 Q
2 4 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 1:07.50 Q
3 3 Sun Ye   China 1:07.72 Q
4 6 Joline Höstman   Sweden 1:08.26
5 7 Chen Huijia   China 1:08.60
6 2 Jillian Tyler   Canada 1:09.00
6 8 Elise Matthysen   Belgium 1:09.00
8 1 Kirsty Balfour   Great Britain 1:09.23

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Leisel Jones   Australia 1:05.80 Q
2 5 Mirna Jukić   Austria 1:07.27 Q
3 6 Tarnee White   Australia 1:07.48 Q
4 2 Megan Jendrick   United States 1:08.07 Q
5 8 Asami Kitagawa   Japan 1:08.23 Q
6 1 Annamay Pierse   Canada 1:08.27
7 7 Kate Haywood   Great Britain 1:08.36
8 3 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 1:09.56

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Leisel Jones   Australia 1:05.17 OR
  5 Rebecca Soni   United States 1:06.73
  3 Mirna Jukić   Austria 1:07.34
4 2 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 1:07.43
5 1 Megan Jendrick   United States 1:07.62
6 6 Tarnee White   Australia 1:07.63
7 7 Sun Ye   China 1:08.08
8 8 Asami Kitagawa   Japan 1:08.43

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Leisel Jones Scares World Record, Gets Olympic Standard in Women's 100 Breast Victory". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Leisel's Olympic redemption with elusive gold". ABC News. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Soni wins silver in women's 100 breast". NBC News. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ Crouse, Karen (2 August 2008). "Swimmer Pulls Out, Upsetting Her Rivals". NBC News. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ Staff (12 August 2008). "A red-white-and-blue day for U.S. swimmers". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  7. ^ Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Lethal Leisel Jones Crushes Olympic Record in Women's 100 Breast". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Wilson, Caroline (21 March 2006). "Lethal Leisel". The Age. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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