Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle
|Women's 100 metre freestyle|
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||49 from 41 nations|
|Winning time||53.12 OR|
Germany's Britta Steffen blasted a new Olympic record to claim a gold medal in the event. Coming from eighth place in the turn, she posted a time of 53.12 to edge out Australia's world record holder and top favorite Lisbeth Trickett by 0.04 of a second. Swimming in lane eight, Trickett earned a silver with an outside record time of 53.16. She narrowly reached the final as the eighth seed, when China's Pang Jiaying was disqualified for a false start in the semifinals. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin powered home with a bronze in a matching American record of 53.39 for the second consecutive Olympics. It was Coughlin's fifth medal of these Games, matching her total from Athens four years earlier.
Competing at her third straight Olympics with Steffen, Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppälä finished outside the medals in fourth place at 53.97. Earlier, she posted a top-seeded time of 53.60 from the sixth heat to lead the prelims. She was followed in fifth place by Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (54.06), and host nation China's Zhu Yingwen, who shared a sixth-place tie with the Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis in 54.21. Great Britain's Francesca Halsall (54.29) closed out the field.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Lisbeth Trickett (AUS)||52.88||Sydney, Australia||27 March 2008|
|Olympic record||Britta Steffen (GER)||53.38||Beijing, China||10 August 2008|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|August 15||Final||Britta Steffen||Germany||53.12||OR|
|1||5||Natalie Coughlin||United States||53.70||Q|
|2||6||Zhu Yingwen||China||53.84||Q, AS|
|6||1||Lacey Nymeyer||United States||54.74|
|3||3||Francesca Halsall||Great Britain||53.94||Q|
Note: Lisbeth Trickett advanced to the final only when Chinese swimmer Pang Jiaying, who had finished first in the semifinals, was disqualified for a false start.
|4||Natalie Coughlin||United States||53.39||=AM|
|8||2||Francesca Halsall||Great Britain||54.29|
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