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

The women's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–15 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008(semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
Competitors49 from 41 nations
Winning time53.12 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Britta Steffen  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lisbeth Trickett  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Natalie Coughlin  United States
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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.[2][3][4] She narrowly reached the final as the eighth seed, when China's Pang Jiaying was disqualified for a false start in the semifinals.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[2]

RecordsEdit

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.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Final Britta Steffen   Germany 53.12 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 3 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 53.60 Q, NR
2 6 4 Britta Steffen   Germany 53.67 Q
3 6 5 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands 53.76 Q
4 7 5 Natalie Coughlin   United States 53.82 Q
5 5 6 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 53.93 Q
6 7 4 Lisbeth Trickett   Australia 53.99 Q
7 6 6 Pang Jiaying   China 54.01 Q, =AS
7 7 Zhu Yingwen   China Q, =AS
9 4 5 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark 54.04 Q
10 6 2 Josefin Lillhage   Sweden 54.07 Q
11 7 3 Malia Metella   France 54.12 Q
12 5 7 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 54.52 Q
13 5 4 Cate Campbell   Australia 54.55 Q
14 5 3 Lacey Nymeyer   United States 54.62 Q
15 7 6 Erica Morningstar   Canada 54.66 Q
16 6 7 Petra Dallmann   Germany 54.70 Q*
7 1 Julia Wilkinson   Canada
18 5 2 Alena Popchanka   France 54.86
19 7 8 Tatiana Barbosa   Brazil 55.01
20 6 1 Agata Ewa Korc   Poland 55.14 NR
21 6 8 Lize-Mari Retief   South Africa 55.17
22 4 3 Anna Gostomelsky   Israel 55.18
23 5 1 Martina Moravcová   Slovakia 55.20
24 5 5 Inge Dekker   Netherlands 55.23
25 4 4 Anastasia Aksenova   Russia 55.29
26 3 3 Hannah Wilson   Hong Kong 55.32
27 4 8 Darya Stepanyuk   Ukraine 55.51
28 3 4 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace   Bahamas 55.61
29 3 2 Birgit Koschischek   Austria 55.62
30 4 2 Arlene Semeco   Venezuela 55.70
31 5 8 Jana Klusáčková   Czech Republic 55.92
32 3 1 Chang Hee-jin   South Korea 55.96
33 4 7 Triin Aljand   Estonia 56.10
34 2 5 Quah Ting Wen   Singapore 56.14
35 3 5 Ragnheidur Ragnarsdottir   Iceland 56.35
36 3 8 Anna Stylianou   Cyprus 56.38
37 3 7 Eleni Kosti   Greece 56.44
38 4 1 Miroslava Najdanovski   Serbia 56.50
39 2 6 Natthanan Junkrajang   Thailand 56.56
40 2 4 Orsolya Tompa   Hungary 56.57
41 2 7 Christel Simms   Philippines 56.67 NR
42 4 6 Maria Laura Simonetto   Italy 56.72
43 2 3 Nieh Pin-chieh   Chinese Taipei 57.28
44 3 6 Nina Sovinek   Slovenia 57.30
45 1 4 Madeleine Scerri   Malta 57.97 NR
46 2 2 Irina Shlemova   Uzbekistan 58.77
47 1 5 Elena Popovska   Macedonia 59.93
48 1 6 Olga Hachatryan   Turkmenistan 1:14.77
7 2 Caitlin McClatchey   Great Britain DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin   United States 53.70 Q
2 6 Zhu Yingwen   China 53.84 Q, AS
3 4 Britta Steffen   Germany 53.96 Q
4 3 Lisbeth Trickett   Australia 54.10 Q
5 2 Josefin Lillhage   Sweden 54.59
6 1 Lacey Nymeyer   United States 54.74
7 8 Petra Dallmann   Germany 55.05
8 7 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 55.31

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands 53.81 Q
2 4 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 53.84 Q
3 3 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 53.94 Q
4 2 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark 54.05 Q
5 7 Malia Metella   France 54.20
6 1 Cate Campbell   Australia 54.54
7 8 Erica Morningstar   Canada 55.36
6 Pang Jiaying   China DSQ

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.

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  7 Britta Steffen   Germany 53.12 OR
  8 Lisbeth Trickett   Australia 53.16
  4 Natalie Coughlin   United States 53.39 =AM
4 6 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 53.97
5 1 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark 54.06
6 3 Zhu Yingwen   China 54.21
5 Marleen Veldhuis   Netherlands
8 2 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 54.29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Worst to First, Britta Steffen Wins 100 Free in Olympic Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Steffen wins first swimming gold for Germany". NBC Olympics. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Steffen edges Trickett for gold". BBC Sport. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Natalie Coughlin Tops 100 Free Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Coughlin claims bronze in 100 free". NBC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  7. ^ Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppala Leads Qualifying in Women's 100 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Trickett, Sullivan set pool alight". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 February 2008. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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