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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke

The women's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 14–16 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 14, 2008 (heats)
August 15, 2008 (semifinals)
August 16, 2008 (final)
Competitors35 from 24 nations
Winning time2:05.24 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
2nd, silver medalist(s) Margaret Hoelzer  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Reiko Nakamura  Japan
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After claiming three silver medals at these Games, Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry stormed home on the final lap to defend her Olympic title in the event. She posted a time of 2:05.24 to crush a world record set by U.S. swimmer Margaret Hoelzer from the Olympic trials one month earlier.[2] Meanwhile, Hoelzer added a silver to her hardware from the 100 m backstroke, when she touched the wall in 2:06.23, the second-fastest effort of her career.[3][4] Japan's Reiko Nakamura managed to repeat a bronze from Athens four years earlier, in an Asian record of 2:07.13.[5]

Russia's top favorite Anastasia Zuyeva finished fourth with a time of 2:07.88, and was followed in the fifth spot by American teenager Elizabeth Beisel, aged 16, in 2:08.23. Elizabeth Simmonds set a new British record of 2:08.51 to earn a sixth spot, while Aussies Meagan Nay (2:08.84) and Belinda Hocking (2:10.12) closed out the field.[5][6] Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Russia's Stanislava Komarova, silver medalist in Athens, and British top favorite Gemma Spofforth.[5]

Before her breakthrough final, Coventry broke one of the oldest Olympic records earlier in the prelims. She posted a top-seeded time of 2:06.76 to lead 34 other swimmers in the race, slashing four-tenths of a second (0.40) off the record set by Hungary's three-time Olympic champion Krisztina Egerszegi from Barcelona in 1992.[7][8]

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RecordsEdit

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

World record   Margaret Hoelzer (USA) 2:06.09 Omaha, United States 5 July 2008
Olympic record   Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:07.06 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 14 Heat 4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:06.76 OR
August 16 Final Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:05.24 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:06.76 Q, OR
2 5 6 Elizabeth Simmonds   Great Britain 2:08.66 Q, NR
3 4 3 Meagen Nay   Australia 2:08.79 Q
4 3 5 Zhao Jing   China 2:08.97 Q
5 3 3 Anastasia Zuyeva   Russia 2:09.01 Q
6 5 5 Elizabeth Beisel   United States 2:09.02 Q
7 5 4 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 2:09.12 Q
8 4 2 Melissa Ingram   New Zealand 2:09.34 Q
9 4 5 Alexianne Castel   France 2:09.37 Q
10 3 4 Laure Manaudou   France 2:09.39 Q
11 3 6 Belinda Hocking   Australia 2:09.54 Q
12 5 3 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 2:09.77 Q
13 5 7 Stanislava Komarova   Russia 2:09.93 Q
14 4 6 Hanae Ito   Japan 2:10.05 Q
15 3 1 Anja Čarman   Slovenia 2:10.49 Q, NR
16 3 2 Gemma Spofforth   Great Britain 2:10.58 Q
17 3 7 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 2:11.02
18 5 2 Nikolett Szepesi   Hungary 2:11.47
19 4 8 Chen Yanyan   China 2:11.95
20 2 7 Melanie Nocher   Ireland 2:12.29 NR
21 2 6 Zuzanna Mazurek   Poland 2:12.46 NR
22 4 7 Melissa Corfe   South Africa 2:12.64
5 8 Kateryna Zubkova   Ukraine
24 5 1 Escarlata Bernard   Spain 2:12.86
25 2 4 Lydia Morant   Spain 2:13.87
26 1 3 Kang Yeong-seo   South Korea 2:14.52
27 1 5 Gisela Morales   Guatemala 2:14.54
28 2 8 Fernanda González   Mexico 2:14.64
29 2 1 Stella Boumi   Greece 2:14.73
30 3 8 Lindsay Seemann   Canada 2:15.07
31 2 3 Sanja Jovanović   Croatia 2:15.57
32 1 4 Erin Volcán   Venezuela 2:15.58
33 4 1 Iryna Amshennikova   Ukraine 2:15.78
34 2 5 Christin Zenner   Germany 2:20.28
2 2 Julia Wilkinson   Canada DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Elizabeth Beisel   United States 2:07.90 Q
2 7 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 2:08.21 Q
3 4 Elizabeth Simmonds   Great Britain 2:08.96 Q
4 8 Gemma Spofforth   Great Britain 2:09.19
5 5 Zhao Jing   China 2:09.59
6 6 Melissa Ingram   New Zealand 2:09.70
7 1 Hanae Ito   Japan 2:09.86
8 2 Laure Manaudou   France 2:12.04

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:07.76 Q
2 5 Meagen Nay   Australia 2:08.09 Q, OC
3 6 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 2:08.25 Q
4 7 Belinda Hocking   Australia 2:08.80 Q
5 3 Anastasia Zuyeva   Russia 2:09.07 Q
6 2 Alexianne Castel   France 2:10.04
7 1 Stanislava Komarova   Russia 2:10.50
8 8 Anja Čarman   Slovenia 2:12.46

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:05.24 WR
  2 Margaret Hoelzer   United States 2:06.23
  6 Reiko Nakamura   Japan 2:07.13 AS
4 8 Anastasia Zuyeva   Russia 2:07.88
5 5 Elizabeth Beisel   United States 2:08.23
6 1 Elizabeth Simmonds   Great Britain 2:08.51 NR
7 3 Meagen Nay   Australia 2:08.84
8 7 Belinda Hocking   Australia 2:10.12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, Simon (15 August 2008). "Coventry's silver mine seeded with gold". Reuters. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Margaret Hoelzer gets Olympic silver in 200 backstroke". Team USA. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  4. ^ Kelley, Steve (16 August 2008). "Margaret Hoelzer wins silver in backstroke". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry Wins 200 Back in World Record Fashion". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (16 August 2008). "Coventry wins backstroke gold". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry Dominates 200 Back Prelims, Sets Olympic Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Harris, Beth (16 August 2008). "Americans Hoff, Ziegler fail in 800 free heats". USA Today. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  9. ^ Borzi, Pat (6 July 2008). "As records change by the minute, the women's 800 stays standing". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2008.

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