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

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 13–15 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 13, 2008 (heats)
August 14, 2008 (semifinals)
August 15, 2008 (final)
Competitors41 from 34 nations
Winning time2:20.22 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Rebecca Soni  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Leisel Jones  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sara Nordenstam  Norway
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U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni pulled away over the final lap to capture gold and set a new world record of 2:20.22.[2][3] Australia's world record holder and top favorite Leisel Jones enjoyed a strong lead in the first 100 metres, but ended up only with a silver in 2:22.05, almost two seconds behind Soni.[4] Meanwhile, Sara Nordenstam earned Norway's second Olympic medal in swimming, as she powered home with a bronze in a European record of 2:23.02.[5]

Austria's Mirna Jukić finished outside the medals in fourth place at 2:23.24, while Russia's Yuliya Yefimova set a national record of 2:23.76 to hold off Canada's Annamay Pierse (2:23.77) for a fifth spot by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[6] Japanese duo Rie Kaneto (2:25.14) and Megumi Taneda (2:25.23) closed out the field.[5]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top 8 final, featuring Germany's Anne Poleska, bronze medalist in Athens four years earlier. Competing at her fourth Olympics, defending champion Amanda Beard placed eighteenth in 2:27.70, but missed the semifinals by 0.42 seconds.[7][8]

Earlier in the prelims, Soni posted a top-seeded time of 2:22.17 to lead the heats, cutting off Beard's Olympic record by exactly two-tenths of a second (0.20).[7]

Contents

RecordsEdit

 
Leisel Jones, the world record holder and favourite for the 200 m breaststroke.

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

World record   Leisel Jones (AUS) 2:20.54 Melbourne, Australia 1 February 2006
Olympic record   Amanda Beard (USA) 2:23.37 Athens, Greece 19 August 2004

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 13 Heat 5 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:22.17 OR
August 15 Final Rebecca Soni   United States 2:20.22 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:22.17 Q, OR
2 6 4 Leisel Jones   Australia 2:23.81 Q
3 6 5 Mirna Jukić   Austria 2:24.39 Q
4 6 1 Sara Nordenstam   Norway 2:24.47 Q
5 4 6 Rie Kaneto   Japan 2:24.62 Q
6 5 5 Megumi Taneda   Japan 2:24.75 Q
7 4 5 Annamay Pierse   Canada 2:25.01 Q
8 4 4 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:25.07 Q
9 5 7 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 2:25.51 Q
10 5 3 Sally Foster   Australia 2:25.54 Q
11 6 3 Jung Seul-ki   South Korea 2:25.95 Q
12 6 6 Joline Höstman   Sweden 2:26.00 Q
13 6 2 Qi Hui   China 2:26.16 Q
14 5 2 Anne Poleska   Germany 2:26.74 Q
15 4 8 Elise Matthysen   Belgium 2:27.04 Q
16 4 1 Jeong Da-rae   South Korea 2:27.28 Q
17 3 7 Inna Kapishina   Belarus 2:27.34 NR
18 4 3 Amanda Beard   United States 2:27.70
19 2 2 Siow Yi Ting   Malaysia 2:27.80
20 4 2 Olga Detenyuk   Russia 2:27.87
5 1 Kirsty Balfour   Great Britain
22 3 4 Adriana Marmolejo   Mexico 2:28.10 NR
23 6 8 Yuliya Pidlisna   Ukraine 2:28.84
24 4 7 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 2:29.46
25 2 4 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 2:29.53
26 6 7 Luo Nan   China 2:29.67
27 3 1 Katalin Bor   Hungary 2:29.95
28 3 2 Sara El Bekri   Morocco 2:30.04
29 3 3 Diana Gomes   Portugal 2:30.18
30 5 8 Sophie de Ronchi   France 2:30.93
31 2 7 Marina Kuč   Montenegro 2:31.24
32 2 3 Dilara Buse Günaydin   Turkey 2:31.86
33 3 6 Nađa Higl   Serbia 2:32.78
34 2 6 Smiljana Marinović   Croatia 2:32.80
35 1 5 Raminta Dvariškytė   Lithuania 2:33.32
36 2 5 Nicolette Teo   Singapore 2:34.60
37 3 8 Agustina de Giovanni   Argentina 2:34.94
38 3 5 Angeliki Exarchou   Greece 2:36.83
39 1 3 Noora Laukkanen   Finland 2:38.97
40 1 4 Tatiane Sakemi   Brazil 2:39.13
5 6 Sarah Poewe   Germany DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Leisel Jones   Australia 2:23.04 Q
2 5 Sara Nordenstam   Norway 2:23.79 Q, EU
3 6 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:24.00 Q
4 3 Megumi Taneda   Japan 2:25.42 Q
5 2 Sally Foster   Australia 2:26.33
6 1 Anne Poleska   Germany 2:26.71
7 7 Joline Höstman   Sweden 2:27.14
8 8 Jeong Da-rae   South Korea 2:28.28

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:22.64 Q
2 5 Mirna Jukić   Austria 2:23.76 Q, EU
3 6 Annamay Pierse   Canada 2:23.94 Q
4 3 Rie Kaneto   Japan 2:25.65 Q
5 7 Jung Seul-ki   South Korea 2:26.83
6 1 Qi Hui   China 2:27.63
7 2 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 2:28.45
8 8 Elise Matthysen   Belgium 2:29.64

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:20.22 WR
  5 Leisel Jones   Australia 2:22.05
  6 Sara Nordenstam   Norway 2:23.02 EU
4 3 Mirna Jukić   Austria 2:23.24 NR
5 7 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:23.76 NR
6 2 Annamay Pierse   Canada 2:23.77 NR
7 1 Rie Kaneto   Japan 2:25.14
8 8 Megumi Taneda   Japan 2:25.23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Majendie, Paul (15 August 2008). "Soni goes from heart surgery to gold medal". Reuters. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Rebecca Soni breaks 200m breaststroke record". France 24. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  4. ^ Breen, Neil (15 August 2008). "Leisel Jones collapses after silver in 200m breaststroke final at Beijing Olympics". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Rebecca Soni Upsets Leisel Jones With 200 Breast World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Swimmer Phelps wins a sixth gold medal at Beijing". CTV News. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Rebecca Soni Sets Olympic, American Record to Lead 200 Breast Qualifying". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Pierce, Tony (13 August 2008). "Was Amanda Beard sick, distracted, or just too old to compete in Beijing?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  9. ^ Cowley, Michael (2 February 2006). "Lethal again: Jones beats own record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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