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

The women's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–14 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (semifinals)
August 14, 2008 (final)
Competitors36 from 28 nations
Winning time2:04.18 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Liu Zige  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jiao Liuyang  China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jessicah Schipper  Australia
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In front of a large home crowd inside the Water Cube, Liu Zige powered past the entire field to capture a first gold medal for the host nation in swimming. She set a new world record of 2:04.18 to cut off a 1.32-second standard set by Australia's Jessicah Schipper at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She also enjoyed her teammate Jiao Liuyang handing an entire medal haul for China with a one–two finish. Jiao earned a silver medal as she overhauled Schipper on the final lap, and touched the wall in 2:04.72.[2][3] Meanwhile, Schipper added a second bronze to her hardware from the 100 m butterfly, outside the record time of 2:06.26.[4]

Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak, the defending Olympic champion, finished outside the medals in fourth place at 2:07.02. Having won a bronze medal from Athens four years earlier, Japan's Yuko Nakanishi earned a fifth spot in 2:07.32, holding off France's Aurore Mongel (2:07.36) to sixth by four hundredths of a second (0.04). Americans Elaine Breeden (2:07.57) and Kathleen Hersey (2:08.23) closed out the field.[4][5]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Jessicah Schipper (AUS) 2:05.40 Victoria, Canada 17 August 2006
Olympic record   Misty Hyman (USA) 2:05.88 Sydney, Australia 20 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 14 Final Liu Zige   China 2:04.18 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 2 Liu Zige   China 2:06.46 Q
2 5 5 Aurore Mongel   France 2:06.49 Q, NR
3 3 4 Yuko Nakanishi   Japan 2:06.62 Q
4 5 6 Jiao Liuyang   China 2:06.89 Q
5 5 4 Otylia Jędrzejczak   Poland 2:06.91 Q
6 3 6 Natsumi Hoshi   Japan 2:07.02 Q
7 4 6 Kathleen Hersey   United States 2:07.65 Q
8 4 7 Micha Østergaard   Denmark 2:07.77 Q, NR
9 5 3 Elaine Breeden   United States 2:07.92 Q
10 4 5 Jemma Lowe   Great Britain 2:08.07 Q
11 4 4 Jessicah Schipper   Australia 2:08.11 Q
12 4 3 Audrey Lacroix   Canada 2:08.54 Q
13 5 2 Samantha Hamill   Australia 2:08.83 Q
14 4 8 Petra Granlund   Sweden 2:08.97 Q
15 4 2 Ellen Gandy   Great Britain 2:08.98 Q
16 2 6 Kathryn Meaklim   South Africa 2:09.41 Q, AF
17 2 4 Nina Dittrich   Austria 2:09.85 NR
18 5 7 Beatrix Boulsevicz   Hungary 2:10.00
19 2 5 Sara Oliveira   Portugal 2:10.14 NR
20 3 8 Stephanie Horner   Canada 2:10.33
21 3 7 Paola Cavallino   Italy 2:10.46
22 5 8 Joanna Melo   Brazil 2:10.64
23 5 1 Choi Hye-ra   South Korea 2:11.42
24 2 8 Tetyana Khala   Ukraine 2:12.16
25 4 1 Yana Martynova   Russia 2:12.47
26 2 7 Tao Li   Singapore 2:12.63 NR
27 3 5 Emese Kovács   Hungary 2:12.73
28 3 1 Magali Rousseau   France 2:13.12
29 2 2 Yang Chin-Kuei   Chinese Taipei 2:13.26
30 1 5 Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou   Greece 2:13.27
31 2 1 Denisa Smolenová   Slovakia 2:13.81
32 1 6 Gülşah Günenç   Turkey 2:14.44 NR
33 1 4 Ingvild Snildal   Norway 2:14.53
34 1 3 Kristina Lennox-Silva   Puerto Rico 2:17.27
2 3 Georgina Bardach   Argentina DNS
3 3 Sara Isakovič   Slovenia DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Jiao Liuyang   China 2:06.42 Q
2 4 Aurore Mongel   France 2:07.21 Q
3 2 Jemma Lowe   Great Britain 2:07.87
4 3 Natsumi Hoshi   Japan 2:07.93
5 6 Micha Østergaard   Denmark 2:09.29
6 7 Audrey Lacroix   Canada 2:09.74
7 1 Petra Granlund   Sweden 2:09.79
8 8 Kathryn Meaklim   South Africa 2:11.74

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Liu Zige   China 2:06.25 Q, AS
2 7 Jessicah Schipper   Australia 2:06.34 Q
3 3 Otylia Jędrzejczak   Poland 2:06.78 Q
4 5 Yuko Nakanishi   Japan 2:06.96 Q
6 Kathleen Hersey   United States Q
6 2 Elaine Breeden   United States 2:07.73 Q
7 1 Samantha Hamill   Australia 2:09.58
8 8 Ellen Gandy   Great Britain 2:10.60

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Liu Zige   China 2:04.18 WR
  3 Jiao Liuyang   China 2:04.72
  5 Jessicah Schipper   Australia 2:06.26
4 6 Otylia Jędrzejczak   Poland 2:07.02
5 2 Yuko Nakanishi   Japan 2:07.32
6 1 Aurore Mongel   France 2:07.36
7 8 Elaine Breeden   United States 2:07.57
8 7 Kathleen Hersey   United States 2:08.23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Double delight for China". South China Morning Post. 13 August 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Liu captures China's first Beijing swimming gold". NDTV. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Liu Zige of China Sets World Record in Women's 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ "China goes 1–2 in women's 200 butterfly". USA Today. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Schipper breaks 200m butterfly WR". ABC News. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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