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

The women's 200 metre individual medley event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 11–13 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Women's 200 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 11, 2008 (heats)
August 12, 2008 (semifinals)
August 13, 2008 (final)
Competitors39 from 30 nations
Winning time2:08.45 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Stephanie Rice  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirsty Coventry  Zimbabwe
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Natalie Coughlin  United States
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Australia's Stephanie Rice became the third swimmer in Olympic history to strike a medley double, since Michelle Smith did so in 1996 and Yana Klochkova in 2000 and 2004. She established a sterling time of 2:08.45 to lower her world record from the Olympic trials by almost half a second (0.50).[2][3] Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry added a third silver to her collection, finishing with an African record of 2:08.59. U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin, who held the lead on the backstroke leg, picked up a bronze medal in 2:10.34.[4][5]

Completing the second half of a difficult double, American Katie Hoff produced the same result from the 200 m freestyle, as she finished again in fourth place with a time of 2:10.68.[6] Australia's Alicia Coutts placed fifth in 2:11.43, while Japan's Asami Kitagawa swam the outside lane to finish the race in sixth place at 2:11.56. On the strength of the breaststroke leg, Kitagawa won a swimoff for the last slot in the top 8 final over Hungary's Evelyn Verrasztó.[7] Canada's Julia Wilkinson (2:12.43) and Poland's Katarzyna Baranowska (2:13.36) closed out the field.[4]

Earlier in the semifinals, Coventry established an Olympic standard of 2:09.53 to cut off Yana Klochkova's eight-year record by a 1.15-second deficit.[7][8]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Stephanie Rice (AUS) 2:08.92 Sydney, Australia 25 March 2008
Olympic record   Yana Klochkova (UKR) 2:10.68 Sydney, Australia 19 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Semifinal 1 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:09.53 OR
August 13 Final Stephanie Rice   Australia 2:08.45 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 3 Alicia Coutts   Australia 2:11.55 Q
2 4 4 Katie Hoff   United States 2:11.58 Q
3 3 4 Natalie Coughlin   United States 2:11.63 Q
4 5 3 Hannah Miley   Great Britain 2:11.72 Q
5 3 6 Julie Hjorth-Hansen   Denmark 2:11.99 Q
6 5 4 Stephanie Rice   Australia 2:12.07 Q
7 4 5 Camille Muffat   France 2:12.16 Q
8 5 5 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:12.18 Q
9 3 2 Asami Kitagawa   Japan 2:12.47 Q
5 6 Katarzyna Baranowska   Poland Q
11 5 2 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 2:12.52 Q
12 3 1 Li Jiaxing   China 2:12.53 Q
13 3 7 Julia Wilkinson   Canada 2:12.56 Q
14 3 5 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 2:12.75 Q
15 3 3 Keri-Anne Payne   Great Britain 2:12.78 Q
16 4 1 Svetlana Karpeeva   Russia 2:12.94 Q
17 4 8 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 2:13.05
18 5 1 Helen Norfolk   New Zealand 2:13.50
19 5 7 Erica Morningstar   Canada 2:14.11
20 4 6 Qi Hui   China 2:14.25
21 4 2 Cylia Vabre   France 2:14.34
22 2 7 Joanna Maranhão   Brazil 2:14.97
23 2 1 Sara Nordenstam   Norway 2:15.13 NR
24 2 2 Choi Hye-Ra   South Korea 2:15.26
25 2 3 Anja Klinar   Slovenia 2:15.39
26 2 5 Jessica Pengelly   South Africa 2:15.80
27 3 8 María Peláez   Spain 2:15.97
28 2 6 Femke Heemskerk   Netherlands 2:16.28
29 2 8 Siow Yi Ting   Malaysia 2:17.11
30 4 7 Katharina Schiller   Germany 2:18.00
31 1 6 Ganna Dzerkal   Ukraine 2:18.25
32 1 2 Erika Stewart   Colombia 2:18.54 NR
33 1 3 Sherry Tsai   Hong Kong 2:18.91
34 5 8 Sonja Schöber   Germany 2:20.18
35 1 4 Erla Dögg Haraldsdóttir   Iceland 2:20.53
36 1 7 Lin Man-Hsu   Chinese Taipei 2:23.29
37 2 4 Georgina Bardach   Argentina 2:25.74
38 1 1 Fibriani Ratna Marita   Indonesia 2:28.18
1 5 Maroua Mathlouthi   Tunisia DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:09.53 Q, OR
2 3 Stephanie Rice   Australia 2:10.58 Q
3 4 Katie Hoff   United States 2:10.90 Q
4 2 Katarzyna Baranowska   Poland 2:12.13 Q, NR
5 5 Hannah Miley   Great Britain 2:12.35
6 8 Svetlana Karpeeva   Russia 2:13.26
7 1 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 2:13.45
8 7 Li Jiaxing   China 2:13.47

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Natalie Coughlin   United States 2:11.84 Q
2 1 Julia Wilkinson   Canada 2:12.03 Q
4 Alicia Coutts   Australia Q
4 2 Asami Kitagawa   Japan 2:12.18 QSO
7 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary QSO
6 3 Julie Hjorth-Hansen   Denmark 2:12.26
7 6 Camille Muffat   France 2:12.36
8 8 Keri-Anne Payne   Great Britain 2:14.14

SwimoffEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Asami Kitagawa   Japan 2:12.02 Q
2 4 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 2:14.96

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Stephanie Rice   Australia 2:08.45 WR
  4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:08.59 AF
  6 Natalie Coughlin   United States 2:10.34
4 3 Katie Hoff   United States 2:10.68
5 2 Alicia Coutts   Australia 2:11.43
6 8 Asami Kitagawa   Japan 2:11.56
7 7 Julia Wilkinson   Canada 2:12.43
8 1 Katarzyna Baranowska   Poland 2:13.36

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Cowley, Michael (14 August 2008). "Rice and shine". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Rice claims medley double". ABC News. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Stephanie Rice Clocks World Record to Win 200 IM". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Rice edges thrilling medley final". BBC Sport. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ "World records fall in women's 200 free, 200 IM". ESPN. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b Lohn, John (11 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Kirsty Coventry Clocks Olympic Record in 200 IM Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Rice out-touches Coventry for gold medal, Julia's rise through world rankings meteoric". Stratford Beacon-Herald. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Rice claims new world mark for medley". The Age. 25 March 2008. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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