Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 31 July and 1 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Men's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 31, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 1, 2012 (final)
Competitors34 from 28 nations
Winning time2:07.28 WR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Dániel Gyurta  Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Michael Jamieson  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Ryo Tateishi  Japan
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Hungary's Dániel Gyurta blasted the field with a stunning world record to become the country's third gold medalist in the event since József Szabó topped the podium in 1988 and Norbert Rózsa in 1996. Turning second at the halfway mark, he threw down a remarkable time of 2:07.28 on the final stretch to shave 0.03 seconds off the record set by Australia's Christian Sprenger in a since-banned high tech bodysuit from the 2009 World Championships.[2][3] With the delight of a raucous home crowd, Great Britain's Michael Jamieson enjoyed the race of his life to snatch the silver in 2:07.43, moving him up to fourth in the event's all time rankings.[4][5] Meanwhile, Japan's Ryo Tateishi powered home with a bronze in 2:08.29 to edge out Kosuke Kitajima (2:08.35) by six-hundredths of a second, ending the defending champion's hopes for an Olympic three-peat bid.[6][7]

U.S. swimmer Scott Weltz finished fifth in 2:09.02 to hold off his teammate Clark Burckle (2:09.25) by 23-hundredths of a second.[8] Australia's Brenton Rickard (2:09.28), the reigning silver medalist, and Great Britain's home favorite Andrew Willis (2:09.44) rounded out the championship field.[7][9]

Notable swimmers missed the final roster featuring Lithuania's Giedrius Titenis, a top eight finalist in the 100 m breaststroke; and Luxembourg's Laurent Carnol, who became the nation's first ever semifinalist in swimming.[10]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Christian Sprenger (AUS) 2:07.31 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record   Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) 2:07.64 Beijing, China 14 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 1 Final Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:07.28 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Men's 200m Breaststroke heat 5
Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:08.71 Q
2 3 6 Michael Jamieson   Great Britain 2:08.98 Q, NR
3 5 3 Andrew Willis   Great Britain 2:09.33 Q
4 4 4 Ryo Tateishi   Japan 2:09.37 Q
5 5 4 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:09.43 Q
6 4 3 Clark Burckle   United States 2:09.55 Q
7 3 5 Scott Weltz   United States 2:09.67 Q
8 5 2 Giedrius Titenis   Lithuania 2:10.36 Q
9 4 7 Vyacheslav Sinkevich   Russia 2:10.48 Q
10 3 2 Glenn Snyders   New Zealand 2:10.55 Q, NR
11 5 5 Marco Koch   Germany 2:10.61 Q
12 5 6 Laurent Carnol   Luxembourg 2:10.83 Q
13 2 4 Scott Dickens   Canada 2:10.95 Q
14 4 2 Tales Cerdeira   Brazil 2:11.05 Q
15 5 7 Brenton Rickard   Australia 2:11.41 Q
16 4 5 Christian vom Lehn   Germany 2:11.66 Q
17 3 8 Matti Mattsson   Finland 2:11.81 NR
18 5 1 Lennart Stekelenburg   Netherlands 2:12.02
19 4 6 Henrique Barbosa   Brazil 2:12.05
20 4 1 Ákos Molnár   Hungary 2:12.42
21 2 5 Sławomir Kuczko   Poland 2:12.51
22 3 1 Igor Borysik   Ukraine 2:12.61
23 2 2 Tomáš Klobučník   Slovakia 2:13.40
24 4 8 Yannick Käser   Switzerland 2:13.49
25 3 7 Choi Kyu-woong   South Korea 2:13.57
26 2 3 Christian Schurr Voight   Mexico 2:14.16
27 3 3 Panagiotis Samilidis   Greece 2:14.82
28 1 4 Irakli Bolkvadze   Georgia 2:15.86 NR
29 2 7 Hunor Mate   Austria 2:15.98
30 2 6 Nuttapong Ketin   Thailand 2:16.07
31 2 1 Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson   Iceland 2:16.72
32 1 5 Dmitrii Aleksandrov   Kyrgyzstan 2:17.92
33 5 8 Chen Cheng   China 2:19.83
1 3 Tsilavina Ramanantsoa   Madagascar DSQ

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Jamieson   Great Britain 2:08.20 Q, NR
2 3 Clark Burckle   United States 2:09.11 Q
3 5 Ryo Tateishi   Japan 2:09.13 Q
4 1 Tales Cerdeira   Brazil 2:09.77
5 6 Giedrius Titenis   Lithuania 2:09.95
6 8 Christian vom Lehn   Germany 2:10.50
7 2 Glenn Snyders   New Zealand 2:11.14
8 7 Laurent Carnol   Luxembourg 2:11.17

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:08.32 Q
2 5 Andrew Willis   Great Britain 2:08.47 Q
3 6 Scott Weltz   United States 2:08.99 Q
4 3 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:09.03 Q
5 8 Brenton Rickard   Australia 2:09.31 Q
6 2 Vyacheslav Sinkevich   Russia 2:09.90
7 7 Marco Koch   Germany 2:10.73
8 1 Scott Dickens   Canada 2:11.71

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Daniel Gyurta   Hungary 2.07.28 WR
  4 Michael Jamieson   Great Britain 2.07.43 NR
  1 Ryo Tateishi   Japan 2:08.29
4 2 Kosuke Kitajima   Japan 2:08.35
5 6 Scott Weltz   United States 2:09.02
6 7 Clark Burckle   United States 2:09.25
7 8 Brenton Rickard   Australia 2:09.28
8 3 Andrew Willis   Great Britain 2:09.44

ReferencesEdit

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