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

The men's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 30–31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors37 from 28 nations
Winning time1:52.96 AF
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Chad le Clos  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Takeshi Matsuda  Japan
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For the second time at the 2012 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps fell short in his attempt to win the same event three consecutive times, due to an upset performance from South Africa's Chad le Clos. Phelps was the odds-on favorite to win the race, but Le Clos came from third at the final turn to edge out the superstar (and his personal hero) by five-hundredths of a second (0.05) for the gold medal and an African record in 1:52.96.[2][3] By finishing with a time of 1:53.01, Phelps earned his second silver medal of the games, bringing his overall total to eighteen, and matching Larisa Latynina's record of eighteen medals as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.[4][5][6] Japan's Takeshi Matsuda managed to repeat his bronze from Beijing four years earlier in 1:53.21.[7][8]

Austria's Dinko Jukić, who claimed the top seed earlier in the prelims, missed the podium by over a body length with a fourth-place time and a national record in 1:54.35.[8][9] U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary finished fifth in 1:55.06 to hold off a close battle from Serbia's Velimir Stjepanović (1:55.07) and Poland's three-time Olympic finalist Paweł Korzeniowski (1:55.08) by a hundredth of a second (0.01) each.[10][11] China's Chen Yin rounded out the historic finale with an eighth-place time in 1:55.18.[8]

Hungary's László Cseh missed a chance to reach the final roster and defend his Olympic silver medal after placing twelfth in the semifinals (1:55.88).[9]

Contents

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the world and Olympic records were:

World record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:51.51 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009
Olympic record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:52.03 Beijing, China 13 August 2008

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 3 Dinko Jukić   Austria 1:54.79 Q
2 5 6 Tyler Clary   United States 1:54.96 Q
3 3 7 Velimir Stjepanović   Serbia 1:54:99 Q, NR
4 3 3 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:55.23 Q
5 5 4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:55.53 Q
6 3 5 Chen Yin   China 1:55.60 Q
7 3 6 Kazuya Kaneda   Japan 1:55.70 Q
8 4 4 Takeshi Matsuda   Japan 1:55.81 Q
9 4 3 László Cseh   Hungary 1:55.86 Q
10 3 4 Wu Peng   China 1:55.88 Q
11 5 2 Paweł Korzeniowski   Poland 1:56.09 Q
12 5 5 Nick D'Arcy   Australia 1:56.25 Q
13 4 5 Bence Biczó   Hungary 1:56.51 Q
14 5 1 Chris Wright   Australia 1:56.69 Q
15 4 1 Nikolay Skvortsov   Russia 1:56.76 Q
16 3 1 Ioannis Drymonakos   Greece 1:56.97 Q
17 4 6 Kaio de Almeida   Brazil 1:56.99
3 2 Joe Roebuck   Great Britain
19 4 7 Marcin Cieślak   Poland 1:57.07
20 5 7 Roberto Pavoni   Great Britain 1:57.55
21 4 2 Leonardo de Deus   Brazil 1:58.03
22 2 3 Pedro Oliveira   Portugal 1:58.45
23 4 8 Stefanos Dimitriadis   Greece 1:58.79
24 3 8 Robert Žbogar   Slovenia 1:58.99
25 2 8 Mauricio Fiol   Peru 1:59.02 NR
26 5 8 Joseph Schooling   Singapore 1:59.18
27 2 1 Marcos Lavado   Venezuela 1:59.31
28 2 2 Illya Chuyev   Ukraine 1:59.65
29 2 5 Alexandru Coci   Romania 1:59.67
30 2 7 Hsu Chi-Chieh   Chinese Taipei 1:59.81
31 2 6 David Sharpe   Canada 1:59.87
32 1 4 Gal Nevo   Israel 1:59.98
33 2 4 Alexandre Liess   Switzerland 2:00.13
34 1 3 Omar Pinzón   Colombia 2:02.32
35 1 6 Diego Castillo   Panama 2:04.72
36 1 5 Yousef Al-Askari   Kuwait 2:05.41
37 1 2 Hocine Haciane   Andorra 2:06.37

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Takeshi Matsuda   Japan 1:54.25 Q
2 5 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:54.34 Q, AF
3 3 Chen Yin   China 1:54.43 Q
4 4 Tyler Clary   United States 1:54.93 Q
5 2 Wu Peng   China 1:55.65
6 7 Nick D'Arcy   Australia 1:56.07
7 8 Ioannis Drymonakos   Greece 1:58.05
8 1 Chris Wright   Australia 1:58.56

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Michael Phelps   United States 1:54.53 Q
2 4 Dinko Jukić   Austria 1:54.95 Q
3 7 Paweł Korzeniowski   Poland 1:55.04 Q
4 5 Velimir Stjepanović   Serbia 1:55.13 Q
5 1 Bence Biczó   Hungary 1:55.36
6 6 Kazuya Kaneda   Japan 1:55.56
7 2 László Cseh   Hungary 1:55.88
8 8 Nikolay Skvorstov   Russia 1:56.53

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:52.96 AF
  6 Michael Phelps   United States 1:53.01
  4 Takeshi Matsuda   Japan 1:53.21
4 7 Dinko Jukic   Austria 1:54.35 NR
5 2 Tyler Clary   United States 1:55.06
6 8 Velimir Stjepanović   Serbia 1:55.07
7 1 Paweł Korzeniowski   Poland 1:55.08
8 3 Chen Yin   China 1:55.18

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Linden, Julian (31 July 2012). "Phelps loses his touch in butterfly final". Reuters. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (31 July 2012). "Phelps's Silver Ties Olympic Medal Record, Le Clos Wins Gold". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Michael Phelps Ties Olympic Medal Record, Takes Silver In Men's 200m Butterfly Final". Huffington Post. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Golden years: Le Clos leads upset but Phelps wins record 19th with team". Chicago Tribune. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Matsuda third in thrilling 200 butterfly final". The Japan Times. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "2012 London Olympics: South Africa's Chad le Clos Upsets Michael Phelps for 200 Fly Gold; Phelps Still Ties Record for Most Career Olympic Medals; Tyler Clary Misses Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Austria's Dinko Jukic Leads Men's 200 Fly Prelims; Tyler Clary Second, Michael Phelps Qualifies Fifth". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Phelps becomes most decorated Olympian of all time". USA Swimming. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  11. ^ Radley, Paul (1 August 2012). "Olympics: Superb Stjepanovic just falls short of podium finish". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  12. ^ Crouse, Karen (30 July 2012). "Phelps Rebounds Amid Boycott Threat". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Phelps bounces back with 200m fly world record triumph". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  14. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Men's 200m Butterfly – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.

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