Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre breaststroke

The women's 100 metre breaststroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29–30 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

London 2012 Aquatics Centre March
Women's 100 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 29, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 30, 2012 (final)
Competitors46 from 36 nations
Winning time1:05.47
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Rūta Meilutytė  Lithuania
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Rebecca Soni  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Satomi Suzuki  Japan
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At only 15 years of age, Rūta Meilutytė defeated a vastly more sophisticated field to become Lithuania's first ever gold medalist in swimming under its own banner. Dominating the race from the start, she pulled away from the field to an unexpected triumph in a sterling time of 1:05.47.[2][3] U.S. top favorite and reigning world champion Rebecca Soni held on a sprint challenge from the Lithuanian teen at the halfway turn, but ended up defending her silver instead from Beijing four years earlier in 1:05.55.[4] Meanwhile, Satomi Suzuki powered home with the bronze in 1:06.46, handing Japan its first ever medal in the event's history.[5][6]

Jamaica's Alia Atkinson raced on the outside lane after her swim-off triumph over Canada's Tera van Beilen in the semifinals, but narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place time in 1:06.93.[7] Competing in her fourth Olympics as Australia's first ever swimmer, defending Olympic champion Leisel Jones finished fifth in a credible time of 1:06.96 to end her illustrious career with a full set of medals.[8]

U.S. swimmer Breeja Larson escaped from a "no false-start" rule to pull off a sixth-place finish in 1:06.96, as the issue of her pre-race jump came with a faulty starting system.[9][10] Russia's Yuliya Yefimova (1:06.98) and Denmark's Rikke Pedersen (1:07.55) rounded out the field.[6]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Jessica Hardy (USA) 1:04.45 Federal Way, United States 7 August 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record   Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.17 Beijing, China 10 August 2008 [13]

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 6 Rūta Meilutytė   Lithuania 1:05.56 Q, NR
2 6 4 Rebecca Soni   United States 1:05.75 Q
3 6 5 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 1:06.51 Q
4 5 4 Breeja Larson   United States 1:06.58 Q
5 4 4 Leisel Jones   Australia 1:06.98 Q
6 5 5 Satomi Suzuki   Japan 1:07.08 Q
7 6 2 Sarah Poewe   Germany 1:07.12 Q
8 6 3 Jennie Johansson   Sweden 1:07.14 Q
9 5 3 Rikke Pedersen   Denmark 1:07.23 Q
10 3 6 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 1:07.39 Q, NR
11 4 5 Leiston Pickett   Australia 1:07.41 Q
12 3 2 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 1:07.54 Q
13 4 1 Zhao Jin   China 1:07.68 Q
14 4 2 Mina Matsushima   Japan 1:07.69 Q
15 4 3 Jillian Tyler   Canada 1:07.81 Q
16 5 2 Tera van Beilen   Canada 1:07.85 Q
17 5 7 Liu Xiaoyu   China 1:07.99
18 3 3 Sara El Bekri   Morocco 1:08.21 NR
19 5 1 Joline Höstman   Sweden 1:08.28
20 6 7 Moniek Nijhuis   Netherlands 1:08.31
21 6 8 Siobhan-Marie O'Connor   Great Britain 1:08.32
22 5 6 Caroline Ruhnau   Germany 1:08.43
23 6 6 Daria Deeva   Russia 1:08.44
24 3 5 Petra Chocová   Czech Republic 1:08.59
25 4 7 Marina Garcia Urzainqui   Spain 1:08.64
26 4 8 Sycerika McMahon   Ireland 1:08.80
27 3 4 Michela Guzzetti   Italy 1:08.83
28 5 8 Kate Haywood   Great Britain 1:09.22
29 3 1 Dilara Buse Günaydin   Turkey 1:09.43
30 2 4 Tjaša Vozel   Slovenia 1:09.63
31 2 5 Anna Sztankovics   Hungary 1:09.65
32 2 6 Fanny Babou   France 1:09.76
33 3 7 Kim Hye-jin   South Korea 1:09.79
34 2 3 Jenna Laukkanen   Finland 1:09.92
35 2 2 Ana Rodrigues   Portugal 1:10.62
36 2 1 Danielle Beaubrun   Saint Lucia 1:11.12
37 3 8 Mariya Liver   Ukraine 1:11.23
38 2 7 Chen I-chuan   Chinese Taipei 1:11.28
39 6 1 Concepcion Badillo Diaz   Spain 1:12.58
40 2 8 Tatiana Chisca   Moldova 1:13.30
41 1 4 Ivana Ninković   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:14.04
42 1 3 Pilar Shimizu   Guam 1:15.76 NR
43 1 5 Matelita Buadromo   Fiji 1:16.33
44 1 6 Oksana Hatamkhanova   Azerbaijan 1:25.52
45 1 2 Oyungerel Gantumur   Mongolia 1:27.17
46 1 7 Dede Camara   Guinea 1:38.54

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni   United States 1:05.98 Q
2 5 Breeja Larson   United States 1:06.70 Q
3 3 Satomi Suzuki   Japan 1:07.10 Q
4 2 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 1:07.48 QSO
8 Tera van Beilen   Canada QSO
6 6 Jennie Johansson   Sweden 1:07.57
7 7 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 1:07.68
8 1 Mina Matsushima   Japan 1:08.26

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rūta Meilutytė   Lithuania 1:05.21 Q, EU, NR
2 5 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 1:06.57 Q
3 3 Leisel Jones   Australia 1:06.81 Q
4 2 Rikke Pedersen   Denmark 1:06.82 Q
5 6 Sarah Poewe   Germany 1:07.68
6 7 Leiston Pickett   Australia 1:07.74
7 8 Jillian Tyler   Canada 1:07.87
8 1 Zhao Jin   China 1:07.97

Semifinal swim-offEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 1:06.79 Q, NR
2 4 Tera van Beilen   Canada 1:07.73

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Rūta Meilutytė   Lithuania 1:05.47
  5 Rebecca Soni   United States 1:05.55
  1 Satomi Suzuki   Japan 1:06.46
4 8 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 1:06.93
5 2 Leisel Jones   Australia 1:06.95
6 6 Breeja Larson   United States 1:06.96 *
7 3 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 1:06.98
8 7 Rikke Pedersen   Denmark 1:07.55

* False start, but she was not disqualified due to technical error.

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Walker, Peter (30 July 2012). "Ruta Meilutyte grabs a gold for Lithuania". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Ruta Meilutyte wins 100m breast". ESPN. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  5. ^ Kano, Shintaro (31 July 2012). "Irie, Terakawa, Suzuki haul in bronze from the pool". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Ruta Meilutyte Earns Lithuania's First Gold Medal Under Its Flag With 100 Breast Win; Rebecca Soni Places Just Behind in Second". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  7. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte Sets European Record to Top 100 Breast Semis; Soni and Larson Advance". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Jones misses medals in 'changing of the guard'". ABC News Australia. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ Williams, Charean (30 July 2012). "Texas A&M swimmer Breeja Larson derailed after jumping gun before start". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  10. ^ Scott-Elliott, Robin (30 July 2012). "Plymouth's Ruta Meilutyte wins shock gold (but it's not for Great Britain)". The Independent. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Jessica Hardy wins her third medal at U.S. Open". USA Today. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Hardy claims third medal in 50 free". ESPN. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Leisel's Olympic redemption with elusive gold". ABC News. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Women's 100m Breaststroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.

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