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

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 1–2 August 2012 at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateAugust 1, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 2, 2012 (final)
Competitors34 from 27 nations
Winning time2:19.59 WR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Rebecca Soni  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Satomi Suzuki  Japan
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Yuliya Yefimova  Russia
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U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni cleared a 2:20-barrier in a remarkable world record to defend her Olympic title for the first time in the event's history. Dominating the race from the start, she threw down a stunning time of 2:19.59 to open up a full-body length gap over the rest of the field on the final stretch.[2][3] Meanwhile, Japan's Satomi Suzuki powered home with silver in a scorching time of 2:20.72 to match an Asian record previously held by Rie Kaneto in 2009.[4] Russia's Yuliya Yefimova, who trained with Soni at the Trojan Swim Club, snatched the bronze medal with an astonishing European record in 2:20.92.[5][6]

Denmark's Rikke Pedersen fell short of the podium by almost a full second with a fourth-place time in 2:21.65, and was followed in fifth by Canada's Martha McCabe (2:23.16) and sixth by Soni's teammate Micah Lawrence (2:23.27).[7] South Africa's Suzaan van Biljon got off to a flying start in the first length, but dropped back to seventh in 2:23.72, while Australia's Sally Foster rounded out the field to eighth in 2:26.00.[6][8]

Before the breakthrough finale, Soni scorched the field with a world-record time in 2:20.00 to pick up a top seed in the semifinals, slicing 0.12 seconds off the standard set by Canada's Annamay Pierse in a since-banned high tech bodysuit from the 2009 World Championships.[9][10]

Other notable swimmers missed the final roster featuring Serbia's Nađa Higl, the 2009 world champion; Norway's Sara Nordenstam, the defending bronze medalist; and Jamaica's Alia Atkinson, fourth-place finalist in the 100 m breaststroke.[11]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Annamay Pierse (CAN) 2:20.12 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009 [12][13]
Olympic record   Rebecca Soni (USA) 2:20.22 Beijing, China 15 August 2008 [14]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 1 Semifinal 2 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:20.00 WR, OR
August 2 Final Rebecca Soni   United States 2:19.59 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:21.40 Q
2 5 6 Rikke Pedersen   Denmark 2:22.69 Q, NR
3 3 4 Satomi Suzuki   Japan 2:23.22 Q
4 5 5 Micah Lawrence   United States 2:24.50 Q
5 5 3 Anastasia Chaun   Russia 2:25.39 Q
6 4 1 Joline Höstman   Sweden 2:25.44 Q
7 3 3 Ji Liping   China 2:25.76 Q
3 1 Back Su-yeon   South Korea Q
9 3 2 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 2:25.94 Q
10 3 6 Sally Foster   Australia 2:26.04 Q
11 3 7 Sara El Bekri   Morocco 2:26.05 Q, NR
12 4 5 Kanako Watanabe   Japan 2:26.38 Q
13 4 6 Martha McCabe   Canada 2:26.39 Q
14 4 4 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:26.83 Q
4 7 Jeong Da-rae   South Korea Q
16 5 1 Tessa Wallace   Australia 2:26.94 Q
17 2 5 Ganna Dzerkal   Ukraine 2:27.09 NR
18 4 8 Stacey Tadd   Great Britain 2:27.18
19 5 7 Fanny Lecluyse   Belgium 2:27.30
20 5 2 Marina Garcia Urzainqui   Spain 2:27.57
21 3 5 Tera van Beilen   Canada 2:27.70
22 5 8 Chiara Boggiatto   Italy 2:27.74
23 3 8 Sara Nordenstam   Norway 2:27.90
24 4 3 Sun Ye   China 2:27.94
25 4 2 Nađa Higl   Serbia 2:28.38
26 2 6 Martina Moravčíková   Czech Republic 2:28.54
27 1 5 Alia Atkinson   Jamaica 2:28.77 NR
28 2 4 Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir   Iceland 2:29.60
29 1 4 Anna Sztankovics   Hungary 2:29.67
30 2 7 Dilara Buse Günaydin   Turkey 2:30.64
31 2 1 Sarra Lajnef   Tunisia 2:31.15
32 2 2 Jenna Laukkanen   Finland 2:31.23
33 2 3 Tanja Šmid   Slovenia 2:32.19
34 1 3 Dariya Talanova   Kyrgyzstan 2:38.01

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rikke Pedersen   Denmark 2:22.23 Q, NR
2 1 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:23.02 Q
3 5 Micah Lawrence   United States 2:23.39 Q
4 2 Sally Foster   Australia 2:24.46 Q
5 6 Back Su-Yeon   South Korea 2:24.67
6 3 Joline Höstman   Sweden 2:24.77
7 7 Kanako Watanabe   Japan 2:27.32
8 8 Tessa Wallace   Australia 2:27.38

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:20.00 Q, WR
2 5 Satomi Suzuki   Japan 2:22.40 Q
3 2 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 2:23.21 Q, AF
4 1 Martha McCabe   Canada 2:24.09 Q
5 7 Sara El Bekri   Morocco 2:25.86 NR
6 3 Anastasia Chaun   Russia 2:26.08
7 6 Ji Liping   China 2:27.26
8 8 Jeong Da-Rae   South Korea 2:28.74

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Rebecca Soni   United States 2:19.59 WR
  3 Satomi Suzuki   Japan 2:20.72 =AS
  6 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:20.92 EU
4 5 Rikke Pedersen   Denmark 2:21.65 NR
5 1 Martha McCabe   Canada 2:23.16
6 7 Micah Lawrence   United States 2:23.27
7 2 Suzaan van Biljon   South Africa 2:23.72
8 8 Sally Foster   Australia 2:26.00

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Rebecca Soni Clears 2:20 In Remarkable World Record Swim to Defend 200 Breast Title; Satomi Suzuki, Yuliya Efimova Round Out Podium; Micah Lawrence Sixth". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  7. ^ "McCabe finishes fifth; Hayden fails to advance". The Vancouver Sun. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Van Biljon falls short in final". Sport24. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  9. ^ "2012 London Olympics: USA's Rebecca Soni Throws Down World Record in 200 Breast Semis; Micah Lawrence Makes Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Soni sets world record in 200 breast semifinals". Gillette News-Record. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Rebecca Soni Surges to Olympic Textile Best in 200 Breast; Micah Lawrence Fourth". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Pierse sets world breaststroke record". CBC Sports. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Canadian Pierse sets world swim record". CBC Sports. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Rebecca Soni breaks 200m breaststroke record". France 24. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Women's 200m Breaststroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.

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