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

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

Women's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors37 from 31 nations
Winning time1:53.61 OR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Allison Schmitt  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Camille Muffat  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bronte Barratt  Australia
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U.S. swimmer Allison Schmitt blasted a new Olympic record with a stunning effort to capture the gold medal in the event for the first time, since Nicole Haislett topped the podium in 1992. She pulled away from a tightly-packed field on the final lap to hit the wall first in a sterling time of 1:53.61, shaving 1.21 seconds off the record set by Italy's Federica Pellegrini from Beijing in 2008.[2][3] After defeating Schmitt in a close duel to grab the 400 m freestyle title two days earlier, France's Camille Muffat trailed behind her rival by almost a body length for the silver in 1:55.58.[4] Meanwhile, Australia's Bronte Barratt produced a striking touch to take home the bronze in 1:55.81, edging out American teenage star Missy Franklin by a hundredth of a second.[5][6][7]

Franklin missed a chance to add her third career medal with a fourth-place time in 1:55.82, while Pellegrini, the defending Olympic champion, dropped off the podium to fifth in 1:56.73.[8][9] Russia's Veronika Popova (1:57.25), Great Britain's home favorite Caitlin McClatchey (1:57.60) and Barratt's teammate Kylie Palmer (1:57.68) closed out the field.[5][7]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top-eight final roster including Slovenia's Sara Isaković, the defending silver medalist, who placed fourteenth (1:58.47) in the semifinals; and Romania's Camelia Potec, a four-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic champion, who posted a twenty-fifth place time (2:01.15) on the morning prelims.[10]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:52.98 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record   Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:54.82 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 31 Final Allison Schmitt   United States 1:53.61 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[14]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 5 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 1:57.16 Q
2 5 4 Allison Schmitt   United States 1:57.33 Q
3 3 4 Missy Franklin   United States 1:57.62 Q
4 3 3 Veronika Popova   Russia 1:57.79 Q
5 7 Melania Costa Schmid   Spain Q
6 3 6 Barbara Jardin   Canada 1:57.92 Q
7 5 5 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 1:58.03 Q
4 2 Caitlin McClatchey   Great Britain Q
9 3 7 Samantha Cheverton   Canada 1:58.11 Q
10 4 3 Bronte Barratt   Australia 1:58.12 Q
11 5 3 Kylie Palmer   Australia 1:58.16 Q
12 4 4 Camille Muffat   France 1:58.49 Q
13 5 6 Silke Lippok   Germany 1:58.59 Q
14 4 6 Wang Shijia   China 1:58.73 Q
15 4 1 Hanae Ito   Japan 1:58.93 Q
16 5 1 Sara Isaković   Slovenia 1:58.96 Q
17 3 2 Rebecca Turner   Great Britain 1:58.98
18 3 1 Ophélie-Cyrielle Etienne   France 1:59.15
19 4 8 Nina Rangelova   Bulgaria 1:59.21 NR
20 5 8 Karin Prinsloo   South Africa 1:59.24
21 4 7 Song Wenyan   China 1:59.47
22 5 2 Ágnes Mutina   Hungary 1:59.56
23 3 8 Sze Hang Yu   Hong Kong 1:59.92
24 2 5 Pernille Blume   Denmark 2:00.91
25 2 6 Camelia Potec   Romania 2:01.15
26 2 2 Liliana Ibanez   Mexico 2:01.36
27 2 1 Anna Stylianou   Cyprus 2:01.87
28 2 8 Katarína Filová   Slovakia 2:02.03
29 2 4 Jördis Steinegger   Austria 2:02.39
30 1 3 Natthanan Junkrajang   Thailand 2:02.49
31 1 5 Danielle Villars   Switzerland 2:03.55
32 2 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 2:04.21
33 1 4 Baek Il-joo   South Korea 2:04.32
34 1 6 Heather Arseth   Mauritius 2:07.81
35 1 2 Aurelie Fanchette   Seychelles 2:23.49
2 3 Grainne Murphy   Ireland DNS
4 5 Femke Heemskerk   Netherlands DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Bronte Barratt   Australia 1:56.08 Q
2 4 Allison Schmitt   United States 1:56.15 Q
3 7 Camille Muffat   France 1:56.18 Q
4 5 Veronika Popova   Russia 1:56.84 Q, NR
5 3 Barbara Jardin   Canada 1:57.91
6 6 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 1:58.12
7 8 Sara Isaković   Slovenia 1:58.47
8 1 Wang Shijia   China 1:58.63

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 1:56.67 Q
2 6 Caitlin McClatchey   Great Britain 1:57.33 Q
3 7 Kylie Palmer   Australia 1:57.44 Q
4 5 Missy Franklin   United States 1:57.57 Q
5 3 Melania Costa Schmid   Spain 1:57.76
6 2 Samantha Cheverton   Canada 1:57.98
7 1 Silke Lippok   Germany 1:58.24
8 8 Hanae Ito   Japan 1:59.62

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Allison Schmitt   United States 1:53.61 OR, AM
  3 Camille Muffat   France 1:55.58
  4 Bronte Barratt   Australia 1:55.81
4 8 Missy Franklin   United States 1:55.82
5 6 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 1:56.73
6 2 Veronika Popova   Russia 1:57.25
7 7 Caitlin McClatchey   Great Britain 1:57.60
8 1 Kylie Palmer   Australia 1:57.68

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ Das, Andrew (31 July 2012). "Schmitt Sets Mark in Winning Gold; Franklin Fourth". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  9. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (31 July 2012). "Missy Franklin finishes fourth in 200 free in London". USA Today. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Defending Champion Federica Pellegrini Leads Way in Women's 200 Free Prelims; Schmitt and Franklin Fractions Behind". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  11. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Federica Pellegrini Puts on Show for Home Crowd With World Record, U.S. Goes 2-3 With American Record". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Phelps bounces back with 200m fly world record triumph". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Pellegrini takes 200m free gold". BBC Sport. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Women's 200m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.

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