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

The women's 200 metre individual medley 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 individual medley
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors34 from 28 nations
Winning time2:07.57 OR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ye Shiwen  China
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alicia Coutts  Australia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Caitlin Leverenz  United States
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Despite of allegations of doping, China's Ye Shiwen pulled away from the rest of the field to strike a medley double for the fifth straight time in Olympic history since Michelle Smith did so in 1996, Yana Klochkova in 2000 and 2004, and Australia's Stephanie Rice in 2008. Coming from third at the final turn, she opened up her lead with a superb freestyle leg to establish a new Olympic record and a sterling gold-medal time in 2:07.57.[2][3] Australia's Alicia Coutts produced a striking effort to claim the silver behind the Chinese teen in a lifetime best of 2:08.15, adding it to her Olympic hardware with a full set of medals.[4][5] Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Caitlin Leverenz stormed home on the rear of a dominant breaststroke leg to take the bronze in 2:08.95.[6][7]

Rice, the defending Olympic champion, finished fourth in 2:09.55, while U.S. world record holder Ariana Kukors lost her chance to climb the podium with a fifth-place time in 2:09.83.[8][9] Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry fell short in her second attempt for an Olympic medal, earning a sixth spot in 2:11.13. Great Britain's Hannah Miley (2:11.29) and Hungary's Katinka Hosszú (2:14.19) rounded out the field.[7]

Earlier in the semifinals, Ye threw down a fastest freestyle split of 30.59 to set an Olympic record and a textile best in 2:08.39, cutting off Rice's previous standard by six-hundredths of a second (0.06) in a since-banned high tech bodysuit.[9][10]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Ariana Kukors (USA) 2:06.15 Rome, Italy 27 July 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record   Stephanie Rice (AUS) 2:08.45 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [13]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 30 Semifinal 2 Ye Shiwen   China 2:08.39 OR
July 31 Final Ye Shiwen   China 2:07.57 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Ye Shiwen   China 2:08.90 Q
2 5 6 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:10.51 Q
3 4 5 Caitlin Leverenz   United States 2:10.63 Q
4 4 3 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 2:10.68 Q
5 4 4 Alicia Coutts   Australia 2:10.74 Q
6 3 5 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 2:11.73 Q
7 3 4 Ariana Kukors   United States 2:11.94 Q
8 3 6 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 2:12.17 Q
9 5 5 Stephanie Rice   Australia 2:12.23 Q
10 5 3 Hannah Miley   Great Britain 2:12.27 Q
11 3 2 Theresa Michalak   Germany 2:12.75 Q
12 3 1 Amit Ivry   Israel 2:13.29 Q, NR
13 3 7 Li Jiaxing   China 2:13.43 Q
14 5 2 Izumi Kato   Japan 2:13.85 Q
15 4 2 Beatriz Gómez Cortes   Spain 2:13.93 Q
16 3 8 Joanna Melo   Brazil 2:14.26 Q
17 3 3 Erica Morningstar   Canada 2:14.32
18 2 5 Ganna Dzerkal   Ukraine 2:14.55
19 2 4 Lisa Zaiser   Austria 2:14.56
20 5 7 Stina Gardell   Sweden 2:14.70
21 4 6 Sophie Allen   Great Britain 2:14.72
22 2 7 Sycerika McMahon   Ireland 2:14.76
23 4 7 Choi Hye-ra   South Korea 2:14.91
24 4 1 Kathryn Meaklim   South Africa 2:15.25
25 2 3 Ranohon Amanova   Uzbekistan 2:15.37
26 5 1 Natalie Wiegersma   New Zealand 2:16.24
27 2 2 Erica Dittmer   Mexico 2:16.54 NR
28 2 6 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir   Iceland 2:16.81 NR
1 4 Katarína Listopadová   Slovakia
30 2 1 Kim Daniela Pavlin   Croatia 2:17.17
31 1 3 Cheng Wan-jung   Chinese Taipei 2:17.39
32 4 8 Barbora Závadová   Czech Republic 2:17.54
33 1 5 Emilia Pikkarainen   Finland 2:17.66
34 5 8 Ekaterina Andreeva   Russia 2:17.84

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

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Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 2:10.74 Q
2 2 Hannah Miley   Great Britain 2:10.89 Q
3 4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:10.93 Q
4 6 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 2:11.53
5 3 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 2:11.54
6 7 Amit Ivry   Israel 2:13.31
7 1 Izumi Kato   Japan 2:14.47
8 8 Joanna Melo   Brazil 2:14.74

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ye Shiwen   China 2:08.39 Q, OR
2 3 Alicia Coutts   Australia 2:09.83 Q
3 5 Caitlin Leverenz   United States 2:10.06 Q
4 6 Ariana Kukors   United States 2:10.08 Q
5 2 Stephanie Rice   Australia 2:10.80 Q
6 1 Li Jiaxing   China 2:12.69
7 7 Theresa Michalak   Germany 2:13.24
8 8 Beatriz Gómez Cortes   Spain 2:15.12

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Ye Shiwen   China 2:07.57 OR, AS
  5 Alicia Coutts   Australia 2:08.15
  3 Caitlin Leverenz   United States 2:08.95
4 7 Stephanie Rice   Australia 2:09.55
5 6 Ariana Kukors   United States 2:09.83
6 8 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 2:11.13
7 1 Hannah Miley   Great Britain 2:11.29
8 2 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 2:14.19

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ White, Duncan (31 July 2012). "Ye Shiwen hits out at doubters after claiming second swimming gold medal amid doping row". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
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  5. ^ "Alicia Coutts's silver win in 200IM a 'fair fight' behind China's Ye Shiwen". The Australian. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  6. ^ Das, Andrew (31 July 2012). "For Chinese Swimmer, Same Result". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Ye Shiwen Uses Superb Freestyle Leg to Power to IM Sweep With Olympic Record in 200 IM; Alicia Coutts, Caitlin Leverenz 2-3; Ariana Kukors Fifth". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Coutts completes set with 200 IM silver". ABC News Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Olympics swimming: Ye Shiwen wins second gold at London 2012". New York Times. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
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  11. ^ "Kukors Sets World Record, Men's 4×100m Wins Gold". Team USA. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Auburn's Kukors sets stunning world swim record". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Rice claims medley double". ABC News. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley – Semifinals". London 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.

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