Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

The women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 29, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors35 from 27 nations
Winning time4:01.45 OR
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Camille Muffat  France
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Allison Schmitt  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain
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France's Camille Muffat held off a sprint duel from a hard-charging American Allison Schmitt with every stroke on the final stretch to capture the event's second Olympic title for her nation, since Laure Manaudou topped the podium in 2004. She maintained her powerful lead from the start to edge out Schmitt by 0.32 seconds for the gold medal and a new Olympic record in 4:01.45.[2][3] Meanwhile, Schmitt could not catch Muffat on a head-to-head duel to finish with an American record of 4:01.77 in the process of a silver.[4] Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington struggled through the race for her Olympic title defense, but brought out a raucous cheer from a home crowd to earn the bronze in 4:03.01.[5][6][7]

Denmark's Lotte Friis finished off the podium with a fourth-place time and a national record in 4:03.98, while Italy's Federica Pellegrini, the reigning world record holder, faded to fifth in 4:04.50.[8] Muffat's teammate Coralie Balmy (4:05.95), Canada's Brittany MacLean (4:06.24) and New Zealand's Lauren Boyle (4:06.25) rounded out the field.[7]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 3:59.15 Rome, Italy 26 July 2009 [9]
Olympic record   Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 4:02.19 Beijing, China 10 August 2008 [10]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
July 29 Final Camille Muffat   France 4:01.45 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[11]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Camille Muffat   France 4:03.29 Q
2 5 5 Allison Schmitt   United States 4:03.31 Q
3 4 6 Coralie Balmy   France 4:03.56 Q
4 5 2 Lauren Boyle   New Zealand 4:03.63 Q, NR
5 5 6 Lotte Friis   Denmark 4:04.22 Q, NR
6 4 2 Brittany MacLean   Canada 4:05.06 Q, NR
7 4 4 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 4:05.30 Q
8 3 4 Rebecca Adlington   Great Britain 4:05.75 Q
9 5 7 Melania Costa Schmid   Spain 4:06.75
10 3 5 Chloe Sutton   United States 4:07.07
11 4 5 Kylie Palmer   Australia 4:07.27
12 5 3 Bronte Barratt   Australia 4:07.99
13 3 6 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 4:08.23
14 4 3 Shao Yiwen   China 4:08.41
15 4 1 Andreina Pinto   Venezuela 4:08.45 NR
16 3 7 Éva Risztov   Hungary 4:09.08
17 5 1 Boglárka Kapás   Hungary 4:10.01
18 4 7 Savannah King   Canada 4:10.93
19 3 3 Li Xuanxu   China 4:10.95
20 3 1 Camelia Potec   Romania 4:11.43
21 3 2 Joanne Jackson   Great Britain 4:11.50
22 3 8 Wendy Trott   South Africa 4:11.63
23 2 3 Nina Rangelova   Bulgaria 4:11.71 NR
24 2 5 Kristel Kobrich   Chile 4:12.02
25 5 8 Yelena Sokolova   Russia 4:12.19
26 2 4 Aya Takano   Japan 4:12.33
27 2 2 Julia Hassler   Liechtenstein 4:12.99 NR
28 2 6 Susana Escobar   Mexico 4:14.78
29 2 8 Natthanan Junkrajang   Thailand 4:16.45
30 2 1 Lynette Lim   Singapore 4:18.64
31 4 8 Grainne Murphy   Ireland 4:19.07
32 1 4 Mojca Sagmeister   Slovenia 4:21.55
33 1 5 Andrea Cedron   Peru 4:24.18
34 2 7 Kim Ga-eul   South Korea 4:43.46
35 1 3 Jennet Sariyeva   Turkmenistan 5:40.29 NR

FinalEdit

 
Podium for the 400m freestyle. L-R: Allison Schmitt (silver), Camille Muffat (gold) and Rebecca Adlington (bronze).
Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Camille Muffat   France 4:01.45 OR
  5 Allison Schmitt   United States 4:01.77 AM
  8 Rebecca Adlington   Great Britain 4:03.01
4 2 Lotte Friis   Denmark 4:03.98 NR
5 1 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 4:04.50
6 3 Coralie Balmy   France 4:05.95
7 7 Brittany MacLean   Canada 4:06.24
8 6 Lauren Boyle   New Zealand 4:06.25

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  2. ^ Norlander, Matt (29 July 2012). "More swim records fall: Muffat in 400 free; van der Burgh in 100 breaststroke". CBS Sports. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ Baldwin, Alan (29 July 2012). "Muffat takes on Manaudou's mantle". Reuters. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Vollmer, van der Burgh break world records at finals". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  5. ^ Bull, Andy (29 July 2012). "London 2012: Rebecca Adlington takes bronze behind Camille Muffat". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  6. ^ White, Duncan (29 July 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: Rebecca Adlington wins bronze medal in the 400m freestyle in Aquatics centre". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Camille Muffat Pips Allison Schmitt With Olympic Record in Women's 400 Free". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  8. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (30 July 2012). "Muffat Takes Adlington's Title to Leave Britain Waiting for Gold". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Torres Can't Lift Relay Team To Medal Stand". Sun-Sentinel. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  10. ^ Kitson, Robert (11 August 2008). "Olympics: Rebecca Adlington wins gold for Britain in 400m freestyle". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Women's 400m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.

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