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Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle

The women's 800 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 2–3 August at the London Aquatics Centre.[1]

Women's 800 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 2, 2012 (heats)
August 3, 2012 (final)
Competitors 36 from 30 nations
Winning time 8:14.63 AM
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Katie Ledecky  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mireia Belmonte García  Spain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain
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Aged only 15, American Katie Ledecky narrowly missed the world record on the final lap to recapture the Olympic title for the Americans since Brooke Bennett topped the podium in 2000. Strengthening her lead almost the entire race, she headed into the 750-metre turn under world-record pace, and pulled off a stunning upset from the rest of the field to post a personal best and smash Janet Evans' 23-year-old U.S. record in 8:14.63.[2][3] Spain's Mireia Belmonte García added a second silver to her Olympic hardware in a national record of 8:18.76.[4] Meanwhile, Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington, the reigning Olympic champion, tried to hold on with Ledecky earlier through the race, but faded down the stretch to pick up a bronze in 8:20.32.[5][6]

New Zealand's Lauren Boyle produced a spectacular swim to finish with a fourth-place time and an Oceanian record in 8:22.72.[7] Meanwhile, Denmark's Lotte Friis, the defending bronze medalist, opened up the race with an early lead, but dropped back to fifth in 8:23.86 to hold off a fast-charging Hungarian Boglárka Kapás (8:23.89) on the final lap by almost a fingertip.[8] France's Coralie Balmy (8:29.26) and Venezuela's Andreina Pinto (8:29.28) rounded out the field in one of the program's long-distance pool races.[6]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Rebecca Adlington (GBR) 8:14.10 Beijing, China 16 August 2008
Olympic record   Rebecca Adlington (GBR) 8:14.10 Beijing, China 16 August 2008

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[11]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Rebecca Adlington   Great Britain 8:21.78 Q
2 4 4 Lotte Friis   Denmark 8:21.89 Q
3 3 4 Katie Ledecky   United States 8:23.84 Q
4 3 5 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 8:25.26 Q
5 5 6 Lauren Boyle   New Zealand 8:25.91 Q, NR
6 4 3 Boglárka Kapás   Hungary 8:26.43 Q
4 8 Andreina Pinto   Venezuela Q, NR
8 4 2 Coralie Balmy   France 8:27.15 Q
9 5 3 Shao Yiwen   China 8:27.78
10 5 2 Erika Villaecija García   Spain 8:27.99
11 3 1 Alexa Komarnycky   Canada 8:28.11
12 3 3 Wendy Trott   South Africa 8:28.98
13 3 2 Éva Risztov   Hungary 8:29.06
14 4 7 Kristel Köbrich   Chile 8:29.55
15 5 1 Savannah King   Canada 8:29.72
16 5 8 Cecilia Biagioli   Argentina 8:33.97 NR
17 2 4 Julia Hassler   Liechtenstein 8:35.18 NR
18 4 6 Kylie Palmer   Australia 8:35.75
19 2 2 Katya Bachrouche   Lebanon 8:35.88 NR
20 5 7 Jessica Ashwood   Australia 8:37.21
21 5 5 Kate Ziegler   United States 8:37.38
22 3 6 Ellie Faulkner   Great Britain 8:38.00
23 4 1 Camelia Potec   Romania 8:38.44
24 4 5 Xin Xin   China 8:40.88
25 2 5 Tjaša Oder   Slovenia 8:41.82
26 3 8 Yelena Sokolova   Russia 8:42.73
27 2 6 Patricia Castañeda Miyamoto   Mexico 8:44.44
28 2 3 Nina Dittrich   Austria 8:45.41
29 1 4 Samantha Arevalo   Ecuador 8:49.21 NR
30 2 7 Cai Lin Khoo   Malaysia 8:51.18
31 2 1 Lynette Lim   Singapore 8:52.92
32 2 8 Han Na-kyeong   South Korea 8:57.26
33 1 5 Pamela Benitez   El Salvador 9:02.66
34 1 6 Danielle van den Berg   Aruba 9:23.21
35 1 3 Simona Marinova   Macedonia 9:28.41
036 3 7 Grainne Murphy   Ireland DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  3 Katie Ledecky   United States 8:14.63 AM
  6 Mireia Belmonte García   Spain 8:18.76 NR
  4 Rebecca Adlington   Great Britain 8:20.32
4 2 Lauren Boyle   New Zealand 8:22.72 OC
5 5 Lotte Friis   Denmark 8:23.86
6 7 Boglárka Kapás   Hungary 8:23.89 NR
7 8 Coralie Balmy   France 8:29.26
8 1 Andreina Pinto   Venezuela 8:29.28

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Warren, Lydia (4 August 2012). "Shock as shy schoolgirl, 15, who only took up swimming to make friends breezes to gold medal and new U.S. record". Mail Online. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Christine (4 August 2012). "Katie Ledecky, 15, wins 800 free, breaks Janet Evans' record". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Harris, Beth (3 August 2012). "Olympics 2012: Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky, 15, wins 800 free". Washington Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ White, Duncan (3 August 2012). "Rebecca Adlington has to settle for bronze in 800m freestyle as 15-year-old American Katie Ledecky wins gold". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Katie Ledecky, 15, Rattles World Record With American Record Victory in 800 Free; Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Rebecca Adlington Complete Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Emotional Boyle 'proud' of fourth in 800m freestyle". TVNZ. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Adlington has to settle for bronze as 15-year-old Ledecky eases to 800m glory". Mail Online. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "We Loved You While You Lasted Janet, Rebecca Adlington Erases Longest Standing World Record With Evans' Mark in 800 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Adlington storms to second gold". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Women's 800m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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