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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre butterfly

The men's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 8–9 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Victory Ceremony
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates8 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
9 August 2016 (final)
Competitors29 from 21 nations
Winning time1:53.36
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Phelps  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Masato Sakai  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tamás Kenderesi  Hungary
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As the most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps got the opportunity to avenge the distance butterfly title that he lost in London four years earlier, when South Africa's Chad le Clos beat him to the wall.[2] Moving to the front at the halfway turn, Phelps held off the Japanese challenger Masato Sakai by a 0.04-second margin to claim his twentieth Olympic gold medal and twenty-fifth overall in 1:53.36.[3][4][5] Coming from sixth at the 150-metre turn, Sakai made a late surge on the final length to nearly upset Phelps towards a close finish, but he ended up taking the silver in 1:53.40.[6] Meanwhile, Hungary's top seed and 2014 Youth Olympic champion Tamás Kenderesi powered home with a bronze in 1:53.62.[7][8]

Le Clos could not produce another striking effort to halt the most decorated Olympian from snatching the title, as he was shut out of the medals to fourth in 1:54.06.[9] Sakai's teammate Daiya Seto finished fifth in 1:54.82, with Denmark's Viktor Bromer following him to pick up the sixth spot in 1:55.64.[6] Hungarian swimmer, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, and reigning world champion László Cseh commanded a brief lead on the initial length, but faded shortly to seventh place in 1:56.24. Belgium's Louis Croenen rounded out the field with an eighth-place time in 1:57.04.[8]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:51.51 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009
Olympic record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:52.03 Beijing, China 13 August 2008

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 3 Tamás Kenderesi   Hungary 1:54.73 Q
2 4 4 László Cseh   Hungary 1:55.14 Q
3 2 4 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:55.57 Q
4 3 2 Grant Irvine   Australia 1:55.64 Q
5 3 4 Michael Phelps   United States 1:55.73 Q
6 2 5 Masato Sakai   Japan 1:55.76 Q
7 4 3 Viktor Bromer   Denmark 1:55.77 Q
8 3 5 Daiya Seto   Japan 1:55.79 Q
9 4 6 Leonardo de Deus   Brazil 1:55.98 Q
10 2 7 Quah Zheng Wen   Singapore 1:56.01 Q
11 2 3 Evgeny Koptelov   Russia 1:56.13 Q
12 4 7 Kaio de Almeida   Brazil 1:56.45 Q
13 1 4 Simon Sjödin   Sweden 1:56.46 Q
14 3 6 Louis Croenen   Belgium 1:56.48 Q
15 4 8 Jonathan Gómez   Colombia 1:56.65 Q
16 2 6 Li Zhuhao   China 1:56.72 Q
17 4 5 Jan Świtkowski   Poland 1:56.73
18 3 7 Stefanos Dimitriadis   Greece 1:56.76
19 4 2 David Morgan   Australia 1:56.81
20 2 2 Tom Shields   United States 1:56.93
21 3 1 Carlos Peralta   Spain 1:56.98
22 1 5 Robert Žbogar   Slovenia 1:57.05
23 4 1 Sebastien Rousseau   South Africa 1:57.33
24 2 8 Daniil Pakhomov   Russia 1:57.36
25 2 1 Jordan Coelho   France 1:58.62
26 1 6 Gal Nevo   Israel 1:58.64
27 3 8 Wu Yuhang   China 1:59.04
28 1 3 Sajan Prakash   India 1:59.37
29 1 2 Bradlee Ashby   New Zealand 2:01.22

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 László Cseh   Hungary 1:55.18 Q
2 6 Daiya Seto   Japan 1:55.28 Q
3 3 Masato Sakai   Japan 1:55.32 Q
4 1 Louis Croenen   Belgium 1:56.03 Q
5 5 Grant Irvine   Australia 1:56.07
6 2 Quah Zheng Wen   Singapore 1:56.11
7 7 Kaio de Almeida   Brazil 1:57.45
8 8 Li Zhuhao   China 1:57.62

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Tamás Kenderesi   Hungary 1:53.96 Q
2 3 Michael Phelps   United States 1:54.12 Q
3 5 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:55.19 Q
4 6 Viktor Bromer   Denmark 1:55.59 Q
5 7 Evgeny Koptelov   Russia 1:56.46
6 1 Simon Sjödin   Sweden 1:56.71
7 2 Leonardo de Deus   Brazil 1:56.77
8 8 Jonathan Gómez   Colombia 1:57.47

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Michael Phelps   United States 1:53.36
  7 Masato Sakai   Japan 1:53.40
  4 Tamás Kenderesi   Hungary 1:53.62
4 6 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:54.06
5 2 Daiya Seto   Japan 1:54.82
6 1 Viktor Bromer   Denmark 1:55.64
7 3 László Cseh   Hungary 1:56.24
8 8 Louis Croenen   Belgium 1:57.04

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's 200m Butterfly". Rio 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Michael Phelps gets 20th gold medal of career at Rio Olympics". CBS News. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (10 August 2016). "Michael Phelps wins gold in 200 fly, adds to record medal tally". USA Today. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Michael Phelps wins 200 butterfly, helps 4x200 free relay team to gold". ESPN. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Phelps avenges 2012 defeat in 200m butterfly". United States: Fox Sports. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b McKirdy, Andrew (10 August 2016). "Sakai takes silver in 200 butterfly; Phelps claims 20th, 21st gold medals of career". The Japan Times. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Message Sent: 21 and Counting for Michael Phelps". The New York Times. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Michael Phelps Secures 20th Olympic Gold By Only .04 in 200 Butterfly". Swimming World Magazine. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Chad le Clos finished with 200m fly?". News24. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  10. ^ Crouse, Karen (30 July 2012). "Phelps Rebounds Amid Boycott Threat". New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Phelps bounces back with 200m fly world record triumph". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  12. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 17 May 2013.