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

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 7–8 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates 7 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
8 August 2016 (final)
Competitors 48 from 36 nations
Winning time 1:44.65
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Sun Yang  China
2nd, silver medalist(s) Chad le Clos  South Africa
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Conor Dwyer  United States
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After a runner-up feat in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier, China's Sun Yang put up a monumental effort for the Olympic mid-distance freestyle title in a race against Chad le Clos of South Africa and Conor Dwyer of the United States. Hanging with the leaders at the 150-metre turn, Sun made a late charge on the final lap to edge out Le Clos in front and did not let Dwyer pass him for the gold medal in 1:44.65.[2][3] Despite his early jump to the immediate lead before the final stretch, Le Clos could not hold off Sun to finish with a silver and an African record time in 1:45.20. Meanwhile, Dwyer powered home with a bronze in 1:45.23.[4]

Swimming on the outside lane, 2015 World champion James Guy of Great Britain improved upon his position to finish fourth with a 1:45.49.[5] Dwyer's teammate Townley Haas claimed the fifth spot in 1:45.58, while Germany's world record holder Paul Biedermann (1:45.84), Japan's Kosuke Hagino (1:45.90), the Olympic champion in the 400 m individual medley, and Russia's Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:45.91) rounded out the field.[4]

Other notable swimmers featured France's Yannick Agnel, who missed a chance to defend his Olympic title after fading to nineteenth in the prelims with a 1:47.35, and two-time silver medalist Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, who posted a twenty-ninth-place time of 1:48.06 in his fourth Olympic appearance.[6] Shortly after the Games, Agnel, aged 24, officially confirmed his retirement from international swimming.[7]

The medals for the competition were presented by Tsunekazu Takeda, Japan, member of the International Olympic Committee and the gifts were presented by Kazuo Sano, Bureau Member of FINA.

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Paul Biedermann (GER) 1:42.00 Rome, Italy 28 July 2009
Olympic record   Michael Phelps (USA) 1:42.96 Beijing, China 12 August 2008

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The heats began at 1:19pm.

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Sun Yang   China 1:45.75 Q
2 4 4 Biedermann, PaulPaul Biedermann   Germany 1:45.78 Q
3 5 6 le Clos, ChadChad le Clos   South Africa 1:45.89 Q
4 6 3 Dwyer, ConorConor Dwyer   United States 1:45.95 Q
5 4 5 Haas, TownleyTownley Haas   United States 1:46.13 Q
6 4 Guy, JamesJames Guy   Great Britain Q
7 6 5 Hagino, KosukeKosuke Hagino   Japan 1:46.19 Q
8 5 3 Verschuren, SebastiaanSebastiaan Verschuren   Netherlands 1:46.32 Q
9 5 5 Fraser-Holmes, ThomasThomas Fraser-Holmes   Australia 1:46.49 Q
10 6 6 Stjepanovic, VelimirVelimir Stjepanovic   Serbia 1:46.64 Q
11 4 6 Stravius, JérémyJérémy Stravius   France 1:46.67 Q, WD*
12 4 8 Kozma, DominikDominik Kozma   Hungary 1:46.68 Q
13 5 7 Brown, MylesMyles Brown   South Africa 1:46.78 Q
14 2 4 Quintero, CristianCristian Quintero   Venezuela 1:47.02 Q
15 5 1 Majchrzak, KacperKacper Majchrzak   Poland 1:47.12 Q
16 6 7 Krasnykh, AlexanderAlexander Krasnykh   Russia 1:47.15 Q
17 4 7 Surgeloose, GlennGlenn Surgeloose   Belgium 1:47.19 Q
18 3 6 Auböck, FelixFelix Auböck   Austria 1:47.24
19 4 3 Agnel, YannickYannick Agnel   France 1:47.35
20 3 7 Stanley, MatthewMatthew Stanley   New Zealand 1:47.37
21 6 8 Koski, MatiasMatias Koski   Finland 1:47.40
22 3 4 Grabich, FedericoFederico Grabich   Argentina 1:47.41
23 3 3 D'Arrigo, Andrea MitchellAndrea Mitchell D'Arrigo   Italy 1:47.46
24 3 8 El-Kamash, MarwanMarwan El-Kamash   Egypt 1:47.52
25 4 2 de Lucca, JoãoJoão de Lucca   Brazil 1:47.63
26 3 2 Sim, WelsonWelson Sim   Malaysia 1:47.67
27 6 1 Dreesens, DionDion Dreesens   Netherlands 1:47.76
28 5 8 Fildebrandt, ChristophChristoph Fildebrandt   Germany 1:47.81
29 6 2 Park Tae-hwan   South Korea 1:48.06
30 5 2 McKeon, DavidDavid McKeon   Australia 1:48.38
31 1 4 Baqlah, KhaderKhader Baqlah   Jordan 1:48.42
32 2 6 Shang Keyuan   China 1:48.46
33 2 5 Belotti, MarcoMarco Belotti   Italy 1:48.71
34 1 3 Sancov, AlexeiAlexei Sancov   Moldova 1:48.85
35 2 3 Kurle, CameronCameron Kurle   Great Britain 1:49.08
36 3 1 Lobintsev, NikitaNikita Lobintsev   Russia 1:49.35
37 3 5 Bernek, PéterPéter Bernek   Hungary 1:49.73
38 2 2 Haldemann, AlexandreAlexandre Haldemann   Switzerland 1:49.94
39 1 5 Tavčar, AnžeAnže Tavčar   Slovenia 1:49.96
40 2 1 Christiansen, HenrikHenrik Christiansen   Norway 1:50.09
41 2 7 Hoàng Quý Phước   Vietnam 1:50.39
2 8 Mathlouthi, AhmedAhmed Mathlouthi   Tunisia
43 1 6 Acosta, MarceloMarcelo Acosta   El Salvador 1:51.46
44 1 7 Mascoll-Gomes, NoahNoah Mascoll-Gomes   Antigua and Barbuda 1:53.16
45 1 2 Schreuders, MikelMikel Schreuders   Aruba 1:55.10
46 1 1 Schuster, BrandonBrandon Schuster   Samoa 1:57.72
47 1 8 Gebrel, AhmedAhmed Gebrel   Palestine 1:59.71
48 4 1 Oliveira, NicolasNicolas Oliveira   Brazil DNS

* Qualified, but pulled out of semi-finals to focus on 4×100 m freestyle relay.[11]

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Conor Dwyer   United States 1:45.55 Q
2 4 Paul Biedermann   Germany 1:45.69 Q
3 3 James Guy   Great Britain 1:46.23 Q
4 1 Kacper Majchrzak   Poland 1:46.30 NR
5 6 Sebastiaan Verschuren   Netherlands 1:46.34
6 7 Myles Brown   South Africa 1:46.57
7 2 Velimir Stjepanovic   Serbia 1:47.28
8 8 Glenn Surgeloose   Belgium 1:47.36

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Sun Yang   China 1:44.63 Q
2 6 Kosuke Hagino   Japan 1:45.45 Q
3 8 Aleksandr Krasnykh   Russia 1:45.69 Q
4 3 Townley Haas   United States 1:45.92 Q
5 5 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:45.94 Q
6 2 Thomas Fraser-Holmes   Australia 1:46.24
7 7 Dominik Kozma   Hungary 1:47.53
8 1 Cristian Quintero   Venezuela 1:48.00

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Sun Yang   China 1:44.65
  1 Chad le Clos   South Africa 1:45.20 AF
  3 Conor Dwyer   United States 1:45.23
4 8 James Guy   Great Britain 1:45.49
5 7 Townley Haas   United States 1:45.58
6 6 Paul Biedermann   Germany 1:45.84
7 5 Kosuke Hagino   Japan 1:45.90
8 2 Aleksandr Krasnykh   Russia 1:45.91

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's 200m Freestyle". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Raphielle (8 August 2016). "Sun Yang wins 200 free, Conor Dwyer takes bronze". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "China's Sun Yang celebrates gold medal win in the 200m men's freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympics". Daily Mail. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Sun Yang Charges To Gold In 200 Free Final; le Clos Takes Home Silver". Swimming World Magazine. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Olympics Rio 2016: GB's James Guy finishes fourth as Sun Yang takes 200m freestyle gold". Eurosport. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sun Yang Takes Top Spot; Defending Gold and Silver Medalists Out of 200 Free". Swimming World Magazine. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Jared (7 August 2016). "Yannick Agnel Confirms He Will Retire After Rio". Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Dillman, Lisa (29 July 2009). "Suit case: German ends Phelps' reign". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (29 July 2009). "Paul Biedermann beats Michael Phelps in 200m freestyle". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Phelps breaks 200 free world record by nearly a second". ESPN. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jeux Olympiques : Jérémy Stravius fait l'impasse sur les demi-finales du 200m" [Olympics: Jérémy Stravius scratched the semifinals in the 200m free]. L'Equipe (in French). Éditions Philippe Amaury. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.