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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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Qualification
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

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]

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.