Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke
|Women's 200 metre breaststroke|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Aquatics Stadium|
|Dates||10 August 2016 (heats &|
11 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||30 from 22 nations|
Japan's Rie Kaneto pulled away from a tightly-packed field over a wide margin to become the country's third gold medalist in the event's history, since Hideko Maehata topped the podium in 1936, and Kyoko Iwasaki in 1992. She swam through the final lap to a decisive gold-medal triumph in 2:20.30, but fell short of her attempt to overhaul a sub-2:20 range at the Games. Russia's Yuliya Yefimova launched a late charge on the home stretch to get her second silver of the meet in 2:21.97. Meanwhile, China's Shi Jinglin rebounded from an out-of-medal feat in the 100 m breaststroke three days earlier to earn the bronze with a 2:22.28, beating Great Britain's Chloe Tutton (2:22.34) by just six hundredths of a second.
Australia's Taylor McKeown seized a substantial lead through the initial half of the race, but slipped shortly off the podium to fifth in 2:22.43. Tutton's teammate Molly Renshaw, who scratched the existing British record earlier in the semifinals, picked up a sixth spot in 2:22.72. Outside the 2:22 club, Canada's Kierra Smith (2:23.19) and Denmark's world-record holder Rikke Møller Pedersen (2:23.74) rounded out the field.
Tandem Molly Hannis and Lilly King, the newly-crowned Olympic champion of the 100 m breaststroke, had put the their medal hunt to an end in this event, as neither of them advanced to the final. Other notable swimmers missed the top eight roster, featuring Japan's Kanako Watanabe, the 2015 world champion, and Turkey's Viktoriya Zeynep Güneş, the fastest pre-race seed headed to the Games.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Rikke Møller Pedersen (DEN)||2:19.11||Barcelona, Spain||1 August 2013|
|Olympic record||Rebecca Soni (USA)||2:19.59||London, United Kingdom||2 August 2012|
|3||5||Chloe Tutton||Great Britain||2:22.71||Q|
|8||7||Molly Hannis||United States||2:26.80|
|2||3||Molly Renshaw||Great Britain||2:22.33||Q, NR|
|4||4||Rikke Møller Pedersen||Denmark||2:22.45||Q|
|5||6||Viktoriya Zeynep Güneş||Turkey||2:23.49|
|7||8||Lilly King||United States||2:24.59|
|4||1||Chloe Tutton||Great Britain||2:22.34|
|6||3||Molly Renshaw||Great Britain||2:22.72|
|8||2||Rikke Møller Pedersen||Denmark||2:23.74|
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