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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 10–11 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates10 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
11 August 2016 (final)
Competitors30 from 22 nations
Winning time2:20.30
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Rie Kaneto  Japan
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yuliya Yefimova  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Shi Jinglin  China
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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.[2][3] Russia's Yuliya Yefimova launched a late charge on the home stretch to get her second silver of the meet in 2:21.97.[4] 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.[5][6]

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.[7] Tutton's teammate Molly Renshaw, who scratched the existing British record earlier in the semifinals, picked up a sixth spot in 2:22.72.[8] 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.[6]

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.[9] 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.[10]

The medals for the competition were presented by Yumilka Ruiz, IOC member from Colombia, and the gifts were presented by Kazuo Sano, executive member of the FINA.

RecordsEdit

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

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 5 Rikke Møller Pedersen   Denmark 2:22.72 Q
2 3 4 Rie Kaneto   Japan 2:22.86 Q
3 3 5 Taylor McKeown   Australia 2:23.00 Q
4 3 3 Chloe Tutton   Great Britain 2:23.34 Q
5 2 6 Molly Renshaw   Great Britain 2:23.37 Q
6 4 6 Kierra Smith   Canada 2:23.69 Q
7 4 4 Viktoriya Zeynep Güneş   Turkey 2:23.83 Q
8 4 5 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:23.90 Q
9 4 3 Shi Jinglin   China 2:24.33 Q
10 3 6 Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir   Iceland 2:24.43 Q
11 2 3 Jessica Vall   Spain 2:24.55 Q
12 4 7 Molly Hannis   United States 2:24.74 Q
13 2 4 Kanako Watanabe   Japan 2:24.77 Q
14 4 1 Jenna Laukkanen   Finland 2:25.52 Q
15 2 2 Lilly King   United States 2:25.89 Q
16 2 7 Sofiya Andreeva   Russia 2:26.58 Q
17 4 2 Fanny Lecluyse   Belgium 2:27.16
18 3 1 Martina Moravčíková   Czech Republic 2:27.51
19 3 8 Dalma Sebestyén   Hungary 2:27.94
20 2 8 Anna Sztankovics   Hungary 2:27.97
21 1 4 Julia Sebastián   Argentina 2:27.98
22 3 2 Georgia Bohl   Australia 2:28.24
23 3 7 Martha McCabe   Canada 2:28.62
24 4 8 Yu Jingyao   China 2:28.65
25 1 3 Fiona Doyle   Ireland 2:29.76
26 1 2 Sophie Hansson   Sweden 2:30.59
27 1 7 Aļona Ribakova   Latvia 2:30.82
28 1 6 Amit Ivry   Israel 2:31.49
29 2 1 Back Su-yeon   South Korea 2:32.79
1 5 Yvette Kong   Hong Kong DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Rie Kaneto   Japan 2:22.11 Q
2 6 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:22.52 Q
3 5 Chloe Tutton   Great Britain 2:22.71 Q
4 3 Kierra Smith   Canada 2:22.87 Q
5 2 Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir   Iceland 2:24.41
6 1 Jenna Laukkanen   Finland 2:25.14 NR
7 8 Sofiya Andreeva   Russia 2:25.90
8 7 Molly Hannis   United States 2:26.80

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Taylor McKeown   Australia 2:21.69 Q
2 3 Molly Renshaw   Great Britain 2:22.33 Q, NR
3 2 Shi Jinglin   China 2:22.37 Q
4 4 Rikke Møller Pedersen   Denmark 2:22.45 Q
5 6 Viktoriya Zeynep Güneş   Turkey 2:23.49
6 7 Jessica Vall   Spain 2:24.22
7 8 Lilly King   United States 2:24.59
8 1 Kanako Watanabe   Japan 2:25.10

FinalEdit

 
Medal ceremony. Shi Jinglin has received her bronze, Yulia Yefimova is awarded the silver, and gold medalist Rie Kaneto interacts with the audience.
Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Rie Kaneto   Japan 2:20.30
  7 Yuliya Yefimova   Russia 2:21.97
  6 Shi Jinglin   China 2:22.28
4 1 Chloe Tutton   Great Britain 2:22.34
5 4 Taylor McKeown   Australia 2:22.43
6 3 Molly Renshaw   Great Britain 2:22.72
7 8 Kierra Smith   Canada 2:23.19
8 2 Rikke Møller Pedersen   Denmark 2:23.74

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Swimming: Efimova gets silver again as Kaneto wins women's 200 breaststroke". Reuters. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ McKirdy, Andrew (12 August 2016). "Kaneto victorious in 200-meter breaststroke; Phelps beats Hagino for 22nd gold". The Japan Times. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  4. ^ Johnson, Raphielle (11 August 2016). "Japan's Kaneto wins women's 200 breast, Efimova takes silver". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Japan's Kaneto wins 200m breaststroke gold, China's Shi Jinglin takes bronze". China Radio International. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Rie Kaneto Powers To First In 200 Breast Final". Swimming World Magazine. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  7. ^ Carney, John (11 August 2016). "Swimmers Taylor McKeown and Cameron McEvoy disappoint after poor performances leave them well out of medal contention in Olympics". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Chloe Tutton appears to question Yulia Efimova". BBC Sport. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Lilly King, Molly Hannis do not advance to 200m breaststroke final". NBC Olympics. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Taylor McKeown Tops 200 Breast Semi-Finals; USA Fails To Qualify For Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Pedersen sets 200 meters breaststroke world record". Reuters. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  12. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (2 August 2012). "Rebecca Soni sets world record in winning gold". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013.