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

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

Women's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates8 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
9 August 2016 (final)
Competitors43 from 28 nations
Winning time1:53.73
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Katie Ledecky  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sarah Sjöström  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Emma McKeon  Australia
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After a world-record breaking victory in the 400 m freestyle two days earlier, U.S. distance ace Katie Ledecky pulled away from the field to capture the Olympic mid-distance freestyle crown and her second individual gold at these Games. Hanging with the leaders at the 150-metre turn, Ledecky fended off Sweden's Sarah Sjöström towards a gold-medal finish in 1:53.73.[2][3] Despite trying to hold on Ledecky at the final lap, Sjöström was unable to catch her near the wall, and settled for the silver in 1:54.08.[4] Meanwhile, Australia's Emma McKeon moved up from one of the outside lanes to take home the bronze in 1:54.92.[5][6]

Italy's world-record holder Federica Pellegrini dropped off the podium for the second straight Olympics to fourth in 1:55.18, charging a 0.07-second edge ahead of China's Shen Duo and McKeon's countrywoman Bronte Barratt, bronze medalist from London 2012, both of whom shared the fifth-place time with a matching 1:55.25.[6] Sjöström's teammate Michelle Coleman grabbed the penultimate spot of the top eight in 1:56.27, with France's Charlotte Bonnet (1:56.29) narrowly trailing her by 0.02 of a second to round out the field.[5]

Notable swimmers missed the final roster, including four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, who tied for thirteenth with Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey (1:57.56) in the semifinals.[7]

In the medal ceremony, the medals for the competition were presented by Franco Carraro, Italy, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Paolo Barelli, Italy, Honorary Secretary of FINA.

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:52.98 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009
Olympic record   Allison Schmitt (USA) 1:53.61 London, United Kingdom 31 July 2012

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Katie Ledecky   United States 1:55.01 Q
2 5 5 Emma McKeon   Australia 1:55.80 Q
3 6 4 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 1:56.11 Q
4 6 6 Charlotte Bonnet   France 1:56.26 Q
5 4 4 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 1:56.37 Q
6 6 3 Shen Duo   China 1:56.52 Q
7 5 3 Michelle Coleman   Sweden 1:56.54 Q
8 4 6 Ai Yanhan   China 1:56.77 Q
9 3 6 Siobhan Haughey   Hong Kong 1:56.91 Q, NR
10 5 6 Bronte Barratt   Australia 1:56.93 Q
11 4 3 Veronika Popova   Russia 1:57.08 Q
12 4 5 Missy Franklin   United States 1:57.12 Q
13 3 5 Katerine Savard   Canada 1:57.15 Q
14 6 8 Manuella Lyrio   Brazil 1:57.28 Q, SA
15 6 5 Femke Heemskerk   Netherlands 1:57.68 Q
16 6 2 Brittany MacLean   Canada 1:57.74 Q
17 6 1 Chihiro Igarashi   Japan 1:57.88
18 4 7 Arina Openysheva   Russia 1:58.05
19 5 1 Melania Costa Schmid   Spain 1:58.19
20 3 7 Annika Bruhn   Germany 1:58.48
21 5 7 Rikako Ikee   Japan 1:58.49
22 5 3 Nina Rangelova   Bulgaria 1:58.57
23 5 2 Coralie Balmy   France 1:58.83
24 4 2 Alice Mizzau   Italy 1:59.16
25 4 8 Ajna Késely   Hungary 1:59.20
26 4 1 Robin Neumann   Netherlands 1:59.23
27 3 2 Georgia Coates   Great Britain 1:59.33
28 3 4 Evelyn Verrasztó   Hungary 1:59.44
29 3 8 Camille Cheng   Hong Kong 1:59.71
30 2 4 Katarina Simonović   Serbia 2:00.06
31 2 3 Barbora Seemanová   Czech Republic 2:00.26
32 5 8 Eleanor Faulkner   Great Britain 2:00.51
33 2 6 Anastasia Bogdanovski   Macedonia 2:00.52 NR
34 3 1 Patricia Castro   Spain 2:00.71
35 6 7 Larissa Oliveira   Brazil 2:00.76
36 2 7 Elisbet Gámez   Cuba 2:01.08
37 2 2 Joanna Evans   Bahamas 2:01.27 NR
38 2 1 Sara Pastrana   Honduras 2:03.19
39 2 8 Andrea Cedrón   Peru 2:05.33
40 1 5 Matelita Buadromo   Fiji 2:05.49
41 1 4 Shivani Kataria   India 2:09.30
42 1 3 Kaya Forson   Ghana 2:16.02
2 5 Andrea Murez   Israel DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Shen Duo   China 1:56.03 Q
2 4 Emma McKeon   Australia 1:56.29 Q
3 5 Charlotte Bonnet   France 1:56.38 Q
4 2 Bronte Barratt   Australia 1:56.63 Q
5 8 Brittany MacLean   Canada 1:57.36
6 6 Ai Yanhan   China 1:57.41
7 1 Manuella Lyrio   Brazil 1:57.43
8 7 Missy Franklin   United States 1:57.56

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 1:54.65 Q
2 4 Katie Ledecky   United States 1:54.81 Q
3 3 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 1:55.42 Q
4 6 Michelle Coleman   Sweden 1:56.05 Q
5 7 Veronika Popova   Russia 1:57.22
6 2 Siobhan Haughey   Hong Kong 1:57.56
7 1 Katerine Savard   Canada 1:57.80
8 8 Femke Heemskerk   Netherlands 1:57.82

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Katie Ledecky   United States 1:53.73
  4 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 1:54.08 NR
  7 Emma McKeon   Australia 1:54.92
4 3 Federica Pellegrini   Italy 1:55.18
5 6 Shen Duo   China 1:55.25
8 Bronte Barratt   Australia
7 2 Michelle Coleman   Sweden 1:56.27
8 1 Charlotte Bonnet   France 1:56.29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's 200m Freestyle". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
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  8. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Federica Pellegrini Puts on Show for Home Crowd With World Record, U.S. Goes 2-3 With American Record". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
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