Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre individual medley
|Women's 200 metre individual medley|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Aquatics Stadium|
|Dates||8 August 2016 (heats &|
9 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||40 from 27 nations|
|Winning time||2:06.58 OR|
Another medley double happened for the sixth straight time, as Hungary's Katinka Hosszú pulled away from the field to collect her third individual Olympic gold at these Games. Leading from the start, she threw down a gold-medal time in 2:06.58 to establish a new Olympic record, and to hold off a charging Great Britain's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor by three tenths of a second. Unable to catch the Hungarian towards a sprint finish, O'Connor produced a new British record of 2:06.88 to take home the silver. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Maya DiRado added a bronze to her runner-up prize from the 400 m individual medley three days earlier with a time of 2:08.79, edging out her teammate Melanie Margalis (2:09.21) to fourth by almost half a second.
Australia's Alicia Coutts, silver medalist from London 2012, culminated her Olympic career with a fifth-place time in 2:10.88, and was shortly followed in sixth by Canadian swimmer Sydney Pickrem (2:11.22). Russia's Viktoriya Andreeva (2:12.28), and defending gold medalist Ye Shiwen of China (2:13.56) closed out the field.
Before this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Katinka Hosszú (HUN)||2:06.12||Kazan, Russia||3 August 2015|||
|Olympic record||Ye Shiwen (CHN)||2:07.57||London, United kingdom||31 July 2012|||
The following records were established during the competition:
|8 August||Heat 5||Katinka Hosszú||Hungary||2:07.45||OR|
|9 August||Final||Katinka Hosszú||Hungary||2:06.58||OR|
The competition consisted of three rounds: heats, semifinals, and a final. The swimmers with the best 16 times in the heats advanced to the semifinals. The swimmers with the best 8 times in the semifinals advanced to the final. Swim-offs were used as necessary to break ties for advancement to the next round.
|1||4||4||Siobhan-Marie O'Connor||Great Britain||2:07.57||Q, NR|
|2||3||5||Maya DiRado||United States||2:08.91||Q|
|6||2||2||Kim Seo-yeong||South Korea||2:12.15|
|3||7||Hannah Miley||Great Britain|
|3||4||5||Melanie Margalis||United States||2:10.10||Q|
|8||4||8||Mireia Belmonte García||Spain||2:13.33|
|4||Siobhan-Marie O'Connor||Great Britain||2:06.88||NR|
|3||Maya DiRado||United States||2:08.79|
|4||2||Melanie Margalis||United States||2:09.21|
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