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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre individual medley

The women's 400 metre individual medley event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 6 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Women's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates6 August 2016
Competitors33 from 23 nations
Winning time4:26.36 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Katinka Hosszú  Hungary
2nd, silver medalist(s) Maya DiRado  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mireia Belmonte  Spain
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Katinka Hosszú finished the race breaking the world record.
Hosszú, DiRado and Belmont wait for their medals.

Four years after narrowly missing the podium in London, Hungary's Katinka Hosszú, nicknamed the "Iron Lady", opened her redemptive Games by dominating the 400 m individual medley with a new world record and the first title of her Olympic career. Dominating the race from the very start, she pulled away from the field to a gold-medal finish with a 4:26.36. Hosszú's swim also demolished the world record of 4:28.43, set by China's Ye Shiwen at the previous Games.[2][3] Trailing the leader by almost five seconds, U.S. swimmer Maya DiRado turned ahead of the world-record pace for over half the race, and managed to finish with a silver in 4:31.15. Meanwhile, Spain's Mireia Belmonte rounded out the podium with a bronze in 4:32.39, edging out Great Britain's Hannah Miley (4:32.54) in a tight battle to fourth by 0.15 of a second.[4][5]

Canada's Emily Overholt finished fifth with a 4:34.70, and was shortly followed by London 2012 runner-up Elizabeth Beisel of the United States (4:34.98). Miley's teammate Aimee Willmott (4:35.04) and Japan's Sakiko Shimizu (4:38.06) rounded out the final.[4]

Reigning Olympic champion Ye Shiwen missed a chance to defend her title in the final, after finishing twenty-seventh out of thirty-three swimmers in the prelims.[6]

The medals for the competition were presented by Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Philippines, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Husain al-Musallam, First Vice President of the FINA.

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Ye Shiwen (CHN) 4:28.43 London, United Kingdom 28 July 2012
Olympic record   Ye Shiwen (CHN) 4:28.43 London, United Kingdom 28 July 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
6 August Final Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 4:26.36 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 4:28.58 Q, ER
2 5 3 Mireia Belmonte   Spain 4:32.75 Q
3 4 4 Maya DiRado   United States 4:33.50 Q
4 5 5 Hannah Miley   Great Britain 4:33.74 Q
5 4 3 Aimee Willmott   Great Britain 4:34.08 Q
6 5 2 Elizabeth Beisel   United States 4:34.38 Q
7 5 7 Sakiko Shimizu   Japan 4:34.66 Q, NR
8 4 5 Emily Overholt   Canada 4:36.54 Q
9 3 2 Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên   Vietnam 4:36.85 NR
10 4 6 Miho Takahashi   Japan 4:37.33
4 8 Keryn McMaster   Australia
12 3 4 Sydney Pickrem   Canada 4:38.06
13 5 8 Zsuzsanna Jakabos   Hungary 4:38.52
14 4 2 Barbora Závadová   Czech Republic 4:38.53
15 3 5 Joanna Maranhão   Brazil 4:38.88
16 5 6 Blair Evans   Australia 4:38.91
17 2 7 Matea Samardžić   Croatia 4:39.41
18 3 8 Viktoriya Zeynep Güneş   Turkey 4:41.79
19 3 7 María Vilas   Spain 4:42.52
20 2 2 Anja Crevar   Serbia 4:43.19
21 3 6 Franziska Hentke   Germany 4:43.32
22 5 1 Lara Grangeon   France 4:43.98
23 3 1 Fantine Lesaffre   France 4:44.47
24 1 5 Martina van Berkel   Switzerland 4:45.12
25 1 3 Tanja Kylliäinen   Finland 4:45.33 NR
26 3 3 Luisa Trombetti   Italy 4:45.52
27 4 7 Ye Shiwen   China 4:45.86
28 2 3 Victoria Kaminskaya   Portugal 4:46.03
29 1 4 Jördis Steinegger   Austria 4:47.84
30 2 4 Sara Franceschi   Italy 4:48.48
31 2 6 Virginia Bardach   Argentina 4:49.69
32 4 1 Zhou Min   China 4:50.38
33 2 5 Ranohon Amanova   Uzbekistan 4:52.15

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 4:26.36 WR
  3 Maya DiRado   United States 4:31.15
  5 Mireia Belmonte   Spain 4:32.39
4 6 Hannah Miley   Great Britain 4:32.54
5 8 Emily Overholt   Canada 4:34.70
6 7 Elizabeth Beisel   United States 4:34.98
7 2 Aimee Willmott   Great Britain 4:35.04
8 1 Sakiko Shimizu   Japan 4:38.06

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's 400m Individual Medley". Rio 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ Wolken, Dan (6 August 2016). "Katinka Hosszu shatters world record in 400 IM; Maya DiRado wins silver". USA Today. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  3. ^ "All-rounder Hosszu finally swims to first Olympic gold". Olympics. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Katinka Hosszu Smokes 400 IM World Record in Rio". Swimming World Magazine. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  5. ^ Coverdale, David (6 August 2016). "Rio Olympics 2016: Agony for Hannah Miley as Team GB swimmer misses out on Olympic bronze by inches". United Kingdom: The Sun. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ "China's Sun scorched over doping record after he cruises into 400m freestyle final". South China Morning Post. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Ye Shiwen wins gold in record time". ESPN. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.