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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle

The women's 800 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 11–12 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Women's 800 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates11 August 2016 (heats)
12 August 2016 (final)
Competitors30 from 21 nations
Winning time8:04.79 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Katie Ledecky  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jazmin Carlin  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Boglárka Kapás  Hungary
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U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky achieved a new world record to defend her Olympic title in this event and to successfully complete a distance freestyle treble at a single edition for the first time, since Debbie Meyer did so in 1968.[2] Dominating the race from the start, Ledecky quickly dropped two seconds under a world-record pace, as she pulled further away from the field to overturn her own existing standard with a gold-medal time in 8:04.79.[3][4] Separated from the leader by 11.38 seconds, Great Britain's Jazmin Carlin edged out the Hungarian challenger Boglárka Kapás at the final lap for her second silver of the meet in 8:16.17.[5][6] Meanwhile, Kapás faded down the stretch to earn a bronze in 8:16.37, two tenths of a second short of Carlin's time.[7][8]

London 2012 runner-up Mireia Belmonte slipped off the podium to fourth in a Spanish record of 8:18.55. Outside the 8:20 club, Australia's Jessica Ashwood (8:20.32) and Ledecky's teammate Leah Smith (8:20.95), bronze medalist in the 400 m freestyle, picked up the fifth and sixth spots respectively, finishing 63-hundredths of a second apart from each other. Denmark's Lotte Friis (8:24.50) and Germany's Sarah Köhler (8:27.75) rounded out the championship field.[8]

Ledecky also overturned the existing Olympic record in 8:12.86 to top the field of twenty-seven swimmers in the prelims, taking 1.24 seconds off the standard set by Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington in a since-banned high-tech bodysuit in Beijing eight years earlier.[9][10]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Katie Ledecky (USA) 8:06.68 Austin, United States 17 January 2016
Olympic record   Rebecca Adlington (GBR) 8:14.10 Beijing, China 16 August 2008

The following records were broken during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
11 August Heat 4 Katie Ledecky   United States 8:12.86 OR
12 August Final Katie Ledecky   United States 8:04.79 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Katie Ledecky   United States 8:12.86 Q, OR
2 4 6 Boglárka Kapás   Hungary 8:19.43 Q, NR
3 4 5 Jazmin Carlin   Great Britain 8:19.67 Q
4 4 3 Leah Smith   United States 8:21.43 Q
5 3 3 Lotte Friis   Denmark 8:22.54 Q
6 3 5 Jessica Ashwood   Australia 8:22.57 Q
7 4 2 Sarah Köhler   Germany 8:24.65 Q
8 2 4 Mireia Belmonte   Spain 8:25.55 Q
9 3 4 Lauren Boyle   New Zealand 8:25.84
10 3 6 Brittany MacLean   Canada 8:26.43
11 4 8 Hou Yawen   China 8:30.59
12 2 2 Andreina Pinto   Venezuela 8:30.92
13 4 1 Tjaša Oder   Slovenia 8:33.14
14 1 5 Éva Risztov   Hungary 8:33.36
15 2 6 Camilla Hattersley   Great Britain 8:33.65
16 2 7 Emma Robinson   New Zealand 8:33.73
17 2 3 Kristel Köbrich   Chile 8:34.34
18 3 2 Zhang Yuhan   China 8:35.32
19 3 1 María Vilas   Spain 8:36.43
20 3 8 Tamsin Cook   Australia 8:36.62
21 1 2 Julia Hassler   Liechtenstein 8:38.19
22 1 4 Valerie Gruest   Guatemala 8:39.80 NR
23 2 8 Joanna Evans   Bahamas 8:42.93
24 1 6 Tamila Holub   Portugal 8:45.36
25 2 5 Leonie Beck   Germany 8:47.47
26 1 3 Arina Openysheva   Russia 8:48.89
27 1 7 Talita Te Flan   Ivory Coast 9:07.21 NR
3 7 Anja Klinar   Slovenia DNS
2 1 Martina De Memme   Italy DNS
4 7 Sharon van Rouwendaal   Netherlands DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Katie Ledecky   United States 8:04.79 WR
  3 Jazmin Carlin   Great Britain 8:16.17
  5 Boglárka Kapás   Hungary 8:16.37 NR
4 8 Mireia Belmonte   Spain 8:18.55 NR
5 7 Jessica Ashwood   Australia 8:20.32
6 6 Leah Smith   United States 8:20.95
7 2 Lotte Friis   Denmark 8:24.50
8 1 Sarah Köhler   Germany 8:27.75

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's 800m Freestyle". Rio 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ Crouse, Karen (12 August 2016). "Katie Ledecky Smashes World Record in the 800-Meter Freestyle". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (12 August 2016). "Katie Ledecky shatters world record in 800 free, wins fourth gold in Rio". USA Today. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Katie Ledecky breaks 800-free mark, wins 4th gold of Rio Games". ESPN. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  5. ^ Lovett, Samuel (12 August 2016). "Rio 2016: More swimming success for Britain as Jazmin Carlin wins silver in the 800m freestyle final". The Independent. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Jazz Carlin pays tribute to parents after second silver of Rio 2016 Olympics". The Guardian. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  7. ^ Flynn, Daniel (12 August 2016). "Ledecky smashes 800m record to claim freestyle treble". Reuters. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Katie Ledecky Etches Her Name In History By Completing Sweep Of The 200-400-800 Freestyles". Swimming World Magazine. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Katie Ledecky Swims a Relaxed Olympic Record Time in 800 Freestyle Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Katie Ledecky sets Olympic record in 800-meter freestyle prelims". Chicago Tribune. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  11. ^ Flaherty, Bryan (17 January 2016). "Katie Ledecky does it again, breaks world record in 800 free". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  12. ^ Lohn, John (15 August 2008). "We Loved You While You Lasted Janet, Rebecca Adlington Erases Longest Standing World Record With Evans' Mark in 800 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Adlington storms to second gold". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2013.