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200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date1 – 2 August 2012
LocationLondon Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants34 from 27 countries

Rebecca Soni (USA) was a heavy favorite, having won the 2008 gold medal and the 2011 World Championships. She solidified that role when she bettered the world record in the semi-finals. Her time was 2:20.00 and all that was left for her in the final was to better the 2:20 barrier. She did that to win the gold medal in stunning fashion, posting 2:19.59 for another world mark, with splits of 32.49, 1:08.10, and 1:43.95. Soni revealed that this had been her own private goal, )It’s my goal since I was a little kid to swim under 2:20. When my coach told me you’re going to be the first woman to go under 2:20’, I’ve been chasing it ever since and I’m so happy.) Soni became the first woman to defend the gold medal in the 200 breast.

Behind Soni, Japan’s Satomi Suzuki added a silver to the bronze she had won in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 2:20.72 to equal the Asian record. The bronze went to Russian Yuliya Yefimova, who trained with Soni at the Trojan Swim Club, and finished in an European record 2:20.92.

1Rebecca SoniUSA2:21.40 (1 h5)2:20.00 (1 h2)2:19.59 (1)Gold
2Satomi SuzukiJPN2:23.22 (1 h3)2:22.40 (2 h2)2:20.72 (2)Silver
3Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:26.83 (=4 h4)2:23.02 (2 h1)2:20.92 (3)Bronze
4Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:22.69 (2 h5)2:22.23 (1 h1)2:21.65 (4)
5Martha McCabeCAN2:26.39 (3 h4)2:24.09 (4 h2)2:23.16 (5)
6Micah LawrenceUSA2:24.50 (3 h5)2:23.39 (3 h1)2:23.27 (6)
7Suzaan van BiljonRSA2:25.94 (4 h3)2:23.21 (3 h2)2:23.72 (7)
8Sally FosterAUS2:26.04 (5 h3)2:24.46 (4 h1)2:26.00 (8)
9Baek Su-YeonKOR2:25.76 (=2 h3)2:24.67 (5 h1)
10Joline HöstmanSWE2:25.44 (1 h4)2:24.77 (6 h1)
11Sara El-BekriMAR2:26.05 (6 h3)2:25.86 (5 h2)
12Anastasiya ChaunRUS2:25.39 (4 h5)2:26.08 (6 h2)
13Ji LipingCHN2:25.76 (=2 h3)2:27.26 (7 h2)
14Kanako WatanabeJPN2:26.38 (2 h4)2:27.32 (7 h1)
15Tessa WallaceAUS2:26.94 (5 h5)2:27.38 (8 h1)
16Jeong Da-RaeKOR2:26.83 (=4 h4)2:28.74 (8 h2)
17Hanna DzerkalUKR2:27.09 (1 h2)
18Stacey TaddGBR2:27.18 (6 h4)
19Fanny LecluyseBEL2:27.30 (6 h5)
20Marina GarcíaESP2:27.57 (7 h5)
21Tera Van BeilenCAN2:27.70 (7 h3)
22Chiara BoggiattoITA2:27.74 (8 h5)
23Sara NordenstamNOR2:27.90 (8 h3)
24Sun YeCHN2:27.94 (7 h4)
25Nađa HiglSRB2:28.38 (8 h4)
26Martina MoravčíkováCZE2:28.54 (2 h2)
27Alia AtkinsonJAM2:28.77 (1 h1)
28Hrafnhildur LúthersdóttirISL2:29.60 (3 h2)
29Anna SztankovicsHUN2:29.67 (2 h1)
30Buse GünaydınTUR2:30.64 (4 h2)
31Sarra LajnefTUN2:31.15 (5 h2)
32Jenna LaukkanenFIN2:31.23 (6 h2)
33Tanja ŠmidSLO2:32.19 (7 h2)
34Darya TalanovaKGZ2:38.01 (3 h1)

Round One (1 August 2012 — 10:43)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (10:43)

15Alia AtkinsonJAM2:28.770.74
24Anna SztankovicsHUN2:29.670.74
33Darya TalanovaKGZ2:38.010.80

Heat Two (10:47)

15Hanna DzerkalUKR2:27.090.77
26Martina MoravčíkováCZE2:28.540.80
34Hrafnhildur LúthersdóttirISL2:29.600.76
47Buse GünaydınTUR2:30.640.72
51Sarra LajnefTUN2:31.150.82
62Jenna LaukkanenFIN2:31.230.72
73Tanja ŠmidSLO2:32.190.91

Heat Three (10:52)

14Satomi SuzukiJPN2:23.220.63Q
=23Ji LipingCHN2:25.760.76Q
=21Baek Su-YeonKOR2:25.760.81Q
42Suzaan van BiljonRSA2:25.940.70Q
56Sally FosterAUS2:26.040.78Q
67Sara El-BekriMAR2:26.050.71Q
75Tera Van BeilenCAN2:27.700.76
88Sara NordenstamNOR2:27.900.81

Heat Four (10:56)

11Joline HöstmanSWE2:25.440.69Q
25Kanako WatanabeJPN2:26.380.74Q
36Martha McCabeCAN2:26.390.72Q
=44Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:26.830.75Q
=47Jeong Da-RaeKOR2:26.830.82Q
68Stacey TaddGBR2:27.180.79
73Sun YeCHN2:27.940.72
82Nađa HiglSRB2:28.380.76

Heat Five (11:00)

14Rebecca SoniUSA2:21.400.72Q
26Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:22.690.72Q
35Micah LawrenceUSA2:24.500.72Q
43Anastasiya ChaunRUS2:25.390.80Q
51Tessa WallaceAUS2:26.940.70Q
67Fanny LecluyseBEL2:27.300.72
72Marina GarcíaESP2:27.570.71
88Chiara BoggiattoITA2:27.740.70

Semi-Finals (1 August 2012 — 20:29)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (20:29)

14Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:22.230.74Q
21Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:23.020.73Q
35Micah LawrenceUSA2:23.390.74Q
42Sally FosterAUS2:24.460.76Q
56Baek Su-YeonKOR2:24.670.86
63Joline HöstmanSWE2:24.770.71
77Kanako WatanabeJPN2:27.320.73
88Tessa WallaceAUS2:27.380.70

Heat Two (20:35)

14Rebecca SoniUSA2:20.000.72Q
25Satomi SuzukiJPN2:22.400.63Q
32Suzaan van BiljonRSA2:23.210.71Q
41Martha McCabeCAN2:24.090.69Q
57Sara El-BekriMAR2:25.860.74
63Anastasiya ChaunRUS2:26.080.83
76Ji LipingCHN2:27.260.73
88Jeong Da-RaeKOR2:28.740.84

Final (2 August 2012 — 19:40)

14Rebecca SoniUSA2:19.590.73
23Satomi SuzukiJPN2:20.720.63
36Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:20.920.71
45Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:21.650.7
51Martha McCabeCAN2:23.160.72
67Micah LawrenceUSA2:23.270.75
72Suzaan van BiljonRSA2:23.720.73
88Sally FosterAUS2:26.000.79