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200 metres Backstroke, Women

Date2 – 3 August 2012
LocationLondon Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants37 from 31 countries

Four days earlier American Missy Franklin had won gold in the 100 backstroke, and she later added a relay gold in the 4×200 free. As the 2011 World Champion in this event she was favored on this night and came through in spectacular fashion. Franklin led from the start, turning in 29.53, just ahead of Great Britain’s Lizzie Simmonds. But at 100 metres Franklin was well ahead, turning almost ½-second under the world record split. She maintained that pace and came home for gold in a world record 2:04.06, 0.75 seconds better than the mark set by Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) at the 2009 Worlds. Behind Franklin, Russian Anastasiya Zuyeva closed fast for the silver medal in 2:05.92, while Franklin’s teammate, Elizabeth Beisel won the bronze, as Simmonds dropped back to fourth. Coventry contested the final but was never a medal factor and finished sixth.

Franklin became the sixth woman to win the 100/200 backstroke double, but the first since Diana Mocanu (ROU) in 2000. This was her third gold medal of the 2012 Olympics, which she would finish with five medals and four golds.

1Missy FranklinUSA2:07.54 (1 h5)2:06.84 (1 h2)2:04.06 (1)Gold
2Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:09.36 (4 h3)2:07.88 (3 h1)2:05.92 (2)Silver
3Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:07.82 (1 h3)2:06.18 (1 h1)2:06.55 (3)Bronze
4Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:10.37 (4 h4)2:08.48 (5 h1)2:07.26 (4)
5Meagen NayAUS2:08.40 (3 h5)2:07.42 (2 h1)2:07.43 (5)
6Kirsty CoventryZIM2:08.14 (2 h5)2:08.32 (2 h2)2:08.18 (6)
7Alexianne CastelFRA2:08.92 (2 h3)2:08.24 (4 h1)2:08.43 (7)
8Sinéad RussellCAN2:09.04 (3 h3)2:08.76 (3 h2)2:09.86 (8)
9Stephanie ProudGBR2:10.01 (4 h5)2:09.04 (4 h2)
10Belinda HockingAUS2:08.75 (1 h4)2:09.35 (5 h2)
11Sharon van RouwendaalNED2:10.60 (5 h5)2:09.50 (6 h1)
12Daryna ZevinaUKR2:09.40 (2 h4)2:09.70 (6 h2)
13Duane Da RochaESP2:09.72 (3 h4)2:09.88 (7 h1)
14Simona BaumrtováCZE2:10.03 (1 h2)2:10.18 (8 h1)
15Jenny MensingGER2:10.54 (5 h4)2:10.68 (7 h2)
16Karin PrinslooRSA2:10.34 (5 h3)2:11.42 (8 h2)
17Melissa IngramNZL2:10.63 (6 h4)
18Hilary CaldwellCAN2:10.75 (7 h4)
19Bai AnqiCHN2:11.26 (6 h3)
20Eygló Ósk GústafsdóttirISL2:11.31 (6 h5)
21Miyu OtsukaJPN2:11.65 (2 h2)
22Yao YigeCHN2:12.14 (7 h5)
23Alessia FilippiITA2:12.40 (7 h3)
24Fernanda GonzálezMEX2:12.75 (3 h2)
25Anja ČarmanSLO2:13.01 (4 h2)
26Nguyễn Thị Ánh ViênVIE2:13.35 (1 h1)
27Carolina ColoradoCOL2:13.64 (2 h1)
28Mie Ø. NielsenDEN2:13.89 (5 h2)
29Alicja TchórzPOL2:14.02 (8 h3)
30Laure ManaudouFRA2:14.29 (8 h5)
31Ham Chan-MiKOR2:15.30 (3 h1)
32Ekaterina AvramovaBUL2:15.44 (8 h4)
33Kim Daniela PavlinCRO2:15.67 (6 h2)
34Melanie NocherIRL2:16.29 (7 h2)
35Dorina SzekeresHUN2:18.16 (4 h1)
36Stephanie AuHKG2:18.47 (8 h2)
37Yulduz KuchkarovaUZB2:18.60 (5 h1)

Round One (2 August 2012 — 11:31)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (11:31)

14Nguyễn Thị Ánh ViênVIE2:13.350.68
26Carolina ColoradoCOL2:13.640.67
32Ham Chan-MiKOR2:15.300.71
43Dorina SzekeresHUN2:18.160.78
55Yulduz KuchkarovaUZB2:18.600.73

Heat Two (11:35)

16Simona BaumrtováCZE2:10.030.63Q
24Miyu OtsukaJPN2:11.650.60
35Fernanda GonzálezMEX2:12.750.61
47Anja ČarmanSLO2:13.010.71
52Mie Ø. NielsenDEN2:13.890.66
61Kim Daniela PavlinCRO2:15.670.56
73Melanie NocherIRL2:16.290.68
88Stephanie AuHKG2:18.470.59

Heat Three (11:40)

15Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:07.820.64Q
26Alexianne CastelFRA2:08.920.78Q
33Sinéad RussellCAN2:09.040.63Q
44Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:09.360.69Q
51Karin PrinslooRSA2:10.340.68Q
67Bai AnqiCHN2:11.260.54
72Alessia FilippiITA2:12.400.83
88Alicja TchórzPOL2:14.020.64

Heat Four (11:44)

14Belinda HockingAUS2:08.750.67Q
23Daryna ZevinaUKR2:09.400.62Q
37Duane Da RochaESP2:09.720.72Q
45Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:10.370.65Q
56Jenny MensingGER2:10.540.77Q
61Melissa IngramNZL2:10.630.62
72Hilary CaldwellCAN2:10.750.65
88Ekaterina AvramovaBUL2:15.440.63

Heat Five (11:48)

14Missy FranklinUSA2:07.540.66Q
22Kirsty CoventryZIM2:08.140.63Q
35Meagen NayAUS2:08.400.70Q
47Stephanie ProudGBR2:10.010.60Q
53Sharon van RouwendaalNED2:10.600.61Q
68Eygló Ósk GústafsdóttirISL2:11.310.68
71Yao YigeCHN2:12.140.70
86Laure ManaudouFRA2:14.290.62

Semi-Finals (2 August 2012 — 19:58)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (19:58)

14Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:06.180.64Q
25Meagen NayAUS2:07.420.66Q
36Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:07.880.72Q
43Alexianne CastelFRA2:08.240.72Q
51Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:08.480.63Q
68Sharon van RouwendaalNED2:09.500.62
72Duane Da RochaESP2:09.880.71
87Simona BaumrtováCZE2:10.180.63

Heat Two (20:04)

14Missy FranklinUSA2:06.840.64Q
25Kirsty CoventryZIM2:08.320.64Q
36Sinéad RussellCAN2:08.760.63Q
47Stephanie ProudGBR2:09.040.61
53Belinda HockingAUS2:09.350.72
62Daryna ZevinaUKR2:09.700.65
78Jenny MensingGER2:10.680.75
81Karin PrinslooRSA2:11.420.68

Final (3 August 2012 — 19:30)

15Missy FranklinUSA2:04.060.65
26Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:05.920.72
34Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:06.550.65
41Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:07.260.66
53Meagen NayAUS2:07.430.67
67Kirsty CoventryZIM2:08.180.64
72Alexianne CastelFRA2:08.430.74
88Sinéad RussellCAN2:09.860.65