| Event type

200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date18 – 19 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants31 from 28 countries

Five weeks before the Olympic Games began Australia’s Leisel Jones broke the world record at the Australian trials. Three days later at the US trials, World Champion Amanda Beard took half a second off Jones’ time and reclaimed the record she had previously shared with China’s Qi Hui.

Despite the presence of Qi and reigning champion Ágnes Kovács of Hungary it seemed that the gold medal was certain to be decided between Beard and Jones. Jones had laid off the pace in the early stages of 100 metres final and had been unable to catch Luo of China. In the longer race she seemed determined not to repeat her mistake and sped into the lead. For all but the final five metres it appeared her tactic was the right one but a devastating finishing burst from Beard was just enough to send the championship across to America. After silver in Atlanta and bronze in Sydney, Beard now completed a full set of medals in the event.

1Amanda BeardUSA2:26.61 (1 h5)2:25.62 (1 h2)2:23.37 (1)Gold
2Leisel JonesAUS2:26.02 (1 h4)2:26.71 (3 h2)2:23.60 (2)Silver
3Anne PoleskaGER2:26.48 (1 h3)2:26.59 (2 h1)2:25.82 (3)Bronze
4Masami TanakaJPN2:26.91 (2 h4)2:26.38 (2 h2)2:25.87 (4)
5Ágnes KovácsHUN2:26.90 (2 h5)2:26.63 (3 h1)2:26.12 (5)
6Qi HuiCHN2:28.66 (4 h5)2:26.75 (4 h1)2:26.35 (6)
7Mirna JukicAUT2:28.28 (3 h3)2:26.95 (4 h2)2:26.36 (7)
8Brooke HansonAUS2:27.38 (3 h4)2:26.43 (1 h1)2:26.39 (8)
9Caroline BruceUSA2:27.82 (3 h5)2:27.60 (5 h1)
10Kirsty BalfourGBR2:29.78 (4 h4)2:28.92 (5 h2)
11Birte StevenGER2:27.42 (2 h3)2:29.22 (6 h2)
12Yelena BogomazovaRUS2:31.49 (5 h5)2:30.35 (6 h1)
13Lauren Van OostenCAN2:30.44 (5 h4)2:30.39 (7 h1)
14Chiara BoggiattoITA2:30.32 (4 h3)2:30.76 (8 h1)
15Marina KučSCG2:30.39 (1 h2)2:31.77 (7 h2)
16Ina KapishinaBLR2:31.26 (6 h4)– (DQ h2)
17Smiljana MarinovićCRO2:32.52 (7 h4)
18Alenka KejžarSLO2:32.64 (8 h4)
19İlkay DikmenTUR2:32.69 (2 h2)
20Jaclyn PangilinanPHI2:33.38 (1 h1)
21Siow Yi TingMAS2:33.79 (6 h5)
22Eeva SaarinenFIN2:34.17 (2 h1)
23Diana GomesPOR2:34.23 (5 h3)
24Lee Ji-YeongKOR2:34.55 (7 h5)
25Majken ThorupDEN2:35.29 (3 h2)
26Agustina De GiovanniARG2:35.94 (4 h2)
27Adriana MarmolejoMEX2:36.10 (5 h2)
28Imaday NúñezCUB2:36.40 (6 h2)
29Iryna MaistrukUKR2:37.42 (6 h3)
30Nicolette TeoSGP2:38.17 (3 h1)
31Athina TzavellaGRE2:40.18 (7 h3)
DNSLuo XuejuanCHN– (DNS h5)
DNSDiána ReményiHUN– (DNS h3)

Round One (18 August 2004)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:44)

13Jaclyn PangilinanPHI2:33.380.69
25Eeva SaarinenFIN2:34.170.86
34Nicolette TeoSGP2:38.170.76

Heat Two (10:49)

13Marina KučSCG2:30.390.89Q
25İlkay DikmenTUR2:32.690.71
37Majken ThorupDEN2:35.290.75
46Agustina De GiovanniARG2:35.940.84
54Adriana MarmolejoMEX2:36.100.74
62Imaday NúñezCUB2:36.400.73

Heat Three (10:54)

13Anne PoleskaGER2:26.480.81Q
25Birte StevenGER2:27.420.76Q
34Mirna JukicAUT2:28.280.79Q
42Chiara BoggiattoITA2:30.320.82Q
57Diana GomesPOR2:34.230.83
68Iryna MaistrukUKR2:37.420.84
71Athina TzavellaGRE2:40.180.82
DNS6Diána ReményiHUN

Heat Four (10:59)

14Leisel JonesAUS2:26.020.75Q
23Masami TanakaJPN2:26.910.81Q
35Brooke HansonAUS2:27.380.76Q
46Kirsty BalfourGBR2:29.780.84Q
52Lauren Van OostenCAN2:30.440.79Q
68Ina KapishinaBLR2:31.260.78Q
71Smiljana MarinovićCRO2:32.520.83
87Alenka KejžarSLO2:32.640.89

Heat Five (11:04)

14Amanda BeardUSA2:26.610.71Q
22Ágnes KovácsHUN2:26.900.82Q
36Caroline BruceUSA2:27.820.76Q
45Qi HuiCHN2:28.660.81Q
57Yelena BogomazovaRUS2:31.490.84Q
68Siow Yi TingMAS2:33.790.82
71Lee Ji-YeongKOR2:34.550.81
DNS3Luo XuejuanCHN

Semi-Finals (18 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:25)

13Brooke HansonAUS2:26.430.78Q
24Anne PoleskaGER2:26.590.80Q
35Ágnes KovácsHUN2:26.630.87Q
42Qi HuiCHN2:26.750.80Q
56Caroline BruceUSA2:27.600.76
68Yelena BogomazovaRUS2:30.350.82
71Lauren Van OostenCAN2:30.390.80
87Chiara BoggiattoITA2:30.760.81

Heat Two (20:31)

15Amanda BeardUSA2:25.620.74Q
23Masami TanakaJPN2:26.380.78Q
34Leisel JonesAUS2:26.710.74Q
42Mirna JukicAUT2:26.950.78Q
57Kirsty BalfourGBR2:28.920.82
66Birte StevenGER2:29.220.80
71Marina KučSCG2:31.770.92
DQ8Ina KapishinaBLR[0.79]

Final (19 August 2004 — 19:41)

14Amanda BeardUSA2:23.370.72OR
27Leisel JonesAUS2:23.600.76
36Anne PoleskaGER2:25.820.85
45Masami TanakaJPN2:25.870.81
52Ágnes KovácsHUN2:26.120.81
61Qi HuiCHN2:26.350.82
78Mirna JukicAUT2:26.360.78
83Brooke HansonAUS2:26.390.74