| Event type

200 metres Freestyle, Women

Date26 – 28 July 2021
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants29 from 23 countries

A few days after Ariarne Titmus had defeated Katie Ledecky in the 400 freestyle they were to meet again in the 200 free final. Ledecky was the defending gold medalist, but the 200 was on the short side for her and Titmus was favored in this one.

Ledecky led the heats in 1:55.28 just ahead of Canada’s Penny Oleksiak, but Titmus was the fastest semi-finalist, finishing in 1:54.82, with Ledecky in third, also behind Hong Kong’s Siobhán Haughey, with Oleksiak qualifying sixth for the final.

Oleksiak led the finalists through 50 metres in 26.50 when Haughey took over and led through 150 metres, with China’s Yang Junxuan in second, Titmus in third, and Oleksiak fourth. Ledecky was never a factor and was never better than fifth place at any split, where she would finish.

As Yang faded on the last lap, Titmus came through with her typical fast finish, splitting 28.80 to win the gold medal in 1:53.50 for an Olympic record. Behind her, Haughey won Hong Kong’s first ever Olympic medal in swimming, a silver, and Oleksiak filled out the podium with a bronze, as Yang finished fourth.

1Ariarne TitmusAUSGold
2Siobhán HaugheyHKGSilver
3Penny OleksiakCANBronze
4Yang JunxuanCHN
5Katie LedeckyUSA
6Barbora SeemanováCZE
7Federica PellegriniITA
8Madi WilsonAUS
9Summer McIntoshCAN
10Allison SchmittUSA
11Isabel GoseGER
12Freya AndersonGBR
13Charlotte BonnetFRA
14Annika BruhnGER
15Valeriya SalamatinaROC
16Erika FairweatherNZL
17Janja ŠegelSLO
18Joanna EvansBAH
19Andi MurezISR
20Li BingjieCHN
21Veronika AndrusenkoROC
22Snæfríður JórunnardóttirISL
23Elisbet GámezCUB
24Ieva MaļukaLAT
25María Beatriz PadrónCRC
26Nguyễn Thị Ánh ViênVIE
27Gaby SantisGUA
28Lina KhiyaraMAR
29Gabriella DoueihyLBN