| Event type

200 metres Butterfly, Women

Date27 – 29 July 2021
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants16 from 13 countries

Zhang Yufei had set the year’s best time with 2:05.44 at the Chinese Olympic Trials, followed by American Hali Flickinger, who swam 2:05.85 at the US Trials. Other challengers were Hungary’s Boglárka Kapás and the United States’ Regan Smith. Hungarian Katinka Hosszú had probably been the world’s best all-around swimmer in the last few years but struggled in Tokyo and never swam to her potential. She withdrew from this event, which led to a strange situation as there were only 17 entrants, and with Hosszú’s withdrawal, the preliminary round was meaningless as all 16 swimmers advanced to the semi-finals.

Zhang was the class of the event, posting the fastest times in both the preliminary round and her semi-final. In the final she went out quickly and poured it on, finishing in an Olympic record 2:03.86, 1.44 seconds ahead of Regan Smith, who took silver. Behind her Flickinger took bronze, comfortably ahead of Kapás.

This was Zhang’s second butterfly medal in Tokyo, adding to the silver she won in the 100 fly. She would add a gold in the 4 x 200 free relay and a silver in the mixed medley relay to go home with four medals, two of them gold. Smith also won a silver in the 100 backstroke and would win bronze in the 4 x 100 medley relay, while Flickinger added a second bronze medal in the 400 individual medley.

1Zhang YufeiCHN2:07.50 (1 h3)2:04.89 (1 h2)2:03.86 (1)Gold
2Regan SmithUSA2:08.46 (2 h1)2:06.64 (2 h1)2:05.30 (2)Silver
3Hali FlickingerUSA2:08.31 (1 h2)2:06.23 (1 h1)2:05.65 (3)Bronze
4Boglárka KapásHUN2:08.58 (2 h3)2:06.59 (2 h2)2:06.53 (4)
5Svetlana ChimrovaROC2:08.84 (3 h1)2:08.62 (3 h1)2:07.70 (5)
6Yu LiyanCHN2:08.36 (1 h1)2:07.04 (3 h2)2:07.85 (6)
7Alys ThomasGBR2:09.06 (2 h2)2:09.07 (4 h1)2:07.90 (7)
8Brianna ThrossellAUS2:09.34 (3 h2)2:08.41 (4 h2)2:09.48 (8)
9Suzuka HasegawaJPN2:10.43 (5 h1)2:09.42 (5 h2)
10Laura StephensGBR2:09.00 (3 h3)2:09.49 (6 h2)
11Ana MonteiroPOR2:11.45 (5 h3)2:09.82 (5 h1)
12Helena BachDEN2:09.37 (4 h2)2:10.05 (6 h1)
13Franziska HentkeGER2:09.98 (4 h3)2:10.89 (7 h2)
14Defne TaçyıldızTUR2:10.00 (4 h1)2:11.27 (7 h1)
15Remedy RulePHI2:12.23 (6 h3)2:12.89 (8 h2)
16Julimar ÁvilaHON2:15.36 (5 h2)2:16.38 (8 h1)
DNSKatinka HosszúHUN– (DNS h2)

Round One (27 July 2021 — 19:25)

14Zhang YufeiCHN2:07.50Q
24Hali FlickingerUSA2:08.31Q
35Yu LiyanCHN2:08.36Q
44Regan SmithUSA2:08.46Q
55Boglárka KapásHUN2:08.58Q
66Svetlana ChimrovaROC2:08.84Q
73Laura StephensGBR2:09.00Q
86Alys ThomasGBR2:09.06Q
93Brianna ThrossellAUS2:09.34Q
102Helena BachDEN2:09.37Q
116Franziska HentkeGER2:09.98Q
122Defne TaçyıldızTUR2:10.00Q
133Suzuka HasegawaJPN2:10.43Q
142Ana MonteiroPOR2:11.45Q
157Remedy RulePHI2:12.23Q
167Julimar ÁvilaHON2:15.36Q
DNS5Katinka HosszúHUN

Heat One (19:25)

15Yu LiyanCHN2:08.360.62Q
24Regan SmithUSA2:08.460.72Q
36Svetlana ChimrovaROC2:08.840.71Q
42Defne TaçyıldızTUR2:10.000.70Q
53Suzuka HasegawaJPN2:10.430.53Q

Heat Two (19:28)

14Hali FlickingerUSA2:08.310.69Q
26Alys ThomasGBR2:09.060.71Q
33Brianna ThrossellAUS2:09.340.66Q
42Helena BachDEN2:09.370.88Q
57Julimar ÁvilaHON2:15.360.68Q
DNS5Katinka HosszúHUN

Heat Three (19:31)

14Zhang YufeiCHN2:07.500.65Q
25Boglárka KapásHUN2:08.580.67Q
33Laura StephensGBR2:09.000.69Q
46Franziska HentkeGER2:09.980.63Q
52Ana MonteiroPOR2:11.450.69Q
67Remedy RulePHI2:12.230.66Q

Semi-Finals (28 July 2021 — 10:57)

14Zhang YufeiCHN2:04.89Q
24Hali FlickingerUSA2:06.23Q
33Boglárka KapásHUN2:06.59Q
45Regan SmithUSA2:06.64Q
55Yu LiyanCHN2:07.04Q
62Brianna ThrossellAUS2:08.41Q
73Svetlana ChimrovaROC2:08.62Q
86Alys ThomasGBR2:09.07Q
91Suzuka HasegawaJPN2:09.42
106Laura StephensGBR2:09.49
111Ana MonteiroPOR2:09.82
122Helena BachDEN2:10.05
137Franziska HentkeGER2:10.89
147Defne TaçyıldızTUR2:11.27
158Remedy RulePHI2:12.89
168Julimar ÁvilaHON2:16.38

Heat One (10:57)

14Hali FlickingerUSA2:06.230.69Q
25Regan SmithUSA2:06.640.70Q
33Svetlana ChimrovaROC2:08.620.66Q
46Alys ThomasGBR2:09.070.70Q
51Ana MonteiroPOR2:09.820.65
62Helena BachDEN2:10.050.81
77Defne TaçyıldızTUR2:11.270.68
88Julimar ÁvilaHON2:16.380.72

Heat Two (11:04)

14Zhang YufeiCHN2:04.890.64Q
23Boglárka KapásHUN2:06.590.55Q
35Yu LiyanCHN2:07.040.61Q
42Brianna ThrossellAUS2:08.410.68Q
51Suzuka HasegawaJPN2:09.420.63
66Laura StephensGBR2:09.490.71
77Franziska HentkeGER2:10.890.63
88Remedy RulePHI2:12.890.67

Final (29 July 2021 — 11:28)

14Zhang YufeiCHN2:03.860.60OR
26Regan SmithUSA2:05.300.70
35Hali FlickingerUSA2:05.650.70
43Boglárka KapásHUN2:06.530.68
51Svetlana ChimrovaROC2:07.700.72
62Yu LiyanCHN2:07.850.61
78Alys ThomasGBR2:07.900.72
87Brianna ThrossellAUS2:09.480.72