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100 metres Freestyle, Women

Date13 – 15 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants48 from 41 countries

In front of a home crowd at the 2007 World Championships Libby Trickett had produced a fine swim to defeat Marleen Veldhuis for the world title. She reinforced her status as favourite firstly by breaking the world record to qualify for the Australian team and then by winning the 100 metre butterfly gold medal earlier in the week. Therefore it came as a huge shock when she was only was 9th fastest in the semi-final and was seemingly eliminated from contention.

Trickett was then given a reprieve when it was announced Pang Jiaying had been disqualified from a false start and she crept into the final as the slowest qualifier. The Australian blazed a trial and, swimming from an outside lane, led the race almost from the first stroke. In last place at the turn was European champion Britta Steffen of Germany but from then on the race completely changed. Steffen took a second out of the Australian in the last 50 metres and in the last few strokes overhauled her rival to claim the Olympic title. She would later add the 50 freestyle title and would win the same two events at the 2009 World Championships.

1Britta SteffenGER53.67 (2 h6)53.96 (3 h1)53.12 (1)Gold
2Libby TrickettAUS53.99 (2 h7)54.10 (4 h1)53.16 (2)Silver
3Natalie CoughlinUSA53.82 (1 h7)53.70 (1 h1)53.39 (3)Bronze
4Hanna-Maria SeppäläFIN53.60 (1 h6)53.84 (2 h2)53.97 (4)
5Jeanette Ottesen GrayDEN54.04 (1 h4)54.05 (4 h2)54.06 (5)
=6Zhu YingwenCHN54.01 (3 h7)53.84 (2 h1)54.21 (=6)
=6Marleen VeldhuisNED53.76 (3 h6)53.81 (1 h2)54.21 (=6)
8Fran HalsallGBR53.93 (1 h5)53.94 (3 h2)54.29 (8)
9Malia MetellaFRA54.12 (4 h7)54.20 (5 h2)
10Cate CampbellAUS54.55 (3 h5)54.54 (6 h2)
11Josefin LillhageSWE54.07 (5 h6)54.59 (5 h1)
12Lacey NymeyerUSA54.62 (4 h5)54.74 (6 h1)
13Petra DallmannGER54.70 (6 h6)55.05 (7 h1)
14Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBLR54.52 (2 h5)55.31 (8 h1)
15Erica MorningstarCAN54.66 (5 h7)55.36 (7 h2)
16Pang JiayingCHN54.01 (4 h6)[53.49] (DQ h2)
17Julia WilkinsonCAN54.70 (6 h7)
18Alena PopchankaFRA54.86 (5 h5)
19Tatiana LemosBRA55.01 (7 h7)
20Agata KorcPOL55.14 (7 h6)
21Lize-Mari RetiefRSA55.17 (8 h6)
22Anya GostomelskyISR55.18 (2 h4)
23Martina MoravcováSVK55.20 (6 h5)
24Inge DekkerNED55.23 (7 h5)
25Anastasiya AksenovaRUS55.29 (3 h4)
26Hannah WilsonHKG55.32 (1 h3)
27Dar'ia StepaniukUKR55.51 (4 h4)
28Arianna Vanderpool-WallaceBAH55.61 (2 h3)
29Birgit KoschischekAUT55.62 (3 h3)
30Arlene SemecoVEN55.70 (5 h4)
31Jana KlusáčkováCZE55.92 (8 h5)
32Jang Hui-JinKOR55.96 (4 h3)
33Triin AljandEST56.10 (6 h4)
34Quah Ting WenSGP56.14 (1 h2)
35Ragnheiður RagnarsdóttirISL56.35 (5 h3)
36Anna StylianouCYP56.38 (6 h3)
37Eleni KostiGRE56.44 (7 h3)
38Miroslava NajdanovskiSRB56.50 (7 h4)
39Natthanan ChankrajangTHA56.56 (2 h2)
40Orsolya TompaHUN56.57 (3 h2)
41Christel SimmsPHI56.67 (4 h2)
42Maria Laura SimonettoITA56.72 (8 h4)
43Nieh Pin-ChiehTPE57.28 (5 h2)
44Nina SovinekSLO57.30 (8 h3)
45Madeleine ScerriMLT57.97 (1 h1)
46Irina ShlemovaUZB58.77 (6 h2)
47Elena PopovskaMKD59.93 (2 h1)
48Olga HachatryanTKM1:14.77 (3 h1)
DNSCaitlin McClatcheyGBR– (DNS h7)

Round One (13 August 2008)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (18:32)

14Madeleine ScerriMLT57.970.78
25Elena PopovskaMKD59.930.83
33Olga HachatryanTKM1:14.770.75

Heat Two (18:36)

15Quah Ting WenSGP56.140.66
26Natthanan ChankrajangTHA56.560.82
34Orsolya TompaHUN56.570.75
47Christel SimmsPHI56.670.73
53Nieh Pin-ChiehTPE57.280.83
62Irina ShlemovaUZB58.770.73

Heat Three (18:38)

13Hannah WilsonHKG55.320.66
24Arianna Vanderpool-WallaceBAH55.610.69
32Birgit KoschischekAUT55.620.77
41Jang Hui-JinKOR55.960.69
55Ragnheiður RagnarsdóttirISL56.350.76
68Anna StylianouCYP56.380.75
77Eleni KostiGRE56.440.75
86Nina SovinekSLO57.300.67

Heat Four (18:41)

15Jeanette Ottesen GrayDEN54.040.73Q
23Anya GostomelskyISR55.180.75
34Anastasiya AksenovaRUS55.290.85
48Dar'ia StepaniukUKR55.510.80
52Arlene SemecoVEN55.700.70
67Triin AljandEST56.100.71
71Miroslava NajdanovskiSRB56.500.76
86Maria Laura SimonettoITA56.720.76

Heat Five (18:45)

16Fran HalsallGBR53.930.75Q
27Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBLR54.520.80Q
34Cate CampbellAUS54.550.81Q
43Lacey NymeyerUSA54.620.83Q
52Alena PopchankaFRA54.860.69
61Martina MoravcováSVK55.200.77
75Inge DekkerNED55.230.87
88Jana KlusáčkováCZE55.920.85

Heat Six (18:48)

13Hanna-Maria SeppäläFIN53.600.70Q
24Britta SteffenGER53.670.80Q
35Marleen VeldhuisNED53.760.84Q
46Pang JiayingCHN54.010.75Q
52Josefin LillhageSWE54.070.83Q
67Petra DallmannGER54.700.77Q
71Agata KorcPOL55.140.70
88Lize-Mari RetiefRSA55.170.70

Heat Seven (18:51)

15Natalie CoughlinUSA53.820.69Q
24Libby TrickettAUS53.990.71Q
37Zhu YingwenCHN54.010.76Q
43Malia MetellaFRA54.120.76Q
56Erica MorningstarCAN54.660.83Q
61Julia WilkinsonCAN54.700.77
78Tatiana LemosBRA55.010.80
DNS2Caitlin McClatcheyGBR

Semi-Finals (14 August 2008)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (10:10)

15Natalie CoughlinUSA53.700.69Q
26Zhu YingwenCHN53.840.75Q
34Britta SteffenGER53.960.79Q
43Libby TrickettAUS54.100.76Q
52Josefin LillhageSWE54.590.84
61Lacey NymeyerUSA54.740.74
78Petra DallmannGER55.050.78
87Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBLR55.310.73

Heat Two (10:14)

15Marleen VeldhuisNED53.810.83Q
24Hanna-Maria SeppäläFIN53.840.73Q
33Fran HalsallGBR53.940.73Q
42Jeanette Ottesen GrayDEN54.050.73Q
57Malia MetellaFRA54.200.73
61Cate CampbellAUS54.540.80
78Erica MorningstarCAN55.360.84
DQ6Pang JiayingCHN[53.49]1

Final (15 August 2008 — 11:10)

17Britta SteffenGER53.120.78OR
28Libby TrickettAUS53.160.75
34Natalie CoughlinUSA53.390.67
46Hanna-Maria SeppäläFIN53.970.78
51Jeanette Ottesen GrayDEN54.060.78
=63Zhu YingwenCHN54.210.84
=65Marleen VeldhuisNED54.210.91
82Fran HalsallGBR54.290.73