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200 metres Backstroke, Women

Date14 – 16 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants34 from 24 countries

Six weeks before the Beijing Olympics Margaret Hoelzer, the 2007 world champion, took half a second off the world record at the US Olympic Trials in Nebraska. Her main rival for the Olympic title appeared to be the defending champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe whose record Hoelzer had broken. Coventry turned the event into a time trial and passed every 50 metre split under the existing world record. At the finish she was 0.8 of a second inside the previous mark and a second clear of Hoelzer with Reiko Nakamura repeating her performance of 2004 by claiming third place. Coventry, who had been world champion in 2005, regained her world title in 2009.

1Kirsty CoventryZIM2:06.76 (1 h4)2:07.76 (1 h2)2:05.24 (1)Gold
2Margaret HoelzerUSA2:09.12 (3 h5)2:08.25 (3 h2)2:06.23 (2)Silver
3Reiko NakamuraJPN2:09.77 (4 h5)2:08.21 (2 h1)2:07.13 (3)Bronze
4Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:09.01 (2 h3)2:09.07 (5 h2)2:07.88 (4)
5Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:09.02 (2 h5)2:07.90 (1 h1)2:08.23 (5)
6Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:08.66 (1 h5)2:08.96 (3 h1)2:08.51 (6)
7Meagen NayAUS2:08.79 (2 h4)2:08.09 (2 h2)2:08.84 (7)
8Belinda HockingAUS2:09.54 (4 h3)2:08.80 (4 h2)2:10.12 (8)
9Gemma SpofforthGBR2:10.58 (6 h3)2:09.19 (4 h1)
10Zhao JingCHN2:08.97 (1 h3)2:09.59 (5 h1)
11Melissa IngramNZL2:09.34 (3 h4)2:09.70 (6 h1)
12Hanae ItoJPN2:10.05 (5 h4)2:09.86 (7 h1)
13Alexianne CastelFRA2:09.37 (4 h4)2:10.04 (6 h2)
14Stanislava KomarovaRUS2:09.93 (5 h5)2:10.50 (7 h2)
15Laure ManaudouFRA2:09.39 (3 h3)2:12.04 (8 h1)
16Anja ČarmanSLO2:10.49 (5 h3)2:12.46 (8 h2)
17Evelyn VerrasztóHUN2:11.02 (7 h3)
18Nikolett SzepesiHUN2:11.47 (6 h5)
19Chen YanyanCHN2:11.95 (6 h4)
20Melanie NocherIRL2:12.29 (1 h2)
21Zuzanna MazurekPOL2:12.46 (2 h2)
=22Melissa CorfeRSA2:12.64 (7 h4)
=22Kateryna ZubkovaUKR2:12.64 (7 h5)
24Escarlata BernardESP2:12.86 (8 h5)
25Lidia MorantESP2:13.87 (3 h2)
26Gang Yeong-SeoKOR2:14.52 (1 h1)
27Gisela MoralesGUA2:14.54 (2 h1)
28Fernanda GonzálezMEX2:14.64 (4 h2)
29Stella BoumiGRE2:14.73 (5 h2)
30Lindsay SeemannCAN2:15.07 (8 h3)
31Sanja JovanovićCRO2:15.57 (6 h2)
32Erin VolcánVEN2:15.58 (3 h1)
33Iryna AmshennikovaUKR2:15.78 (8 h4)
34Christin ZennerGER2:20.28 (7 h2)
DNSJulia WilkinsonCAN– (DNS h2)

Round One (14 August 2008)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (20:23)

13Gang Yeong-SeoKOR2:14.520.69
25Gisela MoralesGUA2:14.540.73
34Erin VolcánVEN2:15.580.67

Heat Two (20:27)

17Melanie NocherIRL2:12.290.67
26Zuzanna MazurekPOL2:12.460.71
34Lidia MorantESP2:13.870.70
48Fernanda GonzálezMEX2:14.640.65
51Stella BoumiGRE2:14.730.72
63Sanja JovanovićCRO2:15.570.75
75Christin ZennerGER2:20.280.67
DNS2Julia WilkinsonCAN

Heat Three (20:31)

15Zhao JingCHN2:08.970.58Q
23Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:09.010.75Q
34Laure ManaudouFRA2:09.390.72Q
46Belinda HockingAUS2:09.540.69Q
51Anja ČarmanSLO2:10.490.65Q
62Gemma SpofforthGBR2:10.580.59Q
77Evelyn VerrasztóHUN2:11.020.69
88Lindsay SeemannCAN2:15.070.71

Heat Four (20:35)

14Kirsty CoventryZIM2:06.760.66QOR
23Meagen NayAUS2:08.790.70Q
32Melissa IngramNZL2:09.340.66Q
45Alexianne CastelFRA2:09.370.74Q
56Hanae ItoJPN2:10.050.60Q
68Chen YanyanCHN2:11.950.57
77Melissa CorfeRSA2:12.640.62
81Iryna AmshennikovaUKR2:15.780.70

Heat Five (20:39)

16Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:08.660.65Q
25Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:09.020.55Q
34Margaret HoelzerUSA2:09.120.65Q
43Reiko NakamuraJPN2:09.770.63Q
57Stanislava KomarovaRUS2:09.930.72Q
62Nikolett SzepesiHUN2:11.470.59
78Kateryna ZubkovaUKR2:12.640.69
81Escarlata BernardESP2:12.860.68

Semi-Finals (15 August 2008)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (10:26)

13Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:07.900.59Q
27Reiko NakamuraJPN2:08.210.66Q
34Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:08.960.69Q
48Gemma SpofforthGBR2:09.190.56
55Zhao JingCHN2:09.590.59
66Melissa IngramNZL2:09.700.64
71Hanae ItoJPN2:09.860.62
82Laure ManaudouFRA2:12.040.71

Heat Two (10:31)

14Kirsty CoventryZIM2:07.760.68Q
25Meagen NayAUS2:08.090.67Q
36Margaret HoelzerUSA2:08.250.72Q
47Belinda HockingAUS2:08.800.61Q
53Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:09.070.75Q
62Alexianne CastelFRA2:10.040.75
71Stanislava KomarovaRUS2:10.500.79
88Anja ČarmanSLO2:12.460.72

Final (16 August 2008 — 10:03)

14Kirsty CoventryZIM2:05.240.69WR
22Margaret HoelzerUSA2:06.230.68
36Reiko NakamuraJPN2:07.130.63
48Anastasiya ZuyevaRUS2:07.880.72
55Elizabeth BeiselUSA2:08.230.58
61Lizzie SimmondsGBR2:08.510.65
73Meagen NayAUS2:08.840.67
87Belinda HockingAUS2:10.120.63