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200 metres Butterfly, Women

Date12 – 14 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants34 from 26 countries

The 200 metres butterfly was host to the biggest shock of the swimming programme of the Beijing Olympic Games which, since it was the only home victory in the pool, was also the most popular win of the entire schedule. As in the 100 metres butterfly the favourite was an Australian, in this case the world champion and world record holder Jess Schipper. Her main rivals appeared to be former world champion Otylia Jędrzejczak of Poland and the home favourite, Jiao Liuyang.

The other Chinese swimmer, Liu Zige, was a relative unknown having missed the 2007 World Championship after having made little impression in 2005. However Liu had a secret weapon – the training plan that Schipper had used to make her mark in the event. To the consternation of the Australian swimming authorities Schipper’s coach, Ken Wood, had sold the document to the coaches of the Chinese swimmer. It was a move that led to Schipper dropping Wood as her coach following the Olympics.

Liu broke her personal best time in heat and semi-final and then broke Schipper’s record by posting a time of 2:04.18 to win the gold medal ahead of compatriot Jiao with the Australian, who had led to the 150 metre mark, fading badly but still holding onto third.

1Liu ZigeCHN2:06.46 (1 h3)2:06.25 (1 h2)2:04.18 (1)Gold
2Jiao LiuyangCHN2:06.89 (2 h5)2:06.42 (1 h1)2:04.72 (2)Silver
3Jess SchipperAUS2:08.11 (4 h4)2:06.34 (2 h2)2:06.26 (3)Bronze
4Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:06.91 (3 h5)2:06.78 (3 h2)2:07.02 (4)
5Yuko NakanishiJPN2:06.62 (2 h3)2:06.96 (=4 h2)2:07.32 (5)
6Aurore MongelFRA2:06.49 (1 h5)2:07.21 (2 h1)2:07.36 (6)
7Elaine BreedenUSA2:07.92 (4 h5)2:07.73 (6 h2)2:07.57 (7)
8Kathleen HerseyUSA2:07.65 (1 h4)2:06.96 (=4 h2)2:08.23 (8)
9Jemma LoweGBR2:08.07 (3 h4)2:07.87 (3 h1)
10Natsumi HoshiJPN2:07.02 (3 h3)2:07.93 (4 h1)
11Micha ØstergaardDEN2:07.77 (2 h4)2:09.29 (5 h1)
12Samantha HamillAUS2:08.83 (5 h5)2:09.58 (7 h2)
13Audrey LacroixCAN2:08.54 (5 h4)2:09.74 (6 h1)
14Petra GranlundSWE2:08.97 (6 h4)2:09.79 (7 h1)
15Ellen GandyGBR2:08.98 (7 h4)2:10.60 (8 h2)
16Kathryn MeaklimRSA2:09.41 (1 h2)2:11.74 (8 h1)
17Nina DittrichAUT2:09.85 (2 h2)
18Beatrix BoulseviczHUN2:10.00 (6 h5)
19Sara OliveiraPOR2:10.14 (3 h2)
20Stephanie HornerCAN2:10.33 (4 h3)
21Paola CavallinoITA2:10.46 (5 h3)
22Joanna MaranhãoBRA2:10.64 (7 h5)
23Choi Hye-RaKOR2:11.42 (8 h5)
24Tetiana KhalaUKR2:12.16 (4 h2)
25Yana MartynovaRUS2:12.47 (8 h4)
26Tao LiSGP2:12.63 (5 h2)
27Emese KovácsHUN2:12.73 (6 h3)
28Magali RousseauFRA2:13.12 (7 h3)
29Yang Chin-KueiTPE2:13.26 (6 h2)
30Elvira EfstathiouGRE2:13.27 (1 h1)
31Denisa SmolenováSVK2:13.81 (7 h2)
32Gülşah GünençTUR2:14.44 (2 h1)
33Ingvild SnildalNOR2:14.53 (3 h1)
34Kristina Lennox-SilvaPUR2:17.27 (4 h1)
DNSGeorgina BardachARG– (DNS h2)
DNSSara IsakovičSLO– (DNS h3)

Round One (12 August 2008)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (19:01)

15Elvira EfstathiouGRE2:13.270.75
26Gülşah GünençTUR2:14.440.77
34Ingvild SnildalNOR2:14.530.80
43Kristina Lennox-SilvaPUR2:17.270.74

Heat Two (19:06)

16Kathryn MeaklimRSA2:09.410.79Q
24Nina DittrichAUT2:09.850.77
35Sara OliveiraPOR2:10.140.80
48Tetiana KhalaUKR2:12.160.88
57Tao LiSGP2:12.630.72
62Yang Chin-KueiTPE2:13.260.78
71Denisa SmolenováSVK2:13.810.87
DNS3Georgina BardachARG

Heat Three (19:10)

12Liu ZigeCHN2:06.460.78Q
24Yuko NakanishiJPN2:06.620.71Q
36Natsumi HoshiJPN2:07.020.73Q
48Stephanie HornerCAN2:10.330.76
57Paola CavallinoITA2:10.460.81
65Emese KovácsHUN2:12.730.82
71Magali RousseauFRA2:13.120.89
DNS3Sara IsakovičSLO

Heat Four (19:14)

16Kathleen HerseyUSA2:07.650.80Q
27Micha ØstergaardDEN2:07.770.73Q
35Jemma LoweGBR2:08.070.68Q
44Jess SchipperAUS2:08.110.67Q
53Audrey LacroixCAN2:08.540.72Q
68Petra GranlundSWE2:08.970.77Q
72Ellen GandyGBR2:08.980.79Q
81Yana MartynovaRUS2:12.470.83

Heat Five (19:19)

15Aurore MongelFRA2:06.490.79Q
26Jiao LiuyangCHN2:06.890.77Q
34Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:06.910.78Q
43Elaine BreedenUSA2:07.920.69Q
52Samantha HamillAUS2:08.830.75Q
67Beatrix BoulseviczHUN2:10.000.66
78Joanna MaranhãoBRA2:10.640.75
81Choi Hye-RaKOR2:11.420.78

Semi-Finals (13 August 2008)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (10:28)

15Jiao LiuyangCHN2:06.420.79Q
24Aurore MongelFRA2:07.210.83Q
32Jemma LoweGBR2:07.870.70
43Natsumi HoshiJPN2:07.930.72
56Micha ØstergaardDEN2:09.290.77
67Audrey LacroixCAN2:09.740.80
71Petra GranlundSWE2:09.790.80
88Kathryn MeaklimRSA2:11.740.86

Heat Two (10:34)

14Liu ZigeCHN2:06.250.81Q
27Jess SchipperAUS2:06.340.66Q
33Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:06.780.79Q
=45Yuko NakanishiJPN2:06.960.69Q
=46Kathleen HerseyUSA2:06.960.82Q
62Elaine BreedenUSA2:07.730.66Q
71Samantha HamillAUS2:09.580.75
88Ellen GandyGBR2:10.600.84

Final (14 August 2008 — 10:44)

14Liu ZigeCHN2:04.180.83WR
23Jiao LiuyangCHN2:04.720.83
35Jess SchipperAUS2:06.260.63
46Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:07.020.76
52Yuko NakanishiJPN2:07.320.70
61Aurore MongelFRA2:07.360.82
78Elaine BreedenUSA2:07.570.69
87Kathleen HerseyUSA2:08.230.80