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200 metres Freestyle, Men

Date29 – 30 July 2012
LocationLondon Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants40 from 31 countries

American Ryan Lochte was the 2011 World Champion and had been World Swimmer of the Year in 2011. He had twice defeated Michael Phelps at the US Olympic Trials in June and was favored in this event, especially after Phelps elected not to swim it. Lochte’s biggest challengers were expected to be Korean Park Tae-Hwan, silver medalist in the event in 2008 and gold medalist at Beijing in the 400, and France’s Yannick Agnel, who was European Champion in 2010 in the 400 free. An outsider was considered to be Sun Yang of China, who had already won the 400 free in London.

All four of the favorites qualified for the final. Agnel took the early lead but at 100 metres was in a virtual tie with Park. On the third lap, Lochte made his move but could never get into the lead. Sun had started very slowly, lying only sixth at 50 metres, but his strength was pulling him back into the race. On the final lap, Agnel pulled away and won easily in a textile world best of 1:43.14, with Park and Sun tying for second in 1:44.93, as Lochte dropped off the podium and finished fourth. For Agnel it was his second gold medal in London, having anchored the French team to the victory in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

1Yannick AgnelFRA1:46.60 (1 h6)1:45.84 (2 h2)1:43.14 (1)Gold
=2Park Tae-HwanKOR1:46.79 (2 h6)1:46.02 (3 h2)1:44.93 (=2)Silver
=2Sun YangCHN1:46.24 (1 h5)1:45.61 (1 h2)1:44.93 (=2)Silver
4Ryan LochteUSA1:46.45 (2 h5)1:46.31 (2 h1)1:45.04 (4)
5Paul BiedermannGER1:47.27 (3 h4)1:46.10 (1 h1)1:45.53 (5)
6Robbie RenwickGBR1:46.86 (2 h4)1:46.65 (=3 h1)1:46.53 (6)
7Thomas Fraser-HolmesAUS1:47.50 (5 h6)1:46.80 (4 h2)1:46.93 (7)
8Dan IzotovRUS1:46.61 (1 h4)1:46.65 (=3 h1)1:47.75 (8)
9Ricky BerensUSA1:47.07 (3 h5)1:46.87 (5 h1)
10Dominik KozmaHUN1:47.18 (4 h5)1:46.93 (5 h2)
11Sebastiaan VerschurenNED1:47.31 (4 h6)1:46.95 (6 h2)
12Brett FraserCAY1:47.74 (5 h5)1:47.01 (6 h1)
13Kenrick MonkAUS1:46.94 (3 h6)1:47.38 (7 h2)
14Grégory MalletFRA1:47.39 (4 h4)1:47.56 (7 h1)
15Dominik MeichtrySUI1:47.97 (5 h4)1:48.25 (8 h1)
16Artyom LobuzovRUS1:47.91 (6 h6)1:48.26 (8 h2)
17Blake WorsleyCAN1:48.14 (1 h3)
18Matt StanleyNZL1:48.19 (7 h6)
19Ieuan LloydGBR1:48.52 (6 h4)
20Shaune FraserCAY1:48.53 (8 h6)
21Nimrod ShapiraISR1:48.60 (2 h3)
22Cristian QuinteroVEN1:48.71 (3 h3)
23Li YunqiCHN1:48.72 (6 h5)
24Clemens RappGER1:48.75 (7 h4)
25Glenn SurgelooseBEL1:48.77 (4 h3)
26Ben HockinPAR1:48.91 (7 h5)
=27David BrandlAUT1:49.00 (5 h3)
=27Dion DreesensNED1:49.00 (8 h5)
29Marco BelottiITA1:49.14 (8 h4)
30Ahmed MathlouthiTUN1:49.68 (6 h3)
31Matias KoskiFIN1:49.84 (1 h2)
32Radovan SiljevskiSRB1:51.40 (2 h2)
33Mario MontoyaCRC1:51.66 (3 h2)
=34Sebastián JahnsenPER1:52.36 (4 h2)
=34Tiago VenâncioPOR1:52.36 (7 h3)
36Jessie LacunaPHI1:52.91 (5 h2)
37Nicholas SchwabDOM1:53.41 (1 h1)
38Raúl MartínezPUR1:54.23 (6 h2)
39Mathieu MarquetMRI1:58.91 (2 h1)
40Anderson LimBRU2:02.26 (3 h1)
DNSMads GlæsnerDEN– (DNS h3)

Round One (29 July 2012 — 10:20)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (10:20)

14Nicholas SchwabDOM1:53.410.64
25Mathieu MarquetMRI1:58.910.76
33Anderson LimBRU2:02.260.68

Heat Two (10:24)

15Matias KoskiFIN1:49.840.67
24Radovan SiljevskiSRB1:51.400.79
32Mario MontoyaCRC1:51.660.70
43Sebastián JahnsenPER1:52.360.66
56Jessie LacunaPHI1:52.910.66
67Raúl MartínezPUR1:54.230.72

Heat Three (10:27)

13Blake WorsleyCAN1:48.140.71
24Nimrod ShapiraISR1:48.600.72
35Cristian QuinteroVEN1:48.710.71
47Glenn SurgelooseBEL1:48.770.70
52David BrandlAUT1:49.000.73
66Ahmed MathlouthiTUN1:49.680.70
78Tiago VenâncioPOR1:52.360.75
DNS1Mads GlæsnerDEN

Heat Four (10:31)

15Dan IzotovRUS1:46.610.73Q
22Robbie RenwickGBR1:46.860.65Q
34Paul BiedermannGER1:47.270.74Q
43Grégory MalletFRA1:47.390.75Q
56Dominik MeichtrySUI1:47.970.66Q
61Ieuan LloydGBR1:48.520.74
77Clemens RappGER1:48.750.79
88Marco BelottiITA1:49.140.69

Heat Five (10:35)

15Sun YangCHN1:46.240.73Q
24Ryan LochteUSA1:46.450.66Q
33Ricky BerensUSA1:47.070.71Q
47Dominik KozmaHUN1:47.180.64Q
52Brett FraserCAY1:47.740.65Q
66Li YunqiCHN1:48.720.75
78Ben HockinPAR1:48.910.85
81Dion DreesensNED1:49.000.76

Heat Six (10:35)

14Yannick AgnelFRA1:46.600.71Q
25Park Tae-HwanKOR1:46.790.65Q
32Kenrick MonkAUS1:46.940.70Q
43Sebastiaan VerschurenNED1:47.310.71Q
56Thomas Fraser-HolmesAUS1:47.500.68Q
67Artyom LobuzovRUS1:47.910.65Q
71Matt StanleyNZL1:48.190.71
88Shaune FraserCAY1:48.530.68

Semi-Finals (29 July 2012 — 19:37)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (19:37)

12Paul BiedermannGER1:46.100.76Q
24Ryan LochteUSA1:46.310.68Q
=35Dan IzotovRUS1:46.650.79Q
=33Robbie RenwickGBR1:46.650.66Q
56Ricky BerensUSA1:46.870.69
61Brett FraserCAY1:47.010.64
77Grégory MalletFRA1:47.560.77
88Dominik MeichtrySUI1:48.250.65

Heat Two (19:45)

14Sun YangCHN1:45.610.79Q
25Yannick AgnelFRA1:45.840.80Q
33Park Tae-HwanKOR1:46.020.66Q
41Thomas Fraser-HolmesAUS1:46.800.68Q
52Dominik KozmaHUN1:46.930.65
67Sebastiaan VerschurenNED1:46.950.69
76Kenrick MonkAUS1:47.380.68
88Artyom LobuzovRUS1:48.260.63

Final (30 July 2012 — 19:43)

15Yannick AgnelFRA1:43.140.70
=23Park Tae-HwanKOR1:44.930.64
=24Sun YangCHN1:44.930.73
42Ryan LochteUSA1:45.040.67
56Paul BiedermannGER1:45.530.77
61Robbie RenwickGBR1:46.530.68
78Thomas Fraser-HolmesAUS1:46.930.70
87Dan IzotovRUS1:47.750.71