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200 metres Backstroke, Men

Date1 – 2 August 2012
LocationLondon Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants35 from 27 countries
Olympic Record 1:53.94 WR / Ryan Lochte USA / 15 August 2008

Ryan Lochte was the defending gold medalist and, after winning five gold medals at the 2011 World Championships, including this event, was named World Swimmer of the Year. He was expected to win, and probably win easily. He was trying to double on this night, with the 200 IM final within a half-hour after the finish of this event. In the final Lochte took an early lead, with Japan’s Ryosuke Irie second at the first wall. By 100 metres Lochte’s teammate Tyler Clary had moved up to their shoulders. At 150 metres Lochte still led, but only 0.12 seconds ahead of Clary with Irie still close. But Clary was stronger coming home, finishing in 1:53.41 for the gold medal, as Irie also pulled ahead of Lochte to win silver.

Clary had had a difficult time since the US Olympic Trials, as he shortly thereafter had openly criticized swim legend Michael Phelps for not training very hard, only to later apologize for his remarks. Clary’s win was the fifth straight in the event for the United States, by five different backstrokers. Lochte’s night was not what he hoped as his attempt to win the 200 IM also came up short, when he finished second to Phelps.

1Tyler ClaryUSA1:56.24 (1 h3)1:54.71 (1 h2)1:53.41 (1)Gold
2Ryosuke IrieJPN1:56.81 (1 h4)1:55.68 (2 h1)1:53.78 (2)Silver
3Ryan LochteUSA1:56.36 (1 h5)1:55.40 (1 h1)1:53.94 (3)Bronze
=4Radosław KawęckiPOL1:58.18 (5 h5)1:56.74 (3 h1)1:55.59 (=4)
=4Zhang FenglinCHN1:56.71 (2 h5)1:55.66 (2 h2)1:55.59 (=4)
6Kazuki WatanabeJPN1:58.17 (5 h3)1:56.81 (3 h2)1:57.03 (6)
7Yakov ToumarkinISR1:57.33 (3 h5)1:57.33 (5 h1)1:57.62 (7)
8Mitch LarkinAUS1:57.53 (3 h4)1:56.82 (4 h1)1:58.02 (8)
9Nick DriebergenNED1:57.29 (2 h3)1:57.35 (4 h2)
10Jan-Philip GlaniaGER1:57.01 (2 h4)1:57.43 (6 h1)
11Gábor BalogHUN1:56.98 (1 h2)1:57.56 (5 h2)
12Péter BernekHUN1:57.52 (3 h3)1:57.71 (6 h2)
13Leonardo de DeusBRA1:58.22 (5 h4)1:58.14 (7 h1)
14Tobias OriwolCAN1:58.06 (4 h3)1:58.74 (7 h2)
15Yannick LebherzGER1:58.07 (4 h5)1:58.80 (8 h1)
16Omar PinzónCOL1:58.20 (4 h4)1:58.99 (8 h2)
17Arkady VyatchaninRUS1:58.69 (6 h3)
18Marco LoughranGBR1:58.72 (7 h3)
19Sebastiano RanfagniITA1:58.76 (6 h5)
20Pedro OliveiraPOR1:58.83 (2 h2)
21Matson LawsonAUS1:58.92 (6 h4)
22Chris Walker-HebbornGBR1:59.00 (8 h3)
23Anton AnchinRUS1:59.49 (7 h5)
24Benjamin StasiulisFRA1:59.52 (7 h4)
25Darren MurrayRSA2:00.01 (3 h2)
26Aschwin WildeboerESP2:00.02 (4 h2)
27Pedro MedelCUB2:00.05 (5 h2)
28Xu JiayuCHN2:00.26 (8 h5)
29Gareth KeanNZL2:00.54 (8 h4)
30Oleksandr IsakovUKR2:00.78 (6 h2)
31Aleksandr TarabrinKAZ2:01.22 (7 h2)
32Park Hyeong-JuKOR2:01.50 (8 h2)
33Derya BüyükuncuTUR2:01.68 (1 h1)
34Sebastian StossAUT2:02.91 (2 h1)
35Quah Zheng WenSGP2:03.45 (3 h1)

Round One (1 August 2012 — 10:21)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (10:21)

15Derya BüyükuncuTUR2:01.680.61
24Sebastian StossAUT2:02.910.75
33Quah Zheng WenSGP2:03.450.60

Heat Two (10:25)

14Gábor BalogHUN1:56.980.65Q
22Pedro OliveiraPOR1:58.830.66
35Darren MurrayRSA2:00.010.57
43Aschwin WildeboerESP2:00.020.63
57Pedro MedelCUB2:00.050.67
66Oleksandr IsakovUKR2:00.780.76
78Aleksandr TarabrinKAZ2:01.220.68
81Park Hyeong-JuKOR2:01.500.58

Heat Three (10:29)

14Tyler ClaryUSA1:56.240.57Q
27Nick DriebergenNED1:57.290.64Q
35Péter BernekHUN1:57.520.69Q
41Tobias OriwolCAN1:58.060.69Q
53Kazuki WatanabeJPN1:58.170.59Q
62Arkady VyatchaninRUS1:58.690.69
78Marco LoughranGBR1:58.720.61
86Chris Walker-HebbornGBR1:59.000.69

Heat Four (10:33)

14Ryosuke IrieJPN1:56.810.56Q
25Jan-Philip GlaniaGER1:57.010.64Q
37Mitch LarkinAUS1:57.530.63Q
41Omar PinzónCOL1:58.200.59Q
52Leonardo de DeusBRA1:58.220.57Q
68Matson LawsonAUS1:58.920.69
73Benjamin StasiulisFRA1:59.520.67
86Gareth KeanNZL2:00.540.64

Heat Five (10:37)

14Ryan LochteUSA1:56.360.65Q
23Zhang FenglinCHN1:56.710.67Q
32Yakov ToumarkinISR1:57.330.72Q
46Yannick LebherzGER1:58.070.70Q
55Radosław KawęckiPOL1:58.180.63Q
67Sebastiano RanfagniITA1:58.760.82
71Anton AnchinRUS1:59.490.74
88Xu JiayuCHN2:00.260.59

Semi-Finals (1 August 2012 — 19:51)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (19:51)

14Ryan LochteUSA1:55.400.67Q
25Ryosuke IrieJPN1:55.680.57Q
31Radosław KawęckiPOL1:56.740.62Q
42Mitch LarkinAUS1:56.820.62Q
56Yakov ToumarkinISR1:57.330.73Q
63Jan-Philip GlaniaGER1:57.430.64
78Leonardo de DeusBRA1:58.140.60
87Yannick LebherzGER1:58.800.68

Heat Two (19:57)

14Tyler ClaryUSA1:54.710.57Q
25Zhang FenglinCHN1:55.660.64Q
31Kazuki WatanabeJPN1:56.810.57Q
46Nick DriebergenNED1:57.350.64
53Gábor BalogHUN1:57.560.62
62Péter BernekHUN1:57.710.66
77Tobias OriwolCAN1:58.740.69
88Omar PinzónCOL1:58.990.59

Final (2 August 2012 — 19:48)

14Tyler ClaryUSA1:53.410.55OR
26Ryosuke IrieJPN1:53.780.59
35Ryan LochteUSA1:53.940.66
=42Radosław KawęckiPOL1:55.590.63
=43Zhang FenglinCHN1:55.590.63
67Kazuki WatanabeJPN1:57.030.58
78Yakov ToumarkinISR1:57.620.73
81Mitch LarkinAUS1:58.020.62