| Event type

200 metres Freestyle, Women

Date8 – 9 August 2016
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants42 from 27 countries

Katie Ledecky had won this event at the 2014 Pan-Pacific Championship and the 2015 World Championships, but it was a little on the short side for the premier distance freestyler, and if she was vulnerable in any event, this was the one. She would be challenged by Sweden’s Sarah Sjoström, who was #4 on the world list in 2016, but had not usually swum this event at international meets. Other medal contenders included Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, the world record holder, although she set that in the high-tech suit era; American Missy Franklin, gold medalist at the 2013 Worlds; and Australians Emma McKeon, ranked #3 in the world in 2016, and Bronte Barratt, the London bronze medalist.

The race went according to form, with Ledecky winning her second individual gold medal (after the 400 free) in 1:53.73, with Sjoström second in a national record 1:54.08, and McKeon taking the bronze medal. Pellegrini placed fourth, while Barratt tied for fifth with China’s Shen Duo. Franklin, not the swimmer she had been in 2012, did not make the final after finishing last her in her semi.

1Katie LedeckyUSA1:55.01 (1 h5)1:54.81 (2 h2)1:53.73 (1)Gold
2Sarah SjöströmSWE1:56.11 (1 h6)1:54.65 (1 h2)1:54.08 (2)Silver
3Emma McKeonAUS1:55.80 (2 h5)1:56.29 (2 h1)1:54.92 (3)Bronze
4Federica PellegriniITA1:56.37 (1 h4)1:55.42 (3 h2)1:55.18 (4)
=5Shen DuoCHN1:56.52 (3 h6)1:56.03 (1 h1)1:55.25 (=5)
=5Bronte BarrattAUS1:56.93 (4 h5)1:56.63 (4 h1)1:55.25 (=5)
7Michelle ColemanSWE1:56.54 (3 h5)1:56.05 (4 h2)1:56.27 (7)
8Charlotte BonnetFRA1:56.26 (2 h6)1:56.38 (3 h1)1:56.29 (8)
9Veronika PopovaRUS1:57.08 (3 h4)1:57.22 (5 h2)
10Brittany MacLeanCAN1:57.74 (6 h6)1:57.36 (5 h1)
11Ai YanhanCHN1:56.77 (2 h4)1:57.41 (6 h1)
12Manuella LyrioBRA1:57.28 (4 h6)1:57.43 (7 h1)
13Missy FranklinUSA1:57.12 (4 h4)1:57.56 (8 h1)
14Siobhán HaugheyHKG1:56.91 (1 h3)1:57.56 (6 h2)
15Katerine SavardCAN1:57.15 (2 h3)1:57.80 (7 h2)
16Femke HeemskerkNED1:57.68 (5 h6)1:57.82 (8 h2)
17Chihiro IgarashiJPN1:57.88 (7 h6)
18Arina OpyonyshevaRUS1:58.05 (5 h4)
19Melani CostaESP1:58.19 (5 h5)
20Annika BruhnGER1:58.48 (3 h3)
21Rikako IkeeJPN1:58.49 (6 h5)
22Nina RangelovaBUL1:58.57 (4 h3)
23Coralie BalmyFRA1:58.83 (7 h5)
24Alice MizzauITA1:59.16 (6 h4)
25Ajna KéselyHUN1:59.20 (7 h4)
26Robin NeumannNED1:59.23 (8 h4)
27Georgia CoatesGBR1:59.33 (5 h3)
28Evelyn VerrasztóHUN1:59.44 (6 h3)
29Camille Lily ChengHKG1:59.71 (7 h3)
30Katarina SimonovićSRB2:00.06 (1 h2)
31Barbora SeemanováCZE2:00.26 (2 h2)
32Ellie FaulknerGBR2:00.51 (8 h5)
33Anastasia BogdanovskiMKD2:00.52 (3 h2)
34Patricia CastroESP2:00.71 (8 h3)
35Larissa OliveiraBRA2:00.76 (8 h6)
36Elisbet GámezCUB2:01.08 (4 h2)
37Joanna EvansBAH2:01.27 (5 h2)
38Sara PastranaHON2:03.19 (6 h2)
39Andrea CedrónPER2:05.33 (7 h2)
40Matelita BuadromoFIJ2:05.49 (1 h1)
41Shivani KatariaIND2:09.30 (2 h1)
42Kaya ForsonGHA2:16.02 (3 h1)
DNSAndi MurezISR– (DNS h2)

Round One (8 August 2016 — 13:02)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (13:02)

15Matelita BuadromoFIJ2:05.490.69
24Shivani KatariaIND2:09.300.78
33Kaya ForsonGHA2:16.020.59

Heat Two (13:07)

14Katarina SimonovićSRB2:00.060.65
23Barbora SeemanováCZE2:00.260.70
36Anastasia BogdanovskiMKD2:00.520.80
47Elisbet GámezCUB2:01.080.61
52Joanna EvansBAH2:01.270.78
61Sara PastranaHON2:03.190.76
78Andrea CedrónPER2:05.330.71
DNS5Andi MurezISR

Heat Three (13:12)

16Siobhán HaugheyHKG1:56.910.70Q
25Katerine SavardCAN1:57.150.68Q
37Annika BruhnGER1:58.480.77
43Nina RangelovaBUL1:58.570.66
52Georgia CoatesGBR1:59.330.73
64Evelyn VerrasztóHUN1:59.440.77
78Camille Lily ChengHKG1:59.710.70
81Patricia CastroESP2:00.710.74

Heat Four (13:17)

14Federica PellegriniITA1:56.370.69Q
26Ai YanhanCHN1:56.770.67Q
33Veronika PopovaRUS1:57.080.73Q
45Missy FranklinUSA1:57.120.79Q
57Arina OpyonyshevaRUS1:58.050.67
62Alice MizzauITA1:59.160.74
78Ajna KéselyHUN1:59.200.75
81Robin NeumannNED1:59.230.67

Heat Five (13:22)

14Katie LedeckyUSA1:55.010.72Q
25Emma McKeonAUS1:55.800.76Q
33Michelle ColemanSWE1:56.540.79Q
46Bronte BarrattAUS1:56.930.67Q
51Melani CostaESP1:58.190.69
67Rikako IkeeJPN1:58.490.68
72Coralie BalmyFRA1:58.830.69
88Ellie FaulknerGBR2:00.510.72

Heat Six (13:27)

14Sarah SjöströmSWE1:56.110.74Q
26Charlotte BonnetFRA1:56.260.68Q
33Shen DuoCHN1:56.520.74Q
48Manuella LyrioBRA1:57.280.68Q
55Femke HeemskerkNED1:57.680.76Q
62Brittany MacLeanCAN1:57.740.69Q
71Chihiro IgarashiJPN1:57.880.66
87Larissa OliveiraBRA2:00.760.70

Semi-Finals (8 August 2016 — 22:03)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (22:03)

13Shen DuoCHN1:56.030.74Q
24Emma McKeonAUS1:56.290.75Q
35Charlotte BonnetFRA1:56.380.68Q
42Bronte BarrattAUS1:56.630.66Q
58Brittany MacLeanCAN1:57.360.70
66Ai YanhanCHN1:57.410.65
71Manuella LyrioBRA1:57.430.70
87Missy FranklinUSA1:57.560.79

Heat Two (22:12)

15Sarah SjöströmSWE1:54.650.76Q
24Katie LedeckyUSA1:54.810.70Q
33Federica PellegriniITA1:55.420.70Q
46Michelle ColemanSWE1:56.050.77Q
57Veronika PopovaRUS1:57.220.76
62Siobhán HaugheyHKG1:57.560.69
71Katerine SavardCAN1:57.800.68
88Femke HeemskerkNED1:57.820.76

Final (9 August 2016 — 22:19)

15Katie LedeckyUSA1:53.730.69
24Sarah SjöströmSWE1:54.080.76
37Emma McKeonAUS1:54.920.74
43Federica PellegriniITA1:55.180.68
=56Shen DuoCHN1:55.250.74
=58Bronte BarrattAUS1:55.250.68
72Michelle ColemanSWE1:56.270.77
81Charlotte BonnetFRA1:56.290.66