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200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date10 – 11 August 2016
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants29 from 21 countries
Olympic Record 2:19.59 WR / Rebecca Soni USA / 2 August 2012

The 2015 World Champion was Japan’s Kanako Watanabe, but she was not considered the strongest breaststroker on her team in 2016, that honor going to Rie Kaneto, who had set a Japanese record of 2:19.65 in April. The world record holder was Denmark’s Rikke Møller Pedersen, but her recent times had not been as strong.

In the final Kaneto started slowly but dominated the second-half of the race to win by over 1½ seconds from Russian Yuliya Yefimova. The bronze medal went to the surprising Shi Jinglin of China. Watanabe failed to even qualify for the semi-finals, while Møller Pedersen made the final, but finished last.

1Rie KanetoJPN2:22.86 (1 h3)2:22.11 (1 h1)2:20.30 (1)Gold
2Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:23.90 (3 h4)2:22.52 (2 h1)2:21.97 (2)Silver
3Shi JinglinCHN2:24.33 (4 h4)2:22.37 (3 h2)2:22.28 (3)Bronze
4Chloé TuttonGBR2:23.34 (3 h3)2:22.71 (3 h1)2:22.34 (4)
5Taylor McKeownAUS2:23.00 (2 h3)2:21.69 (1 h2)2:22.43 (5)
6Molly RenshawGBR2:23.37 (2 h2)2:22.33 (2 h2)2:22.72 (6)
7Kierra SmithCAN2:23.69 (1 h4)2:22.87 (4 h1)2:23.19 (7)
8Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:22.72 (1 h2)2:22.45 (4 h2)2:23.74 (8)
9Viktoria Zeynep GüneşTUR2:23.83 (2 h4)2:23.49 (5 h2)
10Jessica VallESP2:24.55 (3 h2)2:24.22 (6 h2)
11Hrafnhildur LúthersdóttirISL2:24.43 (4 h3)2:24.41 (5 h1)
12Lilly KingUSA2:25.89 (5 h2)2:24.59 (7 h2)
13Kanako WatanabeJPN2:24.77 (4 h2)2:25.10 (8 h2)
14Jenna LaukkanenFIN2:25.52 (6 h4)2:25.14 (6 h1)
15Sofya AndreyevaRUS2:26.58 (6 h2)2:25.90 (7 h1)
16Molly HannisUSA2:24.74 (5 h4)2:26.80 (8 h1)
17Fanny LecluyseBEL2:27.16 (7 h4)
18Martina MoravčíkováCZE2:27.51 (5 h3)
19Dalma SebestyénHUN2:27.94 (6 h3)
20Anna SztankovicsHUN2:27.97 (7 h2)
21Julia SebastiánARG2:27.98 (1 h1)
22Georgia BohlAUS2:28.24 (7 h3)
23Martha McCabeCAN2:28.62 (8 h3)
24Yu JingyaoCHN2:28.65 (8 h4)
25Fiona DoyleIRL2:29.76 (2 h1)
26Sophie HanssonSWE2:30.59 (3 h1)
27Aļona RibakovaLAT2:30.82 (4 h1)
28Amit IvryISR2:31.49 (5 h1)
29Baek Su-YeonKOR2:32.79 (8 h2)
DNSYvette KongHKG– (DNS h1)

Round One (10 August 2016 — 13:47)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (13:47)

14Julia SebastiánARG2:27.980.76
23Fiona DoyleIRL2:29.760.66
32Sophie HanssonSWE2:30.590.77
47Aļona RibakovaLAT2:30.820.74
56Amit IvryISR2:31.490.70
DNS5Yvette KongHKG

Heat Two (13:52)

15Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:22.720.73
26Molly RenshawGBR2:23.370.71
33Jessica VallESP2:24.550.71
44Kanako WatanabeJPN2:24.770.67
52Lilly KingUSA2:25.890.69
67Sofya AndreyevaRUS2:26.580.73
78Anna SztankovicsHUN2:27.970.74
81Baek Su-YeonKOR2:32.790.79

Heat Three (13:57)

14Rie KanetoJPN2:22.860.80
25Taylor McKeownAUS2:23.000.71
33Chloé TuttonGBR2:23.340.76
46Hrafnhildur LúthersdóttirISL2:24.430.68
51Martina MoravčíkováCZE2:27.510.87
68Dalma SebestyénHUN2:27.940.74
72Georgia BohlAUS2:28.240.69
87Martha McCabeCAN2:28.620.73

Heat Four (14:02)

16Kierra SmithCAN2:23.690.78
24Viktoria Zeynep GüneşTUR2:23.830.72
35Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:23.900.75
43Shi JinglinCHN2:24.330.71
57Molly HannisUSA2:24.740.67
61Jenna LaukkanenFIN2:25.520.67
72Fanny LecluyseBEL2:27.160.72
88Yu JingyaoCHN2:28.650.77

Semi-Finals (10 August 2016 — 23:11)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (23:11)

14Rie KanetoJPN2:22.110.86Q
26Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:22.520.73Q
35Chloé TuttonGBR2:22.710.80Q
43Kierra SmithCAN2:22.870.78Q
52Hrafnhildur LúthersdóttirISL2:24.410.71
61Jenna LaukkanenFIN2:25.140.67
78Sofya AndreyevaRUS2:25.900.74
87Molly HannisUSA2:26.800.68

Heat Two (23:20)

15Taylor McKeownAUS2:21.690.71Q
23Molly RenshawGBR2:22.330.71Q
32Shi JinglinCHN2:22.370.72Q
44Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:22.450.74Q
56Viktoria Zeynep GüneşTUR2:23.490.70
67Jessica VallESP2:24.220.71
78Lilly KingUSA2:24.590.70
81Kanako WatanabeJPN2:25.100.71

Final (11 August 2016 — 22:17)

15Rie KanetoJPN2:20.300.78
27Yuliya YefimovaRUS2:21.970.72
36Shi JinglinCHN2:22.280.75
41Chloé TuttonGBR2:22.340.75
54Taylor McKeownAUS2:22.430.74
63Molly RenshawGBR2:22.720.75
78Kierra SmithCAN2:23.190.78
82Rikke Møller PedersenDEN2:23.740.72