| Event type

200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date23 July 1996
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants40 from 33 countries

With one gold medal already in her locker, Penny Heyns of South Africa looked a clear favourite to win the breaststroke double. When she broke the Olympic record in the heats and qualified for the final with a time that was a second and a half ahead of anyone else it seemed her victory was a foregone conclusion.

If the rest of the world believed Heyns was unbeatable nobody had told 14-year-old Amanda Beard of the USA. Heyns led from the gun but the gap between her and Beard closed quickly in the closing stages and the South African had only a third of a second to spare at the finish. After her country had had waited 44 years for an Olympic gold Heyns had won two within 48 hours.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Penny HeynsRSA2:26.63 (1 h4)2:25.41 (1)Gold
2Amanda BeardUSA2:28.10 (1 h5)2:25.75 (2)Silver
3Ágnes KovácsHUN2:29.58 (2 h5)2:26.57 (3)Bronze
4Sam RileyAUS2:28.30 (1 h6)2:27.91 (4)
5Masami TanakaJPN2:29.36 (2 h6)2:28.05 (5)
6Nadine NeumannAUS2:29.91 (3 h5)2:28.34 (6)
7Brigitte BecueBEL2:29.62 (3 h6)2:28.36 (7)
8Christin PetelskiCAN2:30.30 (4 h6)2:31.45 (8)
9Lena ErikssonSWE2:31.65 (3 h4)2:28.87 (1)
10Kyoko IwasakiJPN2:30.84 (2 h4)2:29.32 (2)
11Lenka MaňhalováCZE2:32.14 (6 h5)2:29.96 (3)
12Julia RussellRSA2:32.44 (5 h4)2:30.38 (4)
13Alicja PęczakPOL2:30.64 (5 h6)2:30.99 (5)
14Marie HardimanGBR2:31.12 (6 h6)2:31.39 (6)
15Jilen SirokyUSA2:31.57 (5 h5)2:33.43 (7)
16Lin LiCHN2:30.64 (4 h5)2:33.45 (8)
17Svitlana BondarenkoUKR2:32.42 (4 h4)1
18Elin AustevollNOR2:32.48 (6 h4)
19Riley MantsCAN2:32.97 (7 h4)
20Alenka KejžarSLO2:33.34 (1 h3)
21Maria ÖstlingSWE2:33.44 (7 h6)
22Yelena MakarovaRUS2:33.74 (7 h5)
23Lourdes BecerraESP2:33.80 (2 h3)
=24Elvira FischerAUT2:33.89 (3 h3)
=24Yuan YuanCHN2:33.89 (8 h4)
26Manuela Dalla ValleITA2:34.76 (8 h5)
27Mia HagmanFIN2:36.11 (4 h3)
28No Ju-HuiKOR2:36.20 (5 h3)
29Karine BrémondFRA2:36.26 (1 h2)
30Isabel CeballosCOL2:36.94 (2 h2)
31Kathrin DumitruGER2:37.07 (6 h3)
32María Carolina Santa CruzARG2:37.85 (7 h3)
33Larisa LăcusțăROU2:38.08 (8 h6)
34Margarita KalmikovaLAT2:39.63 (3 h2)
35Érika GrafURU2:42.97 (1 h1)
36Mou Ying-HsinTPE2:43.94 (4 h2)
37Nádia CruzANG2:44.24 (5 h2)
38Natália KodajováSVK2:45.21 (6 h2)
39Cerian GibbesTTO2:45.87 (7 h2)
40Oksana CherevkoKGZ2:57.65 (2 h1)
DNSBritta VestergaardDEN– (DNS h1)
DNSAnna WilsonNZL– (DNS h3)

Round One (23 July 1996)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Places 9-16 advanced to the B Final.

Heat One (10:30)

13Érika GrafURU2:42.970.85
25Oksana CherevkoKGZ2:57.650.87
DNS4Britta VestergaardDEN

Heat Two (10:38)

14Karine BrémondFRA2:36.260.78
26Isabel CeballosCOL2:36.940.87
37Margarita KalmikovaLAT2:39.630.93
43Mou Ying-HsinTPE2:43.940.80
52Nádia CruzANG2:44.240.77
61Natália KodajováSVK2:45.210.94
75Cerian GibbesTTO2:45.870.84

Heat Three (10:46)

15Alenka KejžarSLO2:33.340.76
26Lourdes BecerraESP2:33.800.83
34Elvira FischerAUT2:33.890.81
41Mia HagmanFIN2:36.110.85
57No Ju-HuiKOR2:36.200.96
62Kathrin DumitruGER2:37.070.87
78María Carolina Santa CruzARG2:37.850.80
DNS3Anna WilsonNZL

Heat Four (10:54)

14Penny HeynsRSA2:26.630.81QOR
23Kyoko IwasakiJPN2:30.840.76q
37Lena ErikssonSWE2:31.650.84q
42Svitlana BondarenkoUKR2:32.420.82q
51Julia RussellRSA2:32.440.76
68Elin AustevollNOR2:32.480.81
76Riley MantsCAN2:32.970.78
85Yuan YuanCHN2:33.890.78

Heat Five (11:02)

14Amanda BeardUSA2:28.100.78Q
23Ágnes KovácsHUN2:29.580.80Q
36Nadine NeumannAUS2:29.910.80Q
47Lin LiCHN2:30.640.73q
55Jilen SirokyUSA2:31.570.82q
62Lenka MaňhalováCZE2:32.140.86q
71Yelena MakarovaRUS2:33.740.84
88Manuela Dalla ValleITA2:34.760.79

Heat Six (11:10)

14Sam RileyAUS2:28.300.72Q
23Masami TanakaJPN2:29.360.73Q
35Brigitte BecueBEL2:29.620.72Q
46Christin PetelskiCAN2:30.300.79Q
52Alicja PęczakPOL2:30.640.82q
61Marie HardimanGBR2:31.120.79q
77Maria ÖstlingSWE2:33.440.81
88Larisa LăcusțăROU2:38.080.94

B Final (23 July 1996 — 19:40)

17Lena ErikssonSWE2:28.870.81
23Kyoko IwasakiJPN2:29.320.76
31Lenka MaňhalováCZE2:29.960.81
48Julia RussellRSA2:30.380.80
55Alicja PęczakPOL2:30.990.83
66Marie HardimanGBR2:31.390.77
72Jilen SirokyUSA2:33.430.80
84Lin LiCHN2:33.450.77

Final (23 July 1996 — 19:30)

14Penny HeynsRSA2:25.410.83OR
25Amanda BeardUSA2:25.750.88
32Ágnes KovácsHUN2:26.570.82
43Sam RileyAUS2:27.910.74
56Masami TanakaJPN2:28.050.72
61Nadine NeumannAUS2:28.340.76
77Brigitte BecueBEL2:28.360.72
88Christin PetelskiCAN2:31.450.79