| Event type

100 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date15 – 16 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants48 from 43 countries

The big question of this event was whether an Australian or American could challenge Luo Xuejuan of China, the woman who had won both world titles since the Sydney Olympics. For a while the answer seemed to be “Yes” as Luo struggled to reach her best form and only qualified for the final as seventh fastest of the qualifiers. Much the most impressive performer in the earlier rounds was Australia’s Leisel Jones. Jones had also been a standout at the 2003 World Championships but in that final Luo had successfully gambled everything on a fast start that seemed to unnerve the Australian. Would the Olympic final follow the same path? The answer was yes. Luo was never challenged after making a lightning start and only narrowly missed breaking Jones’ world record as she took the Olympic title.

The contest between two Australians for silver and bronze ended with a fingertip’s length victory for Brooke Hanson with Jones narrowly relegated to third place. This was the high point of Luo’s career as her career became increasingly hampered by a heart condition that led to her retirement from swimming in 2007.

1Luo XuejuanCHN1:09.07 (2 h5)1:08.57 (4 h1)1:06.64 (1)Gold
2Brooke HansonAUS1:07.35 (1 h4)1:07.75 (2 h2)1:07.15 (2)Silver
3Leisel JonesAUS1:07.69 (1 h6)1:06.78 (1 h1)1:07.16 (3)Bronze
4Amanda BeardUSA1:08.04 (1 h5)1:07.92 (3 h2)1:07.44 (4)
5Sarah PoeweGER1:07.97 (2 h4)1:07.48 (2 h1)1:07.53 (5)
6Tara KirkUSA1:07.92 (2 h6)1:07.60 (1 h2)1:07.59 (6)
7Svitlana BondarenkoUKR1:09.35 (3 h4)1:08.28 (3 h1)1:08.19 (7)
8Qi HuiCHN1:09.29 (3 h5)1:09.06 (4 h2)– (DQ)
9Masami TanakaJPN1:09.44 (4 h5)1:09.11 (5 h1)
10Ágnes KovácsHUN1:09.51 (4 h6)1:09.12 (5 h2)
11Lauren Van OostenCAN1:09.93 (4 h4)1:09.45 (6 h2)
12Rhiannon LeierCAN1:09.38 (3 h6)1:09.46 (7 h2)
13Vipa BernhardtGER1:09.60 (5 h6)1:09.72 (6 h1)
14Mirna JukicAUT1:09.99 (5 h4)1:10.06 (7 h1)
15Yelena BogomazovaRUS1:10.24 (6 h6)1:10.41 (8 h2)
16Chiara BoggiattoITA1:10.33 (5 h5)1:10.84 (8 h1)
17Maria ÖstlingSWE1:10.45 (6 h5)
18Ina KapishinaBLR1:10.66 (1 h2)
19Majken ThorupDEN1:10.97 (6 h4)
20Smiljana MarinovićCRO1:11.00 (7 h4)
21Madelon BaansNED1:11.10 (7 h5)
22Marina KučSCG1:11.27 (1 h3)
23Eeva SaarinenFIN1:11.39 (7 h6)
=24Diana GomesPOR1:11.40 (8 h4)
=24Emma RobinsonIRL1:11.40 (8 h6)
26İlkay DikmenTUR1:11.69 (2 h3)
27Imaday NúñezCUB1:12.14 (2 h2)
28Salama IsmailEGY1:12.20 (3 h3)
=29Javiera SalcedoARG1:12.46 (4 h3)
=29Katia SarakatsaniGRE1:12.46 (8 h5)
31Jaclyn PangilinanPHI1:12.47 (5 h3)
32Alia AtkinsonJAM1:12.53 (3 h2)
33Nicolette TeoSGP1:12.87 (6 h3)
34Lee Ji-YeongKOR1:12.93 (7 h3)
35Annabelle CareyNZL1:13.21 (8 h3)
36Siow Yi TingMAS1:13.30 (4 h2)
37Valeria SilvaPER1:13.52 (5 h2)
38Adriana MarmolejoMEX1:14.35 (6 h2)
39Yvonne YipHKG1:14.53 (7 h2)
40Íris Edda HeimisdóttirISL1:15.35 (8 h2)
41Katerine MorenoBOL1:18.25 (1 h1)
42Varduhi AvetisyanARM1:18.87 (2 h1)
43Shrone AustinSEY1:19.02 (3 h1)
44Nataliya FilinaAZE1:20.21 (4 h1)
45Melissa AshbyGRN1:22.67 (5 h1)
46Mariam KeitaMLI1:30.40 (6 h1)
47Nayana ShakyaNEP1:32.92 (7 h1)
48Pamela Girimbabazi RugabiraRWA1:50.39 (8 h1)

Round One (15 August 2004)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:52)

13Katerine MorenoBOL1:18.250.87
24Varduhi AvetisyanARM1:18.870.97
35Shrone AustinSEY1:19.020.99
46Nataliya FilinaAZE1:20.210.99
52Melissa AshbyGRN1:22.670.82
68Mariam KeitaMLI1:30.400.92
77Nayana ShakyaNEP1:32.920.88
81Pamela Girimbabazi RugabiraRWA1:50.390.82

Heat Two (10:55)

14Ina KapishinaBLR1:10.660.76
21Imaday NúñezCUB1:12.140.75
36Alia AtkinsonJAM1:12.530.75
42Siow Yi TingMAS1:13.300.81
57Valeria SilvaPER1:13.520.84
63Adriana MarmolejoMEX1:14.350.77
75Yvonne YipHKG1:14.530.85
88Íris Edda HeimisdóttirISL1:15.350.82

Heat Three (10:58)

12Marina KučSCG1:11.270.98
23İlkay DikmenTUR1:11.690.72
35Salama IsmailEGY1:12.200.92
46Javiera SalcedoARG1:12.460.81
58Jaclyn PangilinanPHI1:12.470.74
67Nicolette TeoSGP1:12.870.71
74Lee Ji-YeongKOR1:12.930.85
81Annabelle CareyNZL1:13.210.76

Heat Four (11:01)

14Brooke HansonAUS1:07.350.75Q
25Sarah PoeweGER1:07.970.73Q
32Svitlana BondarenkoUKR1:09.350.88Q
46Lauren Van OostenCAN1:09.930.78Q
53Mirna JukicAUT1:09.990.74Q
67Majken ThorupDEN1:10.970.76
78Smiljana MarinovićCRO1:11.000.85
81Diana GomesPOR1:11.400.85

Heat Five (11:04)

15Amanda BeardUSA1:08.040.69Q
24Luo XuejuanCHN1:09.070.76Q
33Qi HuiCHN1:09.290.80Q
46Masami TanakaJPN1:09.440.82Q
57Chiara BoggiattoITA1:10.330.79Q
62Maria ÖstlingSWE1:10.450.83
71Madelon BaansNED1:11.100.78
88Katia SarakatsaniGRE1:12.460.83

Heat Six (11:07)

14Leisel JonesAUS1:07.690.77Q
25Tara KirkUSA1:07.920.73Q
33Rhiannon LeierCAN1:09.380.80Q
47Ágnes KovácsHUN1:09.510.88Q
52Vipa BernhardtGER1:09.600.78Q
66Yelena BogomazovaRUS1:10.240.82Q
78Eeva SaarinenFIN1:11.390.78
81Emma RobinsonIRL1:11.400.79

Semi-Finals (15 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:10)

14Leisel JonesAUS1:06.780.74QOR
25Sarah PoeweGER1:07.480.71Q
36Svitlana BondarenkoUKR1:08.280.89Q
43Luo XuejuanCHN1:08.570.71Q
52Masami TanakaJPN1:09.110.79
67Vipa BernhardtGER1:09.720.75
71Mirna JukicAUT1:10.060.77
88Chiara BoggiattoITA1:10.840.82

Heat Two (20:15)

15Tara KirkUSA1:07.600.71Q
24Brooke HansonAUS1:07.750.77Q
33Amanda BeardUSA1:07.920.73Q
46Qi HuiCHN1:09.060.81Q
57Ágnes KovácsHUN1:09.120.79
61Lauren Van OostenCAN1:09.450.77
72Rhiannon LeierCAN1:09.460.81
88Yelena BogomazovaRUS1:10.410.84

Final (16 August 2004 — 20:15)

11Luo XuejuanCHN1:06.640.73OR
26Brooke HansonAUS1:07.150.74
34Leisel JonesAUS1:07.160.77
42Amanda BeardUSA1:07.440.73
55Sarah PoeweGER1:07.530.71
63Tara KirkUSA1:07.590.72
77Svitlana BondarenkoUKR1:08.190.83
DQ8Qi HuiCHN[0.81]1