| Event type

100 metres Butterfly, Women

Date14 – 15 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants38 from 30 countries

After the retirement of fellow Australian Susie O’Neill following the Sydney Olympics Petria Thomas emerged as the leading female butterfly swimmer in the world in 2001 and 2002. One major problem with Thomas had always been susceptibility to injury and in 2002 her career was put into doubt after reconstructive shoulder surgery. In the absence of Thomas, and world record holder Inge de Bruijn, who chose to bypass the event, the veteran American Jenny Thompson became World Champion in 2003.

Thomas returned in 2004 and was the only woman to break 58 seconds prior to the Olympic Games but still many held de Bruijn to be favourite to retain her Olympic title. The two women were drawn together in both heat and semi-final with the pair swapping decisive victories across the two swims.

It was no surprise that de Bruijn took an early lead in the final and at 50 metres she was ahead of her own world record split. But for once this proved to be a tactical error for the Dutchwoman and she dropped back to third behind the victorious Thomas and Poland’s 200 m World Champion Otylia Jędrzejczak.

Thomas was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag at the closing ceremony, after which she announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

1Petria ThomasAUS57.47 (1 h5)57.93 (2 h2)57.72 (1)Gold
2Otylia JędrzejczakPOL57.84 (1 h4)58.10 (1 h1)57.84 (2)Silver
3Inge de BruijnNED58.47 (2 h5)57.50 (1 h2)57.99 (3)Bronze
4Jess SchipperAUS58.57 (3 h5)58.63 (3 h2)58.22 (4)
5Jenny ThompsonUSA58.77 (2 h4)58.91 (3 h1)58.72 (5)
6Martina MoravcováSVK58.48 (1 h3)58.66 (2 h1)58.96 (6)
7Alena PopchankaBLR59.77 (4 h3)58.97 (4 h2)59.06 (7)
8Junko OnishiJPN59.22 (4 h5)59.24 (5 h2)59.83 (8)
9Malia MetellaFRA59.38 (5 h5)59.28 (6 h2)
10Anna-Karin KammerlingSWE59.84 (5 h4)59.33 (7 h2)
11Rachel KomisarzUSA59.38 (2 h3)59.34 (4 h1)
12Zhou YafeiCHN59.62 (4 h4)59.48 (8 h2)
13Ambra MiglioriITA59.47 (3 h4)59.53 (=5 h1)
14Yuko NakanishiJPN1:00.16 (5 h3)59.53 (=5 h1)
15Mette JacobsenDEN59.81 (1 h2)59.72 (7 h1)
16Nataliya SutyaginaRUS59.76 (3 h3)59.79 (8 h1)
17Franziska van AlmsickGER59.53 (6 h5)1
18Beatrix BoulseviczHUN1:00.18 (6 h3)
19Eirini KavarnouGRE1:00.43 (2 h2)
20Georgina LeeGBR1:00.45 (6 h4)
21Chantal GrootNED1:00.49 (7 h4)
22Francesca SegatITA1:00.60 (7 h5)
=23Elizabeth CosterNZL1:00.61 (3 h2)
=23Johanna SjöbergSWE1:00.61 (7 h3)
25Aurore MongelFRA1:00.65 (8 h4)
26Vered BorochovskyISR1:00.69 (8 h3)
27Joscelin YeoSGP1:00.81 (4 h2)
28Xu YanweiCHN1:01.53 (8 h5)
29Maria PapadopoulouCYP1:02.01 (5 h2)
30Kateryna ZubkovaUKR1:02.22 (1 h1)
31Kolbrún Ýr KristjánsdóttirISL1:02.33 (6 h2)
32Rosanna SzeHKG1:02.42 (7 h2)
33Park Gyeong-HwaKOR1:02.52 (8 h2)
34Cheng Wan-JungTPE1:02.94 (2 h1)
35Gülşah GünençTUR1:04.30 (3 h1)
36Angela GaleaMLT1:05.47 (4 h1)
37Mariya BugakovaUZB1:07.08 (5 h1)
38Natasha Sara GeorgeosLCA1:07.94 (6 h1)

Round One (14 August 2004)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:36)

16Kateryna ZubkovaUKR1:02.220.93
24Cheng Wan-JungTPE1:02.940.94
35Gülşah GünençTUR1:04.300.85
42Angela GaleaMLT1:05.470.87
53Mariya BugakovaUZB1:07.080.94
67Natasha Sara GeorgeosLCA1:07.940.74

Heat Two (10:39)

14Mette JacobsenDEN59.810.86Q
23Eirini KavarnouGRE1:00.430.78
35Elizabeth CosterNZL1:00.610.76
46Joscelin YeoSGP1:00.810.75
52Maria PapadopoulouCYP1:02.010.76
61Kolbrún Ýr KristjánsdóttirISL1:02.330.82
78Rosanna SzeHKG1:02.420.79
87Park Gyeong-HwaKOR1:02.520.78

Heat Three (10:42)

14Martina MoravcováSVK58.480.74Q
23Rachel KomisarzUSA59.380.80Q
32Nataliya SutyaginaRUS59.760.85Q
45Alena PopchankaBLR59.770.76Q
51Yuko NakanishiJPN1:00.160.75q
68Beatrix BoulseviczHUN1:00.180.74
76Johanna SjöbergSWE1:00.610.93
87Vered BorochovskyISR1:00.690.89

Heat Four (10:45)

15Otylia JędrzejczakPOL57.840.78Q
24Jenny ThompsonUSA58.770.78Q
32Ambra MiglioriITA59.470.85Q
46Zhou YafeiCHN59.620.72Q
53Anna-Karin KammerlingSWE59.840.83Q
61Georgina LeeGBR1:00.450.75
78Chantal GrootNED1:00.490.80
87Aurore MongelFRA1:00.650.78

Heat Five (10:48)

14Petria ThomasAUS57.470.71Q
25Inge de BruijnNED58.470.71Q
37Jess SchipperAUS58.570.76Q
43Junko OnishiJPN59.220.76Q
56Malia MetellaFRA59.380.80Q
61Franziska van AlmsickGER59.530.86Q
78Francesca SegatITA1:00.600.74
82Xu YanweiCHN1:01.530.73

Semi-Finals (14 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:43)

14Otylia JędrzejczakPOL58.100.80Q
25Martina MoravcováSVK58.660.74Q
33Jenny ThompsonUSA58.910.78Q
46Rachel KomisarzUSA59.340.72
=52Yuko NakanishiJPN59.530.72
=58Ambra MiglioriITA59.530.83
71Mette JacobsenDEN59.720.82
87Nataliya SutyaginaRUS59.790.89

Heat Two (19:48)

15Inge de BruijnNED57.500.74Q
24Petria ThomasAUS57.930.74Q
33Jess SchipperAUS58.630.75Q
41Alena PopchankaBLR58.970.77Q
56Junko OnishiJPN59.240.74Q
62Malia MetellaFRA59.280.75
78Anna-Karin KammerlingSWE59.330.80
87Zhou YafeiCHN59.480.76

Final (15 August 2004 — 19:57)

15Petria ThomasAUS57.720.71
23Otylia JędrzejczakPOL57.840.78
34Inge de BruijnNED57.990.75
46Jess SchipperAUS58.220.71
57Jenny ThompsonUSA58.720.77
62Martina MoravcováSVK58.960.76
71Alena PopchankaBLR59.060.74
88Junko OnishiJPN59.830.82