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200 metres Butterfly, Women

Date17 – 18 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants32 from 26 countries

The events of the 100 metres butterfly, held earlier in the week, further defined the hierarchy in this event. That final had been decided between Petria Thomas of Australia and Otylia Jędrzejczak of Poland, the women who had won the 2001 and 2003 200 metres world titles, respectively.

Reality stuck perfectly to the script and Thomas took out the pace in the final with split times that put her on track to break the world record. In contrast Jędrzejczak held back before attacking off the last turn. The Pole caught the Australia but could not break away and the two women fought out a close finish which went to Jędrzejczak on the final stroke. This was the first, and through 2012 only, Olympic title won by Poland in the swimming pool.

1Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:09.64 (1 h4)2:08.84 (1 h2)2:06.05 (1)Gold
2Petria ThomasAUS2:10.87 (1 h3)2:09.24 (2 h2)2:06.36 (2)Silver
3Yuko NakanishiJPN2:10.04 (2 h4)2:08.83 (2 h1)2:08.04 (3)Bronze
4Kaitlin SandenoUSA2:10.50 (3 h4)2:08.77 (1 h1)2:08.18 (4)
5Felicity GalvezAUS2:11.17 (2 h3)2:09.54 (3 h2)2:09.28 (5)
6Mette JacobsenDEN2:11.99 (6 h4)2:10.47 (5 h2)2:10.01 (6)
7Paola CavallinoITA2:12.34 (6 h3)2:10.23 (3 h1)2:10.14 (7)
8Éva RisztovHUN2:10.49 (1 h2)2:09.83 (4 h2)2:10.58 (8)
9Dana KirkUSA2:11.96 (3 h2)2:10.69 (4 h1)
10Georgina LeeGBR2:10.99 (2 h2)2:10.93 (5 h1)
11Aurore MongelFRA2:12.26 (5 h3)2:11.13 (6 h2)
12Francesca SegatITA2:11.40 (3 h3)2:11.18 (7 h2)
13Yukiko OsadaJPN2:11.20 (4 h4)2:11.35 (6 h1)
14Annika MehlhornGER2:12.25 (4 h2)2:11.37 (7 h1)
15María PeláezESP2:11.66 (5 h4)2:12.54 (8 h1)
16Li JieCHN2:11.77 (4 h3)2:13.41 (8 h2)
17Beatrix BoulseviczHUN2:12.54 (5 h2)
18Mariya BulakhovaRUS2:12.99 (1 h1)
19Roser VivesESP2:13.02 (7 h3)
20Raquel FelgueirasPOR2:13.08 (6 h2)
21Georgina BardachARG2:13.68 (7 h4)
22Vasiliki AngelopoulouGRE2:13.88 (8 h4)
23Petra ZahrlAUT2:13.92 (7 h2)
24Gwon Yu-RiKOR2:14.30 (8 h2)
25Cheng Wan-JungTPE2:16.25 (2 h1)
26Vesna StojanovskaMKD2:16.51 (8 h3)
27Nataliya SamorodinaUKR2:17.15 (3 h1)
28Anja KlinarSLO2:18.15 (4 h1)
29Sandy ChanHKG2:18.45 (5 h1)
30Heather RoffeyCAY2:19.34 (6 h1)
31Gülşah GünençTUR2:20.17 (7 h1)
32Christel BouvronSGP2:26.21 (8 h1)

Round One (17 August 2004)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:28)

15Mariya BulakhovaRUS2:12.990.88
23Cheng Wan-JungTPE2:16.250.83
32Nataliya SamorodinaUKR2:17.150.85
44Anja KlinarSLO2:18.150.85
56Sandy ChanHKG2:18.450.84
61Heather RoffeyCAY2:19.340.82
77Gülşah GünençTUR2:20.170.81
88Christel BouvronSGP2:26.210.92

Heat Two (10:32)

14Éva RisztovHUN2:10.490.91Q
23Georgina LeeGBR2:10.990.78Q
35Dana KirkUSA2:11.960.74Q
46Annika MehlhornGER2:12.250.82Q
57Beatrix BoulseviczHUN2:12.540.79
68Raquel FelgueirasPOR2:13.080.93
72Petra ZahrlAUT2:13.920.83
81Gwon Yu-RiKOR2:14.300.91

Heat Three (10:36)

14Petria ThomasAUS2:10.870.76Q
25Felicity GalvezAUS2:11.170.88Q
36Francesca SegatITA2:11.400.85Q
41Li JieCHN2:11.770.91Q
57Aurore MongelFRA2:12.260.82Q
63Paola CavallinoITA2:12.340.86Q
72Roser VivesESP2:13.020.95
88Vesna StojanovskaMKD2:16.510.80

Heat Four (10:40)

14Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:09.640.85Q
25Yuko NakanishiJPN2:10.040.81Q
33Kaitlin SandenoUSA2:10.500.79Q
42Yukiko OsadaJPN2:11.200.83Q
51María PeláezESP2:11.660.91Q
66Mette JacobsenDEN2:11.990.88Q
78Georgina BardachARG2:13.680.88
87Vasiliki AngelopoulouGRE2:13.880.77

Semi-Finals (17 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:56)

15Kaitlin SandenoUSA2:08.770.77Q
24Yuko NakanishiJPN2:08.830.69Q
38Paola CavallinoITA2:10.230.82Q
47Dana KirkUSA2:10.690.70
53Georgina LeeGBR2:10.930.81
66Yukiko OsadaJPN2:11.350.82
71Annika MehlhornGER2:11.370.80
82María PeláezESP2:12.540.81

Heat Two (20:02)

14Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:08.840.85Q
23Petria ThomasAUS2:09.240.75Q
36Felicity GalvezAUS2:09.540.84Q
45Éva RisztovHUN2:09.830.79Q
51Mette JacobsenDEN2:10.470.83Q
68Aurore MongelFRA2:11.130.81
72Francesca SegatITA2:11.180.86
87Li JieCHN2:13.410.93

Final (18 August 2004 — 20:13)

13Otylia JędrzejczakPOL2:06.050.80
26Petria ThomasAUS2:06.360.74
35Yuko NakanishiJPN2:08.040.72
44Kaitlin SandenoUSA2:08.180.78
52Felicity GalvezAUS2:09.280.90
68Mette JacobsenDEN2:10.010.91
71Paola CavallinoITA2:10.140.85
87Éva RisztovHUN2:10.580.82