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Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996

Gold: AUS Susie O'Neill
Silver: AUS Petria Thomas
Bronze: IRL Michelle Smith

Summary

Chinese swimmers Qu Yun and Liu Limin had dominated the event at the 1994 World Championships but the Chinese Olympic team was a shadow of the team they had been two years earlier and instead the mantle of pre-Games favourites fell on the shoulders of the Australian pairing of Susie O'Neill and Petria Thomas. As the events of Atlanta unfolded another name was added to the list of contenders as Michelle Smith of Ireland had already visited the top of the Olympic podium on three occasions.

O’Neill had burst onto the world scene as a 16-year-old in 1990 but this was to be her first global title. She led for the entirety of the race and eventually won by a large margin of 2.06 seconds. Behind her Petria Thomas took a large slice off her personal best to finish second ahead of Smith who finally lost an Olympic race,

O’Neill successfully defended her Olympic title in front of her home crowd in Sydney in 2000 and retired afterwards having won a total of eight Olympic medals

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Susie O'Neill 22 Australia AUS Gold
2 Petria Thomas 20 Australia AUS Silver
3 Michelle Smith 26 Ireland IRL Bronze
4 Qu Yun 18 China CHN
5 Liu Limin 20 China CHN
6 Jessica Deglau 16 Canada CAN
7 Mika Haruna 18 Japan JPN
8 Trina Jackson 19 United States USA
9 Sophia Skou 20 Denmark DEN
10 Cécile Jeanson 23 France FRA
11 María Peláez 18 Spain ESP
12T Anna Uryniuk 22 Poland POL
12T Annette Salmeen 21 United States USA
14 Hitomi Kashima 16 Japan JPN
15 Andrea Schwartz 19 Canada CAN
16 Bárbara Franco 22 Spain ESP
17 Ilaria Tocchini 28 Italy ITA
18 Hsieh Shu-Tzu 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
19 Sabine Herbst-Klenz 22 Germany GER
20 Nataliya Zolotukhina 19 Ukraine UKR
21 Loredana Zisu 17 Romania ROU
22 Ana Francisco 15 Portugal POR
23T Edit Klocker 16 Hungary HUN
23T Nataša Meškovska 24 Macedonia MKD
25 Praphalsai Minpraphal 18 Thailand THA
26 Nida Zuhal 21 Turkey TUR
27 Marcela Kubalčíková 23 Czech Republic CZE
28 María Pereyra 18 Argentina ARG
29 Marina Karystinou 20 Greece GRE
30 Mandy Loots 17 South Africa RSA
31 Tinka Dančević 16 Croatia CRO
32 Park U-Hui 16 South Korea KOR
33 Melissa Mata 16 Costa Rica CRC
34 Sonia Álvarez 20 Puerto Rico PUR