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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 15, 2004

Gold: JPN Kosuke Kitajima
Silver: USA Brendan Hansen
Bronze: FRA Hugues Duboscq

Summary

In 2013 Japan's Kosuke Kitajima emerged as the world's premier breaststroke swimmer when he set a brace of world records in winning both breaststroke golds at the World Championship in Barcelona. He would have been an overwhelming favourite to repeat this feat in Athens had it not been for the performance of Brendan Hansen at the US Olympic trials. Suddenly Kitajima found himself not only now just a former world record holder but not even favourite for the titles.

The two men traded Olympic records through the heats and semi-finals in preparation for their eventual showdown as the rest of the competitors were outclassed by the duo.

The final lived up to expectations as the Japanese swimmer made a superior start before being pegged back and then overtaken by his American rival. Hansen had a small lead at the 50 m mark but Kitajima was not to be denied and soon moved passed Hansen and into what was to be a winning lead. After the race American Olympic backstroke champion Aaron Peirsol accused Kitajima of using an illegal dolphin kick at the start of the race, a charge the Japanese team vehemently denied.

In 2008 Kitajima became the first man in Olympic history to successfully defend his title in this event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kosuke Kitajima 21 Japan JPN Gold
2 Brendan Hansen 22 United States USA Silver
3 Hugues Duboscq 22 France FRA Bronze
4 Mark Gangloff 22 United States USA
5 Vlad Polyakov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 James Gibson 24 Great Britain GBR
7 Darren Mew 24 Great Britain GBR
8 Oleh Lisohor 25 Ukraine UKR
9 Roman Sludnov 24 Russia RUS
10 Jens Kruppa 28 Germany GER
11 René Kolonko 22 Germany GER
12 Dmitry Komornikov 23 Russia RUS
13 Jarno Pihlava 25 Finland FIN
14 Richárd Bodor 25 Hungary HUN
15 Eduardo Fischer 24 Brazil BRA
16 Thijs van Valkengoed 21 Netherlands NED
17 Emil Tahirovič 24 Slovenia SLO
18 Morgan Knabe 23 Canada CAN
19T Scott Dickens 20 Canada CAN
19T Jim Piper 22 Australia AUS
21 Alexander Dale Oen 19 Norway NOR
22 Martin Gustavsson 23 Sweden SWE
23 Jakob Sveinsson 21 Iceland ISL
24 Terence Parkin 24 South Africa RSA
25 Maxim Podoprigora 26 Austria AUT
26 Vanja Rogulj 22 Croatia CRO
27 Alwin de Prins 25 Luxembourg LUX
28 Daniel Málek 31 Czech Republic CZE
29 Mladen Tepavčević 27 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
30 Wang Haibo 22 China CHN
31 Yu Seung-Hyeon 21 South Korea KOR
32 Sofiane Daid 21 Algeria ALG
33 José Couto 26 Portugal POR
34 Remo Lütolf 24 Switzerland SUI
35 Chen Cho-Yi 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
36T Ben Labowitch 24 New Zealand NZL
37T Arsenio López 25 Puerto Rico PUR
38 Aurimas Valaitis 16 Lithuania LTU
39 Khristos Papadopoulos 22 Greece GRE
40 Malick Fall 18 Senegal SEN
41 Bradley Ally 17 Barbados BAR
42 Wickus Nienaber 23 Swaziland SWZ
43 Cristian Mauro Soldano 28 Argentina ARG
44 Tam Chi Kin 24 Hong Kong HKG
45 Álvaro Fortuny 25 Guatemala GUA
46 Kyriakos Dimosthenous 24 Cyprus CYP
47T Andrei Capitanciuc 19 Moldova MDA
47T Ahmed Al-Kudmani 24 Saudi Arabia KSA
49 Aleksandr Baldin 19 Estonia EST
50 Timmy Chua 21 Philippines PHI
51 Pāvels Murāns 19 Latvia LAT
52 Nguyễn Hữu Việt 15 Vietnam VIE
53 Eric Williams 26 Nigeria NGR
54 Jean-Luc Razakarivony 28 Madagascar MAD
55 Yevgeny Petrashov 29 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
56 Oleg Sidorov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
57 Chisela Kanchela 17 Zambia ZAM
58 Amar Shah 18 Kenya KEN
59 Alice Shrestha 18 Nepal NEP
AC r1/3 Ratapong Sirasanont 28 Thailand THA DQ