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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 16, 2004

Gold: USA Natalie Coughlin
Silver: ZIM Kirsty Coventry
Bronze: FRA Laure Manaudou


After dominating the event in 2001 and 2002, when she became the first woman to break the minute for the distance, [Natalie Coughlin]'s career hit a bump in the road in 2003 when illness wrecked her defence of the world title.

Luckily for Coughlin she was back on form in 2004 and, if not quite back to the level she showed two years earlier, was expected to win the Olympic title in the 100 metres backstroke. The American made her usual quick start and turned for home under her own world record pace. Coughlin began to made slightly down the home stretch and came under pressure from Zimbabwe's [Kirsty Coventry] out in lane one. Though Coventry closed down quickly on the tiring Coughlin she was unable to catch her but still had the consolation of winning her country's first Olympic medal in an individual event. [Laure Manaudou] the 400 metre freestyle champion, placed third with 2003 World Champion [Antje Buschschulte] trailing in sixth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Natalie Coughlin 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Kirsty Coventry 20 Zimbabwe ZIM Silver
3 Laure Manaudou 17 France FRA Bronze
4 Reiko Nakamura 22 Japan JPN
5 Nina Zhivanevskaya 27 Spain ESP
6 Antje Buschschulte 25 Germany GER
7 Louise Ørnstedt 19 Denmark DEN
8 Haley Cope 25 United States USA
9 Giaan Rooney 21 Australia AUS
10 Stanislava Komarova 18 Russia RUS
11 Noriko Inada 26 Japan JPN
12 Ilona Hlaváčková 27 Czech Republic CZE
13 Katy Sexton 22 Great Britain GBR
14 Zhan Shu 19 China CHN
15 Gao Chang 17 China CHN
16 Sarah Price 25 Great Britain GBR
17T Sanja Jovanović 17 Croatia CRO
17T Erin Gammel 24 Canada CAN
19 Iryna Amshennikova 18 Ukraine UKR
20 Marieke Guehrer 18 Australia AUS
21 Nikolett Szepesi 16 Hungary HUN
22 Hannah McLean 23 New Zealand NZL
23 Janine Pietsch 22 Germany GER
24 Sim Min-Ji 21 South Korea KOR
25 Svetlana Khokhlova 19 Belarus BLR
26 Alessandra Cappa 22 Italy ITA
27 Gisela Morales 16 Guatemala GUA
28 Anya Gostomelsky 23 Israel ISR
29 Alexandra Putra 17 France FRA
30 Sherry Tsai 20 Hong Kong HKG
31 Kiera Aitken 20 Bermuda BER
32 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong 23 Thailand THA
33 Eirini Karastergiou 21 Greece GRE
34 Şadan Derya Erke 20 Turkey TUR
35 Serrana Fernández 30 Uruguay URU
36 Hanna-Maria Seppälä 19 Finland FIN
37 Fu Hsiao-Han 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
38 Anastasiya Prilepa 14 Kazakhstan KAZ
39 Lenient Obia 27 Nigeria NGR
40 Ana Galindo 17 Honduras HON
41 Olga Gnedovskaya 14 Uzbekistan UZB
42 Yelena Roykova 15 Turkmenistan TKM