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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women'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 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 16, 2004

Gold: CHN Luo Xuejuan
Silver: AUS Brooke Hanson
Bronze: AUS Leisel Jones


The big question of this event was whether an Australian or American could challenge [Luo Xuejuan] of China, the woman who had won both world titles since the Sydney Olympics.

For a while the answer seemed to be “Yes” as Luo struggled to reach her best form and only qualified for the final as seventh fastest of the qualifiers.

Much the most impressive performer in the earlier rounds was Australia’s [Leisel Jones]. Jones had also been a standout at the 2003 World Championships but in that final Luo had successfully gambled everything on a fast start that seemed to unnerve the Australian. Would the Olympic final follow the same path? The answer was yes. Luo was never challenged after making a lightning start and only narrowly missed breaking Jones’ world record as she took the Olympic title.

The contest between two Australians for silver and bronze ended with a fingertip’s length victory for [Brooke Hanson] with Jones narrowly relegated to third place.

This was the high point of Luo’s career as her career became increasingly hampered by a heart condition that led to her retirement from swimming in 2007.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Luo Xuejuan 20 China CHN Gold OR
2 Brooke Hanson 26 Australia AUS Silver
3 Leisel Jones 18 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Amanda Beard 22 United States USA
5 Sarah Poewe 21 Germany GER
6 Tara Kirk 22 United States USA
7 Svitlana Bondarenko 32 Ukraine UKR
AC r3/3 Qi Hui 19 China CHN DQ
9 Masami Tanaka 25 Japan JPN
10 Ágnes Kovács 23 Hungary HUN
11 Lauren Van Oosten 25 Canada CAN
12 Rhiannon Leier 27 Canada CAN
13 Vipa Bernhardt 21 Germany GER
14 Mirna Jukic 18 Austria AUT
15 Yelena Bogomazova 22 Russia RUS
16 Chiara Boggiatto 18 Italy ITA
17 Maria Östling 26 Sweden SWE
18 Inna Kapishina 19 Belarus BLR
19 Majken Thorup 25 Denmark DEN
20 Smiljana Marinović 26 Croatia CRO
21 Madelon Baans 26 Netherlands NED
22 Marina Kuč 19 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
23 Eeva Saarinen 20 Finland FIN
24T Diana Gomes 15 Portugal POR
24T Emma Robinson 25 Ireland IRL
26 İlkay Dikmen 23 Turkey TUR
27 Imaday Núñez 21 Cuba CUB
28 Salama Ismail 17 Egypt EGY
29T Javiera Salcedo 26 Argentina ARG
29T Katia Sarakatsani 27 Greece GRE
31 Jaclyn Pangilinan 18 Philippines PHI
32 Alia Atkinson 15 Jamaica JAM
33 Nicolette Teo 18 Singapore SIN
34 Lee Ji-Yeong 15 South Korea KOR
35 Annabelle Carey 15 New Zealand NZL
36 Siow Yi Ting 20 Malaysia MAS
37 Valeria Silva 18 Peru PER
38 Adriana Marmolejo 22 Mexico MEX
39 Yip Yvonne 13 Hong Kong HKG
40 Íris Edda Heimisdóttir 20 Iceland ISL
41 Katerine Moreno 30 Bolivia BOL
42 Varduhi Avetisyan 18 Armenia ARM
43 Shrone Austin 15 Seychelles SEY
44 Nataliya Filina 16 Azerbaijan AZE
45 Melissa Ashby 18 Grenada GRN
46 Mariam Keita 20 Mali MLI
47 Nayana Shakya 22 Nepal NEP
48 Pamela Girimbabazi Rugabira 20 Rwanda RWA