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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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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: AUS Petria Thomas
Silver: POL Otylia Jędrzejczak
Bronze: NED Inge de Bruijn
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Summary

After the retirement of fellow Australian Susie O'Neill following the Sydney Olympics Petria Thomas emerged as the leading female butterfly swimmer in the world in 2001 and 2002. One major problem with Thomas had always been susceptibility to injury and in 2002 her career was put into doubt after reconstructive shoulder surgery. In the absence of Thomas, and world record holder Inge de Bruijn, who chose to bypass the event, the veteran American Jenny Thompson became World Champion in 2003.

Thomas returned in 2004 and was the only woman to break 58 seconds prior to the Olympic Games but still many held de Bruijn to be favourite to retain her Olympic title. The two women were drawn together in both heat and semi-final with the pair swapping decisive victories across the two swims.

It was no surprise that de Bruijn took an early lead in the final and at 50 metres she was ahead of her own world record split. But for once this proved to be a tactical error for the Dutchwoman and she dropped back to third behind the victorious Thomas and Poland's 200 m World Champion Otylia Jędrzejczak.

Thomas was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag at the closing ceremony, after which she announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Petria Thomas 28 Australia AUS Gold
2 Otylia Jędrzejczak 20 Poland POL Silver
3 Inge de Bruijn 30 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Jess Schipper 17 Australia AUS
5 Jenny Thompson 31 United States USA
6 Martina Moravcová 28 Slovakia SVK
7 Alena Popchanka 25 Belarus BLR
8 Junko Onishi 29 Japan JPN
9 Malia Metella 22 France FRA
10 Anna-Karin Kammerling 23 Sweden SWE
11 Rachel Komisarz 27 United States USA
12 Zhou Yafei 20 China CHN
13 Ambra Migliori 20 Italy ITA
14 Yuko Nakanishi 23 Japan JPN
15 Mette Jacobsen 31 Denmark DEN
16 Nataliya Sutyagina 24 Russia RUS
17 Franziska van Almsick 26 Germany GER QU
18 Beatrix Boulsevicz 17 Hungary HUN
19 Eirini Kavarnou 18 Greece GRE
20 Georgina Lee 22 Great Britain GBR
21 Chantal Groot 21 Netherlands NED
22 Francesca Segat 21 Italy ITA
23T Elizabeth Coster 21 New Zealand NZL
23T Johanna Sjöberg 26 Sweden SWE
25 Aurore Mongel 22 France FRA
26 Vered Borochovsky 19 Israel ISR
27 Joscelin Yeo 25 Singapore SIN
28 Xu Yanwei 20 China CHN
29 Maria Papadopoulou 23 Cyprus CYP
30 Kateryna Zubkova 16 Ukraine UKR
31 Kolbrún Yr Kristjánsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL
32 Sze Hang Yu 16 Hong Kong HKG
33 Park Gyeong-Hwa 19 South Korea KOR
34 Cheng Wan-Jung 16 Chinese Taipei TPE
35 Gülşah Günenç 19 Turkey TUR
36 Angela Galea 21 Malta MLT
37 Mariya Bugakova 19 Uzbekistan UZB
38 Natasha Sara Georgeos 17 Saint Lucia LCA