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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 200 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 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004

Gold: USA Amanda Beard
Silver: AUS Leisel Jones
Bronze: GER Anne Poleska


Five weeks before the Olympic Games began Australia’s [Leisel Jones] broke the world record at the Australian trials. Three days later at the US trials, World Champion [Amanda Beard] took half a second off Jones’ time and reclaimed the record she had previously shared with China’s [Qi Hui].

Despite the presence of Qi and reigning champion [Ágnes Kovács] of Hungary it seemed that the gold medal was certain to be decided between Beard and Jones.

Jones had laid off the pace in the early stages of 100 metres final and had been unable to catch Luo of China. In the longer race she seemed determined not to repeat her mistake and sped into the lead. For all but the final five metres it appeared her tactic was the right one but a devastating finishing burst from Beard was just enough to send the championship across to America. After silver in Atlanta and bronze in Sydney, Beard now completed a full set of medals in the event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Amanda Beard 22 United States USA Gold OR
2 Leisel Jones 18 Australia AUS Silver
3 Anne Poleska 24 Germany GER Bronze
4 Masami Tanaka 25 Japan JPN
5 Ágnes Kovács 23 Hungary HUN
6 Qi Hui 19 China CHN
7 Mirna Jukic 18 Austria AUT
8 Brooke Hanson 26 Australia AUS
9 Caroline Bruce 18 United States USA
10 Kirsty Balfour 20 Great Britain GBR
11 Birte Steven 23 Germany GER
12 Yelena Bogomazova 22 Russia RUS
13 Lauren Van Oosten 25 Canada CAN
14 Chiara Boggiatto 18 Italy ITA
15 Marina Kuč 19 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
AC r2/3 Inna Kapishina 19 Belarus BLR DQ
17 Smiljana Marinović 26 Croatia CRO
18 Alenka Kejžar 25 Slovenia SLO
19 İlkay Dikmen 23 Turkey TUR
20 Jaclyn Pangilinan 18 Philippines PHI
21 Siow Yi Ting 20 Malaysia MAS
22 Eeva Saarinen 20 Finland FIN
23 Diana Gomes 15 Portugal POR
24 Lee Ji-Yeong 15 South Korea KOR
25 Majken Thorup 25 Denmark DEN
26 Agustina De Giovanni 19 Argentina ARG
27 Adriana Marmolejo 22 Mexico MEX
28 Imaday Núñez 21 Cuba CUB
29 Iryna Maistruk 16 Ukraine UKR
30 Nicolette Teo 18 Singapore SIN
31 Athina Tzavella 16 Greece GRE