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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 16, 2004
Date Finished: August 17, 2004

Gold: ROU Camelia Potec
Silver: ITA Federica Pellegrini
Bronze: FRA Solenne Figuès

Summary

The 200 metres freestyle was a difficult event to predict. The turnover between the 2003 World Championships final and the 2004 Olympic final was such that only two swimmers competed in both and all three of the 2003 medallists were eliminated at the semi-final stage in Athens. Italian Federica Pellegrini, at only 16-years-old, burst into contention for the title when she easily won the first semi-final with Solenne Figuès of France winning the second semi in a much slower time. As the early leaders dropped away in the final Pellegrini and Figuès battled away for the lead in the middle lanes and what seemed to be an Olympic title for one of them. What nobody could anticipate was the finishing kick of European champion Camelia Potec of Romania from out in the wastelands of lane one. Potec had crept into the final as the second slowest qualifier but, in a race that never threatened to produce a genuinely fast time; she took the lead in the last ten metres to record a victory that seemed impossible when the race started.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Camelia Potec 22 Romania ROU Gold
2 Federica Pellegrini 16 Italy ITA Silver
3 Solenne Figuès 25 France FRA Bronze
4 Paulina Barzycka 18 Poland POL
5 Franziska van Almsick 26 Germany GER
6 Dana Vollmer 16 United States USA
7 Pang Jiaying 19 China CHN
8 Josefin Lillhage 24 Sweden SWE
9 Elka Graham 22 Australia AUS
10 Claudia Poll 31 Costa Rica CRC
11 Alena Popchanka 25 Belarus BLR
12 Martina Moravcová 28 Slovakia SVK
13 Tomoko Nagai 23 Japan JPN
14 Lindsay Benko 27 United States USA
15 Yang Yu 19 China CHN
16 Melanie Marshall 22 Great Britain GBR
17 Brittany Reimer 16 Canada CAN
18 Sara Isakovič 16 Slovenia SLO
19 Linda MacKenzie 20 Australia AUS
20 Sara Harstick 22 Germany GER
21 Nataliya Shalagina 20 Russia RUS
22 Olena Lapunova 23 Ukraine UKR
23 Mariana Brochado 19 Brazil BRA
24 Hanna Miluska 20 Switzerland SUI
25 Florencia Szigeti 23 Argentina ARG
26 Kim Hyeon-Ju 18 South Korea KOR
27 Zoi Dimoskhaki 19 Greece GRE
28 Elina Partõka 21 Estonia EST
29 Alison Fitch 24 New Zealand NZL
30 Janelle Atkinson 21 Jamaica JAM
31 Katinka Hosszú 15 Hungary HUN
32 Petra Banović 24 Croatia CRO
33 Jana Myšková-Klusáčková 26 Czech Republic CZE
34 Vesna Stojanovska 19 Macedonia MKD
35 Pilin Tachakittiranan 21 Thailand THA
36 Yang Chun-Kuei 16 Chinese Taipei TPE
37 Louise Jansen 20 Denmark DEN
38 Larisa Lăcusţă 24 Romania ROU
39 Sze Hang Yu 16 Hong Kong HKG
40 Khadidja Ciss 21 Senegal SEN
41 Yuliya Risik 17 Kazakhstan KAZ