Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 15, 2004
[Laure Manaudou], at 17-years-old, announced herself as a new force in international swimming by winning the European title in May 2004 and then brought that form into the Olympic arena. After posting the fastest time in the heats, Manaudou led from the gun and, although she was closed down slightly on the final length of the pool, held on to win the championship and set the third fastest time ever recorded over the distance. This was the first time a French competitor had won an Olympic title in a swimming event since the 1952 Helsinki Games and the first time ever that a French female swimmer had become Olympic champion. Behind Manaudou, [Otylia Jędrzejczak] of Poland held off a late charge from American [Kaitlin Sandeno] to win silver.