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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

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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 14, 2004

Gold: UKR Yana Klochkova
Silver: USA Kaitlin Sandeno
Bronze: ARG Georgina Bardach

Summary

As an 18-year-old, Ukraine's Yana Klochkova won both medley races at the Sydney Olympics. By the time of the Athens Games she had been long established as the best medley swimmer in the world but a new generation, led by 15-year-old Katie Hoff, were beginning to nip at her heels. Hoff came to Athens as world leader for 2004 but failed to live up to her previous form as she finished 10 seconds off her best in her heat and well outside the qualifying positions.

Instead the challenge to Klochkova came from another American in the form of Kaitlin Sandeno. Sandeno had never broken 3:40.00 before Athens but, in the rarefied atmosphere of the Olympic final, she had the race of the life and took more than five seconds off her personal best to hound Klochkova almost into the final metres of the race. The Ukrainian held out to win over Sandeno by just 12 hundredths of a second with Georgina Bardach winning a rare swimming medal for Argentina, their first since 1936, in third.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yana Klochkova 22 Ukraine UKR Gold
2 Kaitlin Sandeno 21 United States USA Silver
3 Georgina Bardach 20 Argentina ARG Bronze
4 Éva Risztov 18 Hungary HUN
5 Joanna Maranhão 17 Brazil BRA
6 Nicole Hetzer 25 Germany GER
7 Nam Yu-Seon 19 South Korea KOR
8 Vasiliki Angelopoulou 17 Greece GRE
9 Helen Norfolk 22 New Zealand NZL
10 Misa Amano 17 Japan JPN
11 Elizabeth Warden 26 Canada CAN
12 Lara Carroll 17 Australia AUS
13 Anja Klinar 16 Slovenia SLO
14 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 28 Romania ROU
15 Zsu Jakabos 15 Hungary HUN
16 Alessia Filippi 17 Italy ITA
17 Katie Hoff 15 United States USA
18 Teresa Rohmann 17 Germany GER
19 Jennifer Reilly 21 Australia AUS
20 Lin Man-Hsu 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
21 Yana Martynova 16 Russia RUS
22 Nimitta Thaveesupsoonthorn 14 Thailand THA
23 Ana Dangalakova 17 Bulgaria BUL
24 Sabria Dahane 19 Algeria ALG
AC r1/3 Zhang Tianyi 14 China CHN DQ