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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 800 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 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 2004

Gold: JPN Ai Shibata
Silver: FRA Laure Manaudou
Bronze: USA Diana Munz


American Brooke Bennett had been the leading distance freestyle swimmer in the world since before the 1996 Olympic Games and was a red hot favourite to repeat her victory from Atlanta.

Her gold medal win in the 400 metres sealed this status.

Bennett’s pace burned away the rest of the field in the early stages of the race and only Yana Klochkova, already winner of the two medley titles, could stay with her for the first portion of the race. Try as she might the Ukrainian was soon dropped by Bennett who sped away to a comfortable victory. Another American, 17-year-old Kaitlin Sandeno, recovered from a slow start to move through the field to win bronze. Bennett’s attempt to win a third straight Olympic title in 2004 was hampered by a series of shoulder operations and she narrowly failed to make the US team for Athens.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ai Shibata 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Laure Manaudou 17 France FRA Silver
3 Diana Munz 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Kalyn Keller 19 United States USA
5 Erika Villaecija 20 Spain ESP
6 Rebecca Cooke 21 Great Britain GBR
7 Jana Henke 30 Germany GER
8 Simona Păduraru 22 Romania ROU
9 Sarah Paton 17 Australia AUS
10 Linda MacKenzie 20 Australia AUS
11 Chen Hua 22 China CHN
12 Sachiko Yamada 21 Japan JPN
13 Flavia Rigamonti 23 Switzerland SUI
14 Hannah Stockbauer 22 Germany GER
15 Kristel Köbrich 19 Chile CHI
16 Camelia Potec 22 Romania ROU
17 Brittany Reimer 16 Canada CAN
18 Marianna Lymberta 25 Greece GRE
19 Jana Pechanová 23 Czech Republic CZE
20 Olha Beresneva 18 Ukraine UKR
21 Golda Marcus 21 El Salvador ESA
22 Gwon Yu-Ri 15 South Korea KOR
23 Jelena Petrova 15 Estonia EST
24 Rebecca Linton 18 New Zealand NZL
25 Heather Roffey 17 Cayman Islands CAY
26 Ivanka Moralieva 20 Bulgaria BUL
27 Paola Duguet 16 Colombia COL
28 Anita Galić 19 Croatia CRO
29 Khadidja Ciss 21 Senegal SEN