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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
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Summary

In 2003 Hannah Stockbauer had won a hat-trick of titles over the longer freestyle races at the World Championships and was a deserving winner of the World Swimmer of the Year award. Twelve months later and, in harmony with the generally poor performances of the entire German swimming team, she was a shadow of her former self and could only place 14th in the heats.

For much of the Olympic final it appeared that 17-year-old French sensation Laure Manaudou would repeat her performance in the 400 freestyle and win the title. The French teenager took to the front on the second length and led by more than two seconds at one stage but Ai Shibata of Japan gradually clawed back on the lead and, with 100 metres to go, caught up with Manaudou. Manaudou and Shibata fought it up over the last two lengths until the Japanese edged into a decisive lead. This was the first medal ever won by a female Japanese swimmer in a freestyle event. Indeed the previous individual best of 5th had been set by Shibata 5 days earlier in the 400 metres.

In a race between two Americans for third place, Diana Munz and Kalyn Keller swapped positions in the closing stages before Munz rallied to claim the bronze medal.

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 Villaécija 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