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Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 14, 2008

Gold: JPN Kosuke Kitajima
Silver: AUS Brenton Rickard
Bronze: FRA Hugues Duboscq

Summary

Between the two Olympic Games of 2004 and 2008 breaststroke swimming had turned into a personal duel between the man who had won both Olympic titles in Athens, Kosuke Kitajima of Japan, and America’s Brendan Hansen who had beaten Kitajima in all their recent major championship clashes. Hansen was not in the same form as previous years and was not included in the US team for this event leaving Brenton Rickard of Australia as the most likely threat to the Japanese champion although in truth there was no one capable of challenging Kitajima. The Japanese swimmer cruised with little effort in his heat but then beat the Olympic record in both the semi-final and final to retain his title and seal his place amongst the greats of breaststroke swimming. No man had ever before retained both Olympic breaststroke titles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kosuke Kitajima 25 Japan JPN Gold OR
2 Brenton Rickard 24 Australia AUS Silver
3 Hugues Duboscq 26 France FRA Bronze
4 Mike Brown 24 Canada CAN
5 Dániel Gyurta 19 Hungary HUN
6 Scott Spann 20 United States USA
7 Loris Facci 24 Italy ITA
8 Paolo Bossini 23 Italy ITA
9 Neil Versfeld 23 South Africa RSA
10 Eric Shanteau 24 United States USA
11 Andrew Bree 27 Ireland IRL
12 William Diering 22 South Africa RSA
13 Kris Gilchrist 24 Great Britain GBR
14 Ihor Borysyk 24 Ukraine UKR
15 Vlad Polyakov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
16 Glenn Snyders 21 New Zealand NZL
17T Alexander Dale Oen 23 Norway NOR
17T Yuta Suenaga 23 Japan JPN
19 Thiago Pereira 22 Brazil BRA
20 Tom Be'eri 22 Israel ISR
21 Hunor Mate 25 Austria AUT
22 Valeriy Dymo 22 Ukraine UKR
23 Grigory Falko 21 Russia RUS
24 Mikhail Aleksandrov 23 Bulgaria BUL
25 Yevgeny Ryzhkov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
26 Christian Sprenger 22 Australia AUS
27 Melquíades Álvarez 19 Spain ESP
28 Julien Nicolardot 26 France FRA
29 Mathieu Bois 20 Canada CAN
30 Henrique Barbosa 24 Brazil BRA
31 Edvinas Dautartas 20 Lithuania LTU
32 Carlos Almeida 20 Portugal POR
33 Chris Christensen 20 Denmark DEN
34 Sergio García 18 Spain ESP
35 Maxim Podoprigora 30 Austria AUT
36 Sandeep Sejwal 19 India IND
37 James Kirton 23 Great Britain GBR
38 Jakob Sveinsson 25 Iceland ISL
39 Jiří Jedlička 21 Czech Republic CZE
40 Laurent Carnol 18 Luxembourg LUX
41 Romanos Alyfantis 22 Greece GRE
42 Sofiane Daid 25 Algeria ALG
43 Sin Su-Jong 20 South Korea KOR
44 Lai Zhongjian 20 China CHN
45 Aleksey Zinovyev 18 Russia RUS
46 Martti Aljand 20 Estonia EST
47 Miguel Molina 24 Philippines PHI
48 Robin van Aggele 24 Netherlands NED
49 Wang Wei-Wen 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
50 Leopoldo Andara 22 Venezuela VEN
51 Ömer Arslanoğlu 20 Turkey TUR
52 Sergio Ferreyra 31 Argentina ARG