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Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: HUN László Cseh, Jr.
Bronze: JPN Takeshi Matsuda

Summary

More than other event on his Beijing schedule, this race belonged to Michael Phelps. To put simply he had not lost a race at this distance for six years and had held the world record since 2001. Having already won three Olympic titles at Beijing it seemed inconceivable that he would not win a fourth. Phelps took the lead from Moss Burmester of New Zealand at halfway and, despite having problems with water leaking into the goggles, swam away from the rest to record his sixth world record at the distance. Behind him László Cseh, Jr. and Takeshi Matsuda became the second and third swimmers to break 1:53 for the distance. The victory brought Phelps’ gold medal tally up into double figures to either equal Ray Ewry’s record of 10 Olympic victories or break the record of nine held by four other Olympians. This depends on your view of the official status of the 1906 Olympic Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 László Cseh, Jr. 22 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Takeshi Matsuda 24 Japan JPN Bronze
4T Moss Burmester 27 New Zealand NZL
4T Wu Peng 21 China CHN
6 Paweł Korzeniowski 23 Poland POL
7 Kaio Almeida 23 Brazil BRA
8 Nikolay Skvortsov 24 Russia RUS
9 Gil Stovall 22 United States USA
10 Dinko Jukic 19 Austria AUT
11 Chen Yin 22 China CHN
12 Michael Rock 21 Great Britain GBR
13 Ryuichi Shibata 24 Japan JPN
14 Ştefan Gherghel 29 Romania ROU
15 Serhiy Advena 24 Ukraine UKR
16 Hsu Chi-Chieh 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
17 Christophe Lebon 25 France FRA
18 Travis Nederpelt 23 Australia AUS
19 Mathieu Fonteyn 23 Belgium BEL
20 Niccolò Beni 22 Italy ITA
21 Denys Sylantiev 31 Ukraine UKR
22 Tamás Kerékjártó 29 Hungary HUN
23 Juan Veloz 25 Mexico MEX
24 Pedro Oliveira 20 Portugal POR
25 Adam Sioui 26 Canada CAN
26 Simon Sjödin 21 Sweden SWE
27 Romanos Alyfantis 22 Greece GRE
28 Alon Mandel 19 Israel ISR
29 James Walsh 21 Philippines PHI
30 Omar Pinzón 19 Colombia COL
31 Nikša Roki 20 Croatia CRO
32 Javier Núñez 25 Spain ESP
33 Andrés González 19 Argentina ARG
34 Yu Jeong-Nam 24 South Korea KOR
35 Jeremy Knowles 26 Bahamas BAH
36 Alexis Márquez 19 Venezuela VEN
37 Daniel Bego 18 Malaysia MAS
38 Douglas Lennox-Silva 21 Puerto Rico PUR
39 Georgi Palazov 28 Bulgaria BUL
40 Rehan Poncha 22 India IND
41 Emmanuel Crescimbeni 18 Peru PER
42 Javier Hernández 20 Honduras HON
43 Vladan Marković 31 Serbia SRB
44 Donny Utomo 29 Indonesia INA