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Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: KOR Park Tae-Hwan
Bronze: USA Peter Vanderkaay

Summary

Already having won the 400 individual medley and the 4×100 freestyle relay as part of the US team, Michael Phelps entered the 200 metre freestyle as an overwhelming favourite. Phelps, the world record holder in the event, had been beaten into third in this race in 2004 and, when he failed to win either his heat or semi-final, a little seed of doubt was sown. The final proved that Phelps had simply been careful not to exert himself too much early in his competition schedule as he powered clear by halfway and then kept up his scintillating pace to take 0.90 seconds off his own world record and win the race by nearly two seconds. Behind Phelps was the newly crowned 400 metre freestyle champion Park Tae-Hwan of Korea who held off the challenge of Phelps' training partner at Team Wolverine, Peter Vanderkaay.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 Park Tae-Hwan 18 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Peter Vanderkaay 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Jean Basson 20 South Africa RSA
5 Paul Biedermann 21 Germany GER
6 Dominik Meichtry 23 Switzerland SUI
7 Yoshihiro Okumura 25 Japan JPN
8 Robbie Renwick 20 Great Britain GBR
9 Dan Izotov 16 Russia RUS
10 Ross Davenport 24 Great Britain GBR
11 Emiliano Brembilla 29 Italy ITA
12 Nicholas Sprenger 23 Australia AUS
13 Dominik Koll 23 Austria AUT
14 Colin Russell 24 Canada CAN
15 Nimrod Shapira 19 Israel ISR
16 Rodrigo Castro 29 Brazil BRA
17 Brent Hayden 24 Canada CAN
18 Amaury Leveaux 22 France FRA
19T Oussama Mellouli 24 Tunisia TUN
19T Aleksandr Sukhorukov 20 Russia RUS
21 Darian Townsend 23 South Africa RSA
22 Kenrick Monk 20 Australia AUS
23 Serhiy Advena 24 Ukraine UKR
24 Sho Uchida 20 Japan JPN
25 Romāns Miloslavskis 24 Latvia LAT
26 Shaune Fraser 20 Cayman Islands CAY
27 Gard Kvale 24 Norway NOR
28 Massimiliano Rosolino 30 Italy ITA
29 Andreas Zisimos 24 Greece GRE
30 Glenn Surgeloose 18 Belgium BEL
31 Jon Rud 22 Denmark DEN
32 Ryan Pini 26 Papua New Guinea PNG
33 Zhang Enjian 20 China CHN
34 Łukasz Gąsior 22 Poland POL
35 Norbert Kovács 20 Hungary HUN
36 Martín Kutscher 23 Uruguay URU
37 Dominik Straga 20 Croatia CRO
38 Christoffer Wikström 21 Sweden SWE
39 Tiago Venâncio 21 Portugal POR
40 Radovan Siljevski 22 Serbia SRB
41 Bryan Tay 20 Singapore SIN
42 Crox Acuña 18 Venezuela VEN
43 Julio Galofre 21 Colombia COL
44 Daniel Bego 18 Malaysia MAS
45 Vladimir Sidorkin 22 Estonia EST
46 Květoslav Svoboda 25 Czech Republic CZE
47 Saulius Binevičius 29 Lithuania LTU
48 Virdhawal Khade 16 India IND
49 Raphaël Stacchiotti 16 Luxembourg LUX
50 Mario Montoya 18 Costa Rica CRC
51 Mahrez Mebarek 23 Algeria ALG
52 Artur Dilman 17 Kazakhstan KAZ
53 Irak'li Revishvili 18 Georgia GEO
54 Ibragim Nazarov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
55 Mihajlo Ristovski 25 Macedonia MKD
56 Andrei Zaharov 32 Moldova MDA
57 Emanuele Nicolini 24 San Marino SMR