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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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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 Natalie Coughlin
Silver: ZIM Kirsty Coventry
Bronze: USA Margaret Hoelzer

Summary

American Natalie Coughlin had been the outstanding 100 metre backstroker since 2001 and arrived in Beijing as Olympic champion, world champion, world record holder and a firm favourite to retain her Olympic title. It was a minor surprise when Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe qualified fastest from the heats and when she followed this by lowering Coughlin's world record in the semi-final it looked like an upset may be in the making. Coughlin gambled everything in the final by blasting through the first 50 metres and was just able off the fast finishing Zimbabwean to retain her grip on the Olympic title. Margaret Hoelzer of the USA, who finished 5th in 2004, took the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Natalie Coughlin 25 United States USA Gold
2 Kirsty Coventry 24 Zimbabwe ZIM Silver
3 Margaret Hoelzer 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Gemma Spofforth 20 Great Britain GBR
5 Anastasiya Zuyeva 18 Russia RUS
6 Reiko Nakamura 26 Japan JPN
7 Laure Manaudou 21 France FRA
8 Hanae Ito 23 Japan JPN
9 Emily Seebohm 16 Australia AUS
10 Lizzie Simmonds 17 Great Britain GBR
11 Nina Zhivanevskaya 31 Spain ESP
12 Julia Wilkinson 21 Canada CAN
13 Sophie Edington 23 Australia AUS
14 Kseniya Moskvina 19 Russia RUS
15 Antje Buschschulte 29 Germany GER
16 Elizabeth Coster 25 New Zealand NZL
17 Xu Tianlongzi 17 China CHN
18 Fabíola Molina 33 Brazil BRA
19 Carolina Colorado 20 Colombia COL
20 Melissa Ingram 23 New Zealand NZL
21 Kateryna Zubkova 20 Ukraine UKR
22 Sanja Jovanović 21 Croatia CRO
23 Alexianne Castel 18 France FRA
24 Nikolett Szepesi 20 Hungary HUN
25 Anya Gostomelsky 27 Israel ISR
26T Romina Armellini 23 Italy ITA
26T Anja Čarman 23 Slovenia SLO
28 Merche Peris 23 Spain ESP
29 Sarah Sjöström 14 Sweden SWE
30 Hanna-Maria Seppälä 23 Finland FIN
31 Aisling Cooney 18 Ireland IRL
32 Alana Dillette 20 Bahamas BAH
33 Kiera Aitken 24 Bermuda BER
34 Sherry Tsai 24 Hong Kong HKG
35 Fernanda González 18 Mexico MEX
36 Zuzanna Mazurek 17 Poland POL
37 Iryna Amshennikova 22 Ukraine UKR
38 Gisela Morales 20 Guatemala GUA
39 Petra Klosová 22 Czech Republic CZE
40 Marica Stražmešter 26 Serbia SRB
41 Sarah Bateman 18 Iceland ISL
42 Christin Zenner 17 Germany GER
43 Erin Volcán 24 Venezuela VEN
44 Kim Yu-Yeon 17 South Korea KOR
45 Yekaterina Rudenko 13 Kazakhstan KAZ
46 María Báez 16 Paraguay PAR
47 Christie Bodden 18 Panama PAN
AC Zhao Jing 17 China CHN