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Women's 100 metres Breaststroke

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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: AUS Leisel Jones
Silver: USA Rebecca Soni
Bronze: AUT Mirna Jukic

Summary

Since winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics as a fifteen year old, Leisel Jones of Australia had clearly been the dominant force in this event. Despite this doubts still remained about her ability to cope with the big occasion as she been favourite for both the 2003 World Championships and 2004 Olympics but had been defeated on both occasions. She had rebounded by winning both 100 and 200 metre world breaststroke titles in 2005 and 2007 but the Beijing Olympics would be the acid test on her capabilities of dealing with pressure. Starting with an Olympic record in the heats Jones found redemption for her performance in the Athens Games by being a class above her opposition in each of the her three races. The biggest surprise was that she failed to challenge her own world record.

Finishing second behind Jones was American Rebecca Soni. Although had qualified for the US team at 200 metres breaststroke she had originally missed a place at the 100 after finishing 4th at the US trials. She inherited her place after Jessica Hardy was withdrawn following a doping irregularity but only because the qualifying rules would not allow alternate Tara Kirk to be called into the Olympic team. Mirna Jukic's bronze was the first by a Austrian woman in an individual swimming event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Leisel Jones 22 Australia AUS Gold OR
2 Rebecca Soni 21 United States USA Silver
3 Mirna Jukic 22 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Yuliya Yefimova 16 Russia RUS
5 Megan Quann-Jendrick 24 United States USA
6 Tarnee White 27 Australia AUS
7 Sun Ye 19 China CHN
8 Asami Kitagawa 20 Japan JPN
9 Joline Höstman 19 Sweden SWE
10 Annamay Pierse 24 Canada CAN
11 Kate Haywood 21 Great Britain GBR
12 Chen Huijia 18 China CHN
13T Jillian Tyler 19 Canada CAN
13T Elise Matthysen 16 Belgium BEL
15 Kirsty Balfour 24 Great Britain GBR
16 Suzaan van Biljon 20 South Africa RSA
17 Megumi Taneda 21 Japan JPN
18 Yelena Bogomazova 26 Russia RUS
19 Sara El-Bekri 21 Morocco MAR
20 Sarah Poewe 25 Germany GER
21 Hanna Westrin 16 Sweden SWE
22 Roberta Panara 24 Italy ITA
23 Jeong Seul-Gi 20 South Korea KOR
24 Yuliya Pidlisna 21 Ukraine UKR
25 Hanna Khlistunova 20 Ukraine UKR
26 Diana Gomes 19 Portugal POR
27 Inna Kapishina 23 Belarus BLR
28 Buse Günaydın 19 Turkey TUR
29 Sophie de Ronchi 22 France FRA
30 Angeliki Exarchou 22 Greece GRE
31 Adriana Marmolejo 26 Mexico MEX
32 Nicolette Teo 22 Singapore SIN
33 Smiljana Marinović 30 Croatia CRO
34 Yekaterina Sadovnik 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
35 Jolijn van Valkengoed 26 Netherlands NED
36 Sonja Schöber 23 Germany GER
37 Liliana Guiscardo 27 Argentina ARG
38 Valeria Silva 22 Peru PER
39 Tatiane Sakemi 22 Brazil BRA
40 Erla Haraldsdóttir 20 Iceland ISL
41 Réka Pecz 16 Hungary HUN
42 Danielle Beaubrun 18 Saint Lucia LCA
43 Nađa Higl 21 Serbia SRB
44 Mayumi Raheem 16 Sri Lanka SRI
45 Nibal Yamout 15 Lebanon LIB
46 Oksana Hətəmxanova 18 Azerbaijan AZE
47 Asmahan Farhat 18 Libya LBA
48 Ana Salnik'ova 21 Georgia GEO
49 Mariam Keita 24 Mali MLI