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Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008

Gold: GER Britta Steffen
Silver: AUS Libby Lenton-Trickett
Bronze: USA Natalie Coughlin

Summary

In front of a home crowd at the 2007 World Championships Libby Trickett had produced a fine swim to defeat Marleen Veldhuis for the world title. She reinforced her status as favourite firstly by breaking the world record to qualify for the Australian team and then by winning the 100 metre butterfly gold medal earlier in the week. Therefore it came as a huge shock when she was only was 9th fastest in the semi-final and was seemingly eliminated from contention.

Trickett was then given a reprieve when it was announced Pang Jiaying had been disqualified from a false start and she crept into the final as the slowest qualifier. The Australian blazed a trial and, swimming from an outside lane, led the race almost from the first stroke. In last place at the turn was European champion Britta Steffen of Germany but from then on the race completely changed. Steffan took a second out of the Australian in the last 50 minutes and in the last few strokes overhauled her rival to claim the Olympic title. She would later add the 50 freestyle title and would win the same two events at the 2009 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Britta Steffen 24 Germany GER Gold OR
2 Libby Lenton-Trickett 23 Australia AUS Silver
3 Natalie Coughlin 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Hanna-Maria Seppälä 23 Finland FIN
5 Jeanette Ottesen Gray 20 Denmark DEN
6T Zhu Yingwen 26 China CHN
6T Marleen Veldhuis 29 Netherlands NED
8 Fran Halsall 18 Great Britain GBR
9 Malia Metella 26 France FRA
10 Cate Campbell 16 Australia AUS
11 Josefin Lillhage 28 Sweden SWE
12 Lacey Nymeyer 22 United States USA
13 Petra Dallmann 29 Germany GER
14 Aleksandra Gerasimenya 22 Belarus BLR
15 Erica Morningstar 19 Canada CAN
16 Pang Jiaying 23 China CHN
17 Julia Wilkinson 21 Canada CAN
18 Alena Popchanka 29 France FRA
19 Tatiana Lemos 29 Brazil BRA
20 Agata Korc 22 Poland POL
21 Lize-Mari Retief 21 South Africa RSA
22 Anya Gostomelsky 27 Israel ISR
23 Martina Moravcová 32 Slovakia SVK
24 Inge Dekker 22 Netherlands NED
25 Anastasiya Aksenova 18 Russia RUS
26 Hannah Wilson 19 Hong Kong HKG
27 Daria Stepaniuk 18 Ukraine UKR
28 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 18 Bahamas BAH
29 Birgit Koschischek 21 Austria AUT
30 Arlene Semeco 24 Venezuela VEN
31 Jana Klusáčková 30 Czech Republic CZE
32 Jang Hui-Jin 21 South Korea KOR
33 Triin Aljand 23 Estonia EST
34 Quah Ting Wen 15 Singapore SIN
35 Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir 23 Iceland ISL
36 Anna Stylianou 22 Cyprus CYP
37 Eleni Kosti 22 Greece GRE
38 Miroslava Najdanovski 20 Serbia SRB
39 Natthanan Junkrajang 22 Thailand THA
40 Orsolya Tompa 17 Hungary HUN
41 Christel Simms 17 Philippines PHI
42 Marialaura Simonetto 20 Italy ITA
43 Nieh Pin-Chieh 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
44 Nina Sovinek 23 Slovenia SLO
45 Madeleine Scerri 18 Malta MLT
46 Irina Shlemova 24 Uzbekistan UZB
47 Elena Popovska 18 Macedonia MKD
48 Olga Hachatryan 16 Turkmenistan TKM