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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 14, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: ZIM Kirsty Coventry
Silver: USA Margaret Hoelzer
Bronze: JPN Reiko Nakamura

Summary

Six weeks before the Beijing Olympics Margaret Hoelzer, the 2007 world champion, took half a second off the world record at the US Olympic Trials in Nebraska. Her main rival for the Olympic title appeared to be the defending champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe whose record Hoelzer had broken. Coventry turned the event into a time trial and passed every 50 metre split under the existing world record. At the finish she was 0.8 of a second inside the previous mark and a second clear of Hoelzer with Reiko Nakamura repeating her performance of 2004 by claiming third place. Coventry, who had been world champion in 2005, regained her world title in 2009.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kirsty Coventry 24 Zimbabwe ZIM Gold WR
2 Margaret Hoelzer 25 United States USA Silver
3 Reiko Nakamura 26 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Anastasiya Zuyeva 18 Russia RUS
5 Elizabeth Beisel 15 United States USA
6 Lizzie Simmonds 17 Great Britain GBR
7 Meagen Nay 19 Australia AUS
8 Belinda Hocking 17 Australia AUS
9 Gemma Spofforth 20 Great Britain GBR
10 Zhao Jing 17 China CHN
11 Melissa Ingram 23 New Zealand NZL
12 Hanae Ito 23 Japan JPN
13 Alexianne Castel 18 France FRA
14 Stanislava Komarova 22 Russia RUS
15 Laure Manaudou 21 France FRA
16 Anja Čarman 23 Slovenia SLO
17 Evelyn Verrasztó 19 Hungary HUN
18 Nikolett Szepesi 20 Hungary HUN
19 Chen Yanyan 23 China CHN
20 Melanie Nocher 20 Ireland IRL
21 Zuzanna Mazurek 17 Poland POL
22T Melissa Corfe 22 South Africa RSA
22T Kateryna Zubkova 20 Ukraine UKR
24 Escarlata Bernard 19 Spain ESP
25 Lidia Morant 17 Spain ESP
26 Gang Yeong-Seo 14 South Korea KOR
27 Gisela Morales 20 Guatemala GUA
28 Fernanda González 18 Mexico MEX
29 Stella Boumi 20 Greece GRE
30 Lindsay Seemann 15 Canada CAN
31 Sanja Jovanović 21 Croatia CRO
32 Erin Volcán 24 Venezuela VEN
33 Iryna Amshennikova 22 Ukraine UKR
34 Christin Zenner 17 Germany GER