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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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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: USA Rebecca Soni
Silver: AUS Leisel Jones
Bronze: NOR Sara Nordenstam

Summary

As world champion and world record holder Leisel Jones of Australia was already a hot favourite for the gold medal at 200 metres breaststroke. Her impressive victory in the 100 three days earlier seem to put the matter beyond doubt. Rebecca Soni's performance in the heats, where she set an Olympic record may, have a good impression but few thought the American could challenge Jones for the title. The Australian went into an early lead but Soni was always at her shoulder and at 150 metres she surged into the lead. Over the final length of the pool Soni put over three quarters of a second between her and Jones and touched the wall in a new world record time of 2:20.22.

Another surprise was the identity of the bronze medal winner. Sara Nordenstam broke the European record and became the first Norwegian woman to win an Olympic swimming medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rebecca Soni 21 United States USA Gold WR
2 Leisel Jones 22 Australia AUS Silver
3 Sara Nordenstam 25 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Mirna Jukic 22 Austria AUT
5 Yuliya Yefimova 16 Russia RUS
6 Annamay Pierse 24 Canada CAN
7 Rie Kaneto 19 Japan JPN
8 Megumi Taneda 21 Japan JPN
9 Sally Foster 23 Australia AUS
10 Anne Poleska 28 Germany GER
11 Jeong Seul-Gi 20 South Korea KOR
12 Joline Höstman 19 Sweden SWE
13 Qi Hui 23 China CHN
14 Jeong Da-Rae 16 South Korea KOR
15 Suzaan van Biljon 20 South Africa RSA
16 Elise Matthysen 16 Belgium BEL
17 Inna Kapishina 23 Belarus BLR
18 Amanda Beard 26 United States USA
19 Siow Yi Ting 24 Malaysia MAS
20T Olga Detenyuk 15 Russia RUS
20T Kirsty Balfour 24 Great Britain GBR
22 Adriana Marmolejo 26 Mexico MEX
23 Yuliya Pidlisna 21 Ukraine UKR
24 Mireia Belmonte 17 Spain ESP
25 Alia Atkinson 19 Jamaica JAM
26 Luo Nan 21 China CHN
27 Katalin Bor 18 Hungary HUN
28 Sara El-Bekri 21 Morocco MAR
29 Diana Gomes 19 Portugal POR
30 Sophie de Ronchi 22 France FRA
31 Marina Kuč 23 Montenegro MNE
32 Buse Günaydın 19 Turkey TUR
33 Nađa Higl 21 Serbia SRB
34 Smiljana Marinović 30 Croatia CRO
35 Raminta Dvariškytė 18 Lithuania LTU
36 Nicolette Teo 22 Singapore SIN
37 Agustina De Giovanni 23 Argentina ARG
38 Angeliki Exarchou 22 Greece GRE
39 Noora Laukkanen 15 Finland FIN
40 Tatiane Sakemi 22 Brazil BRA