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Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 14, 2008

Gold: CHN Liu Zige
Silver: CHN Jiao Liuyang
Bronze: AUS Jess Schipper

Summary

The 200 metres butterfly was host to the biggest shock of the swimming programme of the Beijing Olympic Games which, since it was the only home victory in the pool, was also the most popular win of the entire schedule. As in the 100 metres butterfly the favourite was an Australian, in this case the world champion and world record holder Jess Schipper. Her main rivals appeared to be former world champion Otylia Jędrzejczak of Poland and the home favourite, Jiao Liuyang.

The other Chinese swimmer, Liu Zige, was a relative unknown having missed the 2007 World Championship after having made little impression in 2005. However Liu had a secret weapon – the training plan that Schipper had used to make her mark in the event. To the consternation of the Australian swimming authorities Schipper's coach, Ken Wood, had sold the document to the coaches of the Chinese swimmer. It was a move that led to Schipper dropping Wood as her coach following the Olympics.

Liu broke her personal best time in heat and semi-final and then broke Schipper's record by posting a time of 2:04.18 to win the gold medal ahead of compatriot Jiao with the Australian, who had led to the 150 metre mark, fading badly but still holding onto third.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Liu Zige 19 China CHN Gold WR
2 Jiao Liuyang 18 China CHN Silver
3 Jess Schipper 21 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Otylia Jędrzejczak 24 Poland POL
5 Yuko Nakanishi 27 Japan JPN
6 Aurore Mongel 26 France FRA
7 Elaine Breeden 19 United States USA
8 Kathleen Hersey 18 United States USA
9 Jemma Lowe 18 Great Britain GBR
10 Natsumi Hoshi 17 Japan JPN
11 Micha Østergaard 21 Denmark DEN
12 Samantha Hamill 17 Australia AUS
13 Audrey Lacroix 24 Canada CAN
14 Petra Granlund 20 Sweden SWE
15 Ellen Gandy 16 Great Britain GBR
16 Katheryn Meaklim 19 South Africa RSA
17 Nina Dittrich 17 Austria AUT
18 Beatrix Boulsevicz 21 Hungary HUN
19 Sara Oliveira 22 Portugal POR
20 Stephanie Horner 19 Canada CAN
21 Paola Cavallino 31 Italy ITA
22 Joanna Maranhão 21 Brazil BRA
23 Choi Hye-Ra 17 South Korea KOR
24 Tetiana Khala 21 Ukraine UKR
25 Yana Martynova 20 Russia RUS
26 Tao Li 18 Singapore SIN
27 Emese Kovács 17 Hungary HUN
28 Magali Rousseau 20 France FRA
29 Yang Chun-Kuei 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
30 Elvira Efstathiou 19 Greece GRE
31 Denisa Smolenová 19 Slovakia SVK
32 Gülşah Gönenç 23 Turkey TUR
33 Ingvild Snildal 19 Norway NOR
34 Kristina Lennox-Silva 23 Puerto Rico PUR