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Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008

Gold: AUS Steph Rice
Silver: ZIM Kirsty Coventry
Bronze: USA Natalie Coughlin

Summary

The long range favourite for the Olympic title was undoubtedly America's Katie Hoff but the events of the first days of Olympic competition suggested that the double world champion in this event might not be the force she was expected to be. Allied to that was the fact that her crowded schedule meant that this was to be her second final within an hour. The final turned into a carbon copy of the 400 metres medley that had taken place three days earlier with Australia's Steph Rice and Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe vying to be Olympic champion. Like the 400 Coventry opened up a lead but was pegged back and overtaken by Rice in the closing stages. This was the second of Rice's three Olympic gold medals and the third silver medal won by Coventry in Beijing. Natalie Coughlin, who had made a last minute to race this event at the US trials, finished ahead of Hoff for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steph Rice 20 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Kirsty Coventry 24 Zimbabwe ZIM Silver
3 Natalie Coughlin 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Katie Hoff 19 United States USA
5 Alicia Coutts 20 Australia AUS
6 Asami Kitagawa 20 Japan JPN
7 Julia Wilkinson 21 Canada CAN
8 Kasia Baranowska 20 Poland POL
9 Evelyn Verrasztó 19 Hungary HUN
10 Julie Hjorth-Hansen 24 Denmark DEN
11 Hannah Miley 18 Great Britain GBR
12 Camille Muffat 18 France FRA
13 Svetlana Karpeyeva 22 Russia RUS
14 Mireia Belmonte 17 Spain ESP
15 Li Jiaxing 18 China CHN
16 Keri-Anne Payne 20 Great Britain GBR
17 Katinka Hosszú 19 Hungary HUN
18 Helen Norfolk 26 New Zealand NZL
19 Erica Morningstar 19 Canada CAN
20 Qi Hui 23 China CHN
21 Cylia Vabre 24 France FRA
22 Joanna Maranhão 21 Brazil BRA
23 Sara Nordenstam 25 Norway NOR
24 Choi Hye-Ra 17 South Korea KOR
25 Anja Klinar 20 Slovenia SLO
26 Jessica Pengelly 17 South Africa RSA
27 María Peláez 30 Spain ESP
28 Femke Heemskerk 20 Netherlands NED
29 Siow Yi Ting 24 Malaysia MAS
30 Katharina Schiller 24 Germany GER
31 Hanna Dzerkal 20 Ukraine UKR
32 Erika Stewart 18 Colombia COL
33 Sherry Tsai 24 Hong Kong HKG
34 Sonja Schöber 23 Germany GER
35 Erla Haraldsdóttir 20 Iceland ISL
36 Lin Man-Hsu 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
37 Georgina Bardach 24 Argentina ARG
38 Fibriani Marita 14 Indonesia INA