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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 11, 2008

Gold: GBR Becky Adlington
Silver: USA Katie Hoff
Bronze: GBR Jo Jackson


The long range favourites were the defending world and Olympic [Laure Manaudou] of France and the European champion [Federica Pellegrini] of Italy. Late in 2007 Manaudou's preparations for Beijing were hampered by the publicity generated by the leak onto the internet of an intimate video showing Manadou and boyfriend [Luca Marin]. The scandal was elevated by the fact that Manadou and Marin had now broken up and he was now in a relationship with Pellegrini.

Another factor in the equation for Beijing was American's [Katie Hoff] who was being touted in the media as )the female Michael Phelps) and was expected to challenge for six medals at the Games. Hoff took the initiative by setting an Olympic record in her heat but it only lasted a matter of minutes before Pellegrini set a new mark. Manadou also made the final but only as the slowest of the eight qualifiers.

For the first part of the race no one appeared willing to take on the pace. An attempt by Manadou to break clear soon floundered and it was not until after half way that the first serious move of the race took place. Katie Hoff pushed ahead and enjoyed a healthy lead with 50 metres to go but as she faded the rest of the pack closed up and in the final strokes [Becky Adlington] of Great Britain burst through to win the gold medal. Adlington, who was known more for the performances over 800 metres, had never been better than fourth before the final turn but timed the final sprint to perfection to become the first British swimming champion since 1988. Another Briton, [Jo Jackson], placed third with Pellegrini paying the price for a slow start back in fifth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Becky Adlington 19 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Katie Hoff 19 United States USA Silver
3 Jo Jackson 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Coralie Balmy 21 France FRA
5 Federica Pellegrini 20 Italy ITA
6 Camelia Potec 26 Romania ROU
7 Bronte Barratt 19 Australia AUS
8 Laure Manaudou 21 France FRA
9 Otylia Jędrzejczak 24 Poland POL
10 Linda MacKenzie 24 Australia AUS
11 Stephanie Horner 19 Canada CAN
12 Wendy Trott 18 South Africa RSA
13 Lotte Friis 20 Denmark DEN
14T Kate Ziegler 20 United States USA
14T Flavia Rigamonti 27 Switzerland SUI
16 Jördis Steinegger 25 Austria AUT
17 Melissa Corfe 22 South Africa RSA
18 Gabriella Fagundez 22 Sweden SWE
19 Savannah King 16 Canada CAN
20 Susana Escobar 20 Mexico MEX
21 Monique Ferreira 28 Brazil BRA
22 Tan Miao 21 China CHN
23 Erika Villaécija 24 Spain ESP
24 Stephanie Au 16 Hong Kong HKG
25 Jaana Ehmcke 21 Germany GER
26 Li Mo 18 China CHN
27 Elvira Efstathiou 19 Greece GRE
28 Daria Belyakina 21 Russia RUS
29 Boglárka Kapás 15 Hungary HUN
30 Lynette Lim 16 Singapore SIN
31 Ai Shibata 26 Japan JPN
32 Yanel Pinto 19 Venezuela VEN
33 Nataliya Khudiakova 23 Ukraine UKR
34 Cecilia Biagioli 23 Argentina ARG
35 Eva Lehtonen 17 Finland FIN
36 Kristina Lennox-Silva 23 Puerto Rico PUR
37 Lee Ji-Eun 19 South Korea KOR
38 Khoo Cai Lin 19 Malaysia MAS
39 Golda Marcus 25 El Salvador ESA
40 Yang Chun-Kuei 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
41 Shrone Austin 19 Seychelles SEY