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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012

Gold: HUN Dániel Gyurta
Silver: GBR Michael Jamieson
Bronze: JPN Ryo Tateishi

Summary

Kosuke Kitajima of Japan had won gold in this event in 2004 and 2008, but had lost the 2011 World Championships to Hungarian Dániel Gyurta, who was also 2009 World Champion. Gyurta had finished second to Kitajima in 2004 at Athens but was fifth in Beijing. Kitajima was attempting to become the first man to three-peat in swimming at the Olympics, something he would attempted in the London 100 breaststroke.

Both qualified easily for the final in London. In the final Kitajima took it out fast, leading at 50 metres in 28.64, under the world record split. On the second lap, he was caught by Gyurta and Britain's Michael Jamieson, and Gyurta did not let up. He continued to push the pace and would finish in a world record 2:07.28. Kitajima could not maintain contact, but Jamieson remained close throughout, finishing for silver in 2:07.43, the fourth-fastest time ever. Kitajima was outtouched at the final wall for the bronze medal by his teammate Ryo Tateishi. Kitajima's attempt to three-peat in the 100 breast also came up short of the podium when he finished fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dániel Gyurta 23 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Michael Jamieson 23 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Ryo Tateishi 23 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Kosuke Kitajima 29 Japan JPN
5 Scott Weltz 25 United States USA
6 Clark Burckle 24 United States USA
7 Brenton Rickard 28 Australia AUS
8 Andrew Willis 21 Great Britain GBR
9 Tales Cerdeira 25 Brazil BRA
10 Vyacheslav Sinkevich 20 Russia RUS
11 Giedrius Titenis 23 Lithuania LTU
12 Christian vom Lehn 20 Germany GER
13 Marco Koch 22 Germany GER
14 Glenn Snyders 25 New Zealand NZL
15 Laurent Carnol 22 Luxembourg LUX
16 Scott Dickens 27 Canada CAN
17 Matti Mattsson 18 Finland FIN
18 Lennart Stekelenburg 25 Netherlands NED
19 Henrique Barbosa 28 Brazil BRA
20 Ákos Molnár 25 Hungary HUN
21 Sławomir Kuczko 27 Poland POL
22 Ihor Borysyk 28 Ukraine UKR
23 Tomáš Klobučník 22 Slovakia SVK
24 Yannick Käser 20 Switzerland SUI
25 Choi Gyu-Wung 22 South Korea KOR
26 Christian Schurr 27 Mexico MEX
27 Panagiotis Samilidis 18 Greece GRE
28 Irak'li Bolkvadze 17 Georgia GEO
29 Hunor Mate 29 Austria AUT
30 Nuttapong Ketin 19 Thailand THA
31 Jakob Sveinsson 29 Iceland ISL
32 Dmitry Aleksandrov 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
33 Chen Cheng 20 China CHN
34 Tsilavina Ramanantsoa 20 Madagascar MAD