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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 30, 2012

Gold: FRA Yannick Agnel
Silver: KOR Park Tae-Hwan
CHN Sun Yang

Summary

American Ryan Lochte was the 2011 World Champion and had been World Swimmer of the Year in 2011. He had twice defeated Michael Phelps at the US Olympic Trials in June and was favored in this event, especially after Phelps elected not to swim it. Lochte's biggest challengers were expected to be Korean Park Tae-Hwan, silver medalist in the event in 2008 and gold medalist at Beijing in the 400, and France's Yannick Agnel, who was European Champion in 2010 in the 400 free. An outsider was considered to be Sun Yang of China, who had already won the 400 free in London.

All four of the favorites qualified for the final. Agnel took the early lead but at 100 metres was in a virtual tie with Park. On the third lap, Lochte made his move but could never get into the lead. Sun had started very slowly, lying only sixth at 50 metres, but his strength was pulling him back into the race. On the final lap, Agnel pulled away and won easily in a textile world best of 1:43.14, with Park and Sun tying for second in 1:44.93, as Lochte dropped off the podium and finished fourth. For Agnel it was his second gold medal in London, having anchored the French team to the victory in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yannick Agnel 20 France FRA Gold
2T Park Tae-Hwan 22 South Korea KOR Silver
2T Sun Yang 20 China CHN Silver
4 Ryan Lochte 27 United States USA
5 Paul Biedermann 25 Germany GER
6 Robbie Renwick 24 Great Britain GBR
7 Thomas Fraser-Holmes 20 Australia AUS
8 Dan Izotov 20 Russia RUS
9 Ricky Berens 24 United States USA
10 Dominik Kozma 21 Hungary HUN
11 Sebastiaan Verschuren 23 Netherlands NED
12 Brett Fraser 22 Cayman Islands CAY
13 Kenrick Monk 24 Australia AUS
14 Grégory Mallet 28 France FRA
15 Dominik Meichtry 27 Switzerland SUI
16 Artyom Lobuzov 21 Russia RUS
17 Blake Worsley 24 Canada CAN
18 Matthew Stanley 20 New Zealand NZL
19 Ieuan Lloyd 19 Great Britain GBR
20 Shaune Fraser 24 Cayman Islands CAY
21 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or 23 Israel ISR
22 Cristian Quintero 19 Venezuela VEN
23 Li Yunqi 18 China CHN
24 Clemens Rapp 23 Germany GER
25 Glenn Surgeloose 22 Belgium BEL
26 Ben Hockin 25 Paraguay PAR
27T David Brandl 25 Austria AUT
27T Dion Dreesens 19 Netherlands NED
29 Marco Belotti 23 Italy ITA
30 Ahmed Mathlouthi 22 Tunisia TUN
31 Matias Koski 18 Finland FIN
32 Radovan Siljevski 26 Serbia SRB
33 Mario Montoya 22 Costa Rica CRC
34T Sebastián Jahnsen 21 Peru PER
34T Tiago Venâncio 25 Portugal POR
36 Jessie Lacuna 18 Philippines PHI
37 Nicholas Schwab 21 Dominican Republic DOM
38 Raúl Martínez 24 Puerto Rico PUR
39 Gilles Marquet 18 Mauritius MRI
40 Anderson Chee Wei Lim 16 Brunei BRU