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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Breaststroke

Swimming at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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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: LTU Rūta Meilutytė
Silver: USA Rebecca Soni
Bronze: JPN Satomi Suzuki

Summary

Rebecca Soni (USA) was the 2011 World Champion in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, also won this event at the 2009 Worlds, and was a silver medalist at the 2008 Olympics. Although she was favored, in the preliminaries in London, the best time was posted by the unknown 15-year-old Lithuanian Rūta Meilutytė, who broke the European record with 1:05.21 in the semi-finals. This made her only the second swimming finalist ever for Lithuania.

The final got off to a rough start when the USA's Breeja Larson caused a stir by jumping into the pool before the start. But the official ruled that it was due to a faulty starting system in which the swimmers could not hear the "take your mark" command. She was allowed a re-start which would be a fair start. Meilutytė started the final at the same sort of pace, clear of the field at the wall, with Soni in fourth place. Soni did not make up ground until the last 15 metres when she surged and almost caught Meilutytė, but she came up short, the gold going to the young Lithuanian, with Soni getting silver. Japan's Satomi Suzuki won bronze, over a second back of the two leaders. Larson eventually placed sixth.

Meilutytė was only 15 years, 133 days old on the day of this win, which would make her the youngest swimming gold medalist in London, just younger than Katie Ledecky (USA), who had won the 800 free at 15-137. This also made Meilutytė the youngest ever Olympic gold medalist in the 100 breaststroke, and her win was the first medal ever won by Lithuania in swimming.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rūta Meilutytė 15 Lithuania LTU Gold
2 Rebecca Soni 25 United States USA Silver
3 Satomi Suzuki 21 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Alia Atkinson 23 Jamaica JAM
5 Leisel Jones 26 Australia AUS
6 Breeja Larson 20 United States USA
7 Yuliya Yefimova 20 Russia RUS
8 Rikke Møller Pedersen 23 Denmark DEN
9 Tera van Beilen 19 Canada CAN
10 Jennie Johansson 24 Sweden SWE
11 Suzaan van Biljon 24 South Africa RSA
12 Sarah Poewe 29 Germany GER
13 Leiston Pickett 20 Australia AUS
14 Jillian Tyler 23 Canada CAN
15 Zhao Jin 24 China CHN
16 Mina Matsushima 21 Japan JPN
17 Liu Xiaoyu 24 China CHN
18 Sara El-Bekri 25 Morocco MAR
19 Joline Höstman 23 Sweden SWE
20 Moniek Nijhuis 24 Netherlands NED
21 Siobhan-Marie O'Connor 16 Great Britain GBR
22 Caroline Ruhnau 27 Germany GER
23 Darya Deyeva 21 Russia RUS
24 Petra Chocová 25 Czech Republic CZE
25 Marina García 18 Spain ESP
26 Sycerika McMahon 17 Ireland IRL
27 Michela Guzzetti 20 Italy ITA
28 Kate Haywood 25 Great Britain GBR
29 Buse Günaydın 23 Turkey TUR
30 Tjaša Vozel 18 Slovenia SLO
31 Anna Sztankovics 16 Hungary HUN
32 Fanny Babou 23 France FRA
33 Kim Hye-Jin 18 South Korea KOR
34 Jenna Laukkanen 17 Finland FIN
35 Ana Rodrigues 18 Portugal POR
36 Danielle Beaubrun 22 Saint Lucia LCA
37 Mariya Liver 21 Ukraine UKR
38 Chen I-Chuan 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
39 Concepción Badillo 26 Spain ESP
40 Tatiana Chişca 17 Moldova MDA
41 Ivana Ninković 16 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
42 Pilar Shimizu 16 Guam GUM
43 Matelita Buadromo 16 Fiji FIJ
44 Oksana Hətəmxanova 22 Azerbaijan AZE
45 Gantumöriin Oyungerel 20 Mongolia MGL
46 Dede Camara 21 Guinea GUI