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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: July 29, 2012

Gold: USA Dana Vollmer
Silver: CHN Lu Ying
Bronze: AUS Alicia Coutts

Summary

Dana Vollmer (USA) had competed at the 2004 Olympics and was considered a likely medal contender in Beijing, but she failed to get past the US Olympic Trials and did not make the team. She came into London as the defending World Champion and the favorite in this event, looking for redemption. In the preliminary heats, Vollmer posted a world textile best of 56.25 to better the Olympic record. She actually did not start well in the final, trailing Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen to the wall, as the Dane was 0.66 seconds under the world record split, with Vollmer only in third place. But the last lap was all Vollmer as she came home in a world record 55.98 to become the first female swimmer to better 56 seconds in the 100 fly. Ottesen's start was too fast and she faded to sixth place, as the silver was won by China's Lu Ying, bronze medalist at the 2011 Worlds. The bronze went to Australian Alicia Coutts, runner-up to Vollmer at the 2011 Worlds, who inexplicably was in last place at the turn, but stormed home to win a medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dana Vollmer 24 United States USA Gold
2 Lu Ying 23 China CHN Silver
3 Alicia Coutts 24 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Sarah Sjöström 18 Sweden SWE
5 Ilaria Bianchi 22 Italy ITA
6 Jeanette Ottesen Gray 24 Denmark DEN
7 Claire Donahue 23 United States USA
8 Ellen Gandy 20 Great Britain GBR
9 Jiao Liuyang 22 China CHN
10 Tao Li 22 Singapore SIN
11 Yuka Kato 25 Japan JPN
12 Kristel Vourna 20 Greece GRE
13 Aleksandra Gerasimenya 26 Belarus BLR
14 Fran Halsall 22 Great Britain GBR
15 Martina Granström 20 Sweden SWE
16 Katerine Savard 19 Canada CAN
17 Inge Dekker 26 Netherlands NED
18 Amit Ivry 22 Israel ISR
19T Kimberly Buys 23 Belgium BEL
19T Irina Bespalova 31 Russia RUS
21 Alexandra Wenk 17 Germany GER
22 Ingvild Snildal 23 Norway NOR
23 Natsumi Hoshi 21 Japan JPN
24 Jess Schipper 25 Australia AUS
25 Otylia Jędrzejczak 28 Poland POL
26T Danielle Villars 19 Switzerland SUI
26T Judit Ignacio 18 Spain ESP
28 Denisa Smolenová 23 Slovakia SVK
29 Emilia Pikkarainen 19 Finland FIN
30 Hannah Wilson 23 Hong Kong HKG
31 Sara Isakovič 24 Slovenia SLO
32 Sarah Bateman 22 Iceland ISL
33 Daynara de Paula 23 Brazil BRA
34 Liliána Szilágyi 15 Hungary HUN
35 Triin Aljand 27 Estonia EST
36 Sara Oliveira 26 Portugal POR
37 Birgit Koschischek 25 Austria AUT
38 Justine Bruno 18 France FRA
39 Dalia Torres 22 Nicaragua NCA
40 Noel Borshi 16 Albania ALB
41 Dorian McMenemy 15 Dominican Republic DOM
42 Marie Meza 21 Costa Rica CRC