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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 2, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012

Gold: USA Missy Franklin
Silver: RUS Anastasiya Zuyeva
Bronze: USA Elizabeth Beisel

Summary

Four days earlier American Missy Franklin had won gold in the 100 backstroke, and she later added a relay gold in the 4×200 free. As the 2011 World Champion in this event she was favored on this night and came through in spectacular fashion. Franklin led from the start, turning in 29.53, just ahead of Great Britain's Lizzie Simmonds. But at 100 metres Franklin was well ahead, turning almost ½-second under the world record split. She maintained that pace and came home for gold in a world record 2:04.06, 0.75 seconds better than the mark set by Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) at the 2009 Worlds. Behind Franklin, Russian Anastasiya Zuyeva closed fast for the silver medal in 2:05.92, while Franklin's teammate, Elizabeth Beisel won the bronze, as Simmonds dropped back to fourth. Coventry contested the final but was never a medal factor and finished sixth.

Franklin became the sixth woman to win the 100/200 backstroke double, but the first since Diana Mocanu (ROU) in 2000. This was her third gold medal of the 2012 Olympics, which she would finish with five medals and four golds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Missy Franklin 17 United States USA Gold
2 Anastasiya Zuyeva 22 Russia RUS Silver
3 Elizabeth Beisel 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Lizzie Simmonds 21 Great Britain GBR
5 Meagen Nay 23 Australia AUS
6 Kirsty Coventry 28 Zimbabwe ZIM
7 Alexianne Castel 22 France FRA
8 Sinead Russell 19 Canada CAN
9 Stephanie Proud 23 Great Britain GBR
10 Belinda Hocking 21 Australia AUS
11 Sharon van Rouwendaal 18 Netherlands NED
12 Daryna Zevina 17 Ukraine UKR
13 Duane Da Rocha 24 Spain ESP
14 Simona Baumrtová 20 Czech Republic CZE
15 Jenny Mensing 26 Germany GER
16 Karin Prinsloo 22 South Africa RSA
17 Melissa Ingram 27 New Zealand NZL
18 Hilary Caldwell 21 Canada CAN
19 Bai Anqi 19 China CHN
20 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
21 Miyu Otsuka 18 Japan JPN
22 Yao Yige 16 China CHN
23 Alessia Filippi 25 Italy ITA
24 Fernanda González 22 Mexico MEX
25 Anja Čarman 27 Slovenia SLO
26 Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên 15 Vietnam VIE
27 Carolina Colorado 24 Colombia COL
28 Mie Østergaard Nielsen 15 Denmark DEN
29 Alicja Tchórz 19 Poland POL
30 Laure Manaudou 25 France FRA
31 Ham Chan-Mi 18 South Korea KOR
32 Ekaterina Avramova 20 Bulgaria BUL
33 Kim Daniela Pavlin 20 Croatia CRO
34 Melanie Nocher 24 Ireland IRL
35 Dorina Szekeres 19 Hungary HUN
36 Stephanie Au 20 Hong Kong HKG
37 Yulduz Kuchkarova 18 Uzbekistan UZB