Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012
Rebecca Soni (USA) was a heavy favorite, having won the 2008 gold medal and the 2011 World Championships. She solidified that role when she bettered the world record in the semi-finals. Her time was 2:20.00 and all that was left for her in the final was to better the 2:20 barrier. She did that to win the gold medal in stunning fashion, posting 2:19.59 for another world mark, with splits of 32.49, 1:08.10, and 1:43.95. Soni revealed that this had been her own private goal, "It's my goal since I was a little kid to swim under 2:20. When my coach told me you're going to be the first woman to go under 2:20', I've been chasing it ever since and I'm so happy." Soni became the first woman to defend the gold medal in the 200 breast.
Behind Soni, Japan's Satomi Suzuki added a silver to the bronze she had won in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 2:20.72 to equal the Asian record. The bronze went to Russian Yuliya Yefimova, who trained with Soni at the Trojan Swim Club, and finished in an European record 2:20.92.
|1||Rebecca Soni||25||United States||USA||Gold|
|4||Rikke Møller Pedersen||23||Denmark||DEN|
|6||Micah Lawrence||22||United States||USA|
|7||Suzaan van Biljon||24||South Africa||RSA|
|9||Baek Su-Yeon||21||South Korea||KOR|
|16||Jeong Da-Rae||20||South Korea||KOR|
|18||Stacey Tadd||23||Great Britain||GBR|
|21||Tera van Beilen||19||Canada||CAN|
|26||Martina Moravčíková||23||Czech Republic||CZE|