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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012

Gold: USA Rebecca Soni
Silver: JPN Satomi Suzuki
Bronze: RUS Yuliya Yefimova

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rebecca Soni 25 United States USA Gold
2 Satomi Suzuki 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 Yuliya Yefimova 20 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Rikke Møller Pedersen 23 Denmark DEN
5 Martha McCabe 22 Canada CAN
6 Micah Lawrence 22 United States USA
7 Suzaan van Biljon 24 South Africa RSA
8 Sally Foster 27 Australia AUS
9 Baek Su-Yeon 21 South Korea KOR
10 Joline Höstman 23 Sweden SWE
11 Sara El-Bekri 25 Morocco MAR
12 Anastasiya Chaun 23 Russia RUS
13 Ji Liping 23 China CHN
14 Kanako Watanabe 15 Japan JPN
15 Tessa Wallace 18 Australia AUS
16 Jeong Da-Rae 20 South Korea KOR
17 Hanna Dzerkal 24 Ukraine UKR
18 Stacey Tadd 23 Great Britain GBR
19 Fanny Lecluyse 20 Belgium BEL
20 Marina García 18 Spain ESP
21 Tera van Beilen 19 Canada CAN
22 Chiara Boggiatto 26 Italy ITA
23 Sara Nordenstam 29 Norway NOR
24 Sun Ye 23 China CHN
25 Nađa Higl 25 Serbia SRB
26 Martina Moravčíková 23 Czech Republic CZE
27 Alia Atkinson 23 Jamaica JAM
28 Hrafnhildur Luthersdóttir 20 Iceland ISL
29 Anna Sztankovics 16 Hungary HUN
30 Buse Günaydın 23 Turkey TUR
31 Sarra Lajnef 22 Tunisia TUN
32 Jenna Laukkanen 17 Finland FIN
33 Tanja Šmid 22 Slovenia SLO
34 Darya Talanova 16 Kyrgyzstan KGZ