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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012

Gold: CHN Jiao Liuyang
Silver: ESP Mireia Belmonte
Bronze: JPN Natsumi Hoshi

Summary

The favorite was China's Jiao Liuyang, who had won the 2011 World title, but she was expected to be challenged by her countrywoman, defending gold medalist Liu Zige, still the world record holder from the skinsuit era. But the fastest qualifier for the final was surprising American Kathleen Hersey. The final was a tactical race with Jiao staying back in the field for the first 100 metres, as Liu and Spain's Mireia Belmonte led. But Liu had nothing left for the last 100, and would finish last. Jiao came on strong on the last lap to pass Belmonte 25 metres from the finish and win gold in 2:04.06, a textile world best, and the third fastest mark ever. Belmonte hung on for the silver in the 9th fastest performance ever, with Japan's Natsumi Hoshi winning bronze. Hersey was never a factor for a medal but placed fourth with a strong last lap.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jiao Liuyang 22 China CHN Gold
2 Mireia Belmonte 21 Spain ESP Silver
3 Natsumi Hoshi 21 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Kathleen Hersey 22 United States USA
5 Cammile Adams 20 United States USA
6 Jemma Lowe 22 Great Britain GBR
7 Zsu Jakabos 23 Hungary HUN
8 Liu Zige 23 China CHN
9 Katinka Hosszú 23 Hungary HUN
10 Martina Granström 20 Sweden SWE
11 Anja Klinar 24 Slovenia SLO
12 Audrey Lacroix 28 Canada CAN
13 Jess Schipper 25 Australia AUS
14 Choi Hye-Ra 21 South Korea KOR
15 Judit Ignacio 18 Spain ESP
16 Otylia Jędrzejczak 28 Poland POL
17 Ellen Gandy 20 Great Britain GBR
18 Ingvild Snildal 23 Norway NOR
19 Katerine Savard 19 Canada CAN
20 Samantha Hamill 21 Australia AUS
21 Denisa Smolenová 23 Slovakia SVK
22 Andreina Pinto 20 Venezuela VEN
23 Rita Medrano 22 Mexico MEX
24 Sara Oliveira 26 Portugal POR
25 Martina Eva van Berkel 23 Switzerland SUI
26 Joanna Maranhão 25 Brazil BRA
27 Emilia Pikkarainen 19 Finland FIN
28 Cheng Wan-Jung 24 Chinese Taipei TPE