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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: July 31, 2012

Gold: USA Allison Schmitt
Silver: FRA Camille Muffat
Bronze: AUS Bronte Barratt

Summary

The defending gold medalist and World Champion was Italy's Federica Pellegrini but the favorite was American Allison Schmitt, who had starred at the US Olympic Trials in June. They were expected to be challenged by Schmitt's teammate, Missy Franklin, who was swimming an ambitious seven-event schedule in London. Franklin started the final fast, passing 50 metres under the world record split, but she could not hold that and Schmitt moved ahead by 100 metres. She continued to open up, winning the gold medal by almost two seconds over France's Camille Muffat, bronze medalist in the 200 and 400 frees at the 2011 Worlds, and earlier the gold medalist in London in the 400 free. Australian Bronte Barratt, better known for her efforts in relays, won the bronze medal, beating Franklin by only 1/100th of a second. Pellegrini was never a factor for the medals and placed fifth.

This was Schmitt's third medal of the London Olympics, after a silver in the 400 free behind Muffat and a bronze in the 4×100 free relay. She had also won a bronze in 2008 as part of the 4×200 relay. She would finish London 2012 with five medals and three golds, later adding gold medals in the medley relay and the 4×200.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Allison Schmitt 22 United States USA Gold
2 Camille Muffat 22 France FRA Silver
3 Bronte Barratt 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Missy Franklin 17 United States USA
5 Federica Pellegrini 23 Italy ITA
6 Veronika Popova 21 Russia RUS
7 Caitlin McClatchey 26 Great Britain GBR
8 Kylie Palmer 22 Australia AUS
9 Melania Costa 23 Spain ESP
10 Barbara Jardin 20 Canada CAN
11 Samantha Cheverton 23 Canada CAN
12 Sarah Sjöström 18 Sweden SWE
13 Silke Lippok 18 Germany GER
14 Sara Isakovič 24 Slovenia SLO
15 Wang Shijia 18 China CHN
16 Hanae Ito 27 Japan JPN
17 Rebecca Turner 19 Great Britain GBR
18 Ophélie Etienne 21 France FRA
19 Nina Rangelova 21 Bulgaria BUL
20 Karin Prinsloo 22 South Africa RSA
21 Song Wenyan 20 China CHN
22 Ágnes Mutina 24 Hungary HUN
23 Sze Hang Yu 24 Hong Kong HKG
24 Pernille Blume 18 Denmark DEN
25 Camelia Potec 30 Romania ROU
26 Liliana Ibáñez 21 Mexico MEX
27 Anna Stylianou 26 Cyprus CYP
28 Katarína Filová 23 Slovakia SVK
29 Jördis Steinegger 29 Austria AUT
30 Natthanan Junkrajang 26 Thailand THA
31 Danielle Villars 19 Switzerland SUI
32 Hanna-Maria Seppälä 27 Finland FIN
33 Baek Il-Ju 26 South Korea KOR
34 Heather Arseth 18 Mauritius MRI
35 Aurelie Fanchette 14 Seychelles SEY