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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

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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: CHN Ye Shiwen
Silver: AUS Alicia Coutts
Bronze: USA Caitlin Leverenz

Summary

Ye Shiwen of China had won this event at the 2011 World Championships, had already won the 400 IM in London, and was heavily favored when this final started. The defending champion was Australian Steph Rice, and she was back but was considered only a long shot for a medal. Rice led the field through the butterfly leg with the only sub-28 second split, but Ye moved ahead on the backstroke and Rice fell well back on the breaststroke leg. After 150 metres, the race was between Ye, Australian Alicia Coutts and American Caitlin Leverenz, but Ye was simply too strong for the others and pulled away to win in 2:07.57, with Coutts coming in second in 2:08.15. Leverenz was third, just ahead of Rice, equaling her result in both IMs from the 2010 Pan-Pacs. Ye's time was an all-time textile best and an Olympic record.

Ye became the sixth swimmer to double in the 200/400 IM, and the fifth in a row. This had been done previously by Claudia Kolb (USA) in 1968, and since 1996, consecutively by Michelle Smith (IRL), Yana Klochkova (UKR) (2000-04), and Rice in 2008. Ye's two gold medals while still only 16-years-old made her the first to do that since Diana Mocanu (ROU) in 2000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ye Shiwen 16 China CHN Gold
2 Alicia Coutts 24 Australia AUS Silver
3 Caitlin Leverenz 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Steph Rice 24 Australia AUS
5 Ariana Kukors 23 United States USA
6 Kirsty Coventry 28 Zimbabwe ZIM
7 Hannah Miley 22 Great Britain GBR
8 Katinka Hosszú 23 Hungary HUN
9 Evelyn Verrasztó 23 Hungary HUN
10 Mireia Belmonte 21 Spain ESP
11 Li Jiaxing 22 China CHN
12 Theresa Michalak 20 Germany GER
13 Amit Ivry 22 Israel ISR
14 Izumi Kato 22 Japan JPN
15 Joanna Maranhão 25 Brazil BRA
16 Beatriz Gómez 17 Spain ESP
17 Erica Morningstar 23 Canada CAN
18 Hanna Dzerkal 24 Ukraine UKR
19 Lisa Zaiser 17 Austria AUT
20 Stina Gardell 22 Sweden SWE
21 Sophie Allen 20 Great Britain GBR
22 Sycerika McMahon 17 Ireland IRL
23 Choi Hye-Ra 21 South Korea KOR
24 Katheryn Meaklim 23 South Africa RSA
25 Ranokhon Omonova 18 Uzbekistan UZB
26 Natalie Wiegersma 22 New Zealand NZL
27 Erica Dittmer 20 Mexico MEX
28 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
29 Katarína Listopadová 19 Slovakia SVK
30 Kim Daniela Pavlin 20 Croatia CRO
31 Cheng Wan-Jung 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
32 Barbora Závadová 19 Czech Republic CZE
33 Emilia Pikkarainen 19 Finland FIN
34 Yekaterina Andreyeva 18 Russia RUS