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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 29, 2012

Gold: FRA Camille Muffat
Silver: USA Allison Schmitt
Bronze: GBR Becky Adlington

Summary

All of Britain put their hopes on the defending gold medalist, Becky Adlington, but realists looked towards Italy's Federica Pellegrini, the 2011 World Champion in both the 200 and 400 free, or France's Camille Muffat, bronze medalist at the 2011 Worlds. As the final started Muffat took the early lead accompanied by American Allison Schmitt, with Pellegrini in third and Adlington well back early. Muffat and Schmitt were the class of the field and were never really separated, with Muffat winning the gold medal just ahead of the American, 4:01.45 to 4:01.77. Adlington finished the strongest of any swimmer but she had left herself too large a gap to make up and could only come back for the bronze medal. Pellegrini was never in the medal race and placed fifth. A few days later, Muffat and Schmitt would go at it again in the 200, with Schmitt winning that one.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Camille Muffat 22 France FRA Gold
2 Allison Schmitt 22 United States USA Silver
3 Becky Adlington 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Lotte Friis 24 Denmark DEN
5 Federica Pellegrini 23 Italy ITA
6 Coralie Balmy 25 France FRA
7 Brittany Maclean 18 Canada CAN
8 Lauren Boyle 24 New Zealand NZL
9 Melania Costa 23 Spain ESP
10 Chloe Sutton 20 United States USA
11 Kylie Palmer 22 Australia AUS
12 Bronte Barratt 23 Australia AUS
13 Mireia Belmonte 21 Spain ESP
14 Shao Yiwen 17 China CHN
15 Andreina Pinto 20 Venezuela VEN
16 Éva Risztov 26 Hungary HUN
17 Boglárka Kapás 19 Hungary HUN
18 Savannah King 20 Canada CAN
19 Li Xuanxu 18 China CHN
20 Camelia Potec 30 Romania ROU
21 Jo Jackson 25 Great Britain GBR
22 Wendy Trott 22 South Africa RSA
23 Nina Rangelova 21 Bulgaria BUL
24 Kristel Köbrich 26 Chile CHI
25 Yelena Sokolova 21 Russia RUS
26 Aya Takano 18 Japan JPN
27 Julia Hassler 19 Liechtenstein LIE
28 Susana Escobar 24 Mexico MEX
29 Natthanan Junkrajang 26 Thailand THA
30 Lynette Lim 20 Singapore SIN
31 Gráinne Murphy 19 Ireland IRL
32 Mojca Sagmeister 16 Slovenia SLO
33 Andrea Cedrón 18 Peru PER
34 Kim Gaeul 15 South Korea KOR
35 Jennet Saryýewa 18 Turkmenistan TKM