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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004

Gold: USA Amanda Beard
Silver: AUS Leisel Jones
Bronze: GER Anne Poleska


Five weeks before the Olympic Games began Australia’s [Leisel Jones] broke the world record at the Australian trials. Three days later at the US trials, World Champion [Amanda Beard] took half a second off Jones’ time and reclaimed the record she had previously shared with China’s [Qi Hui].

Despite the presence of Qi and reigning champion [Ágnes Kovács] of Hungary it seemed that the gold medal was certain to be decided between Beard and Jones.

Jones had laid off the pace in the early stages of 100 metres final and had been unable to catch Luo of China. In the longer race she seemed determined not to repeat her mistake and sped into the lead. For all but the final five metres it appeared her tactic was the right one but a devastating finishing burst from Beard was just enough to send the championship across to America. After silver in Atlanta and bronze in Sydney, Beard now completed a full set of medals in the event.

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