Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 11, 2008
Australia held a strong hand at the 100 butterfly through [Libby Trickett] and [Jess Schipper], the gold and silver medalist from the previous year's World Championships, which was strengthened by the decision of [Natalie Coughlin] to concentrate on other events. Trickett was better known as a freestyle swimmer but had added the butterfly as a second stroke in recent years. She led the final from the off and swam away to record a comprehensive victory. Behind her [Christine Magnusson] of the USA headed off Schipper for the silver medal.
Ironically, despite being acknowledged as one of the greatest freestyle swimmers of the decade, the 100 metres butterfly win is the only individual Olympic title Trickett has won to date.