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Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008

Gold: ITA Federica Pellegrini
Silver: SLO Sara Isakovič
Bronze: CHN Pang Jiaying


The world champion [Laure Manaudou] of France elected to miss this event to concentrate on her races in Beijing so the mantle of favouritism was shared between the American [Katie Hoff] and [Federica Pellegrini] of Italy. Both women had already suffered disappointment in the 400 freestyle as Hoff had been touched out for gold in the final stages of the race and Pellegrini had not produced a swim to match her qualifying performances. Pellegrini's heat swim was a statement of intent and she shaved a tenth off Manadou's world record in the process. The main challenge to Pellegrini came not from Hoff but from Slovenia's [Sara Isakovič] who, earlier in 2008, had won the European title in the absence of the Italian. Pellegrini avoided the tactical mistakes of her 400 freestyle swim and took the lead over the second 50 and, swimming well under world record pace, pulled away from field. She touched the wall in 1:54.82 which was over half a second under her own world record but only just ahead of Isakovič and [Pang Jiaying] of China both of whom were also well below the previous best time. Pellegrini maintained her place as one of the greatest of freestyle swimmers by repeating the 200/400 double at both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. Isakovič's medal was the first by a Slovenian in swimming.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Federica Pellegrini 20 Italy ITA Gold WR
2 Sara Isakovič 20 Slovenia SLO Silver
3 Pang Jiaying 23 China CHN Bronze
4 Katie Hoff 19 United States USA
5 Camelia Potec 26 Romania ROU
6 Caitlin McClatchey 22 Great Britain GBR
7T Bronte Barratt 19 Australia AUS
7T Ophélie Etienne 17 France FRA
9 Allison Schmitt 18 United States USA
10 Aurore Mongel 26 France FRA
11 Ágnes Mutina 20 Hungary HUN
12 Linda MacKenzie 24 Australia AUS
13 Haruka Ueda 20 Japan JPN
14 Jo Jackson 21 Great Britain GBR
15 Josefin Lillhage 28 Sweden SWE
16 Ida Mattsson-Marko-Varga 23 Sweden SWE
17 Stephanie Horner 19 Canada CAN
18 Melania Costa 19 Spain ESP
19 Zhu Qianwei 17 China CHN
20 Daria Belyakina 21 Russia RUS
21 Maki Mita 25 Japan JPN
22 Annika Lurz 28 Germany GER
23 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 17 Netherlands NED
24 Petra Dallmann 29 Germany GER
25 Geneviève Saumur 21 Canada CAN
26 Jördis Steinegger 25 Austria AUT
27 Anna Stylianou 22 Cyprus CYP
28T Elina Partõka 25 Estonia EST
28T Monique Ferreira 28 Brazil BRA
30 Nina Rangelova 17 Bulgaria BUL
31 Stephanie Au 16 Hong Kong HKG
32 Paulina Barzycka 22 Poland POL
33 Melissa Corfe 22 South Africa RSA
34 Louise Jansen 24 Denmark DEN
35 Nataliya Khudiakova 23 Ukraine UKR
36 Lynette Lim 16 Singapore SIN
37 Yang Chun-Kuei 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
38 Natthanan Chankrajang 22 Thailand THA
39 Christine Mailliet 21 Luxembourg LUX
40 Milica Ostojić 16 Serbia SRB
41 Heysi Villarreal 21 Cuba CUB
42 Anja Trišić 21 Croatia CRO
43 Melanie Nocher 20 Ireland IRL
44 Eleni Kosti 22 Greece GRE
45 Sigrun Sverrisdóttir 18 Iceland ISL
46 Lee Gyeo-Ra 19 South Korea KOR