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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 9, 2016

Gold: USA Katie Ledecky
Silver: SWE Sarah Sjöström
Bronze: AUS Emma McKeon


[Katie Ledecky] had won this event at the 2014 Pan-Pacific Championship and the 2015 World Championships, but it was a little on the short side for the premier distance freestyler, and if she was vulnerable in any event, this was the one. She would be challenged by Sweden’s [Sarah Sjoström], who was #4 on the world list in 2016, but had not usually swum this event at international meets. Other medal contenders included Italy’s [Federica Pellegrini], the world record holder, although she set that in the high-tech suit era; American [Missy Franklin], gold medalist at the 2013 Worlds; and Australians [Emma McKeon], ranked #3 in the world in 2016, and [Bronte Barratt], the London bronze medalist.

The race went according to form, with Ledecky winning her second individual gold medal (after the 400 free) in 1:53.73, with Sjoström second in a national record 1:54.08, and McKeon taking the bronze medal. Pellegrini placed fourth, while Barratt tied for fifth with China’s [Shen Duo]. Franklin, not the swimmer she had been in 2012, did not make the final after finishing last her in her semi.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Katie Ledecky 19 United States USA Gold
2 Sarah Sjöström 22 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Emma McKeon 22 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Federica Pellegrini 27 Italy ITA
5T Shen Duo 19 China CHN
5T Bronte Barratt 27 Australia AUS
7 Michelle Coleman 22 Sweden SWE
8 Charlotte Bonnet 21 France FRA
9 Veronika Popova 25 Russia RUS
10 Brittany MacLean 22 Canada CAN
11 Ai Yanhan 14 China CHN
12 Manuella Lyrio 27 Brazil BRA
13 Missy Franklin 21 United States USA
14 Siobhán Haughey 18 Hong Kong HKG
15 Katerine Savard 23 Canada CAN
16 Femke Heemskerk 28 Netherlands NED
17 Chihiro Igarashi 21 Japan JPN
18 Arina Opyonysheva 17 Russia RUS
19 Melania Costa 27 Spain ESP
20 Annika Bruhn 23 Germany GER
21 Rikako Ikee 16 Japan JPN
22 Nina Rangelova 25 Bulgaria BUL
23 Coralie Balmy 29 France FRA
24 Alice Mizzau 23 Italy ITA
25 Ajna Késely 14 Hungary HUN
26 Robin Neumann 18 Netherlands NED
27 Georgia Coates 17 Great Britain GBR
28 Evelyn Verrasztó 27 Hungary HUN
29 Camille Cheng 23 Hong Kong HKG
30 Katarina Simonović 21 Serbia SRB
31 Barbora Seemanová 16 Czech Republic CZE
32 Ellie Faulkner 23 Great Britain GBR
33 Anastasia Bogdanovski 23 Macedonia MKD
34 Patricia Castro 23 Spain ESP
35 Larissa Oliveira 23 Brazil BRA
36 Elisbet Gámez 19 Cuba CUB
37 Joanna Evans 19 Bahamas BAH
38 Sara Pastrana 17 Honduras HON
39 Andrea Cedrón 22 Peru PER
40 Matelita Buadromo 20 Fiji FIJ
41 Shivani Kataria 18 India IND
42 Kaya Forson 14 Ghana GHA