Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 6, 2016
Hungarian [Katinka HosszÃº] was a heavy favorite coming in to 2016. She had won both IMs at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and the 2012, 2014, and, earlier in the year, at the 2016 European Championships. But her form in 2016 had not been quite as strong, so there was some daylight for the other swimmers. Other medal challengers were considered to be Americans [Maya DiRado] and [Elizabeth Beisel] and Spainâs [Mireia Belmonte].
HosszÃº may have been sandbagging or simply training through competitions, as she returned to form in Rio, winning this event by almost five seconds over DiRado, in the world record time of 4:26.36, as Belmonte took bronze. HosszÃº came to Rio having won 56 international medals, but never an Olympic medal. She would win three golds and four medals in Rio, also winning the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. DiRado took bronze in the 200 IM but defeated HosszÃº in the 200 backstroke to win that gold medal, adding another gold in the 4x200 free relay. Belmonte also added another individual gold, winning the 200 butterfly.
|2||Maya DiRado||23||United States||USA||Silver|
|4||Hannah Miley||26||Great Britain||GBR|
|6||Elizabeth Beisel||23||United States||USA|
|7||Aimee Willmott||23||Great Britain||GBR|
|9||Nguyá» n Thá» Ãnh ViÃªn||19||Vietnam||VIE|
|14||Barbora ZÃ¡vadovÃ¡||23||Czech Republic||CZE|
|18||Viktoria Zeynep GÃ¼neÅ||18||Turkey||TUR|
|24||Martina van Berkel||27||Switzerland||SUI|