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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle


The women's 800 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 14 and 16 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China

Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington broke one of the oldest world records in the book to claim a second Olympic gold, following her first triumph in the 400 m freestyle She touched the wall first in 8:1410, slashing 212-second deficit off Janet Evans' world record which had stood for nearly 19 years Sitting in the stands of the Water Cube, Evans found a kindred spirit in Adlington as she looked down on the British teenager breaking a long-lasting world record, and then congratulated her

Coming from sixth place in the 350-metre lap, Italy's Alessia Filippi registered a time of 8:2023 for a silver medal Lotte Friis ended Denmark's 20-year medal drought in swimming to claim a bronze in 8:2303, edging out Romania's Camelia Potec 8:2303 on the final lap by eight-hundredths of a second China's Li Xuanxu finished fifth with a time of 8:2634, and was followed in the sixth spot by Australia's Kylie Palmer in 8:2639 Russia's Yelena Sokolova 8:2979 and another Brit Cassandra Patten 8:3235 rounded out the finale Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final featuring US top favorites Katie Hoff and Kate Ziegler, both of whom placed tenth and eleventh in the prelims race

Earlier in the prelims, Adlington established a new Olympic standard in a top-seeded time of 8:1806 to cut down Brooke Bennett's 2000 record by a 159-second deficit

Contents

  • 1 Records
  • 2 Results
    • 21 Heats
    • 22 Final
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows

World record Janet Evans USA8:1622Tokyo, Japan20 August 1989
Olympic record Brooke Bennett USA8:1967Sydney, Australia22 September 2000

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition

DateEventNameNationalityTimeRecord
August 14Heat 4Rebecca Adlington Great Britain8:1806OR
August 16FinalRebecca Adlington Great Britain8:1410WR, OR

Results

Heats

RankHeatLaneNameNationalityTimeNotes
144Rebecca Adlington Great Britain8:1806Q, OR
235Camelia Potec Romania8:1970Q
342Lotte Friis Denmark8:2174Q
455Alessia Filippi Italy8:2195Q
543Kylie Palmer Australia8:2281Q, OC
651Yelena Sokolova Russia8:2307Q, NR
736Li Xuanxu China8:2437Q
857Cassandra Patten Great Britain8:2591Q
941Wendy Trott South Africa8:2621AF
1054Kate Ziegler United States8:2698
1134Katie Hoff United States8:2778
1256Coralie Balmy France8:2834
1333Flavia Rigamonti Switzerland8:2867
1438Andreina Pinto Venezuela8:3030NR
1547You Meihong China8:3111
1653Erika Villaécija García Spain8:3227
1758Melissa Gorman Australia8:3234
1824Susana Escobar Mexico8:3351NR
1952Sophie Huber France8:3376
2025Kristel Köbrich Chile8:3425
2131Maiko Fujino Japan8:3560
2221Jördis Steinegger Austria8:3640NR
2337Tanya Hunks Canada8:3805
2423Gabriella Fagundez Sweden8:3906NR
2546Jaana Ehmcke Germany8:3951
2626Réka Nagy Hungary8:4038
2745Ai Shibata Japan8:4163
2848Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou Greece8:4165
2914Au Hoishun Stephanie Hong Kong8:4166
3028Lynette Lim Singapore8:4556
3122Cecilia Biagioli Argentina8:5018
3215Golda Marcus El Salvador8:5121
3313Eva Lehtonen Finland8:5350
3427Khoo Cai Lin Malaysia9:0486
3513Karolina Szczepaniak Poland9:0887
3632Federica Pellegrini ItalyDNS

Final

RankLaneNameNationalityTimeNotes
01 !4Rebecca Adlington Great Britain8:1410WR
02 !6Alessia Filippi Italy8:2023
03 !3Lotte Friis Denmark8:2303
45Camelia Potec Romania8:2311
51Li Xuanxu China8:2634
62Kylie Palmer Australia8:2639
77Yelena Sokolova Russia8:2979
88Cassandra Patten Great Britain8:3235

References

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule" USA Today 9 August 2008 Retrieved 14 May 2013 
  2. ^ a b Lohn, John 15 August 2008 "We Loved You While You Lasted Janet, Rebecca Adlington Erases Longest Standing World Record With Evans' Mark in 800 Free" Swimming World Magazine Retrieved 19 May 2013 
  3. ^ "Adlington storms to second gold" BBC Sport 16 August 2008 Retrieved 19 May 2013 
  4. ^ Speck, Ivan 16 August 2008 "Former champion Evans finds a kindred spirit in Adlington, the woman who stole her record" Mail Online Retrieved 19 May 2013 
  5. ^ a b Lohn, John 14 August 2008 "Olympics, Swimming:Rebecca Adlington Sets Olympic Record in 800 Free Prelims" Swimming World Magazine Retrieved 19 May 2013 
  6. ^ "Golden girl Rebecca Adlington breaks Olympic record" Mail Online 14 August 2008 Retrieved 19 May 2013 
  7. ^ Dimond, Jeff October 1989 "Swim and Deliver" PDF Swimming World and Junior Swimmer 30 10:41–44 Retrieved 8 June 2008 

External links

  • Official Olympic Report


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