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 USA 8:1622 Tokyo, Japan 20 August 1989
Olympic record  Brooke Bennett USA 8:1967 Sydney, Australia 22 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 14 Heat 4 Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 8:1806 OR
August 16 Final Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 8:1410 WR, OR

Results

Heats

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 8:1806 Q, OR
2 3 5 Camelia Potec  Romania 8:1970 Q
3 4 2 Lotte Friis  Denmark 8:2174 Q
4 5 5 Alessia Filippi  Italy 8:2195 Q
5 4 3 Kylie Palmer  Australia 8:2281 Q, OC
6 5 1 Yelena Sokolova  Russia 8:2307 Q, NR
7 3 6 Li Xuanxu  China 8:2437 Q
8 5 7 Cassandra Patten  Great Britain 8:2591 Q
9 4 1 Wendy Trott  South Africa 8:2621 AF
10 5 4 Kate Ziegler  United States 8:2698
11 3 4 Katie Hoff  United States 8:2778
12 5 6 Coralie Balmy  France 8:2834
13 3 3 Flavia Rigamonti  Switzerland 8:2867
14 3 8 Andreina Pinto  Venezuela 8:3030 NR
15 4 7 You Meihong  China 8:3111
16 5 3 Erika Villaécija García  Spain 8:3227
17 5 8 Melissa Gorman  Australia 8:3234
18 2 4 Susana Escobar  Mexico 8:3351 NR
19 5 2 Sophie Huber  France 8:3376
20 2 5 Kristel Köbrich  Chile 8:3425
21 3 1 Maiko Fujino  Japan 8:3560
22 2 1 Jördis Steinegger  Austria 8:3640 NR
23 3 7 Tanya Hunks  Canada 8:3805
24 2 3 Gabriella Fagundez  Sweden 8:3906 NR
25 4 6 Jaana Ehmcke  Germany 8:3951
26 2 6 Réka Nagy  Hungary 8:4038
27 4 5 Ai Shibata  Japan 8:4163
28 4 8 Eleftheria Evgenia Efstathiou  Greece 8:4165
29 1 4 Au Hoishun Stephanie  Hong Kong 8:4166
30 2 8 Lynette Lim  Singapore 8:4556
31 2 2 Cecilia Biagioli  Argentina 8:5018
32 1 5 Golda Marcus  El Salvador 8:5121
33 1 3 Eva Lehtonen  Finland 8:5350
34 2 7 Khoo Cai Lin  Malaysia 9:0486
35 1 3 Karolina Szczepaniak  Poland 9:0887
36 3 2 Federica Pellegrini  Italy DNS

Final

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
01 ! 4 Rebecca Adlington  Great Britain 8:1410 WR
02 ! 6 Alessia Filippi  Italy 8:2023
03 ! 3 Lotte Friis  Denmark 8:2303
4 5 Camelia Potec  Romania 8:2311
5 1 Li Xuanxu  China 8:2634
6 2 Kylie Palmer  Australia 8:2639
7 7 Yelena Sokolova  Russia 8:2979
8 8 Cassandra Patten  Great Britain 8:3235

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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