Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 30, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 31, 2012 (final)
Competitors 37 from 28 nations
Winning time 1:52.96 AF
Medalists
Gold medal    South Africa
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Japan
Swimming at the
2012 Summer Olympics

Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 200 metre butterfly event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 30–31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

The three-peat curse remained intact at the Olympic Games, as Michael Phelps fell short in his second attempt for the bid with an upset performance from South Africa's Chad le Clos. Seen as almost an immediate triumph for Phelps, Le Clos came from third at the final turn to edge out the superstar and his personal hero by five-hundredths of a second (0.05) for the gold medal and an African record in 1:52.96.[2][3] Meanwhile, Phelps ended his bid with a shocking defeat from Le Clos, but earned a second silver in 1:53.01 to match Larisa Latynina's record of eighteen medals as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.[4][5][6] Japan's Takeshi Matsuda managed to repeat his bronze from Beijing four years earlier in 1:53.21.[7][8]

Austria's Dinko Jukić, who claimed the top seed earlier in the prelims, missed the podium by over a body length with a fourth-place time and a national record in 1:54.35.[8][9] U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary finished fifth in 1:55.06 to hold off a close battle from Serbia's Velimir Stjepanović (1:55.07) and Poland's three-time Olympic finalist Paweł Korzeniowski (1:55.08) by a hundredth of a second (0.01) each.[10][11] China's Chen Yin rounded out the historic finale with an eighth-place time in 1:55.18.[8]

Hungary's László Cseh missed a chance to reach the final roster and defend his Olympic silver medal after placing twelfth in the semifinals (1:55.88).[9]

Records

Prior to this competition, the world and Olympic records were:

World record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:51.51 Rome, Italy 29 July 2009 [12][13]
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:52.03 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [14]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results

Heats

[15]
Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 3 Dinko Jukić Austria 1:54.79 Q
2 5 6 Tyler Clary United States 1:54.96 Q
3 3 7 Velimir Stjepanović Serbia 1:54:99 Q, NR
4 3 3 Chad le Clos South Africa 1:55.23 Q
5 5 4 Michael Phelps United States 1:55.53 Q
6 3 5 Chen Yin China 1:55.60 Q
7 3 6 Kazuya Kaneda Japan 1:55.70 Q
8 4 4 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 1:55.81 Q
9 4 3 László Cseh Hungary 1:55.86 Q
10 3 4 Wu Peng China 1:55.88 Q
11 5 2 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 1:56.09 Q
12 5 5 Nick D'Arcy Australia 1:56.25 Q
13 4 5 Bence Biczó Hungary 1:56.51 Q
14 5 1 Chris Wright Australia 1:56.69 Q
15 4 1 Nikolay Skvortsov Russia 1:56.76 Q
16 3 1 Ioannis Drymonakos Greece 1:56.97 Q
17 4 6 Kaio de Almeida Brazil 1:56.99
17 3 2 Joe Roebuck Great Britain 1:56.99
19 4 7 Marcin Cieślak Poland 1:57.07
20 5 7 Roberto Pavoni Great Britain 1:57.55
21 4 2 Leonardo de Deus Brazil 1:58.03
22 2 3 Pedro Oliveira Portugal 1:58.45
23 4 8 Stefanos Dimitriadis Greece 1:58.79
24 3 8 Robert Žbogar Slovenia 1:58.99
25 2 8 Mauricio Fiol Peru 1:59.02 NR
26 5 8 Joseph Schooling Singapore 1:59.18
27 2 1 Marcos Lavado Venezuela 1:59.31
28 2 2 Illya Chuyev Ukraine 1:59.65
29 2 5 Alexandru Coci Romania 1:59.67
30 2 7 Hsu Chi-Chieh Chinese Taipei 1:59.81
31 2 6 David Sharpe Canada 1:59.87
32 1 4 Gal Nevo Israel 1:59.98
33 2 4 Alexandre Liess Switzerland 2:00.13
34 1 3 Omar Pinzón Colombia 2:02.32
35 1 6 Diego Castillo Panama 2:04.72
36 1 5 Yousef Al-Askari Kuwait 2:05.41
37 1 2 Hocine Haciane Andorra 2:06.37

Semifinals

Semifinal 1

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 1:54.25 Q
2 5 Chad le Clos South Africa 1:54.34 Q, AF
3 3 Chen Yin China 1:54.43 Q
4 4 Tyler Clary United States 1:54.93 Q
5 2 Wu Peng China 1:55.65
6 7 Nick D'Arcy Australia 1:56.07
7 8 Ioannis Drymonakos Greece 1:58.05
8 1 Chris Wright Australia 1:58.56

Semifinal 2

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Michael Phelps United States 1:54.53 Q
2 4 Dinko Jukić Austria 1:54.95 Q
3 7 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 1:55.04 Q
4 5 Velimir Stjepanović Serbia 1:55.13 Q
5 1 Bence Biczó Hungary 1:55.36
6 6 Kazuya Kaneda Japan 1:55.56
7 2 László Cseh Hungary 1:55.88
8 8 Nikolay Skvorstov Russia 1:56.53

Final

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 5 Chad le Clos South Africa 1:52.96 AF
2nd 6 Michael Phelps United States 1:53.01
3rd 4 Takeshi Matsuda Japan 1:53.21
4 7 Dinko Jukic Austria 1:54.35 NR
5 2 Tyler Clary United States 1:55.06
6 8 Velimir Stjepanović Serbia 1:55.07
7 1 Paweł Korzeniowski Poland 1:55.08
8 3 Chen Yin China 1:55.18

References

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules".  
  2. ^ "Chad le Clos beats Michael Phelps for 200m butterfly gold".  
  3. ^ Linden, Julian (31 July 2012). "Phelps loses his touch in butterfly final".  
  4. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (31 July 2012). "Phelps’s Silver Ties Olympic Medal Record, Le Clos Wins Gold".  
  5. ^ "Michael Phelps Ties Olympic Medal Record, Takes Silver In Men's 200m Butterfly Final".  
  6. ^ "Golden years: Le Clos leads upset but Phelps wins record 19th with team".  
  7. ^ "Matsuda third in thrilling 200 butterfly final".  
  8. ^ a b c "2012 London Olympics: South Africa's Chad le Clos Upsets Michael Phelps for 200 Fly Gold; Phelps Still Ties Record for Most Career Olympic Medals; Tyler Clary Misses Podium".  
  9. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Austria's Dinko Jukic Leads Men's 200 Fly Prelims; Tyler Clary Second, Michael Phelps Qualifies Fifth".  
  10. ^ "Phelps becomes most decorated Olympian of all time".  
  11. ^ Radley, Paul (1 August 2012). "Olympics: Superb Stjepanovic just falls short of podium finish".  
  12. ^ Crouse, Karen (30 July 2012). "Phelps Rebounds Amid Boycott Threat".  
  13. ^ "Phelps bounces back with 200m fly world record triumph".  
  14. ^ Siddons, Larry (13 August 2008). "Water-Filled Goggles Can't Keep Phelps From Gold Mark".  
  15. ^ "Men's 200m Butterfly – Heats".  

External links

  • NBC Olympics Coverage