Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men’s 200 metre individual medley

The men’s 200 metre individual medley event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 10–11 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men’s 200 metre individual medley events at the Olympics
Men’s 200 metre individual medley

at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Venue Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates 10 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
11 August 2016 (final)
Competitors 30 from 23 nations
Winning time 1:54.66
Medalists
Michael Phelps  United States
Kosuke Hagino  Japan
Wang Shun  China
 2012
2020 
Swimming at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Qualification
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

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As the most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps continued to etch his name into the history records with a first Olympic four-peat in the same individual swimming event. Hanging with some of his career rivals at the final turn, Phelps established a body-length lead over the rest of the field on the freestyle leg to claim his twenty-second gold medal and twenty-sixth overall in 1:54.66.[2][3][4] Trailing almost two seconds behind Phelps, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino produced a late surge to snatch the silver with a 1:56.61.[5] Meanwhile, China’s Wang Shun took home the bronze in 1:57.05, joining Hagino as the first Asian men to stand on the podium in this event.[6][7]

Hagino’s teammate Hiromasa Fujimori missed out of the medals with a fourth-place time in 1:57.21. Phelps’ longtime rival and twelve-time medalist Ryan Lochte seized a brief lead into the halfway point with a signature backstroke swim, but faded down the home stretch to fifth, and missed out on his fourth straight medal in this event with a 1:57.47, a hundredth of a second ahead of Germany’s Philip Heintz (1:57.48).[8] Backed by the raucous home crowd, Brazilian medal favorite Thiago Pereira, who got off to an early lead with a powerful butterfly effort, slipped to seventh with a 1:58.02. Great Britain’s Daniel Wallace posted an eighth-place finish of 1:58.54 to round out the field.[7]

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

World record  Ryan Lochte (USA) 1:54.00 Shanghai, China 28 July 2011 [9][10]
Olympic record  Michael Phelps (USA) 1:54.23 Beijing, China 15 August 2008 [11]

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