Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Dates14 – 21 August 2004
Competitors937 from 152 nations
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The swimming competitions at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens took place from 14 to 21 August 2004 at the Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre in Marousi. It featured 32 events (16 male, 16 female), a total of 937 swimmers from 152 nations, and the program's changes instituted in the previous Games, including notably the three-phase format (heats, semifinals, and final) for all short-distance races (200 metres and under). [1] [2]

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Swimmers from the United States continued to dominate the medal tally with a total of 28, earning twelve golds, nine silver, and seven bronze. [3] Australia still maintained the second spot from Sydney in 2000, but produced a total of 15 more medals (seven golds, five silver, and three bronze) to its historical hardware in swimming. [4] [5] Meanwhile, Japan moved from behind to third overall in the medal board with eight medals after a sterling breaststroke double from Kosuke Kitajima. A total of eight world records and twenty-five Olympic records were set during the competition.

Venue

Grandstand view of the swimming pool at the Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre during the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre.jpg
Grandstand view of the swimming pool at the Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre during the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Swimming events at the 2004 Summer Olympics were held at the Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre, officially known as the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OCO) during the games. [6] Originally built for the 1991 Mediterranean Games, [7] it was refurbished to host swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, and water polo events; it was the first time in the history of the Olympics that all aquatics disciplines had been held at a single venue. [6] [8] Swimming events were held at the main outdoor pool of the complex, which held 10,893 spectators, and was interchangeably used for swimming and water polo events throughout the duration of the games. [8] A plastic-coated tarpaulin roof covering the two outdoor pools of the complex, designed to protect spectators and swimmers from being exposed to the summer heat, was originally planned to be built as part of the renovations. [7] [8] However, due to cost overruns and delays in construction, planners decided to scrap the roof in March 2004, [9] [10] which was criticised by FINA, the governing body of water sports. [7] [8] The venue would ultimately be approved by FINA weeks before the opening of the games in August. [7]

Events

The following events were contested (all pool events were long course, and distances are in metres unless stated):

Schedule

Legend
HHeats½SemifinalsFFinal
Men [11]
Date →Aug 14Aug 15Aug 16Aug 17Aug 18Aug 19Aug 20Aug 21
Event ↓MEMEMEMEMEMEMEME
50 m freestyle H½F
100 m freestyle H½F
200 m freestyle H½F
400 m freestyle HF
1500 m freestyle HF
100 m backstroke H½F
200 m backstroke H½F
100 m breaststroke H½F
200 m breaststroke H½F
100 m butterfly H½F
200 m butterfly H½F
200 m individual medley H½F
400 m individual medley HF
4×100 m freestyle relay HF
4×200 m freestyle relay HF
4×100 m medley relay HF
Women [11]
Date →Aug 14Aug 15Aug 16Aug 17Aug 18Aug 19Aug 20Aug 21
Event ↓MEMEMEMEMEMEMEME
50 m freestyle H½F
100 m freestyle H½F
200 m freestyle H½F
400 m freestyle HF
800 m freestyle HF
100 m backstroke H½F
200 m backstroke H½F
100 m breaststroke H½F
200 m breaststroke H½F
100 m butterfly H½F
200 m butterfly H½F
200 m individual medley H½F
400 m individual medley HF
4×100 m freestyle relay HF
4×200 m freestyle relay HF
4×100 m medley relay HF

Participating nations

A total of 937 swimmers (544 men and 393 women) from 152 nations would compete in swimming events at these Olympic Games. [12] Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Guyana, and Turkmenistan made their official debut in swimming. Meanwhile, Albania, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Norway returned to the sport after long years of absence. Nations with swimmers at the Games are (team size in parentheses):

Medal summary

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)129728
2Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)75315
3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)3148
4Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)2327
5Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)2013
6Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1236
7Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)1203
8Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA)1113
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe  (ZIM)1113
10Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)1102
11Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROM)1012
12Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0202
13Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)0145
14Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)0112
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Italy  (ITA)0112
16Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO)0101
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)0101
18Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)0022
19Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)0011
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago  (TRI)0011
Totals (20 nations)32323397

Results

Men's events

GamesGoldSilverBronze
50 m freestyle
details
Gary Hall, Jr.
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
21.93 Duje Draganja
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
21.94 Roland Mark Schoeman
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
22.02
100 m freestyle
details
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
48.17 Roland Mark Schoeman
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
48.23 Ian Thorpe
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
48.56
200 m freestyle
details
Ian Thorpe
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1:44.71 OR Pieter van den Hoogenband
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
1:45.23 Michael Phelps
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:45.32 AM
400 m freestyle
details
Ian Thorpe
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
3:43.10 Grant Hackett
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
3:43.36 Klete Keller
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
3:44.11 AM
1500 m freestyle
details
Grant Hackett
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
14:43.40 Larsen Jensen
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
14:45.29 AM David Davies
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
14:45.95 NR
100 m backstroke
details
Aaron Peirsol
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
54.06 Markus Rogan
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
54.35 Tomomi Morita
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
54.36 AS
200 m backstroke
details
Aaron Peirsol
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:54.95 OR Markus Rogan
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:57.35 Răzvan Florea
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1:57.56
100 m breaststroke
details
Kosuke Kitajima
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1:00.08 Brendan Hansen
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:00.25 Hugues Duboscq
Flag of France.svg  France
1:00.88
200 m breaststroke
details
Kosuke Kitajima
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2:09.44 OR Dániel Gyurta
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
2:10.80 Brendan Hansen
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2:10.87
100 m butterfly
details
Michael Phelps
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
51.25 OR Ian Crocker
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
51.29 Andriy Serdinov
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
51.36 EU
200 m butterfly
details
Michael Phelps
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:54.04 OR Takashi Yamamoto
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1:54.56 AS Stephen Parry
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1:55.52
200 m individual medley
details
Michael Phelps
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:57.14 OR Ryan Lochte
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:58.78 George Bovell
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago
1:58.80 NR
400 m individual medley
details
Michael Phelps
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4:08.26 WR Erik Vendt
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4:11.81 László Cseh
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
4:12.15
4 × 100 m freestyle relay
details
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Roland Schoeman
Lyndon Ferns
Darian Townsend
Ryk Neethling
3:13.17 WR Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Johan Kenkhuis
Mitja Zastrow
Klaas-Erik Zwering
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Mark Veens*
3:14.36 NR Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Ian Crocker
Michael Phelps
Neil Walker
Jason Lezak
Nate Dusing*
Gary Hall, Jr.*
Gabe Woodward*
3:14.62
4 × 200 m freestyle relay
details
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Michael Phelps
Ryan Lochte
Peter Vanderkaay
Klete Keller
Scott Goldblatt*
Dan Ketchum*
7:07.33 AM Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Grant Hackett
Michael Klim
Nicholas Sprenger
Ian Thorpe
Antony Matkovich*
Todd Pearson*
Craig Stevens*
7:07.46Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Italy
Emiliano Brembilla
Massimiliano Rosolino
Simone Cercato
Filippo Magnini
Federico Cappellazzo*
Matteo Pelliciari*
7:11.83
4 × 100 m medley relay
details
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Aaron Peirsol
Brendan Hansen
Ian Crocker
Jason Lezak
Lenny Krayzelburg*
Mark Gangloff*
Michael Phelps*
Neil Walker*
3:30.68 WR Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Steffen Driesen
Jens Kruppa
Thomas Rupprath
Lars Conrad
Helge Meeuw*
3:33.62Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Tomomi Morita
Kosuke Kitajima
Takashi Yamamoto
Yoshihiro Okumura
3:35.22

* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Women's events

GamesGoldSilverBronze
50 m freestyle
details
Inge de Bruijn
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
24.58 Malia Metella
Flag of France.svg  France
24.89 Lisbeth Lenton
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
24.91
100 m freestyle
details
Jodie Henry
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
53.84 Inge de Bruijn
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
54.16 Natalie Coughlin
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
54.40
200 m freestyle
details
Camelia Potec
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1:58.03 Federica Pellegrini
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Italy
1:58.22 Solenne Figuès
Flag of France.svg  France
1:58.45
400 m freestyle
details
Laure Manaudou
Flag of France.svg  France
4:05.34 EU Otylia Jędrzejczak
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
4:05.84 Kaitlin Sandeno
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4:06.19
800 m freestyle
details
Ai Shibata
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
8:24.54 Laure Manaudou
Flag of France.svg  France
8:24.96 Diana Munz
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8:26.61
100 m backstroke
details
Natalie Coughlin
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:00.37 Kirsty Coventry
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
1:00.50 Laure Manaudou
Flag of France.svg  France
1:00.88
200 m backstroke
details
Kirsty Coventry
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
2:09.19 AF Stanislava Komarova
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2:09.72 Antje Buschschulte
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Reiko Nakamura
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2:09.88
100 m breaststroke
details
Luo Xuejuan
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
1:06.64 OR Brooke Hanson
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1:07.15 Leisel Jones
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
1:07.16
200 m breaststroke
details
Amanda Beard
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2:23.37 OR Leisel Jones
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
2:23.60 Anne Poleska
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
2:25.82
100 m butterfly
details
Petria Thomas
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
57.72 Otylia Jędrzejczak
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
57.84 Inge de Bruijn
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
57.99
200 m butterfly
details
Otylia Jędrzejczak
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
2:06.05 Petria Thomas
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
2:06.36 Yuko Nakanishi
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2:08.04
200 m individual medley
details
Yana Klochkova
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
2:11.14 Amanda Beard
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2:11.70 AM Kirsty Coventry
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
2:12.72 AF
400 m individual medley
details
Yana Klochkova
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
4:34.83 Kaitlin Sandeno
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4:34.95 AM Georgina Bardach
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
4:37.51 SA
4 × 100 m freestyle relay
details
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Alice Mills
Lisbeth Lenton
Petria Thomas
Jodie Henry
Sarah Ryan*
3:35.94 WR Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Kara Lynn Joyce
Natalie Coughlin
Amanda Weir
Jenny Thompson
Lindsay Benko*
Maritza Correia*
Colleen Lanne*
3:36.39 AM Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Chantal Groot
Inge Dekker
Marleen Veldhuis
Inge de Bruijn
Annabel Kosten*
3:37.59
4 × 200 m freestyle relay
details
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Natalie Coughlin
Carly Piper
Dana Vollmer
Kaitlin Sandeno
Lindsay Benko*
Rhi Jeffrey*
Rachel Komisarz*
7:53.42 WR Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Zhu Yingwen
Xu Yanwei
Yang Yu
Pang Jiaying
Li Ji*
7:55.97 AS Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Franziska van Almsick
Petra Dallmann
Antje Buschschulte
Hannah Stockbauer
Janina Götz*
Sara Harstick*
7:57.37
4 × 100 m medley relay
details
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Giaan Rooney
Leisel Jones
Petria Thomas
Jodie Henry
Brooke Hanson*
Alice Mills*
Jessicah Schipper*
3:57.32 WR Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Natalie Coughlin
Amanda Beard
Jenny Thompson
Kara Lynn Joyce
Haley Cope*
Tara Kirk*
Rachel Komisarz*
Amanda Weir*
3:59.12Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Antje Buschschulte
Sarah Poewe
Franziska van Almsick
Daniela Götz
4:00.72 EU

* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.

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