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Women’s 100 Backstroke Semifinal: Coughlin Makes an Olympic Record Statement  -- August 15, 2004 Buschschulte in pool pre olympics

ATHENS, Greece, August 15. NATALIE Coughlin of the United States burst out in the second semifinal of the women’s 100 backstroke to set a new Olympic record at 1:00.17 (split: 29.21) and establish herself, as was expected coming into these Games, as a solid favorite for gold in tomorrow night’s final.

The old Olympic mark was held by Sydney gold medalist Diana Mocanu (ROM) at 1:00.21. Coughlin is the world record holder at 59.58 and the only woman ever under one minute, which she has done three times, most recently in winning the U.S. Trials.

Laure Manaudou was second in Coughlin’s heat at 1:00.88, which held for second seed tomorrow in front of Germany’s world champion Antje Buschschulte at 1:00.94. Manaudou’s swim was particularly impressive in that she is the lead seed in the 400 freestyle final later in the session.



2004 Olympic Games

Athens, Greece
Olympic Aquatic Centre

August 14-21, 2004

50 meter pool

RESULTS
DAY TWO Semifinals and FINALS: August 15, 2004

Women 100m Backstroke Semifinals


Record Split Name NOC Location Date
WR 59.58 28.86
COUGHLIN Natalie USA Fort Lauderdale (USA) 13 AUG 2002
OR 1:00.21 29.80
MOCANU Diana Iuliana ROM Sydney (AUS) 18 SEP 2000


Event No: 7

Rank Heat Lane Name NOC R.T. 50m Time Time
Behind
1 2 5 COUGHLIN Natalie USA 0.62 29.21 1:00.17
30.96 OR
2 2 4 MANAUDOU Laure FRA 0.70 29.65 1:00.88
31.23 0.71
3 1 3 BUSCHSCHULTE Antje GER 0.64 29.61 1:00.94
31.33 0.77
4 2 1 OERNSTEDT Louise DEN 0.72 29.83 1:01.12
31.29 0.95
5 2 7 COPE Haley USA 0.67 29.75 1:01.13
31.38 0.96
6 2 6 ZHIVANEVSKAYA Nina ESP 0.69 29.78 1:01.19
31.41 1.02
7 1 5 COVENTRY Kirsty ZIM 0.70 30.07 1:01.21
31.14 1.04 AF
8 1 4 NAKAMURA Reiko JPN 0.63 29.55 1:01.24
31.69 1.07

9 1 2 ROONEY Giaan AUS 0.67 29.98 1:01.41
31.43 1.24 OC
10 1 6 KOMAROVA Stanislava RUS 0.79 30.19 1:01.63
31.44 1.46
11 2 3 INADA Noriko JPN 0.66 29.96 1:01.74
31.78 1.57
12 2 2 HLAVACKOVA Ilona CZE 0.62 29.84 1:01.81
31.97 1.64
13 1 7 SEXTON Katy GBR 0.73 30.50 1:01.96
31.46 1.79
14 1 8 ZHAN Shu CHN 0.68 30.39 1:02.10
31.71 1.93
15 2 8 GAO Chang CHN 0.79 30.20 1:02.17
31.97 2.00
16 1 1 PRICE Sarah GBR 0.69 29.96 1:02.48
32.52 2.31

smiles after 100 backstroke oly

Results: 2004 Olympic Games