Olympic Buzz: Facts and Figures
LONDON – With just three nights to go in the 2012 Olympic swimming competition, the Buzz brings you some interesting facts and figures from the meet so far.
- 18. Number of medals American swimmers have won so far – 8 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze.
- 9. Number of medals the men have won so far – 4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze.
- 9. Number of medals the women have won so far – 4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze.
- 8. Number of medals the No. 2 team, China, has won in the pool so far – 4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze.
- 8. Number of medals the No. 3 team, Australia, has won in the pool so far – 1 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze.
- 15. Number of different countries – including the United States – that have medaled in swimming so far.
- 4. Most medals won by a swimmer at these Games so far. That would be Allison Schmitt with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Australia’s Alicia Coutts also has four – 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
- 6. Number of swimmers who have won 2 gold medals so far – Allison Schmitt, Ryan Lochte, France’s Yannick Agnel, Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer and China Ye Shiwen.
- 0. Number of swimmers who have won more than 2 gold medals so far.
- 5. Number of world records set so far – Yi Shiwen of China in the women’s 400m IM, Dana Vollmer in the women’s 100m fly, Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa in the men’s 100m breast, Daniel Gyurta of Hungary in the men’s 200m breast and Rebecca Soni in the women’s 200m breast.
- 2. Number of world records set coming into these Games since 2010, the year FINA banned the full-body polyurethane suits. Those were set by Ryan Lochte in the 200m IM and China’s Sun Yang in the 1500m free.
- 18. Number of Olympic records set so far.
- 7. Number of American records set so far – Dana Vollmer in the 100m fly (2x), women’s 400 free relay, Allison Schmitt in the 400m free, Missy franklin in the 100m back, Allison Schmitt in the 200m free, Rebecca Soni in the 200m breast.
- 49. Number of swimmers on the U.S. Olympic swimming team roster.
- 29. Number of American swimmers who have won medals so far.
- 14. Number of women who have won medals so far.
- 15. Number of men who have won medals so far.
- 20. Number of finals that have been swum through day 5 of the meet.
- 17. Number of events in which American swimmers have medaled so far.
- 0. Number of swimmers who have defended their titles from Beijing in individual events so far.
- 0. Number of swimmers who have won gold in the same individual event in three consecutive games. Phelps has another shot tonight in the 200m IM.
- 0. Number of gold medals the American women won in relays at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
- 1. Number of gold medals the American women have won in relays so far in London. Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt took gold in the 4x200 free relay.
- -2.5. Approximate age, in months, of Nathan Adrian the last time a swimmer from the United States won the Olympic gold in the men’s 100m freestyle. That was Matt Biondi in September of 1988 in Seoul. Adrian wasn’t born until December.
Here’s a short preview of tonight’s finals:
- Women’s 200m Breaststroke: Rebecca Soni broke the world record in last night’s semifinals in 2:20.00. She is the defending Olympic and world champion in this event and has been the Americans’ top swimmer in the 200 breast at every major international competition since 2008. Soni won silver in the 100m breast on the third night of competition. Teammate Micah Lawrence will also be competing in tonight’s finals as the sixth seed. Her best showing on the international stage up to this point has been a sixth-place finish in the 100m breast and seventh-place finish in the 50m breast at the 2011 World University Games.
- Men’s 200m Backstroke: Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte are the top two seeds in tonight’s final. Lochte is the defending Olympic champion in this event and has won three medals so far these Games – gold in the 400 IM and 800 free relay, and a silver in the 400 free relay. Lochte and Clary took first and third in last year’s world championships in this event. Clary finished fifth Tuesday in the finals of the men’s 200m butterfly and will be looking for his first medal of these Games.
- Men’s 200m IM: This will be the second event in a tough double for Lochte, who will also be swimming in tonight’s finals of the 200m back. He will have the semifinals of the women’s 200m back between his two events. Phelps is the defending Olympic champion in the 200 IM and will have another opportunity to become the first swimmer to win the same individual event at three consecutive Olympic Games. On Tuesday, he became the most decorated Olympian of all time with 19 career Olympic medals. He has three medals at this meet – gold in the 800 free relay and a silver in the 200 fly and 400 free relay. Lochte is the world record-holder in the 200 IM and the world champion in this event in 2009 and 2011. He and Phelps went 1-2 at last year’s World Championships.
- Women’s 100m Freestyle: Missy Franklin and Jessica Hardy will be the United States’ representatives in the finals of the 100 free as the third and eighth seeds. This will be one of two events tonight for Franklin, who will also be competing in the semifinals of the women’s 200m back. Franklin has three medals so far this week: a gold in the 100 back and 800 free relay and a bronze in the 400 free relay. Hardy also has a bronze medal from the women’s 400m free relay. This will be her first Olympic final in an individual event.
Four events were contested in this morning’s prelims. Here’s how American swimmers fared:
- Men’s 50m Free: Anthony Ervin, 4th, 21.83; Cullen Jones, 6th, 21.95. "It's been a great morning swim,” Jones said. “I'm confident for this evening. I will be ready."
- Women’s 800m Free: Katie Ledecky, 3rd, 8:23.84; Kate Ziegler, 21st, 8:37.38. "I did a lot of sleeping, and I was in the water each day, but had to cut back on what we did,” Ziegler said. “I had the flu. I woke up the next day (after the Opening Ceremonies) not feeling well, and wanted to continue everything. Then two nights ago I slept 12 or 13 hours and took two-and-a-half hour naps in the day. It's a bummer. I came into this race thinking I was going to fight and do the best I could, and that's what I did. That's all you can ask for."
- Men’s 100m Fly: Michael Phelps, 2nd, 51.72; Tyler McGill, 7th, 51.95. "It doesn't really add too much time for rest purposes tonight if I'm in the first or the second (semifinal),” Phelps said. “We just wanted to come in and get a good morning swim, so that was fun. I'm not sure what I was out in, but I think I finished pretty well, so if I'm able to punch the first 50 a little bit more over the next two swims, it will be good. This is my last prelim swim ever so that was pretty fun to be able to do a pretty decent time in it."
- Women’s 200m Back: Missy Franklin, 1st, 2:07.54; Elizabeth Beisel, 2nd, 2:07.82. "I'm a little bit relieved that this is my last prelim swim, but I'm going to miss this so much,” Franklin said. "I'm going to scoop up all the energy that I have left and put it towards the next swim."
The top 16 swimmers in the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 back will compete in tonight’s semifinals. The top eight swimmers in the 800 free will compete in tomorrow night’s finals.