The women's 200-meter butterfly, which sees athletes swim four lengths of the pool in the butterfly discipline, was first contest at the 1968 Olympic Games. That year, Ada Kok of Holland claimed gold in the event, clocking in at 2:24.7. The event has been held in each Olympic Games since.
Here's just a little bit about each of the last five women to earn gold in the 200-meter butterfly:
Liu Zige: Chinese swimmer Liu Zige won the only Olympic medal in swimming for the home team at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. She captured gold in a time of 2:04.18, setting a new world record in the process. That world record was eventually broken, and Liu reset the world record in 2009 at the Chinese National Games when she swam the 200-meter butterfly in 2:01.81.
Otylia Jedrzejczak: Polish swimmer Otylia Jedrzejczak claimed gold when she won the 200-meter butterfly at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Jedrzejczak also swam the event two other times in the Olympic Games: In 2000 she finished fifth, and in 2008 she finished fourth.
Misty Hyman: American swimmer Misty Hyman shocked the swimming world when she earned gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Olympic Games. Most expected Susie O'Neill, the reigning champion and hometown favorite, to repeat as Olympic champion and dominate the event. Instead, O'Neill finished second.
Susan O'Neill: During her Olympic career, Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill won a medal of every color in the 200-meter butterfly. It was in 1996, though, that O'Neill, nicknamed "Madame Butterfly" won gold. Her bronze came in 1992, and as mentioned, she earned silver in 2000. During the course of her career, she won eight Olympic medals.
Summer Sanders: Today, American Summer Sanders is most recognizable for her role as a sports commentator and TV personality, but in 1992, she was recognized for accomplishments in the pool. Sanders won the 200-meter butterfly at the Barcelona Olympic Games in a time of 2:08.67. That year, she also earned gold in the 4x100-meter medley relay. She added a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley and a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley.
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Sandra Johnson was a competitive swimmer for more than 15 years before she began coaching. She is a longtime Olympic fan, and while working for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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