Olympics swimming: Liuyang Jiao wins 200m butterfly gold for China

LIUYANG JIAO

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Gold for Jiao in 200m butterfly

China's Liuyang Jiao set a new Olympic record on her way to winning gold in the women's 200m butterfly.

The Beijing silver medallist raced to victory in a time of two minutes 4.06 seconds, beating Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia (2:05.25) into second.

Britain's Jemma Lowe faded in the final 50m to finish sixth, while Japan's Natsumi Hoshi won the bronze medal.

Belmonte Garcia was in the lead at the turn, and looked set for gold until Jiao's late charge.

Lowe, who swims for Swansea, was well placed for a medal when she turned at halfway in third place. However, the 22-year-old could not maintain her pace and was overtaken by the fast finishers.

"It was an Olympic final and I was really happy to get into it," she said. "I gave it everything I had got but it wasn't to be.

"The crowd were brilliant. I was a bit nervous but I have had a good time in my second Olympics.

"This is definitely not my last Games. I feel like I am still young and I am looking forward to having more races."

Final Results

Final results by Athlete
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment Result
1 Jiao CHN 2:04.06 OR
2 Belmonte Garcia ESP 2:05.25
3 Hoshi JPN 2:05.48