Jessicah Schipper - Swimming Career - 2004 Summer Olympics

2004 Summer Olympics

In 2004 she competed in the Athens Olympics, placing 4th in the 100 m butterfly with the time of 58.22 s. She also collected the gold medal in the 4x100 m medley relay, having swum the butterfly leg in the heats of the event.

At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal she won the silver medal in the 200 m butterfly with the time of 2.05.65 s, only 0.04 seconds behind Otylia Jędrzejczak of Poland, who consequently recorded a new world record in the event. However, the race was overshadowed by the video replay showing that Jędrzejczak touched the finishing wall with only one hand, which is illegal under the butterfly rules. Doing so allows the swimmer to stretch out further with their single hand. Video replays cannot be used in appeals against race results. Schipper also won the gold in the 100 m butterfly (57.23 s) and in the 4×100 m medley relay, with teammates Sophie Edington, Leisel Jones and Libby Lenton. In doing so, she erased the Australian records in both the 100 m and 200 m butterfly set by Petria Thomas and Susie O'Neill, respectively.

In 2006 Schipper wiped 0.08 s off her 100 m butterfly (57.15 s) Commonwealth record to become the second fastest woman ever in the history of the event, surpassing Martina Moravcová.

She won the gold medal in both the 100 m and 200 m butterfly as well as the silver medal in 50 m butterfly at the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne. She combined with Sophie Edington, Leisel Jones and Libby Lenton to set a new world record in the 4×100 m medley relay, collecting her third gold medal of the meet.

On 17 August 2006 Schipper set a new world record in the women's 200m butterfly, on the opening night of the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Schipper won the final in 2:05.40, bettering the mark of 2:05.61 set by Otylia Jędrzejczak at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships.

Schipper won the gold medal in the 200 m butterfly at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne, as well as the silver medal in the 100 m butterfly, behind fellow Australian Libby Lenton.

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