Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 17, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 18, 2000 (final)
Competitors 55 from 50 nations
Winning time 53.72 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Germany
«1996 2004»
Swimming events at the
2000 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 100 metre backstroke event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17–18 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Lenny Krayzelburg, a Ukrainian-born American whose swimming career began in the old Soviet system, shattered a new Olympic record to claim a gold medal in the event, slashing 0.14 seconds off an eight-year-old standard set by Jeff Rouse in Barcelona.[2][3] He seized the lead on the first length, and held off a challenge from Australia's overwhelming favorite Matt Welsh down the final lap to touch the wall first in 53.72.[4][5] Delighted by the frenzied home crowd, Welsh took home with a silver medal in an Oceanian record of 54.07. Meanwhile, Germany's Stev Theloke stormed home from behind to wrest a bronze in 54.82, edging out another Aussie Josh Watson (55.01) by almost two-tenths of a second (0.20).[6]

Poland's Bartosz Kizierowski finished fifth with a time of 55.04, and was followed in the sixth spot by U.S. swimmer Neil Walker in 55.14. Theloke's teammate Steffen Driesen (55.27) and Israel's Eithan Urbach (55.74) closed out the field.[6]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Lenny Krayzelburg (USA) 53.60 Sydney, Australia 24 August 1999 [7]
Olympic record  Jeff Rouse (USA) 53.86 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992 [7]

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
18 September Final Lenny Krayzelburg United States 53.72 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[7]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 4 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 54.38 Q
2 6 4 Matt Welsh Australia 54.70 Q, OC
3 5 5 Stev Theloke Germany 55.00 Q
4 7 5 Josh Watson Australia 55.09 Q
5 5 1 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 55.14 Q
6 5 4 Neil Walker United States 55.34 Q
7 6 3 Steffen Driesen Germany 55.39 Q
8 5 3 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 55.43 Q
9 5 2 Eithan Urbach Israel 55.44 Q, NR
10 7 3 Alexandre Massura Brazil 55.58 Q
11 6 5 Rodolfo Falcón Cuba 55.61 Q
12 6 6 David Ortega Spain 55.80 Q
13 7 2 Péter Horváth Hungary 55.81 Q
14 7 8 Chris Renaud Canada 55.85 Q
15 4 5 Simon Dufour France 56.01 Q
16 7 1 Adam Ruckwood Great Britain 56.19 Q
17 6 1 Derya Büyükuncu Turkey 56.21
18 6 7 Marko Strahija Croatia 56.26
19 4 2 Sergey Ostapchuk Russia 56.26
20 5 7 Mariusz Siembida Poland 56.27
21 5 8 Emanuele Merisi Italy 56.35
21 4 7 Răzvan Florea Romania 56.35 NR
23 5 6 Rogério Romero Brazil 56.44
24 6 2 Darius Grigalionis Lithuania 56.47
25 7 6 Mark Versfeld Canada 56.50
26 7 7 Volodymyr Nikolaychuk Ukraine 56.71
27 4 4 Alex Lim Keng Liat Malaysia 56.81
28 4 1 Miroslav Machovič Slovakia 56.95
28 4 8 Nuno Laurentino Portugal 56.95
30 6 8 Simon Thirsk South Africa 57.06
31 2 3 Sung Min South Korea 57.12
32 3 2 Blaž Medvešek Slovenia 57.26
33 3 7 Markus Rogan Austria 57.35
34 4 6 Ouyang Kunpeng China 57.47
35 3 4 Philipp Gilgen Switzerland 57.50
36 3 3 Mattias Ohlin Sweden 57.51
37 3 5 Scott Talbot-Cameron New Zealand 57.86
38 1 2 Alexandru Ivlev Moldova 57.91
39 3 8 Ivan Angelov Bulgaria 58.03
40 4 3 Eduardo Germán Otero Argentina 58.09
41 2 1 Diego Gallo Uruguay 58.18 NR
42 3 6 Milorad Čavić Yugoslavia 58.25
43 2 8 Dulyarit Phuangthong Thailand 58.48
44 3 1 Haitham Hassan Egypt 58.67
45 2 4 Gary Tan Singapore 58.69
46 2 2 Mehdi Addadi Algeria 58.74
47 1 3 Benjamin Lo-Pinto Seychelles 58.90
48 2 7 Mike Fung-A-Wing Suriname 59.06
49 2 5 Konstantin Priahin Kyrgyzstan 59.86
50 1 4 Germán Martínez Colombia 59.94
51 2 6 Nicholas Neckles Barbados 1:00.19
52 1 6 Pavel Sidorov Kazakhstan 1:01.02
53 1 7 Mauricio Prudencio Bolivia 1:01.15
54 1 5 Faisal Al-Mahmeed Kuwait 1:05.17
55 1 1 Welbert Samuel Federated States of Micronesia 1:12.38

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Matt Welsh Australia 54.52 Q, OC
2 5 Josh Watson Australia 54.93 Q
3 3 Neil Walker United States 55.20 Q
4 1 Chris Renaud Canada 55.70
5 2 Alexandre Massura Brazil 56.07
6 6 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 56.26
7 7 David Ortega Spain 56.33
8 8 Adam Ruckwood Great Britain 56.34

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 54.32 Q
2 5 Stev Theloke Germany 54.95 Q
3 2 Eithan Urbach Israel 55.31 Q, NR
4 3 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 55.34 Q
5 6 Steffen Driesen Germany 55.41 Q
6 7 Rodolfo Falcón Cuba 55.59
7 1 Péter Horváth Hungary 55.65
8 8 Simon Dufour France 55.79

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 53.72 OR
2 5 Matt Welsh Australia 54.07 OC
3 6 Stev Theloke Germany 54.82
4 3 Josh Watson Australia 55.01
5 1 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 55.04
6 2 Neil Walker United States 55.14
7 8 Steffen Driesen Germany 55.27
8 7 Eithan Urbach Israel 55.74

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Robertson, Linda (19 September 2000). "Krayzelburg, Quann Pan Olympic Gold". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Americans Krayzelburg, Quann up U.S. golds to five". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Krayzelburg sets Olympic record". ESPN. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Longman, Jere (19 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; Thorpe Comes Up a Big Hand Short to a Flying Dutchman". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (18 September 2000). "Olympic Day 3 Finals (100 Breast, 100 Back M, 100 Back W, 200 Free)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Backstroke Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 278–279. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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