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

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 19, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 20, 2000 (final)
Competitors 74 from 66 nations
Winning time 48.30
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«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 freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 19–20 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Netherlands' Pieter van den Hoogenband stormed home on the final lap to claim his second Olympic gold medal at these Games. He posted a time of 48.30 to hold off Russia's defending Olympic champion Alexander Popov by almost two-fifths of a second (0.40).[2] Failing to attain a third straight triumph in the same event, Popov settled only for the silver in 48.69. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. powered home with a bronze in 48.73.[3][4]

After breaking a split world record in the 4×100 m freestyle relay on the opening night, Australia's overwhelming favorite Michael Klim missed out the podium in a close race against Hall by a hundredth of a second, finishing with a time of 48.74.[5] Klim was followed in fifth by Hall's teammate Neil Walker (49.09), and in sixth by Sweden's three-time Olympian Lars Frölander (49.22). Russia's Denis Pimankov (49.36) and another Aussie Chris Fydler (49.44) rounded out the finale.[4]

Earlier in the semifinals, Van den Hoogenband cleared a 48-second barrier to set a new world record of 47.84, slashing 0.34 seconds off the mark set by Klim from the relay.[6]

One of the most popular highlights in the event took place in the first heat. Dubbed as Eric the Eel, Equatorial Guinea's Eric Moussambani received a dubious honor of being the slowest Olympic swimmer in the entire history. Two other swimmers, Niger's Karim Bare and Tajikistan's Farkhod Oripov, plunged into the pool and were cast out of the race under a no false-start rule, leaving Moussambani as the last man standing. Cheering by a large crowd, he finished a one-man heat in 1:52.72, nearly seven seconds slower than a winning time by Van den Hoogenband over double the distance a day before.[7][8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Klim (AUS) 48.18 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000 [9]
Olympic record  Michael Klim (AUS) 48.18 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000 [9]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
19 September Semifinal 2 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 47.84 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[9]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 9 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 48.64 Q
2 10 5 Michael Klim Australia 49.09 Q
3 10 6 Lars Frölander Sweden 49.16 Q, NR
4 10 4 Alexander Popov Russia 49.29 Q
5 9 5 Gary Hall, Jr. United States 49.32 Q
6 8 2 Denis Pimankov Russia 49.45 Q
6 8 5 Chris Fydler Australia 49.45 Q
8 9 7 Salim Iles Algeria 49.70 Q, NR
9 8 4 Neil Walker United States 49.73 Q
10 10 2 Lorenzo Vismara Italy 49.74 Q
10 10 1 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 49.74 Q
12 10 8 José Meolans Argentina 49.75 Q, NR
13 9 3 Gustavo Borges Brazil 49.76 Q
13 8 7 Christian Tröger Germany 49.76 Q
15 9 6 Attila Zubor Hungary 49.79 Q
16 7 8 Duje Draganja Croatia 49.83 Q, NR
17 10 7 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 49.84
18 8 6 Johan Kenkhuis Netherlands 49.93
19 8 1 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 50.19
19 9 2 Karel Novy Switzerland 50.19
21 6 3 Peter Mankoč Slovenia 50.28
22 8 3 Romain Barnier France 50.32
23 7 2 Rolandas Gimbutis Lithuania 50.46
24 6 1 Kim Min-Suk South Korea 50.49
25 7 4 Torsten Spanneberg Germany 50.56
26 9 8 Yannick Lupien Canada 50.62
27 8 8 Pavlo Khnykin Ukraine 50.63
28 7 3 Javier Botello Spain 50.87
29 7 5 Craig Hutchison Canada 50.90
30 9 1 Aleh Rukhlevich Belarus 50.96
30 7 1 Marcos Hernández Cuba 50.96
32 7 7 Thierry Wouters Belgium 51.07
33 7 6 Jere Hård Finland 51.11
34 6 5 Spyridon Bitsakis Greece 51.28
34 6 8 Sergey Ashihmin Kyrgyzstan 51.28
36 4 2 Carl Probert Fiji 51.34
37 6 7 Richard Sam Bera Indonesia 51.52
38 6 6 Yoav Bruck Israel 51.62
39 5 1 Nikola Kalabić Yugoslavia 51.82
40 4 5 Christopher Murray Bahamas 51.93
40 5 2 Allen Ong Malaysia 51.93
42 5 7 George Gleason Virgin Islands 52.00
43 4 7 Indrek Sei Estonia 52.09
44 4 6 Tamer Hamed Egypt 52.14
45 5 3 Květoslav Svoboda Czech Republic 52.18
46 3 4 Paul Kutscher Uruguay 52.22
47 4 8 Fernando Jácome Colombia 52.24
47 4 4 Mark Chay Singapore 52.24
49 6 2 Željko Panić Bosnia and Herzegovina 52.40
50 6 4 Francisco Sánchez Venezuela 52.43
51 3 2 Howard Hinds Netherlands Antilles 52.52
52 4 3 Glen Walshaw Zimbabwe 52.53
53 5 6 Igor Sitnikov Kazakhstan 52.57
54 3 3 Aleksandr Agafonov Uzbekistan 52.58
55 5 4 Wu Nien-Pin Chinese Taipei 52.72
56 5 5 Felipe Delgado Ecuador 52.78
57 5 8 Chrysanthos Papachrysanthou Cyprus 52.82
58 3 5 Ríkardur Ríkardsson Iceland 52.85
59 3 6 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 52.90
60 3 1 Gentle Offoin Nigeria 52.91 NR
61 3 7 Kenny Roberts Seychelles 53.40
62 4 1 Rodrigo Olivares Chile 53.50
63 2 3 Gregory Arkhurst Ivory Coast 53.55
64 3 8 Alejandro Castellanos Honduras 54.06
65 2 4 Hamid Reza Mobarez Iran 54.12
66 2 5 Christophe Lim Wen Ying Mauritius 54.33
67 2 6 Ganaagiin Galbadrakh Mongolia 58.79
68 2 2 Ragi Edde Lebanon 59.26
69 2 7 Marien Michel Ngouabi Congo 1:00.39
70 2 1 Dawood Youssef Mohamed Jassim Bahrain 1:02.45
71 1 5 Eric Moussambani Equatorial Guinea 1:52.72
072 1 3 Karim Bare Niger DSQ
072 1 4 Farkhod Oripov Tajikistan DSQ
075 10 3 Fernando Scherer Brazil DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Klim Australia 48.80 Q
2 5 Alexander Popov Russia 48.84 Q
3 3 Denis Pimankov Russia 49.43 Q
4 7 José Meolans Argentina 49.66 NR
5 2 Lorenzo Vismara Italy 49.67
5 8 Duje Draganja Croatia 49.67 NR
7 6 Salim Iles Algeria 49.70 =NR
8 1 Christian Tröger Germany 49.80

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 47.84 Q, WR
2 5 Lars Frölander Sweden 48.93 Q, NR
3 2 Neil Walker United States 49.04 Q
4 3 Gary Hall, Jr. United States 49.13 Q
5 6 Chris Fydler Australia 49.55 Q
6 8 Attila Zubor Hungary 49.58
7 7 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 49.84
8 1 Gustavo Borges Brazil 49.93

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 48.30
2nd 3 Alexander Popov Russia 48.69
3rd 7 Gary Hall, Jr. United States 48.73
4 5 Michael Klim Australia 48.74
5 2 Neil Walker United States 49.09
6 6 Lars Frölander Sweden 49.22
7 1 Denis Pimankov Russia 49.36
8 8 Chris Fydler Australia 49.44

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Double Dutch: Van den Hoogenband captures second gold in 100 free". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 20 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Longman, Jere (20 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; Hyman, in Surprise, Joins No. 1 van den Hoogenband". New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Finals (200 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Morrissey, Rick (21 September 2000). "Dutch Treat In The Pool". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Jerardi, Dick (20 September 2000). "Van Den Hoogenband Making Name For Self". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Penner, Mike (19 September 2000). "Eric the Eagle Leaves a Lasting Impression". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Lord, Craig (20 September 2000). "Eric The Eel". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 118–120. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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