Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre butterfly
|Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
|Venue||Sydney International Aquatic Centre|
|Date||September 18, 2000 (heats &
September 19, 2000 (final)
|Competitors||46 from 40 nations|
|Winning time||1:55.35 OR|
|Swimming events at the
2000 Summer Olympics
U.S. swimmer and top favorite Tom Malchow shattered his own Olympic record to claim a gold medal in the event. Coming from third place on the final turn, he held off a challenge from fast-pacing Denys Sylantyev of Ukraine to touch the wall first in 1:55.35. Sylantyev trailed behind by almost half a second (0.50) to take a silver in 1:55.76, while Australia's Justin Norris settled only for the bronze in an Oceanian record of 1:56.17.
Russia's Anatoly Polyakov finished outside the medals by 17-hundredths of a second in 1:56.34. 15-year-old Michael Phelps, the youngest ever male U.S. Olympic swimmer in 68 years, continued to improve his personal best of 1:56.50, but it was only enough to pull off a fifth-place finish.
Phelps, who later emerged as the most-decorated Olympian of all-time, was followed in the sixth spot by Great Britain's Stephen Parry in 1:57.01. Defending Olympic champion Denis Pankratov seized a powerful lead on the first length, but faded shortly to seventh place in 1:57.97. France's Franck Esposito (1:58.39), bronze medalist in Barcelona eight years later, closed out the field.
Earlier, Malchow posted a top-seeded time of 1:56.25 on the morning prelims to cut off Melvin Stewart's 1992 Olympic record by a hundredth of a second (0.01). Followed by an evening session on day three, he eventually lowered it to 1:56.02 in the semifinals.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Tom Malchow (USA)||1:55.18||Charlotte, United States||17 June 2000|||
|Olympic record||Melvin Stewart (USA)||1:56.26||Barcelona, Spain||30 July 1992|||
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|18 September||Heat 6||Tom Malchow||United States||1:56.25||OR|
|18 September||Semifinal 2||Tom Malchow||United States||1:56.02||OR|
|19 September||Final||Tom Malchow||United States||1:55.35||OR|
|3||6||Stephen Parry||Great Britain||1:57.23||Q|
|5||3||James Hickman||Great Britain||1:57.84|
|1||4||Tom Malchow||United States||1:56.02||Q, OR|
|3||5||Michael Phelps||United States||1:57.00||Q|
|6||8||Andrew Livingston||Puerto Rico||1:58.63||NR|
|4||Tom Malchow||United States||1:55.35||OR|
|5||6||Michael Phelps||United States||1:56.50|
|6||1||Stephen Parry||Great Britain||1:57.01|
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