Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre butterfly

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Men's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 18, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 19, 2000 (final)
Competitors 46 from 40 nations
Winning time 1:55.35 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Ukraine
Bronze medal    Australia
«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 200 metre butterfly event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 18–19 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4][5]

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.[5][6][7]

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.[5]

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).[8] Followed by an evening session on day three, he eventually lowered it to 1:56.02 in the semifinals.[9]

Records[edit]

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 [10]
Olympic record  Melvin Stewart (USA) 1:56.26 Barcelona, Spain 30 July 1992 [10]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
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

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[10]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Tom Malchow United States 1:56.25 Q, OR
2 4 4 Denys Sylantyev Ukraine 1:56.42 Q
3 5 3 Michael Phelps United States 1:57.30 Q
4 6 6 Justin Norris Australia 1:57.60 Q
5 5 5 Anatoly Polyakov Russia 1:57.67 Q
6 6 3 James Hickman Great Britain 1:57.88 Q
7 5 4 Franck Esposito France 1:57.97 Q
8 6 5 Stephen Parry Great Britain 1:58.00 Q
9 5 2 Denis Pankratov Russia 1:58.01 Q
10 5 6 Takashi Yamamoto Japan 1:58.07 Q
11 4 5 Thomas Rupprath Germany 1:58.32 Q
12 4 3 Heath Ramsay Australia 1:58.82 Q
13 6 8 Stefan Aartsen Netherlands 1:58.89 Q
14 4 6 Hisayoshi Tanaka Japan 1:59.00 Q
15 6 7 Andrew Livingston Puerto Rico 1:59.05 Q
16 6 1 Sergey Fesenko Ukraine 1:59.41 Q
17 4 2 Ioan Gherghel Romania 1:59.48
18 6 2 Shamek Pietucha Canada 1:59.59
19 5 8 Han Kyu-Chul South Korea 1:59.85
20 5 7 Juan Veloz Mexico 2:00.02
21 3 6 Vladan Marković Yugoslavia 2:00.11
22 2 3 Anthony Ang Malaysia 2:00.12 NR
23 4 1 Jorge Pérez Spain 2:00.15
24 3 4 Viktor Bodrogi Hungary 2:00.74
25 3 3 Ioannis Drymonakos Greece 2:00.75
26 3 1 Theo Verster South Africa 2:00.90
27 3 5 Gunter Rodríguez Cuba 2:01.06
28 3 2 Michael Windisch Austria 2:01.20 NR
29 2 6 Zoran Lazarovski Macedonia 2:01.30
30 4 7 Massimiliano Eroli Italy 2:01.32
31 4 8 Michael Halika Israel 2:01.97
32 2 7 Mark Kwok Kin Ming Hong Kong 2:01.99
33 5 1 Xie Xufeng China 2:02.00
34 3 7 Tero Välimaa Finland 2:02.46
35 1 5 Tseng Cheng-Hua Chinese Taipei 2:03.62
36 2 5 Juan Pablo Valdivieso Peru 2:03.67
37 3 8 Colin Lowth Ireland 2:03.91
38 2 2 Dulyarit Phuangthong Thailand 2:04.15
39 2 8 Lovrenco Franičević Croatia 2:04.35
40 1 3 Georgi Palazov Bulgaria 2:04.40
41 2 1 Konstantin Andriushin Kyrgyzstan 2:04.86
42 2 4 Albert Christiadi Sutanto Indonesia 2:05.13
43 1 4 Roberto Delgado Ecuador 2:08.18
44 1 6 Dumitru Zastoico Moldova 2:09.34
45 1 2 Dmitriy Tsutskarev Uzbekistan 2:10.54
46 1 7 Fadi Kouzmah Syria 2:11.56

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Denys Sylantyev Ukraine 1:56.81 Q
2 5 Justin Norris Australia 1:57.10 Q
3 6 Stephen Parry Great Britain 1:57.23 Q
4 2 Takashi Yamamoto Japan 1:57.66
5 3 James Hickman Great Britain 1:57.84
6 7 Heath Ramsay Australia 1:57.90
7 1 Hisayoshi Tanaka Japan 1:58.06
8 8 Sergey Fesenko Ukraine 1:59.03

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Tom Malchow United States 1:56.02 Q, OR
2 3 Anatoly Polyakov Russia 1:56.78 Q
3 5 Michael Phelps United States 1:57.00 Q
4 6 Franck Esposito France 1:57.04 Q
5 2 Denis Pankratov Russia 1:57.24 Q
6 8 Andrew Livingston Puerto Rico 1:58.63 NR
7 1 Stefan Aartsen Netherlands 1:58.66
8 7 Thomas Rupprath Germany 1:58.96

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Tom Malchow United States 1:55.35 OR
2nd 3 Denys Sylantyev Ukraine 1:55.76 NR
3rd 7 Justin Norris Australia 1:56.17 OC
4 5 Anatoly Polyakov Russia 1:56.34
5 6 Michael Phelps United States 1:56.50
6 1 Stephen Parry Great Britain 1:57.01
7 8 Denis Pankratov Russia 1:57.97
8 2 Franck Esposito France 1:58.39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (20 September 2000). "Malchow Captures Gold In Butterfly He Suffers From Asthma And Says He Is Not Much Of An Athlete. But, Yesterday The 200-meter Race Was His". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Longman, Jere (20 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; Malchow Lies Low, Then Rockets To the Wall". New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Bondy, Filip (20 September 2000). "Malchow's gold has ripple effect". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Whitten, Phillip (19 September 2000). "Olympic Day 4 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Aussies rule relays". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 19 September 2000. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Dillman, Lisa (13 August 2000). "Phelps to Sydney, Oh, Boy!". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  8. ^ McMullen, Paul (18 September 2000). "Another Phelps growth spurt in 200 fly". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Butterfly Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 210–212. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

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