Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

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Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors 46 from 40 nations
Winning time 3:40.59 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Australia
Silver medal    Italy
Bronze medal    United States
«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 400 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 16 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

At only 17 years of age, Australia's overwhelming favorite Ian Thorpe, dubbed by his fans as the "Thorpedo", made his Olympic debut by claiming the first gold medal for the host nation at these Games. Cheered by a massive home crowd and rocketed to the chants of "Thorpie" by his swimming fans, Thorpe maintained a strong lead from start to finish before hitting the wall first in a new world record of 3:40.59.[2][3]

Massimiliano Rosolino, born with an Australian heritage, earned a silver medal for Italy in a European record of 3:43.40, finishing just three body lengths of a pool behind Thorpe. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Klete Keller stormed home from last place in the 200 m lap to wrest a bronze in 3:47.00, an American record, edging out Rosolino's teammate Emiliano Brembilla (3:47.01) by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[4]

Romania's Dragoș Coman finished fifth with a national record of 3:47.38, and was followed in the sixth spot by another U.S. swimmer Chad Carvin in 3:47.58. Aussie Grant Hackett (3:48.22) and South Africa's Ryk Neethling (3:48.52) rounded out the finale within three-tenths of a second (0.30) apart.[4]

Acknowledging a massive roar of the home crowd, Thorpe also cracked Yevgeny Sadovyi's 1992 Olympic record by 0.35 seconds to lead the final of six heats, and pick up a top-seeded time of 3:44.65 in the morning prelims.[5][6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 3:41.33 Sydney, Australia 13 May 2000 [7]
Olympic record  Yevgeny Sadovyi (EUN) 3:45.00 Barcelona, Spain 29 July 1992 [7]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
16 September Heat 6 Ian Thorpe Australia 3:44.65 OR
16 September Final Ian Thorpe Australia 3:40.59 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[7]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Ian Thorpe Australia 3:44.65 Q, OR
2 4 3 Massimiliano Rosolino Italy 3:45.65 Q, NR
3 4 4 Ryk Neethling South Africa 3:48.08 Q
4 6 3 Emiliano Brembilla Italy 3:48.41 Q
5 5 5 Chad Carvin United States 3:48.42 Q
6 6 5 Klete Keller United States 3:48.62 Q
7 5 3 Dragoș Coman Romania 3:48.77 Q, NR
8 5 4 Grant Hackett Australia 3:48.91 Q
9 5 2 Heiko Hell Germany 3:50.80
10 4 5 Paul Palmer Great Britain 3:51.06
11 4 1 Masato Hirano Japan 3:51.42 AS
12 6 8 Nicolas Rostoucher France 3:51.80 NR
13 5 6 James Salter Great Britain 3:52.01
14 6 7 Alexei Filipets Russia 3:52.21
15 6 6 Rick Say Canada 3:52.72
16 4 7 Igor Snitko Ukraine 3:52.97
17 4 2 Luiz Lima Brazil 3:53.87
18 4 6 Jacob Carstensen Denmark 3:54.14
19 5 7 Vlastimil Burda Czech Republic 3:54.40
20 5 8 Spyridon Gianniotis Greece 3:54.96
21 6 2 Mark Johnston Canada 3:54.99
22 4 8 Dmitry Koptur Belarus 3:55.26
23 5 1 Ricardo Monasterio Venezuela 3:55.35
24 3 6 Torwai Sethsothorn Thailand 3:56.68
25 3 3 Jin Hao China 3:57.22
26 3 8 Damian Alleyne Barbados 3:58.12
27 2 4 Woo Chul South Korea 3:58.31
28 3 5 Jorge Carral Armella Mexico 3:58.34
29 3 4 Jonathan Duncan New Zealand 3:58.52
30 2 2 Mark Kwok Kin Ming Hong Kong 3:58.94 NR
31 3 2 Zoltán Szilágyi Hungary 3:59.40
32 2 5 Agustín Fiorilli Argentina 3:59.44
33 6 1 Igor Chervynskiy Ukraine 3:59.84
34 2 3 Petar Stoychev Bulgaria 3:59.94
35 3 7 Jure Bučar Slovenia 4:00.19
36 2 1 Miguel Mendoza Philippines 4:00.66 NR
37 1 2 Sng Ju Wei Singapore 4:01.34 NR
38 2 8 Victor Rogut Moldova 4:01.42
39 2 7 Aytekin Mindan Turkey 4:01.46
40 1 5 Giancarlo Zolezzi Chile 4:01.51
41 1 4 Li Yun-Lun Chinese Taipei 4:03.10
42 3 1 Hannes Kalteis Austria 4:03.66
43 2 6 Dieung Manggang Malaysia 4:03.77
44 1 6 Hani Elteir Egypt 4:04.23
45 1 3 Ivan Ivanov Kyrgyzstan 4:09.33
46 1 7 Marcelino López Nicaragua 4:18.89

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Ian Thorpe Australia 3:40.59 WR
2nd 5 Massimiliano Rosolino Italy 3:43.40 EU
3rd 7 Klete Keller United States 3:47.00 AM
4 6 Emiliano Brembilla Italy 3:47.01
5 1 Dragoș Coman Romania 3:47.38 NR
6 2 Chad Carvin United States 3:47.58
7 8 Grant Hackett Australia 3:48.22
8 3 Ryk Neethling South Africa 3:48.52

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (16 September 2000). "Thorpe Sets World Mark, Thompson Wins 6th Gold". ABC News. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Stuff of Heroes". Time Magazine. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (16 September 2000). "Olympic Day 1 Finals (Complete)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Whitten, Phillip (16 September 2000). "Olympic Day 1 Prelims (Complete)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Morrissey, Rick (16 September 2000). "Spitz's Remarks Not Golden". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 400m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 135–136. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

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