Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke
|Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
|Venue||Sydney International Aquatic Centre|
|Date||September 17, 2000 (heats &
September 18, 2000 (final)
|Competitors||47 from 40 nations|
|Winning time||1:00.21 OR|
|Swimming events at the
2000 Summer Olympics
At only 16 years of age, Diana Mocanu made an Olympic milestone to become Romania's first ever gold medalist in swimming. She fought off a head-to-head sprint challenge from Japan's Mai Nakamura on the final stretch to hit the wall first in a new Olympic standard of 1:00.21, the second-fastest of all time, cutting off Krisztina Egerszegi's 1992 record by nearly half a second (0.50). Meanwhile, Nakamura seized off an early lead under a world-record pace (29.17), but ended up only with a silver medal in a Japanese record of 1:00.55. Competing previously for the Unified Team and Russia in two Olympics (1992 and 1996), Nina Zhivanevskaya made a surprise packet with a bronze for Spain in a sterling time of 1:00.89.
France's Roxana Maracineanu finished off the podium in fourth place at 1:01.10, and was followed in fifth by Nakamura's teammate Noriko Inada in 1:01.14. Coming from second at the final turn, U.S. swimmer Barbara Bedford faded down the stretch to pick up a sixth spot with a time of 1:01.47. Aussie favorite Dyana Calub (1:01.61) and Denmark's Louise Ørnstedt (1:02.02) closed out the field.
Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Germany's Antje Buschschulte, a pre-Olympic medal contender; South Africa's Charlene Wittstock, who eventually married to Albert II, Prince of Monaco in 2010; and Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who later emerged as one of the world's top backstroke swimmers in her decade.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||He Cihong (CHN)||1:00.16||Rome, Italy||10 September 1994|||
|Olympic record||Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN)||1:00.68||Barcelona, Spain||28 July 1992|||
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|18 September||Final||Diana Mocanu||Romania||1:00.21||OR|
|1||4||Diana Mocanu||Romania||1:00.70||Q, NR|
|2||5||Barbara Bedford||United States||1:01.61||Q|
|3||3||Louise Ørnstedt||Denmark||1:01.69||Q, NR|
|4||5||Roxana Maracineanu||France||1:01.61||Q, NR|
|6||7||Katy Sexton||Great Britain||1:02.35|
|01 !||4||Diana Mocanu||Romania||1:00.21||OR*|
|02 !||5||Mai Nakamura||Japan||1:00.55||NR|
|03 !||6||Nina Zhivanevskaya||Spain||1:00.89||NR|
|6||2||Barbara Bedford||United States||1:01.47|
* Also a European and a Romanian record.
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