Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre breaststroke

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Women's 100 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date 17 September 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
18 September 2000 (final)
Competitors 44 from 37 nations
Winning time 1:07.05 AM
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    South Africa
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Swimming events at the
2000 Summer Olympics
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50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
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Backstroke
100 m men women
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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 women's 100 metre breaststroke event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17–18 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

At only 16 years of age, U.S. swimmer Megan Quann fulfilled her merciless prediction by knocking off South Africa's defending Olympic champion Penny Heyns in the event. Coming from third at the final turn, she surged powerfully past the champion over the last 25 metres to snatch the gold medal in a new American record of 1:07.05, just a small fraction closer to an Olympic standard.[2][3] Australia's overwhelming favorite Leisel Jones, who just turned 15, roared back from fifth place on the final stretch to take home the silver in 1:07.49. Heyns, who was struggling with her form in the prelims and semifinals, seized off a strong lead under a world-record pace (31.10), but ended up only with a bronze in a time of 1:07.55. Meanwhile, Sarah Poewe, the fastest qualifier for the final, trailed behind her teammate by three-tenths of a second in 1:07.85.[4][5][6]

Outside the 1:08-club, Hungary's Ágnes Kovács finished fifth in 1:08.09, and was followed in sixth by Japan's Masami Tanaka with a time of 1:08.37. Aussie favorite Tarnee White (1:09.09) and 31-year-old Sylvia Gerasch (1:09.86), a product of the old East German system, closed out the field.[6]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Quann's teammate Staciana Stitts, who had a poor start on the morning prelims with an eighteenth-place effort; and Angola's Nádia Cruz, the first for her nation to compete in all four editions of the Games since 1988.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Penny Heyns (RSA) 1:06.52 Sydney, Australia 23 August 1999 [8]
Olympic record  Penny Heyns (RSA) 1:07.02 Atlanta, United States 21 July 1996 [8]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 4 Megan Quann United States 1:07.48 Q
2 6 4 Penny Heyns South Africa 1:07.85 Q
3 6 3 Leisel Jones Australia 1:07.92 Q
4 4 5 Sarah Poewe South Africa 1:08.06 Q
5 4 3 Tarnee White Australia 1:08.35 Q
6 5 5 Ágnes Kovács Hungary 1:08.50 Q
7 4 4 Masami Tanaka Japan 1:09.12 Q
8 6 6 Sylvia Gerasch Germany 1:09.31 Q
9 4 2 Brigitte Becue Belgium 1:09.38 Q
10 4 7 Christin Petelski Canada 1:09.57 Q
11 5 3 Svitlana Bondarenko Ukraine 1:09.60 Q
12 6 2 Rhiannon Leier Canada 1:09.68 Q
13 5 6 Qi Hui China 1:09.88 Q
14 6 7 Simone Karn Germany 1:09.94 Q
15 5 8 Nataša Kejžar Slovenia 1:10.44 Q, NR
16 6 8 Madelon Baans Netherlands 1:10.47 Q
17 5 1 Olga Bakaldina Russia 1:10.53
18 6 5 Staciana Stitts United States 1:10.54
19 4 6 Li Wei China 1:10.55
20 5 7 Heidi Earp Great Britain 1:10.56
21 5 2 Alicja Pęczak Poland 1:10.57
22 6 1 Emma Igelström Sweden 1:11.09
23 2 6 İlkay Dikmen Turkey 1:11.51 NR
24 3 4 Elvira Fischer Austria 1:11.58
25 4 8 Byun Hye-Young South Korea 1:11.64
26 3 1 Isabel Ceballos Colombia 1:11.90 NR
27 3 7 Agata Czaplicki Switzerland 1:13.19
28 3 5 Joscelin Yeo Singapore 1:13.25
29 3 3 Emma Robinson Ireland 1:13.41
30 3 2 Smiljana Marinović Croatia 1:13.49
31 3 6 Imaday Nuñez Gonzalez Cuba 1:13.91
32 2 4 Siow Yi Ting Malaysia 1:13.92
33 2 3 Íris Edda Heimisdóttir Iceland 1:14.07
34 2 5 Olga Moltchanova Kyrgyzstan 1:14.41
35 3 8 Jenny Rose Guerrero Philippines 1:15.14
36 2 2 Caroline Chiu Sin Wing Hong Kong 1:15.87
37 2 1 Katerine Moreno Bolivia 1:16.15 NR
38 2 7 Nádia Cruz Angola 1:19.57
39 2 8 Xenia Peni Papua New Guinea 1:19.62
40 1 3 Mariam Pauline Keita Mali 1:37.80
41 1 5 Balkissa Ouhoumoudou Niger 1:42.39
042 1 4 Doli Akhter Bangladesh DSQ
042 1 6 Pamela Girimbabazi Rwanda DSQ
047 4 1 Junko Isoda Japan DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Sarah Poewe South Africa 1:07.48 Q
2 3 Ágnes Kovács Hungary 1:07.79 Q
3 4 Penny Heyns South Africa 1:08.33 Q
4 6 Sylvia Gerasch Germany 1:09.33 Q
5 2 Christin Petelski Canada 1:09.54
6 7 Rhiannon Leier Canada 1:09.63
7 1 Simone Karn Germany 1:09.85
8 8 Madelon Baans Netherlands 1:10.44

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Megan Quann United States 1:07.79 Q
2 5 Leisel Jones Australia 1:08.03 Q
3 3 Tarnee White Australia 1:08.61 Q
4 6 Masami Tanaka Japan 1:09.04 Q
5 2 Brigitte Becue Belgium 1:09.47
6 1 Qi Hui China 1:09.81
7 7 Svitlana Bondarenko Ukraine 1:09.84
8 8 Nataša Kejžar Slovenia 1:10.66

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Megan Quann United States 1:07.05 AM
2 6 Leisel Jones Australia 1:07.49 OC
3 2 Penny Heyns South Africa 1:07.55
4 4 Sarah Poewe South Africa 1:07.85
5 3 Ágnes Kovács Hungary 1:08.09
6 1 Masami Tanaka Japan 1:08.37
7 7 Tarnee White Australia 1:09.09
8 8 Sylvia Gerasch Germany 1:09.86

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Swimmers Krayzelburg, Quann Win Gold". ABC News. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Robertson, Linda (18 September 2000). "Krayzelburg, Quann Pan Olympic Gold". ABC News. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. teenager wins 100 breaststroke". ESPN. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Lemke, Gary (18 September 2000). "Penny third as Quann triumphs". Independent Online (South Africa). Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b 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. 
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (17 September 2000). "Olympic Prelims: Day Two". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 100m Breaststroke Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 261–262. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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