Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre butterfly
|Women's 100 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
|Venue||Sydney International Aquatic Centre|
|Date||September 16, 2000 (heats &
September 17, 2000 (final)
|Competitors||50 from 40 nations|
|Winning time||56.61 WR|
|Swimming events at the
2000 Summer Olympics
Dutch rising star Inge de Bruijn shattered her own world record by 0.03 seconds to claim the gold medal in the event. Forging a narrow lead at the initial turn, she cruised her path on the final lap to hit the wall first in a sterling time of 56.61. Slovakia's Martina Moravcová moved herself up from fourth to surge past the field for the silver medal in 57.97. At only 33 years of age and competing in her fourth Olympics since 1984, U.S. legend Dara Torres ended her seven-year retirement from the sport by taking home the bronze in 58.20.
Australia's top favorite Petria Thomas failed to impress the home crowd with her fourth-place effort, finishing off the podium by 29-hundredths of a second in 58.49. Trailing behind De Bruijn by 0.12 seconds, Jenny Thompson faded down the final stretch to pick up a fifth spot in 58.73. Earlier in the prelims, she posted a leading time (57.66) to cut off Qian Hong's 1992 Olympic record by almost a full second. Japan's Junko Onishi (59.13), Thomas' teammate Susie O'Neill (59.27), competing in her third Olympics, and Romania's Diana Mocanu (59.43) rounded out the finale.
Before her breakthrough final, De Bruijn erased Thompson's record from heat five by 0.06 seconds to post a top-seeded time of 57.60 in the prelims. Followed by an evening session on the first night of the Games, she eventually lowered it to 57.14 in the semifinals.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Inge de Bruijn (NED)||56.64||Seattle, United States||22 July 2000|||
|Olympic record||Qian Hong (CHN)||58.62||Barcelona, Spain||29 July 1992|||
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|16 September||Heat 5||Jenny Thompson||United States||57.66||OR|
|16 September||Heat 7||Inge de Bruijn||Netherlands||57.60||OR|
|16 September||Semifinal 2||Inge de Bruijn||Netherlands||57.14||OR|
|17 September||Final||Inge de Bruijn||Netherlands||56.61||WR|
|1||4||Jenny Thompson||United States||58.18||Q|
|3||7||Diana Mocanu||Romania||59.12||Q, NR|
|1||4||Inge de Bruijn||Netherlands||57.14||Q, OR|
|3||3||Dara Torres||United States||58.35||Q|
|7||8||Mandy Loots||South Africa||59.63||AF|
|4||Inge de Bruijn||Netherlands||56.61||WR|
|6||Dara Torres||United States||58.20|
|5||3||Jenny Thompson||United States||58.73|
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