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

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Women's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 20, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 21, 2000 (final)
Competitors 56 from 51 nations
Winning time 53.83
Medalists
Gold medal    Netherlands
Silver medal    Sweden
Bronze medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
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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 women's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 20–21 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Dutch rising star Inge de Bruijn stormed home on the final lap to claim her second gold at these Games. She powered past her rivals in a star-studded field to touch the wall first in 53.83.[2] Earlier in the semifinals, she delivered a time of 53.77 to erase her own world record by 0.03 of a second.[3][4] Almost stealing the race from lane one, Therese Alshammar took home the silver in a Swedish record of 54.33. Meanwhile, top favorites Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson gave the Americans a further reason to celebrate, as they shared bronze medals in a matching time of 54.63. This was also Thompson's ninth career medal at these Games, making her the most decorated female swimmer in Olympic history.[5][6]

Slovakia's Martina Moravcová, who captured two silver medals in swimming, finished outside the podium in fifth place at 54.72. South Africa's Helene Muller managed to pull off a sixth-place finish in an African standard of 55.19. Japan's Sumika Minamoto (55.53) and De Bruijn's teammate Wilma van Rijn (55.58) closed out the field.[6]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top 8 final, featuring Australia's overwhelming favorites Sarah Ryan and Susie O'Neill, Germany's Sandra Völker, silver medalist in Atlanta four years earlier, and Egypt's Rania Elwani, who surprisingly reached the semifinals from an unseeded heat.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Inge de Bruijn (NED) 53.80 Sheffield, Great Britain 28 May 2000 [8]
Olympic record  Le Jingyi (CHN) 54.50 Atlanta, United States 20 July 1996 [8]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
20 September Semifinal 2 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 53.77 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 4 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 54.77 Q
2 5 5 Dara Torres United States 55.12 Q
3 6 4 Jenny Thompson United States 55.22 Q
4 6 5 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 55.42 Q
5 7 2 Helene Muller South Africa 55.45 Q, AF
6 7 5 Therese Alshammar Sweden 55.49 Q
7 5 3 Sandra Völker Germany 55.54 Q
8 6 3 Sue Rolph Great Britain 55.77 Q
9 5 2 Sumika Minamoto Japan 55.80 Q
10 7 6 Wilma van Rijn Netherlands 55.82 Q
11 6 2 Louise Jöhncke Sweden 55.91 Q
12 6 6 Sarah Ryan Australia 56.05 Q
13 5 6 Karen Pickering Great Britain 56.08 Q
14 7 7 Laura Nicholls Canada 56.30 Q
15 4 1 Rania Elwani Egypt 56.31 Q, NR
16 5 7 Alena Popchanka Belarus 56.33 Q
17 4 3 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 56.68
18 3 6 Olga Mukomol Ukraine 56.69
19 7 8 Han Xue China 56.79
20 6 7 Yekaterina Kibalo Russia 56.97
21 4 4 Cristina Chiuso Italy 57.09
22 6 1 Joscelin Yeo Singapore 57.15
23 4 2 Florencia Szigeti Argentina 57.20
24 2 6 Leah Martindale Barbados 57.21
25 5 1 Antonia Machaira Greece 57.24
26 6 8 Ilona Hlaváčková Czech Republic 57.37
27 5 8 Judith Draxler Austria 57.40
28 3 4 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 57.47
29 2 4 Elina Partõka Estonia 57.71
29 3 5 Gyöngyver Lakos Hungary 57.71
31 7 3 Susie O'Neill Australia 57.78
32 4 8 Eileen Coparropa Panama 57.82
33 4 6 Monique Robins New Zealand 57.85
34 2 2 Siobhan Cropper Trinidad and Tobago 57.91
35 4 5 Tine Bossuyt Belgium 58.02
36 2 1 Lára Hrund Bjargardóttir Iceland 58.44
37 3 2 Lara Heinz Luxembourg 58.55
38 2 7 Caroline Pickering Fiji 58.62
39 3 8 Pilin Tachakittiranan Thailand 58.69
40 4 7 Chang Hee-Jin South Korea 58.77
41 3 1 Jūratė Ladavičiūtė Lithuania 58.78
42 3 3 Chantal Gibney Ireland 58.79
43 2 8 Yekaterina Tochenaya Kyrgyzstan 58.80
44 2 3 Anna Stylianou Cyprus 59.08
45 2 5 Agnese Ozoliņa Latvia 59.28
46 3 7 Tsai Shu-Min Chinese Taipei 59.39
47 1 8 Nicole Hayes Palau 1:00.89
48 1 5 Rola El Haress Lebanon 1:03.26
49 1 2 Maria Awori Kenya 1:06.23
50 1 3 Nathalie Lee Baw Mauritius 1:06.67
51 1 7 Zeïna Sahelí Senegal 1:07.37
52 1 4 Supra Singhal Uganda 1:08.15
53 1 6 Sanjaajamtsyn Altantuyaa Mongolia 1:10.22
54 1 1 Katerina Izmaylova Tajikistan 1:19.12
055 5 4 Antje Buschschulte Germany DNS
055 7 1 Marianne Limpert Canada DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Dara Torres United States 55.02 Q
2 5 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 55.06 Q
3 2 Wilma van Rijn Netherlands 55.28 Q
4 3 Therese Alshammar Sweden 55.31 Q
5 6 Sue Rolph Great Britain 55.69
6 7 Sarah Ryan Australia 55.93
7 1 Laura Nicholls Canada 55.94
8 8 Alena Popchanka Belarus 56.40

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 53.77 Q, WR
2 5 Jenny Thompson United States 54.40 Q
3 3 Helene Muller South Africa 55.24 Q, AF
4 2 Sumika Minamoto Japan 55.62 Q
5 1 Karen Pickering Great Britain 55.71
6 8 Rania Elwani Egypt 55.85 NR
7 7 Louise Jöhncke Sweden 55.94
8 6 Sandra Völker Germany 55.97

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
01 !1 4 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 53.83
02 !2 1 Therese Alshammar Sweden 54.33 NR
03 !3 5 Jenny Thompson United States 54.63
03 !3 3 Dara Torres United States 54.63
5 6 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 54.72
6 2 Helene Muller South Africa 55.19 AF
7 8 Sumika Minamoto Japan 55.53
8 7 Wilma van Rijn Netherlands 55.58

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Berlin, Peter (22 September 2000). "De Bruijn Takes Second Gold; Hungarian and Italian Also Triumph : European Swimmers Steal the Show". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "De Bruijn smashes record". BBC Sport. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Morrissey, Rick (21 September 2000). "Dutch Treat In The Pool". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Americans tie for bronze in 100 free". ESPN. 21 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (21 September 2000). "Olympic Day 6 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 178–180. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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