Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke

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Women's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 21, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 22, 2000 (final)
Competitors 36 from 29 nations
Winning time 2:08.16
Medalists
Gold medal    Romania
Silver medal    France
Bronze medal    Japan
«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 women's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 21–22 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Diana Mocanu emerged as a newcomer on the international swimming, after effortlessly winning her second gold at these Games. She maintained a lead from start to finish, and posted a new Romanian record of 2:08.16, the third-fastest of all time, making her the fourth swimmer in Olympic history to strike a backstroke double, since Ulrike Richter did so in 1976, Rica Reinisch in 1980, and Krisztina Egerszegi, the three-time champion in the event, in 1992.[2][3] France's world champion Roxana Maracineanu, born with Romanian heritage, seized off an early lead on the first length, but fell short only for the silver in 2:10.25. Japan's Miki Nakao powered home with the bronze in 2:11.05 to hold off her fast-pacing teammate Tomoko Hagiwara (2:11.21) by 16-hundredths of a second.[4][5][6]

U.S. swimmer Amanda Adkins improved a lifetime best of 2:12.35 to move herself up from seventh to fifth spot on the final half, finishing ahead of Spain's Nina Zhivanevskaya (2:12.75), the bronze medalist in the 100 m backstroke five days earlier, by four-tenths of a second (0.40). Meanwhile, Germany's Antje Buschschulte (2:13.31) and Canada's Kelly Stefanyshyn (2:14.57) rounded out the finale.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:06.62 Athens, Greece 25 August 1991 [7]
Olympic record  Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:07.06 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992 [7]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[7]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 5 Diana Mocanu Romania 2:09.21 Q, NR
2 5 3 Roxana Maracineanu France 2:11.01 Q, NR
3 5 4 Nina Zhivanevskaya Spain 2:11.60 Q
4 4 4 Miki Nakao Japan 2:11.69 Q
5 3 4 Tomoko Hagiwara Japan 2:12.15 Q
6 4 6 Lindsay Benko United States 2:12.72 Q
7 4 3 Joanna Fargus Great Britain 2:12.99 Q
8 5 5 Antje Buschschulte Germany 2:13.42 Q
9 5 6 Amanda Adkins United States 2:13.54 Q
10 5 7 Louise Ørnstedt Denmark 2:13.61 Q, NR
11 3 3 Cathleen Rund Germany 2:13.87 Q
12 4 5 Helen Don-Duncan Great Britain 2:14.18 Q
13 3 6 Kelly Stefanyshyn Canada 2:14.28 Q
14 3 2 Clementine Stoney Australia 2:14.61 Q
15 3 7 Ivette María Spain 2:14.78 Q
16 3 1 Charlene Wittstock South Africa 2:15.10 Q
17 2 2 Nadiya Beshevli Ukraine 2:15.86 NR
18 4 7 Zhan Shu China 2:15.97
19 4 1 Irina Raevskaya Russia 2:16.13
20 4 8 Helen Norfolk New Zealand 2:16.22
21 2 4 Anu Koivisto Finland 2:16.23
22 5 8 Yseult Gervy Belgium 2:16.67
23 5 1 Aleksandra Miciul Poland 2:16.71
24 4 2 Dyana Calub Australia 2:17.05
25 2 5 Aikaterini Bliamou Greece 2:18.07
26 2 3 Ana Maria Gonzalez Cuba 2:19.35
27 2 8 Jana Korbasová Slovakia 2:19.37 NR
28 2 6 Annamária Kiss Hungary 2:20.40
29 2 7 Şadan Derya Erke Turkey 2:21.28
30 2 1 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong Thailand 2:21.59
31 1 5 Marica Stražmešter Yugoslavia 2:22.59
32 1 3 Kolbrún Yr Kristjánsdóttir Iceland 2:24.33
33 1 6 Kuan Chia-Hsien Chinese Taipei 2:24.61
34 1 4 Petra Banović Croatia 2:25.42
35 3 8 Choi Soo-Min South Korea 2:26.42
036 5 2 Yuliya Fomenko Russia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Roxana Maracineanu France 2:11.93 Q
2 5 Miki Nakao Japan 2:12.49 Q
3 6 Antje Buschschulte Germany 2:12.64 Q
4 3 Lindsay Benko United States 2:13.73
5 7 Louise Ørnstedt Denmark 2:14.24
6 1 Clementine Stoney Australia 2:14.25
7 8 Charlene Wittstock South Africa 2:14.95
8 2 Helen Don-Duncan Great Britain 2:14.97

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Diana Mocanu Romania 2:09.64 Q
2 3 Tomoko Hagiwara Japan 2:11.02 Q
3 5 Nina Zhivanevskaya Spain 2:11.93 Q
4 2 Amanda Adkins United States 2:12.97 Q
5 1 Kelly Stefanyshyn Canada 2:13.39 Q
6 6 Joanna Fargus Great Britain 2:13.57
7 7 Cathleen Rund Germany 2:13.85
8 8 Ivette María Spain 2:15.11

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Diana Mocanu Romania 2:08.16 NR
2 3 Roxana Maracineanu France 2:10.25 NR
3 2 Miki Nakao Japan 2:11.05
4 5 Tomoko Hagiwara Japan 2:11.21
5 1 Amanda Adkins United States 2:12.35
6 6 Nina Zhivanevskaya Spain 2:12.75
7 7 Antje Buschschulte Germany 2:13.31
8 8 Kelly Stefanyshyn Canada 2:14.57

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (22 September 2000). "Bennett Wins Gold in 800m Freestyle". ABC News. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Berlin, Peter (23 September 2000). "Tie in 50-Meter Freestyle Is Only the 2nd in the History of the Games : Ervin and Hall Strike Gold Together". New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mocanu takes double". ABC News Australia. 22 September 2000. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mocanu wins women's 200m Olympic backstroke gold". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 22 September 2000. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (22 September 2000). "Olympic Day 7 Finals (50 Free, 800 Free, 200 Back, 100 Fly)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 200m Backstroke Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 302–303. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 

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