Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 17, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors 39 from 32 nations
Winning time 4:05.80
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Costa Rica
«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 400 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Brooke Bennett emerged as a major force in long-distance swimming, after effortlessly winning a first gold for the United States in the event since Janet Evans did so in 1988. She maintained a powerful lead from start to finish, and posted a lifetime best of 4:05.80, making her the third fastest all-time swimmer in history behind Evans and China's Chen Hua.[2][3] At only 18 years of age, Diana Munz fought off a sprint challenge from Costa Rica's Claudia Poll and Jamaica's Janelle Atkinson on the final lap to take home the silver in 4:07.07, extending a distance swimming legacy for the Americans with a one–two finish.[4] Meanwhile, Poll settled only for the bronze in 4:07.83.[5][6]

Atkinson made an Olympic milestone as the first Jamaican to reach a swimming final, but missed out the podium by almost a full second in a national record of 4:08.79.[7] Russia's Nadezhda Chemezova finished fifth in 4:10.37, holding off a fast-pacing Hannah Stockbauer of Germany (4:10.38) by a hundredth of a second (0.01). Netherlands' Carla Geurts (4:12.36), and China's Chen Hua (4:13.11), the second fastest all-time swimmer, rounded out the finale.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Janet Evans (USA) 4:03.85 Seoul, South Korea 22 September 1988 [8]
Olympic record  Janet Evans (USA) 4:03.85 Seoul, South Korea 22 September 1988 [8]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Brooke Bennett United States 4:07.57 Q
2 3 5 Claudia Poll Costa Rica 4:09.33 Q
3 3 3 Janelle Atkinson Jamaica 4:09.61 Q, NR
4 4 5 Diana Munz United States 4:10.39 Q
5 5 1 Chen Hua China 4:10.56 Q
6 4 6 Nadezhda Chemezova Russia 4:10.76 Q
6 5 4 Hannah Stockbauer Germany 4:10.76 Q
8 3 7 Carla Geurts Netherlands 4:10.86 Q
9 5 7 Flavia Rigamonti Switzerland 4:11.77
10 5 6 Kirsten Vlieghuis Netherlands 4:11.87
11 4 4 Camelia Potec Romania 4:11.92
12 5 3 Sachiko Yamada Japan 4:12.45
13 3 6 Natalya Baranovskaya Belarus 4:12.67
14 2 4 Laetitia Choux France 4:13.09
15 5 5 Kerstin Kielgass Germany 4:13.10
16 4 1 Simona Păduraru Romania 4:13.89
17 4 2 Irina Ufimtseva Russia 4:15.41
18 4 7 Kasey Giteau Australia 4:15.54
19 5 8 Karine Legault Canada 4:15.55
20 4 8 Sofie Goffin Belgium 4:15.93
21 3 1 Chantal Strasser Switzerland 4:16.17
22 2 2 Artemis Dafni Greece 4:16.94
23 4 3 Yasuko Tajima Japan 4:17.23
24 2 5 Angels Bardina Spain 4:17.55
25 2 8 Lin Chi-Chan Chinese Taipei 4:17.76
26 2 6 Hana Černá Czech Republic 4:17.96
27 5 2 Sarah-Jane D'Arcy Australia 4:18.05
28 2 3 Sara Goffi Italy 4:18.16
29 3 2 Éva Risztov Hungary 4:18.48
30 1 4 Ivanka Moralieva Bulgaria 4:19.10
31 1 2 Vesna Stojanovska Macedonia 4:19.69
32 3 8 Olena Lapunova Ukraine 4:19.96
33 1 3 Patricia Villarreal Mexico 4:21.03
34 1 7 Chantal Gibney Ireland 4:23.73
35 1 1 Nataliya Korabelnikova Kyrgyzstan 4:24.29
36 1 5 Christel Bouvron Singapore 4:25.16
37 2 1 Roh Joo-Hee South Korea 4:25.66
38 1 6 Adi Bichman Israel 4:27.33
39 2 7 Pilin Tachakittiranan Thailand 4:29.28

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Brooke Bennett United States 4:05.80
2nd 6 Diana Munz United States 4:07.07
3rd 5 Claudia Poll Costa Rica 4:07.83
4 3 Janelle Atkinson Jamaica 4:08.79 NR
5 7 Nadezhda Chemezova Russia 4:10.37
6 1 Hannah Stockbauer Germany 4:10.38
7 8 Carla Geurts Netherlands 4:12.36
8 2 Chen Hua China 4:13.11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "De Bruijn soars to butterfly gold". BBC Sport. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dolan, Bennett bring home gold for U.S. swimming". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 16 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dolan, Munz overcome ailments to win". ESPN. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Americans Bennett, Munz go 1-2 in 400 free". Canoe.ca. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (17 September 2000). "Olympic Day 2 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Atkinson superb; just misses medal in 400m freestyle". Jamaica Gleaner. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 400m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 192–193. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 

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