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

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Women's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors 28 from 24 nations
Winning time 4:33.59 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Ukraine
Silver medal    Japan
Bronze medal    Romania
«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 individual medley event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 16 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Yana Klochkova blasted the world record to become Ukraine's first ever Olympic gold medalist in swimming. She pulled away from the rest of the field to hit the wall first with a blistering time of 4:33.59. Her spectacular swim shattered the previous global standard of 4:34.79, set by China's Chen Yan from the 1997 Chinese City Games in Shanghai, and lopped three seconds off an old, drug-tainted 1980 Olympic record from former East Germany's Petra Schneider.[2][3][4] Japan's Yasuko Tajima kept the pressure on all the way and took the silver in 4:35.96. Storming from fifth at the halfway turn, Beatrice Căslaru raced to bronze with a Romanian record of 4:37.18 on the rear of a dominant breaststroke leg.[5][6]

For the first time in Olympic history, Kaitlin Sandeno shut out the medal podium for the Americans with a fourth-place time of 4:41.03.[2] Germany's Nicole Hetzer finished fifth in 4:43.56, while Sandeno's teammate Maddy Crippen, swimming outside in lane eight, earned a sixth spot in 4:44.63.[7] Canada's Joanne Malar (4:45.17) and Aussie favorite Jennifer Reilly (4:45.99) rounded out the historic finale.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Chen Yan (CHN) 4:34.79 Shanghai, China 13 October 1997 [8]
Olympic record  Petra Schneider (GDR) 4:36.29 Moscow, USSR 26 July 1980 [8]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
16 September Final Yana Klochkova Ukraine 4:33.59 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Yana Klochkova Ukraine 4:37.64 Q, NR
2 2 4 Yasuko Tajima Japan 4:40.35 Q
3 4 5 Kaitlin Sandeno United States 4:40.89 Q
4 3 5 Beatrice Căslaru Romania 4:41.04 Q
5 4 6 Jennifer Reilly Australia 4:41.51 Q
6 3 4 Joanne Malar Canada 4:42.65 Q
7 2 5 Nicole Hetzer Germany 4:43.23 Q
8 4 3 Maddy Crippen United States 4:44.00 Q
9 3 6 Hana Černá Czech Republic 4:44.11
10 2 7 Oxana Verevka Russia 4:45.07
11 2 3 Chen Yan China 4:45.65
12 2 6 Rachel Harris Australia 4:46.02
13 2 2 Helen Norfolk New Zealand 4:46.42 NR
14 3 7 Lourdes Becerra Spain 4:47.50
15 4 7 Federica Biscia Italy 4:47.56 NR
16 3 2 Sabine Herbst Germany 4:47.79
17 2 8 Mirjana Bosevska Macedonia 4:48.08 NR
18 4 2 Yseult Gervy Belgium 4:48.31
19 3 3 Liu Yin China 4:50.33
20 2 1 Artemis Dafni Greece 4:53.52
21 1 4 Georgina Bardach Argentina 4:54.31 NR
22 3 1 Carolyn Adel Suriname 4:57.90
23 4 1 Lee Ji-Hyun South Korea 4:58.94
24 1 5 Jana Korbasová Slovakia 4:59.05
25 4 8 Sia Wai Yen Malaysia 4:59.18
26 3 8 Adi Bichman Israel 5:06.72
27 1 3 Alexandra Zertsalova Kyrgyzstan 5:09.03
28 1 6 Nguyen Thi Huong Vietnam 5:26.56

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Yana Klochkova Ukraine 4:33.59 WR*
2 5 Yasuko Tajima Japan 4:35.96 NR
3 6 Beatrice Căslaru Romania 4:37.18 NR
4 3 Kaitlin Sandeno United States 4:41.03
5 1 Nicole Hetzer Germany 4:43.56
6 8 Maddy Crippen United States 4:44.63
7 7 Joanne Malar Canada 4:45.17
8 2 Jennifer Reilly Australia 4:45.99

* Also an Olympic, European and Ukrainian record.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Klochkova sets the gold standard". BBC Sport. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Franz (16 September 2000). "Thorpe Wins Hearts And Gold". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swimmer breaks world record, wins first gold for Ukraine". Kyiv Post. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Five world records broken on first day of swimming". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 16 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (16 September 2000). "Olympic Day 1 Finals (Complete)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Franz (17 September 2000). "Crippen Finishes A Disappointing Sixth The Villanova Student Couldn't Catch The Ukrainian Champ, Who Set A World Record". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 400m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 331–332. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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