Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Dates September 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors 61 from 13 nations
Winning time 3:36.61 WR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«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 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 16 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

The U.S. women's team dominated the race from the start to break the six-year-old world record and most importantly, to defend an Olympic title in the event. The foursome of Amy Van Dyken (55.08), Dara Torres (53.51), Courtney Shealy (54.40), and Jenny Thompson (53.62) put together a stellar time of 3:36.61 to capture the relay gold medal, shaving off China's 1994 world record by 1.3 seconds. As the Americans celebrated their triumph in the pool, Thompson picked up her eighth career medal to become the nation's most successful woman in Olympic history. She also tied with former East Germany's Kristin Otto for the most golds by a female, a total of six.[2][3][4]

The Netherlands nearly pulled a worst-to-first effort, building from an eighth-place turn by Manon van Rooijen (56.35), seventh by Wilma van Rijn (55.19), and sixth by Thamar Henneken (54.88) until they delivered rising star Inge de Bruijn for the final exchange. Swimming the anchor leg, De Bruijn surged powerfully past the entire field with a fastest split of 53.41 to take home the silver for the Dutch in a European record of 3:39.83. Meanwhile, Sweden's Louise Jöhncke (55.93), Therese Alshammar (53.78), Johanna Sjöberg (55.06), and Anna-Karin Kammerling (55.58) came up with a spectacular swim to grab a bronze in 3:40.30, a national record, holding off a sprint battle from the fast-pacing German team of Antje Buschschulte (55.67), Katrin Meissner (54.92), Franziska van Almsick (55.02), and Sandra Völker (54.70) by a hundredth of a second.[5][6][7]

Great Britain's Karen Pickering (56.01), Alison Sheppard (54.95), Rosalind Brett (54.92), and Sue Rolph (54.66) pulled off a fifth-place finish in 3:40.54. Susie O'Neill recorded a split of 54.79 to produce a powerful lead on the first length by the delight of a home crowd, but the Aussies settled only for sixth place with a time of 3:40.91. Canada (3:42.92) and Italy (3:44.49) rounded out the championship finale.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  China (CHN)
Le Ying (54.31)
Shan Ying (54.38)
Lü Bin (55.09)
Le Jingyi (54.13)
3:37.91 Rome, Italy 7 September 1994 [8][9]
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Angel Martino (55.34)
Amy Van Dyken (53.91)
Catherine Fox (55.93)
Jenny Thompson (54.11)
3:39.29 Atlanta, United States 22 July 1996 [8]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
September 16 Final Amy Van Dyken (55.08)
Dara Torres (53.51)
Courtney Shealy (54.40)
Jenny Thompson (53.62)
United States 3:36.61 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4 United States Ashley Tappin (55.47)
Erin Phenix (56.12)
Courtney Shealy (54.99)
Amy Van Dyken (54.40)
3:40.88 Q
2 2 6 Netherlands Manon van Rooijen (56.15)
Chantal Groot (56.07)
Thamar Henneken (54.99)
Wilma van Rijn (55.11)
3:42.32 Q
3 1 4 Great Britain Alison Sheppard (56.16)
Rosalind Brett (55.63)
Karen Pickering (55.29)
Sue Rolph (55.39)
3:42.47 Q
4 2 5 Germany Katrin Meissner (55.22)
Britta Steffen (55.77)
Daniela Samulski (56.18)
Kerstin Kielgass (56.05)
3:43.22 Q
5 2 3 Australia Elka Graham (56.81)
Sarah Ryan (54.94)
Melanie Dodd (56.31)
Giaan Rooney (55.50)
3:43.56 Q
6 1 5 Sweden Louise Jöhncke (56.27)
Josefin Lillhage (57.00)
Malin Svahnström (56.73)
Therese Alshammar (53.77)
3:43.77 Q
7 1 3 Canada Marianne Limpert (55.87)
Shannon Shakespeare (55.80)
Jessica Deglau (56.23)
Laura Nicholls (55.92)
3:43.82 Q
8 1 6 Italy Cecilia Vianini (56.10)
Luisa Striani (56.29)
Sara Parise (55.73)
Cristina Chiuso (55.89)
3:43.97 Q
9 2 7 China Han Xue (56.99)
Li Jin (56.88)
Sun Dan (57.25)
Yang Yu (55.50)
3:46.62
10 1 7 Russia Lyubov Yudina (57.74)
Marina Chepurkova (56.79)
Yekaterina Kibalo (56.02)
Inna Yaitskaya (56.24)
3:46.79
11 2 2 Belgium Nina van Koeckhoven (56.62)
Liesbet Dreesen (56.69)
Sofie Goffin (56.72)
Tine Bossuyt (56.88)
3:46.91
12 1 2 Romania Florina Herea (57.28)
Lorena Diaconescu (57.77)
Diana Mocanu (57.26)
Camelia Potec (56.47)
3:48.78
13 2 1 Ukraine Nadiya Beshevli (57.68)
Valentyna Tregub (57.39)
Olena Lapunova (57.60)
Olga Mukomol (56.44)
3:49.11

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1st 4 United States Amy Van Dyken (55.08)
Dara Torres (53.51)
Courtney Shealy (54.40)
Jenny Thompson (53.62)
3:36.61 WR
2nd 5 Netherlands Manon van Rooijen (56.35)
Wilma van Rijn (55.19)
Thamar Henneken (54.88)
Inge de Bruijn (53.41)
3:39.83 3.22 EU
3rd 7 Sweden Louise Jöhncke (55.93)
Therese Alshammar (53.78)
Johanna Sjöberg (55.06)
Anna-Karin Kammerling (55.53)
3:40.30 3.69 NR
4 6 Germany Antje Buschschulte (55.67)
Katrin Meissner (54.92)
Franziska van Almsick (55.02)
Sandra Völker (54.70)
3:40.31 3.70 NR
5 3 Great Britain Karen Pickering (56.01)
Alison Sheppard (54.95)
Rosalind Brett (54.92)
Sue Rolph (54.66)
3:40.54 3.93
6 2 Australia Susie O'Neill (54.79)
Sarah Ryan (54.80)
Elka Graham (55.57)
Giaan Rooney (55.75)
3:40.91 4.30
7 1 Canada Marianne Limpert (56.32)
Shannon Shakespeare (55.10)
Laura Nicholls (55.30)
Jessica Deglau (56.20)
3:42.92 6.31
8 8 Italy Cecilia Vianini (55.96)
Luisa Striani (56.22)
Sara Parise (55.88)
Cristina Chiuso (56.43)
3:44.49 7.88

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Klochkova sets the gold standard". BBC Sport. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. men lose relay for first time". ESPN. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Five world records broken on first day of swimming". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 16 September 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (16 September 2000). "Olympic Day 1 Finals (Complete)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
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