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

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Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 22, 2000 (heats)
September 23, 2000 (final)
Competitors 81 from 18 nations
Winning time 3:58.30 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 medley relay event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 22–23 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

The U.S. women's team established a new world record to defend their Olympic title in the event for the third consecutive streak. Leading the race from the start, Barbara Bedford (1:01.39), Megan Quann (1:06.29), Jenny Thompson (57.25), and Dara Torres (53.37) put together in a sterling time of 3:58.30 to clear the four-minute barrier and to smash China's six-year-old world record by 3.37 seconds.[2][3] Capturing another relay title for the Americans, Thompson also picked up her eighth gold medal and tenth career as the nation's most successful female athlete in Olympic history.[4][5]

The Aussie team of Dyana Calub (1:01.83), Leisel Jones (1:08.08), Petria Thomas (57.39), and Susie O'Neill (54.29) finished behind their greatest rivals by over three seconds, but powered home with the silver in an Oceanian record of 4:01.59. Meanwhile, Japan's Mai Nakamura (1:02.08), Masami Tanaka (1:08.65), Junko Onishi (58.72), and Sumika Minamoto (54.71) moved from fifth at the start to produce a spectacular fashion for the bronze in a national record of 4:04.16, holding off a mighty German team of Antje Buschschulte (1:02.05), Sylvia Gerasch (1:08.67), Franziska van Almsick (59.67), and Katrin Meißner (54.04) by 17-hundredths of a second, a time of 4:04.33.[6][7]

South Africa's Charlene Wittstock (1:02.74), Sarah Poewe (1:07.83), Mandy Loots (59.81), and Helene Muller (54.77) established an African standard to strike the field with a fifth-place effort in 4:05.15. Canada (4:07.55), Great Britain (4:07.61), and China (4:07.83) completed a close finish at the rear of the championship finale.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  China (CHN)
He Cihong (1:00.16)
Dai Guohong (1:09.04)
Liu Limin (58.66)
Le Jingyi (53.81)
4:01.67 Rome, Italy 10 September 1994 [8]
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Lea Loveless (1:00.82)
Anita Nall (1:08.67)
Crissy Ahmann-Leighton (58.58)
Jenny Thompson (54.47)
4:02.54 Barcelona, Spain 30 July 1992 [8]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
September 23 Final Barbara Bedford (1:01.39)
Megan Quann (1:06.29)
Jenny Thompson (57.25)
Dara Torres (53.37)
United States 3:58.30 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4 Australia Giaan Rooney (1:02.94)
Tarnee White (1:09.19)
Petria Thomas (57.71)
Sarah Ryan (54.91)
4:04.75 Q
2 2 5 Japan Mai Nakamura (1:01.61)
Masami Tanaka (1:09.37)
Junko Onishi (59.25)
Sumika Minamoto (55.53)
4:05.76 Q, NR
3 3 3 Germany Antje Buschschulte (1:02.35)
Sylvia Gerasch (1:09.67)
Franziska van Almsick (59.20)
Katrin Meißner (54.80)
4:06.02 Q
4 3 4 United States Courtney Shealy (1:02.61)
Staciana Stitts (1:09.54)
Ashley Tappin (59.58)
Amy Van Dyken (54.43)
4:06.16 Q
5 1 5 South Africa Charlene Wittstock (1:02.57)
Sarah Poewe (1:08.89)
Mandy Loots (1:00.57)
Helene Muller (55.16)
4:07.19 Q, AF
6 1 4 Great Britain Katy Sexton (1:02.22)
Heidi Earp (1:10.04)
Sue Rolph (1:00.11)
Karen Pickering (55.15)
4:07.52 Q
7 2 6 China Zhan Shu (1:03.06)
Qi Hui (1:09.59)
Liu Limin (59.22)
Han Xue (56.40)
4:08.27 Q
8 2 3 Canada Michelle Lischinsky (1:03.32)
Christin Petelski (1:10.12)
Jen Button (59.86)
Laura Nicholls (55.17)
4:08.47 Q
9 2 2 Russia Oxana Verevka (1:03.69)
Olga Bakaldina (1:11.25)
Natalya Sutyagina (58.39)
Inna Yaitskaya (56.31)
4:09.64
10 3 5 Sweden Camilla Johansson (1:05.18)
Emma Igelström (1:10.93)
Johanna Sjöberg (58.56)
Louise Jöhncke (55.71)
4:10.38
11 1 3 Belgium Sofie Wolfs (1:05.15)
Brigitte Becue (1:08.88)
Fabienne Dufour (1:00.99)
Nina van Koeckhoven (55.96)
4:10.98
12 1 2 Poland Aleksandra Miciul (1:04.18)
Alicja Pęczak (1:08.88)
Anna Uryniuk (1:00.99)
Otylia Jędrzejczak (55.90)
4:11.08 NR
13 1 7 Hungary Annamária Kiss (1:06.15)
Ágnes Kovács (1:07.75)
Orsolya Ferenczy (1:00.61)
Gyöngyver Lakos (56.60)
4:11.11
14 1 6 Netherlands Brenda Starink (1:06.93)
Madelon Baans (1:08.90)
Chantal Groot (1:01.09)
Thamar Henneken (55.39)
4:12.31
15 3 2 Spain Ivette María (1:03.15)
María Carmen Collado (1:13.29)
Mireia García (1:01.11)
Laura Roca (56.99)
4:14.54
16 3 7 Ukraine Nadiya Beshevli (1:04.52)
Svitlana Bondarenko (1:10.13)
Olena Grytsyuk (1:02.77)
Valentyna Tregub (58.22)
4:15.64
17 2 7 South Korea Shim Min-Ji (1:03.14)
Ku Hyo-Jin (1:10.89)
Lee Bo-Eun (1:03.15)
Chang Hee-Jin (59.75)
4:16.93
18 3 6 Romania Raluca Udroiu (1:04.44)
Simona Păduraru (1:17.54)
Florina Herea (1:03.75)
Lorena Diaconescu (57.83)
4:23.56

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1st 6 United States Barbara Bedford (1:01.39)
Megan Quann (1:06.29)
Jenny Thompson (57.25)
Dara Torres (53.37)
3:58.30 WR
2nd 4 Australia Dyana Calub (1:01.83)
Leisel Jones (1:08.08)
Petria Thomas (57.39)
Susie O'Neill (54.29)
4:01.59 3.29 OC
3rd 5 Japan Mai Nakamura (1:02.08)
Masami Tanaka (1:08.65)
Junko Onishi (58.72)
Sumika Minamoto (54.71)
4:04.16 5.86 NR
4 3 Germany Antje Buschschulte (1:02.05)
Sylvia Gerasch (1:08.57)
Franziska van Almsick (59.67)
Katrin Meißner (54.04)
4:04.33 6.03 NR
5 2 South Africa Charlene Wittstock (1:02.74)
Sarah Poewe (1:07.83)
Mandy Loots (59.81)
Helene Muller (54.77)
4:04.33 6.85 AF
6 8 Canada Kelly Stefanyshyn (1:02.73)
Christin Petelski (1:09.14)
Jen Button (1:00.13)
Marianne Limpert (55.55)
4:07.55 9.23 NR
7 7 Great Britain Katy Sexton (1:02.05)
Heidi Earp (1:10.25)
Sue Rolph (1:00.05)
Karen Pickering (55.26)
4:07.61 9.31 NR
8 1 China Zhan Shu (1:02.70)
Qi Hui (1:09.40)
Liu Limin (59.33)
Han Xue (56.40)
4:07.83 9.53

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Clarey, Christopher (23 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; U.S. Makes Biggest, and the Final, Waves". New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "More gold: U.S. medley teams race to world records". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 23 September 2000. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Thompson wins eighth gold medal". ESPN. 22 September 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Betti, Leeroy (25 September 2000). "Japan improves record in the pool". The Japan Times. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (23 September 2000). "Olympic Day 8 Finals – Complete". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 4×100m Medley Relay Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 366–367. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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