Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

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Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Dates September 20, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors 69 from 15 nations
Winning time 7:57.80 OR
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 4×200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 20 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

The U.S. women's team established a new Olympic record to defend their title with the help of a sterling anchor leg from Jenny Thompson. Throughout most of the race, the Americans were trailing slightly behind the host nation Australia until Thompson dived into the pool at the final exchange. Thompson held off a sprint battle from Petria Thomas on the final stretch until she touched the wall by seven-tenths of a second (0.70) with a remarkable split of 1:59.35 to deliver the foursome of Samantha Arsenault (1:59.92), Diana Munz (1:59.19), and Lindsay Benko (1:59.34) a gold-medal time in 7:57.80.[2] As the Americans celebrated their triumph in the pool, Thompson picked up her ninth career medal to break a tie with former East Germany's Kristin Otto for the most golds, a total of seven, and to maintain her position as the most successful woman in Olympic history.[3][4][5][6]

After leading three-fourths of the race, Australia's Thomas (2:00.32), Susie O'Neill (1:58.70), Giaan Rooney (1:59.37), and Kirsten Thomson (2:00.13) powered home with a silver in 7:58.52. Meanwhile, Germany's Franziska van Almsick (1:59.51), Antje Buschschulte (2:00.35), and Sara Harstick (2:00.88) helped their teammate Kerstin Kielgass produce a striking anchor of 1:57.90 to capture the bronze medal in 7:58.64. For the first time in Olympic history, all three teams finished the race under an eight-minute barrier.[7][8]

Outside the club, Romania's Camelia Potec (1:59.10), Simona Păduraru (2:01.52), Lorena Diaconescu (2:01.47), and Beatrice Căslaru (1:59.54) missed the podium with a fourth-place time of 8:01.63, worthy enough for a national record. Canada (8:02.65), Great Britain (8:03.69), Italy (8:04.68), and France (8:05.99) rounded out the championship finale.[8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  East Germany (GDR)
Manuela Stellmach (2:00.23)
Astrid Strauss (1:58.90)
Anke Möhring (1:58.73)
Heike Friedrich (1:57.61)
7:55.47 Strasbourg, France 18 August 1987 [9]
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Trina Jackson (1:59.71)
Cristina Teuscher (1:58.86)
Sheila Taormina (2:01.29)
Jenny Thompson (1:46.83)
7:59.87 Atlanta, United States 25 July 1996 [9]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
September 20 Final Samantha Arsenault (1:59.92)
Diana Munz (1:59.19)
Lindsay Benko (1:59.34)
Jenny Thompson (1:59.35)
United States 7:57.80 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[9]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4 United States Samantha Arsenault (1:59.38)
Julia Stowers (2:01.51)
Kim Black (2:01.41)
Diana Munz (1:59.39)
8:01.69 Q
2 1 4 Australia Elka Graham (2:01.91)
Kirsten Thomson (2:00.31)
Jacinta van Lint (2:01.97)
Giaan Rooney (1:59.97)
8:03.26 Q
3 2 3 Romania Camelia Potec (2:00.27)
Florina Herea (2:01.86)
Lorena Diaconescu (2:01.13)
Simona Păduraru (2:01.98)
8:05.24 Q
4 2 6 Italy Cecilia Vianini (2:00.91)
Luisa Striani (2:02.02)
Sara Parise (2:00.05)
Sara Goffi (2:03.20)
8:06.18 Q
5 2 5 Germany Britta Steffen (2:02.01)
Sara Harstick (2:00.68)
Meike Freitag (2:02.86)
Antje Buschschulte (2:00.97)
8:06.52 Q
6 1 6 France Solenne Figuès (2:01.92)
Laetitia Choux (2:01.49)
Katarin Quelennec (2:02.24)
Alicia Bozon (2:01.38)
8:07.03 Q
7 1 3 Canada Jessica Deglau (2:01.92)
Shannon Shakespeare (2:01.36)
Katie Brambley (2:02.40)
Jen Button (2:01.44)
8:07.12 Q
8 1 5 Great Britain Claire Huddart (2:03.12)
Karen Legg (2:01.28)
Nicola Jackson (2:00.93)
Janine Belton (2:02.08)
8:07.41 Q
9 2 7 China Wang Luna (2:03.45)
Chen Yan (2:02.10)
Sun Dan (2:02.16)
Yang Yu (1:59.98)
8:07.69
10 2 1 Russia Yuliya Fomenko (2:02.84)
Irina Ufimtseva (2:00.96)
Lyubov Yudina (2:03.16)
Nadezhda Chemezova (2:01.07)
8:08.03 NR
11 1 7 Netherlands Carla Geurts (2:00.56)
Chantal Groot (2:04.42)
Haike van Stralen (2:02.22)
Manon van Rooijen (2:01.33)
8:08.53 NR
12 2 2 Belgium Nina van Koeckhoven (2:01.49)
Yseult Gervy (2:04.22)
Fabienne Dufour (2:05.46)
Sofie Goffin (2:01.20)
8:12.37
13 1 2 Spain Laura Roca (2:02.25)
Angels Bardina (2:04.47)
Natalia Cabrerizo (2:04.94)
Paula Carballido (2:02.16)
8:13.82
14 2 8 Kyrgyzstan Anna Korshikova (2:06.99)
Anjelika Solovieva (2:15.59)
Yekaterina Tochenaya (2:10.56)
Nataliya Korabelnikova (2:08.07)
8:41.21
015 1 1 Ukraine Nadiya Beshevli
Zhanna Lozumyrska
Albina Bordunova
Olena Lapunova
DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1 4 United States Samantha Arsenault (1:59.92)
Diana Munz (1:59.19)
Lindsay Benko (1:59.34)
Jenny Thompson (1:59.35)
7:57.80 OR
2 5 Australia Susie O'Neill (1:58.70)
Giaan Rooney (1:59.37)
Kirsten Thomson (2:00.13)
Petria Thomas (2:00.32)
7:58.52 0.72 OC
3 2 Germany Franziska van Almsick (1:59.51)
Antje Buschschulte (2:00.35)
Sara Harstick (2:00.88)
Kerstin Kielgass (1:57.90)
7:58.64 0.84 NR
4 3 Romania Camelia Potec (1:59.10)
Simona Păduraru (2:01.52)
Lorena Diaconescu (2:01.47)
Beatrice Căslaru (1:59.54)
8:01.63 3.83 NR
5 1 Canada Marianne Limpert (1:59.85)
Shannon Shakespeare (2:01.78)
Joanne Malar (2:00.50)
Jessica Deglau (2:00.52)
8:02.65 4.85
6 8 Great Britain Nicola Jackson (2:00.56)
Karen Legg (2:01.55)
Janine Belton (2:00.79)
Karen Pickering (2:00.79)
8:03.69 5.89
7 6 Italy Sara Parise (2:00.55)
Cecilia Vianini (1:59.46)
Luisa Striani (2:01.47)
Sara Goffi (2:03.20)
8:04.68 6.88
8 7 France Solenne Figuès (1:59.67)
Laetitia Choux (2:01.86)
Katarin Quelennec (2:03.19)
Alicia Bozon (2:01.27)
8:05.99 8.19

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (21 September 2000). "Misty Hops Up A Golden Mountain Hyman Tops Aussie Icon In Butterfly". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Dillman, Lisa (21 September 2000). "Surprise! Hyman Stuns O'Neill in 200 Butterfly; De Bruijn Smashing Again; Thompson Wins 7th Career Gold". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. relay team sets Olympic record". ESPN. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Thompson Wins Seventh Swimming Gold". ABC News. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seventh heaven: Thompson leads U.S. relay to gold, wins her seventh gold". Sports Illustrated (CNN). 20 September 2000. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Finals (200 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
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