Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre freestyle

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Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date 22 September 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
23 September 2000 (final)
Competitors 74 from 66 nations
Winning time 24.32
Medalists
Gold medal    Netherlands
Silver medal    Sweden
Bronze medal    United States
«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 50 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 22–23 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Dutch rising star Inge de Bruijn added a third gold to her medal tally in swimming at these Games. She powered past the field to touch the wall first in 24.32, the second-fastest of all-time.[2][3] Earlier in the semifinals, she blasted her own world record of 24.13 to snatch a top seed for the final.[4] Sweden's Therese Alshammar captured the silver in 24.51, while U.S. legend Dara Torres powered home with the bronze in a new American record of 24.63, edging out defending Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken (25.04) by 41-hundredths of a second. The podium placements also replicated the results of the 100 m freestyle (with the exception of Jenny Thompson), held on the sixth night of the Games.[5][6]

Slovakia's Martina Moravcová finished off the podium in fifth place at 25.24, and was followed in the sixth spot by Germany's Sandra Völker in 25.27. Great Britain's Alison Sheppard (25.45) and Japan's Sumika Minamoto (25.65) closed out the field.[6]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Australia's overwhelming favorite Susie O'Neill; Völker's teammate Katrin Meißner, who shared bronze medals with Jill Sterkel in the event's inception in 1988 as a member of the former East German squad; and Estonia's Jana Kolukanova, who grabbed the final spot from the prelims after winning a three-person swimoff.[7]

One of the most popular highlights in the event took place in the first heat. Dubbed as the Crawler, Paula Barila Bolopa had finally completed a unique double for Equatorial Guinea, as she swam the slowest ever race by a female in Olympic history with a time of 1:03.97.[8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Inge de Bruijn (NED) 24.39 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10 June 2000 [9]
Olympic record  Yang Wenyi (CHN) 24.79 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992 [9]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
22 September Heat 10 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 24.46 OR
22 September Semifinal 2 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 24.13 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[9]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 10 4 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 24.46 Q, OR
2 8 4 Dara Torres United States 24.96 Q
3 10 5 Amy Van Dyken United States 25.04 Q
4 9 4 Therese Alshammar Sweden 25.24 Q
5 10 7 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 25.39 Q, NR
6 9 5 Sandra Völker Germany 25.44 Q
7 10 3 Sumika Minamoto Japan 25.52 Q
7 10 1 Vivienne Rignall New Zealand 25.52 Q, NR
9 8 5 Alison Sheppard Great Britain 25.53 Q
10 10 2 Katrin Meißner Germany 25.64 Q
11 10 6 Olga Mukomol Ukraine 25.67 Q
12 8 7 Susie O'Neill Australia 25.73 Q
13 8 6 Anna-Karin Kammerling Sweden 25.79 Q
14 9 3 Wilma van Rijn Netherlands 25.81 Q
15 6 6 Rania Elwani Egypt 25.87 Q, NR
16 6 7 Mette Jacobsen Denmark 25.96 QSO
16 7 8 Jana Kolukanova Estonia 25.96 QSO
16 9 7 Ana Belén Palomo Spain 25.96 QSO
19 8 2 Cristina Chiuso Italy 25.99
20 8 3 Sue Rolph Great Britain 26.00
21 9 1 Han Xue China 26.01
22 8 8 Nadine Rolland Canada 26.04
23 8 1 Sarah Ryan Australia 26.05
23 6 1 Leah Martindale Barbados 26.05
25 9 8 Helene Muller South Africa 26.07
26 7 6 Alena Popchanka Belarus 26.10
27 9 2 Eileen Coparropa Panama 26.19
28 7 4 Liesbet Dreesen Belgium 26.21
28 7 7 Hanna-Maria Seppälä Finland 26.21
30 7 5 Ivana Walterová Slovakia 26.23
31 9 6 Judith Draxler Austria 26.26
32 6 3 Siobhan Cropper Trinidad and Tobago 26.36
33 7 3 Yekaterina Kibalo Russia 26.37
34 6 5 Lara Heinz Luxembourg 26.55
35 6 8 Caroline Pickering Fiji 26.57
36 6 2 Kirsty Coventry Zimbabwe 26.58
37 7 1 Joscelin Yeo Singapore 26.71
38 10 8 Jenna Gresdal Canada 26.79
39 1 4 Moe Thu Aung Myanmar 26.80
40 5 2 Chiang Tzu-Ying Chinese Taipei 26.84
41 6 4 Chang Hee-Jin South Korea 26.88
41 4 3 Yekaterina Tochenaya Kyrgyzstan 26.88
43 7 2 Athina Bochori Greece 26.90
44 5 8 Agnese Ozoliņa Latvia 27.28
45 5 3 Pilin Tachakittiranan Thailand 27.31
46 5 4 Marijana Šurković Croatia 27.32
47 5 7 Hiu Wai Sherry Tsai Hong Kong 27.38
48 5 6 Chantal Gibney Ireland 27.46
49 4 6 Angela Chuck Jamaica 27.48
50 5 1 Jūratė Ladavičiūtė Lithuania 27.54
51 5 5 Elín Sigurdardóttir Iceland 27.58
52 4 5 Marilyn Chua Malaysia 27.66
53 4 4 Duška Radan Yugoslavia 27.70
54 4 1 Maria Tregubova Moldova 27.75
55 4 7 Saida Iskandarova Uzbekistan 28.08
56 4 2 Talía Barrios Peru 28.11
57 3 5 Ngozi Monu Nigeria 28.20
58 3 7 Tanya Anacleto Mozambique 28.78
59 3 4 Alisa Khaleyeva Azerbaijan 28.79
60 3 8 Sherri Henry Saint Lucia 28.81
61 3 6 Mbolatiana Ramanisa Madagascar 29.20
62 3 2 Roshendra Vrolijk Aruba 29.31
63 3 3 Yuliana Mikheeva Armenia 29.79
64 2 5 Theekshana Ratnasekera Sri Lanka 29.88
65 2 3 Samar Nassar Palestine 30.05
66 2 6 Runa Pradhan Nepal 31.28
67 2 2 Teran Matthews Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 31.71
68 3 1 Francilla Agar Dominica 32.22
69 2 7 Fariha Fathimath Maldives 32.36
70 2 1 Hem Raksmey Cambodia 33.11
71 2 4 Noor Haki Iraq 35.51
72 4 8 Aissatou Barry Guinea 35.79
73 1 3 Paula Barila Bolopa Equatorial Guinea 1:03.97
074 1 5 Fatema Hameed Gerashi Bahrain DSQ

Swimoff[edit]

[10]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Jana Kolukanova Estonia 25.87 Q, NR
2 4 Mette Jacobsen Denmark 26.00
03 3 Ana Belén Palomo Spain DSQ

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Therese Alshammar Sweden 24.80 Q
2 4 Dara Torres United States 24.98 Q
3 3 Sandra Völker Germany 25.22 Q
4 6 Sumika Minamoto Japan 25.43 Q
5 2 Katrin Meißner Germany 25.62
6 7 Susie O'Neill Australia 25.74
7 1 Wilma van Rijn Netherlands 25.87
8 8 Jana Kolukanova Estonia 26.03

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 24.13 Q, WR
2 5 Amy Van Dyken United States 25.00 Q
3 2 Alison Sheppard Great Britain 25.32 Q
4 3 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 25.49 Q
5 1 Anna-Karin Kammerling Sweden 25.61
5 6 Vivienne Rignall New Zealand 25.61
7 7 Olga Mukomol Ukraine 25.88
8 8 Rania Elwani Egypt 25.95

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Inge de Bruijn Netherlands 24.32
2 5 Therese Alshammar Sweden 24.51
3 3 Dara Torres United States 24.63 AM
4 6 Amy Van Dyken United States 25.04
5 8 Martina Moravcová Slovakia 25.24 NR
6 2 Sandra Völker Germany 25.27
7 7 Alison Sheppard Great Britain 25.45
8 1 Sumika Minamoto Japan 25.65

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Clarey, Christopher (23 September 2000). "Sydney 2000 : Roundup; De Bruijn Surges For Third Gold Medal". New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "American Torres wins bronze". ESPN. 23 September 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Whitten, Phillip (22 September 2000). "Olympic Day 7 Finals (50 Free, 800 Free, 200 Back, 100 Fly)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Dillman, Lisa (23 September 2000). "She's a Goldy Little Bruijn". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (23 September 2000). "Olympic Day 8 Finals – Complete". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (22 September 2000). "Olympic Day 7 Prelims (50 Free, 1500 Free, 400 Medley Relay)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Paula the Crawler' sets record". ESPN. 22 September 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 168–170. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming Results (September 22, 2000)". Sydney 2000. ESPN. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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