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

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Men's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 17, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors 45 from 39 nations
Winning time 4:11.76 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tom Dolan  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Erik Vendt  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Curtis Myden  Canada
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The men's 400 metre individual medley event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

U.S. swimmer Tom Dolan blistered the entire field, and broke a six-year-old world record to successfully defend his Olympic title in the event. Acknowledging a massive roar from an Australian crowd, Dolan pulled away from the field on the backstroke leg, and then opened up his lead to a powerful finish in a sterling time of 4:11.76.[2][3] Dolan's teammate Erik Vendt came from last place on the first turn with a spectacular swim to take home the silver in 4:14.23, pulling off another top-two finish of the night for the Americans.[4] Meanwhile, Canada's Curtis Myden managed to repeat his bronze from Atlanta four years earlier in 4:15.33, handing a second straight medal haul for North America in the event's history.[5][6]

Leading earlier in the prelims, Italy's Alessio Boggiatto finished outside the podium by six-tenths of a second (0.60) in 4:15.93. South Africa's Terence Parkin, a deaf mute since birth, swam on the outside in lane eight, but pulled off a fifth-place effort in an African record of 4:16.92. He was followed in sixth spot by Australia's newcomer Justin Norris (4:17.87), and in seventh by Romania's Cezar Bădiță (4:20.91), who had been overshadowed in his presence by a doping ban before the start of the Games.[6] In May 2000, Badita failed a doping test for a steroid nandralone when he competed at the Mare Nostrum meet in Barcelona, Spain.[7][8] Japan's Shinya Taniguchi closed out the field to eighth place with a time of 4:20.93.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Tom Dolan (USA) 4:12.30 Rome, Italy 6 September 1994
Olympic record  Tamás Darnyi (HUN) 4:14.23 Barcelona, Spain 27 July 1992

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
17 September Final Tom Dolan  United States 4:11.76 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[9]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 3 Alessio Boggiatto  Italy 4:14.26 Q, NR
2 6 4 Tom Dolan  United States 4:15.52 Q
3 4 4 Curtis Myden  Canada 4:16.35 Q
4 4 6 Cezar Bădiță  Romania 4:17.11 Q, NR
5 5 4 Erik Vendt  United States 4:17.15 Q
6 5 5 Justin Norris  Australia 4:17.36 Q
5 2 Shinya Taniguchi  Japan Q, AS
8 5 6 Terence Parkin  South Africa 4:18.14 Q, AF
9 5 7 Jirka Letzin  Germany 4:18.63
10 6 6 István Batházi  Hungary 4:18.85
11 5 3 Michael Halika  Israel 4:19.97
12 4 5 Matthew Dunn  Australia 4:20.31
13 6 5 Susumu Tabuchi  Japan 4:20.76
14 4 7 Johann Le Bihan  France 4:20.96
15 6 3 Frederik Hviid  Spain 4:21.63
16 4 1 Dean Kent  New Zealand 4:21.81
17 3 2 Alexey Kovrigin  Russia 4:22.21
18 3 6 Yves Platel  Switzerland 4:22.38
19 6 1 Massimiliano Eroli  Italy 4:22.85
20 5 1 Ioannis Kokkodis  Greece 4:23.19
21 6 7 Xie Xufeng  China 4:23.33
22 3 4 Serghei Mariniuc  Moldova 4:23.57
23 3 5 Jan Vítazka  Czech Republic 4:23.81
24 4 2 Simon Militis  Great Britain 4:24.38
25 5 8 Jin Hao  China 4:24.56
26 4 8 Michael Windisch  Austria 4:24.62
27 2 2 Jani Sievinen  Finland 4:25.16
28 3 7 Dmytro Nazarenko  Ukraine 4:25.26
29 6 2 Owen von Richter  Canada 4:25.70
30 3 1 Marko Milenkovič  Slovenia 4:26.62
31 2 4 Jeremy Knowles  Bahamas 4:26.87
32 6 8 Torwai Sethsothorn  Thailand 4:28.42
33 3 3 Kim Bang-hyun  South Korea 4:28.56
34 1 3 Alex Fong  Hong Kong 4:29.02
35 3 8 Alejandro Bermúdez  Colombia 4:29.42
36 2 3 George Bovell  Trinidad and Tobago 4:29.52 NR
37 2 7 Juan Carlos Piccio  Philippines 4:30.17
38 2 5 Juan Veloz  Mexico 4:31.73
39 2 8 Grigoriy Matuzkov  Kazakhstan 4:31.89
40 1 4 Georgi Palazov  Bulgaria 4:35.92
41 2 1 Wan Azlan Abdullah  Malaysia 4:36.90
42 2 6 Sandro Tomaš  Croatia 4:38.31
43 1 5 Oussama Mellouli  Tunisia 4:41.97
44 1 6 Hsu Kuo-tung  Chinese Taipei 4:42.78
45 1 2 John Tabone  Malta 4:53.12

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Tom Dolan  United States 4:11.76 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 2 Erik Vendt  United States 4:14.23
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Curtis Myden  Canada 4:15.33 NR
4 4 Alessio Boggiatto  Italy 4:15.93
5 8 Terence Parkin  South Africa 4:16.92 AF
6 1 Justin Norris  Australia 4:17.87
7 6 Cezar Bădiță  Romania 4:20.91
8 8 Shinya Taniguchi  Japan 4:20.93

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "More fireworks in the pool". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. ^ Clarey, Christopher (18 September 2000). "Dolan Sets World Mark in 400 Medley : U.S. Powers to 6 Medals On a Swimmers' Night". New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Dolan, Munz overcome ailments to win". ESPN. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Dolan breaks own world mark in 400 IM". Canoe.ca. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Whitten, Phillip (17 September 2000). "Olympic Day 2 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (17 September 2000). "Exclusive: Banned Swimmer Allowed To Compete". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Badita cleared for Olympics". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 31 August 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 400m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 318–319. Retrieved 9 June 2013.

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