Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 17, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 18, 2000 (final)
Competitors 55 from 50 nations
Winning time 53.72 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Lenny Krayzelburg  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Matt Welsh  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Stev Theloke  Germany
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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 men's 100 metre backstroke event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17–18 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Lenny Krayzelburg, a Ukrainian-born American whose swimming career began in the old Soviet system, shattered a new Olympic record to claim a gold medal in the event, slashing 0.14 seconds off an eight-year-old standard set by Jeff Rouse in Barcelona.[2][3] He seized the lead on the first length, and held off a challenge from Australia's overwhelming favorite Matt Welsh down the final lap to touch the wall first in 53.72.[4][5] Delighted by the frenzied home crowd, Welsh took home with a silver medal in an Oceanian record of 54.07. Meanwhile, Germany's Stev Theloke stormed home from behind to wrest a bronze in 54.82, edging out another Aussie Josh Watson (55.01) by almost two-tenths of a second (0.20).[6]

Poland's Bartosz Kizierowski finished fifth with a time of 55.04, and was followed in the sixth spot by U.S. swimmer Neil Walker in 55.14. Theloke's teammate Steffen Driesen (55.27) and Israel's Eithan Urbach (55.74) closed out the field.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Lenny Krayzelburg (USA) 53.60 Sydney, Australia 24 August 1999
Olympic record  Jeff Rouse (USA) 53.86 Barcelona, Spain 31 July 1992

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
18 September Final Lenny Krayzelburg  United States 53.72 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[7]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 4 Lenny Krayzelburg  United States 54.38 Q
2 6 4 Matt Welsh  Australia 54.70 Q, OC
3 5 5 Stev Theloke  Germany 55.00 Q
4 7 5 Josh Watson  Australia 55.09 Q
5 5 1 Bartosz Kizierowski  Poland 55.14 Q
6 5 4 Neil Walker  United States 55.34 Q
7 6 3 Steffen Driesen  Germany 55.39 Q
8 5 3 Gordan Kožulj  Croatia 55.43 Q
9 5 2 Eithan Urbach  Israel 55.44 Q, NR
10 7 3 Alexandre Massura  Brazil 55.58 Q
11 6 5 Rodolfo Falcón  Cuba 55.61 Q
12 6 6 David Ortega  Spain 55.80 Q
13 7 2 Péter Horváth  Hungary 55.81 Q
14 7 8 Chris Renaud  Canada 55.85 Q
15 4 5 Simon Dufour  France 56.01 Q
16 7 1 Adam Ruckwood  Great Britain 56.19 Q
17 6 1 Derya Büyükuncu  Turkey 56.21
18 6 7 Marko Strahija  Croatia 56.26
19 4 2 Sergey Ostapchuk  Russia 56.26
20 5 7 Mariusz Siembida  Poland 56.27
21 5 8 Emanuele Merisi  Italy 56.35
4 7 Răzvan Florea  Romania NR
23 5 6 Rogério Romero  Brazil 56.44
24 6 2 Darius Grigalionis  Lithuania 56.47
25 7 6 Mark Versfeld  Canada 56.50
26 7 7 Volodymyr Nikolaychuk  Ukraine 56.71
27 4 4 Alex Lim  Malaysia 56.81
28 4 1 Miroslav Machovič  Slovakia 56.95
4 8 Nuno Laurentino  Portugal
30 6 8 Simon Thirsk  South Africa 57.06
31 2 3 Sung Min  South Korea 57.12
32 3 2 Blaž Medvešek  Slovenia 57.26
33 3 7 Markus Rogan  Austria 57.35
34 4 6 Ouyang Kunpeng  China 57.47
35 3 4 Philipp Gilgen  Switzerland 57.50
36 3 3 Mattias Ohlin  Sweden 57.51
37 3 5 Scott Talbot-Cameron  New Zealand 57.86
38 1 2 Alexandru Ivlev  Moldova 57.91
39 3 8 Ivan Angelov  Bulgaria 58.03
40 4 3 Eduardo Germán Otero  Argentina 58.09
41 2 1 Diego Gallo  Uruguay 58.18 NR
42 3 6 Milorad Čavić  Yugoslavia 58.25
43 2 8 Dulyarit Phuangthong  Thailand 58.48
44 3 1 Haitham Hassan  Egypt 58.67
45 2 4 Gary Tan  Singapore 58.69
46 2 2 Mehdi Addadi  Algeria 58.74
47 1 3 Benjamin Lo-Pinto  Seychelles 58.90
48 2 7 Mike Fung-A-Wing  Suriname 59.06
49 2 5 Konstantin Priahin  Kyrgyzstan 59.86
50 1 4 Germán Martínez  Colombia 59.94
51 2 6 Nicholas Neckles  Barbados 1:00.19
52 1 6 Pavel Sidorov  Kazakhstan 1:01.02
53 1 7 Mauricio Prudencio  Bolivia 1:01.15
54 1 5 Faisal Al-Mahmeed  Kuwait 1:05.17
55 1 1 Welbert Samuel  Micronesia 1:12.38

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Matt Welsh  Australia 54.52 Q, OC
2 5 Josh Watson  Australia 54.93 Q
3 3 Neil Walker  United States 55.20 Q
4 1 Chris Renaud  Canada 55.70
5 2 Alexandre Massura  Brazil 56.07
6 6 Gordan Kožulj  Croatia 56.26
7 7 David Ortega  Spain 56.33
8 8 Adam Ruckwood  Great Britain 56.34

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Lenny Krayzelburg  United States 54.32 Q
2 5 Stev Theloke  Germany 54.95 Q
3 2 Eithan Urbach  Israel 55.31 Q, NR
4 3 Bartosz Kizierowski  Poland 55.34 Q
5 6 Steffen Driesen  Germany 55.41 Q
6 7 Rodolfo Falcón  Cuba 55.59
7 1 Péter Horváth  Hungary 55.65
8 8 Simon Dufour  France 55.79

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Lenny Krayzelburg  United States 53.72 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Matt Welsh  Australia 54.07 OC
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Stev Theloke  Germany 54.82
4 3 Josh Watson  Australia 55.01
5 1 Bartosz Kizierowski  Poland 55.04
6 2 Neil Walker  United States 55.14
7 8 Steffen Driesen  Germany 55.27
8 7 Eithan Urbach  Israel 55.74

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Robertson, Linda (19 September 2000). "Krayzelburg, Quann Pan Olympic Gold". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Americans Krayzelburg, Quann up U.S. golds to five". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Krayzelburg sets Olympic record". ESPN. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Longman, Jere (19 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; Thorpe Comes Up a Big Hand Short to a Flying Dutchman". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (18 September 2000). "Olympic Day 3 Finals (100 Breast, 100 Back M, 100 Back W, 200 Free)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Backstroke Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 278–279. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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