Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke
|Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
|Venue||Sydney International Aquatic Centre|
|Date||September 17, 2000 (heats &
September 18, 2000 (final)
|Competitors||55 from 50 nations|
|Winning time||53.72 OR|
|Swimming at the
2000 Summer Olympics
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. 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. 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).
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.
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.
|18 September||Final||Lenny Krayzelburg||United States||53.72||OR|
|1||4||Matt Welsh||Australia||54.52||Q, OC|
|3||3||Neil Walker||United States||55.20||Q|
|8||8||Adam Ruckwood||Great Britain||56.34|
|1||4||Lenny Krayzelburg||United States||54.32||Q|
|3||2||Eithan Urbach||Israel||55.31||Q, NR|
|4||Lenny Krayzelburg||United States||53.72||OR|
|6||2||Neil Walker||United States||55.14|
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