Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 17, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 18, 2000 (final)
Competitors 53 from 45 nations
Winning time 1:45.35 =WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Pieter van den Hoogenband
 Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ian Thorpe
 Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Massimiliano Rosolino
 Italy
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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 200 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17–18 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband edged out Australia's top favorite Ian Thorpe on the final lap to claim a gold medal in the event. Stunning a massive home crowd, he touched the wall first in 1:45.35 to match his own world record from the semifinals.[2][3] As a result of starting harder than usual, Thorpe ended up only with a silver in 1:45.83, while Italy's Massimiliano Rosolino added a bronze to his hardware from the 400 m freestyle in a time 1:46.65.[4][5]

U.S. swimmer Josh Davis missed the podium by six hundredths of a second (0.06), finishing with a new American record of 1:46.73. Davis was followed in fifth and sixth by British duo Paul Palmer (1:47.95) and James Salter (1:48.74).[6] Canada's Rick Say (1:48.76) and another Aussie Grant Hackett (1:49.46) closed out the field.[5]

Earlier in the semifinals, Van den Hoogenband blasted a new world record of 1:45.35, slashing 0.16 seconds off the mark set by Thorpe from the Australian trials. One heat later, Thorpe powered home with a second-fastest time of 1:45.37, but missed taking the record back by two hundredths of a second (0.02).[3] He also erased Yevgeny Sadovyi's 1992 Olympic record by 0.14 seconds to pick up a top seed from the prelims (1:46.56).[7][8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Ian Thorpe (AUS) 1:45.51 Sydney, Australia 15 May 2000
Olympic record  Yevgeny Sadovyi (EUN) 1:46.70 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 Heat 7 Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:46.56 OR
17 September Semifinal 1 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:45.35 WR
18 September Final Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:45.35 =WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[9]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 4 Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:46.56 Q, OR
2 6 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:46.71 Q
3 7 5 Massimiliano Rosolino  Italy 1:47.37 Q
4 5 4 Josh Davis  United States 1:48.43 Q
5 7 6 Rick Say  Canada 1:48.62 Q
6 5 3 James Salter  Great Britain 1:48.77 Q
7 6 2 Igor Koleda  Belarus 1:49.01 Q, NR
8 7 3 Scott Goldblatt  United States 1:49.05 Q
9 6 5 Grant Hackett  Australia 1:49.23 Q
10 5 8 Örn Arnarson  Iceland 1:49.78 Q, NR
11 5 5 Paul Palmer  Great Britain 1:49.83 Q
12 5 7 Stefan Herbst  Germany 1:49.84 Q
13 7 2 Andrey Kapralov  Russia 1:49.92 Q
14 6 7 Stefan Pohl  Germany 1:50.07 Q
15 6 6 Béla Szabados  Hungary 1:50.10 Q
16 5 1 Attila Zubor  Hungary 1:50.11 Q
17 7 8 Dragoş Coman  Romania 1:50.20
18 7 1 Květoslav Svoboda  Czech Republic 1:50.29
19 6 8 Martijn Zuijdweg  Netherlands 1:50.37
20 5 6 Jacob Carstensen  Denmark 1:50.41
21 5 2 Mark Johnston  Canada 1:50.92
22 4 5 Arūnas Savickas  Lithuania 1:52.02
23 2 5 Mark Chay  Singapore 1:52.22 NR
24 4 7 Rostyslav Svanidze  Ukraine 1:52.35
25 4 6 Ricardo Pedroso  Portugal 1:52.60
26 4 1 Mark Kwok Kin Ming  Hong Kong 1:52.71
27 3 5 Damian Alleyne  Barbados 1:52.75
28 4 4 Dmitri Kuzmin  Kyrgyzstan 1:52.93
29 3 2 Woo Chul  South Korea 1:53.02
30 3 3 Javier Díaz  Mexico 1:53.20
31 4 3 Andrei Cecan  Moldova 1:53.23
32 3 1 Jonathan Duncan  New Zealand 1:53.27
33 4 2 Rodrigo Castro  Brazil 1:53.65
34 3 4 Fernando Jácome  Colombia 1:54.17
35 3 7 Francisco Paez  Venezuela 1:54.32
36 6 3 Dimitrios Manganas  Greece 1:54.36
37 2 2 Allen Ong  Malaysia 1:54.53
38 3 8 Wu Nien-pin  Chinese Taipei 1:54.58
39 2 7 George Gleason  Virgin Islands 1:54.64
40 4 8 Glen Walshaw  Zimbabwe 1:54.70 NR
41 2 3 Nikola Kalabić  Yugoslavia 1:54.75
42 2 8 Aytekin Mindan  Turkey 1:54.86
43 3 6 Vicha Ratanachote  Thailand 1:54.91
44 1 3 Oleg Tsvetkovskiy  Uzbekistan 1:54.93
45 2 1 Carl Probert  Fiji 1:54.98
46 1 5 Mahmoud El-Wany  Egypt 1:55.19
47 1 4 Sebastien Paddington  Trinidad and Tobago 1:55.40
48 2 4 Andrey Kvassov  Kazakhstan 1:55.72
49 2 6 Alexandros Aresti  Cyprus 1:57.54
50 1 6 Hakimuddin Shabbir Habibulla  India 1:58.35
51 1 2 Santiago Deu  Andorra 1:59.31
052 6 3 Ryk Neethling  South Africa DNS
052 7 7 Dmitry Chernyshov  Russia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:45.35 Q, WR
2 5 Josh Davis  United States 1:47.06 Q, AM
3 3 James Salter  Great Britain 1:48.64 Q
4 6 Scott Goldblatt  United States 1:48.83
5 7 Stefan Herbst  Germany 1:49.72
6 8 Attila Zubor  Hungary 1:49.87
7 2 Örn Arnarson  Iceland 1:50.41
8 1 Stefan Pohl  Germany 1:50.56

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:45.37 Q, OC
2 5 Massimiliano Rosolino  Italy 1:46.60 Q
3 3 Rick Say  Canada 1:48.50 Q
4 2 Grant Hackett  Australia 1:48.76 Q
5 7 Paul Palmer  Great Britain 1:48.79 Q
6 1 Andrey Kapralov  Russia 1:49.04
7 8 Béla Szabados  Hungary 1:49.36
8 6 Igor Koleda  Belarus 1:49.52

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 1:45.35 =WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Ian Thorpe  Australia 1:45.83
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Massimiliano Rosolino  Italy 1:46.65
4 6 Josh Davis  United States 1:46.73 AM
5 8 Paul Palmer  Great Britain 1:47.95
6 7 James Salter  Great Britain 1:48.74
7 2 Rick Say  Canada 1:48.76
8 1 Grant Hackett  Australia 1:49.46

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Flying Dutchman". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Dutchman ties own world record". ESPN. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Morrissey, Rick (19 September 2000). "Thorpedo A Dud, At Least This Time". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Hayward, Paul (19 September 2000). "Swimming: Thorpe stands tall as a nation is silenced". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (17 September 2000). "Olympic Prelims: Day Two". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Morris, Jim (16 September 2000). "Calgary's Curtis Myden qualifies for Olympic finals of 400 IM". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 128–130. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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