Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre butterfly
|Women's 200 metre butterfly
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
|Venue||Sydney International Aquatic Centre|
|Date||September 19, 2000 (heats &
September 20, 2000 (final)
|Competitors||36 from 27 nations|
|Winning time||2:05.88 OR|
|Swimming events at the
2000 Summer Olympics
U.S. swimmer Misty Hyman stunned Australia's defending champion Susie O'Neill to claim the Olympic title in front of a raucous home crowd. Seen as almost a lock victory for O'Neill, Hyman seized off a powerful lead and held a full body length over the champion at the 150-metre turn to maintain her relentless pace and touch the wall first in one of the oldest Olympic records in the book. She improved a sterling lifetime best of 2:05.88 to erase Mary T. Meagher's 1984 record by 1.02 seconds, but her time was just a 0.07-margin closer to O'Neill's world record. In a signature race, O'Neill ended up with only a silver in 2:06.58, adding it to her gold from Atlanta in 1996 and bronze from Barcelona in 1992. Meanwhile, Petria Thomas took home the bronze in 2:07.12, handing the entire medal lock for the Aussies with a two–three finish.
Danish star Mette Jacobsen, competing in her fourth Olympics, finished off the podium by over a second in 2:08.24, while Poland's Otylia Jędrzejczak posted a fifth-place time of 2:08.48. Racing next to her teammate Hyman in lane seven, Kaitlin Sandeno picked up a sixth spot with a time of 2:08.81. Japanese duo Yuko Nakanishi (2:09.66) and Maki Mita (2:10.72) closed out the field.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Susie O'Neill (AUS)||2:05.81||Sydney, Australia||17 May 2000|
|Olympic record||Mary T. Meagher (USA)||2:06.90||Los Angeles, United States||4 August 1984|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|20 September||Final||Misty Hyman||United States||2:05.88||OR|
|6||1||Mandy Loots||South Africa||2:10.58||AF|
|7||8||Elizabeth van Welie||New Zealand||2:11.68|
|1||5||Otylia Jędrzejczak||Poland||2:07.81||Q, NR|
|2||4||Misty Hyman||United States||2:07.96||Q|
|3||3||Mette Jacobsen||Denmark||2:08.11||Q, NR|
|4||6||Kaitlin Sandeno||United States||2:09.40||Q|
|5||7||Georgina Lee||Great Britain||2:10.33||NR|
|6||8||Margaretha Pedder||Great Britain||2:10.49|
|6||Misty Hyman||United States||2:05.88||OR*|
|6||7||Kaitlin Sandeno||United States||2:08.81|
* Also an American record.
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