Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle

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Women's 800 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 21, 2000 (heats)
September 22, 2000 (final)
Competitors 28 from 22 nations
Winning time 8:19.67 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Brooke Bennett  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yana Klochkova  Ukraine
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kaitlin Sandeno  United States
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The women's 800 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 21–22 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

United States' Brooke Bennett became the second swimmer in Olympic history to defend her title in the event, and the fifth to strike a long-distance freestyle double, since Debbie Meyer did so in 1968, Petra Thümer in 1976, Tiffany Cohen in 1984, and the legendary Janet Evans in 1988. She maintained a powerful lead from start to finish before hitting the wall first in 8:19.67, the second-fastest of all time, cutting off Evans' 12-year Olympic record by 0.53 seconds.[2][3][4] After effortlessly striking a medley double over the past six days, Yana Klochkova added a silver to her medal tally at these Games, in a scintillating Ukrainian record of 8:22.66. Bennett's teammate Kaitlin Sandeno gave the Americans a further reason to celebrate, as she powered home with a bronze in 8:24.29.[5][6]

Switzerland's Flavia Rigamonti lost a spirited challenge to Sandeno for the bronze by more than a full body length, but earned a fourth spot in a national record of 8:25.91. She was followed in fifth by Germany's Hannah Stockbauer (8:30.11), and in sixth by China's Chen Hua (8:30.58). Stockbauer's teammate Jana Henke (8:31.97), bronze medalist in Barcelona eight years earlier, and Japan's Sachiko Yamada (8:37.39) rounded out the finale.[6]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Janet Evans (USA) 8:16.22 Tokyo, Japan 20 August 1989
Olympic record  Janet Evans (USA) 8:20.20 Seoul, South Korea 24 September 1988

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
22 September Final Brooke Bennett  United States 8:19.67 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[7]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Brooke Bennett  United States 8:26.47 Q
2 3 2 Yana Klochkova  Ukraine 8:29.84 Q, NR
3 3 4 Kaitlin Sandeno  United States 8:30.12 Q
4 2 4 Flavia Rigamonti  Switzerland 8:30.44 Q
5 4 5 Hannah Stockbauer  Germany 8:31.74 Q
6 3 5 Jana Henke  Germany 8:31.86 Q
7 4 3 Sachiko Yamada  Japan 8:33.06 Q
8 3 7 Chen Hua  China 8:33.23 Q
9 4 6 Janelle Atkinson  Jamaica 8:34.51 NR
10 3 3 Kirsten Vlieghuis  Netherlands 8:35.80
11 2 5 Chantal Strasser  Switzerland 8:35.84
12 4 2 Rachel Harris  Australia 8:36.94
13 2 3 Hayley Lewis  Australia 8:38.75
14 3 6 Éva Risztov  Hungary 8:43.07
15 2 2 Rebecca Cooke  Great Britain 8:43.22
16 2 7 Karine Legault  Canada 8:43.56
17 3 1 Irina Ufimtseva  Russia 8:44.64
18 4 8 Mirjana Bosevska  Macedonia 8:46.39 NR
19 2 8 Hana Černá  Czech Republic 8:47.64
20 1 3 Ivanka Moralieva  Bulgaria 8:52.61
21 1 4 Patricia Villarreal  Mexico 8:54.79
22 3 8 Marianna Lymperta  Greece 8:56.33
23 2 6 Olga Beresnyeva  Ukraine 9:00.12
24 1 5 Lin Chi-chan  Chinese Taipei 9:01.09
25 2 1 Adi Bichman  Israel 9:01.90
26 1 6 Cecilia Biagioli  Argentina 9:04.02
28 4 1 Claudia Poll  Costa Rica DNS
28 4 7 Joanne Malar  Canada DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Brooke Bennett  United States 8:19.67 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Yana Klochkova  Ukraine 8:22.66 NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Kaitlin Sandeno  United States 8:24.29
4 6 Flavia Rigamonti  Switzerland 8:25.91 NR
5 2 Hannah Stockbauer  Germany 8:30.11
6 8 Chen Hua  China 8:30.58
7 7 Jana Henke  Germany 8:31.97
8 1 Sachiko Yamada  Japan 8:37.39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (22 September 2000). "Bennett Wins Gold in 800m Freestyle". ABC News. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bennett Doubles in the Distances". Los Angeles Times. 23 September 2000. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bennett wins 800 meters, second gold". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 22 September 2000. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bennett sweeps distance races". ESPN. 22 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (22 September 2000). "Olympic Day 7 Finals (50 Free, 800 Free, 200 Back, 100 Fly)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 800m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 199–202. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Dimond, Jeff (October 1989). "Swim and Deliver" (PDF). Swimming World and Junior Swimmer. 30 (10): 41–44. Retrieved 8 June 2008. 

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