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

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Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 20, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 21, 2000 (final)
Competitors 46 from 42 nations
Winning time 1:56.76 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Australia
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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 backstroke event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 20–21 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Soviet-born American Lenny Krayzelburg became the fourth swimmer in Olympic history to strike a backstroke double, since Roland Matthes did so in 1968 and 1972, John Naber in 1976, and Rick Carey in 1984. He powered past his nearest rivals Aaron Peirsol and Australia's overwhelming favorite Matt Welsh to hit the wall first in a new Olympic record of 1:56.76.[2][3] At only 17 years of age, Peirsol trailed behind by almost half a second (0.50) to take a silver in 1:57.35, handing an entire medal haul for the U.S. team with a one–two finish. Meanwhile, Welsh settled only for the bronze in an Oceanian record of 1:57.59.[4][5]

Iceland's Örn Arnarson came up with a spectacular swim to earn a fourth spot in 1:59.00, holding off Italy's Emanuele Merisi (1:59.01), bronze medalist in Atlanta four years earlier, by a hundredth of a second (0.01). Romania's Răzvan Florea finished sixth with a time of 1:59.05, while Brazil's Rogério Romero (1:59.27), competing at his fourth Olympics, and Croatia's Gordan Kožulj (1:59.38) closed out the field. For the first time in Olympic history, all eight swimmers went under a two-minute barrier.[5]

Earlier, Krayzelburg established a new Olympic standard of 1:58.40 on the morning prelims to cut off Martin López-Zubero's eight-year record by seven hundredths of a second (0.07). Followed by an evening session, he eventually lowered it to 1:57.27 in the semifinals.[6][7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Lenny Krayzelburg (USA) 1:55.87 Sydney, Australia 27 August 1999 [8]
Olympic record  Martin López-Zubero (ESP) 1:58.47 Barcelona, Spain 28 July 1992 [8]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
20 September Heat 6 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 1:58.40 OR
20 September Semifinal 2 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 1:57.27 OR
21 September Final Lenny Krayzelburg United States 1:56.76 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 1:58.40 Q, OR
2 5 4 Aaron Peirsol United States 1:59.10 Q
3 6 6 Cameron Delaney Australia 1:59.61 Q
4 6 5 Matt Welsh Australia 1:59.76 Q
5 4 1 Răzvan Florea Romania 1:59.79 Q
6 4 8 Örn Arnarson Iceland 1:59.80 Q, NR
7 5 6 Emanuele Merisi Italy 1:59.92 Q
8 6 2 Sergey Ostapchuk Russia 2:00.17 Q
9 4 4 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 2:00.19 Q
10 5 5 Rogério Romero Brazil 2:00.48 Q
11 4 6 Chris Renaud Canada 2:00.51 Q
12 5 7 Marko Strahija Croatia 2:00.72 Q
13 5 2 Yoav Gath Israel 2:00.80 Q
14 3 2 Klaas-Erik Zwering Netherlands 2:00.94 Q, NR
15 4 3 Volodymyr Nikolaychuk Ukraine 2:01.07 Q, NR
16 4 5 Leonardo Costa Brazil 2:01.08 Q
17 5 3 Simon Dufour France 2:01.09
18 6 7 Adam Ruckwood Great Britain 2:01.11
19 6 1 Simon Militis Great Britain 2:01.20
20 6 8 Dustin Hersee Canada 2:01.34
21 6 3 Ralf Braun Germany 2:01.35
22 3 5 Scott Talbot-Cameron New Zealand 2:01.53
23 3 7 Blaž Medvešek Slovenia 2:01.67
24 2 2 Neisser Bent Cuba 2:02.05
25 5 1 Mirko Mazzari Italy 2:02.13
26 4 7 Fu Yong China 2:02.70
27 3 4 Markus Rogan Austria 2:02.84
28 3 3 Alejandro Bermúdez Colombia 2:03.43
29 5 8 Guillermo Mediano Spain 2:03.45
30 2 4 Mario Carvalho Portugal 2:03.82
31 3 6 Miroslav Machovič Slovakia 2:04.73
32 3 8 Arūnas Savickas Lithuania 2:05.06
33 1 3 Alex Fong Hong Kong 2:05.47 NR
34 2 6 Eduardo Germán Otero Argentina 2:05.51
35 2 7 Torwai Sethsothorn Thailand 2:05.52
36 2 3 Ahmed Hussein Egypt 2:06.10
37 2 8 Gary Tan Singapore 2:06.32
38 1 4 Andrei Mihailov Moldova 2:06.67
39 2 1 Lee Jong-Min South Korea 2:07.14
40 1 5 Ivan Angelov Bulgaria 2:07.30
41 1 7 Guillermo Cabrera Dominican Republic 2:08.22
42 3 1 Alex Lim Malaysia 2:08.23
43 1 6 Miloš Cerović Yugoslavia 2:09.07
44 1 2 Aleksandr Yegorov Kyrgyzstan 2:13.85
45 4 2 Viktor Bodrogi Hungary DSQ
46 2 5 Simon Thirsk South Africa DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Aaron Peirsol United States 1:58.44 Q
2 5 Matt Welsh Australia 1:58.57 Q
3 3 Örn Arnarson Iceland 1:58.99 Q, NR
4 2 Rogério Romero Brazil 1:59.69 Q
5 7 Marko Strahija Croatia 1:59.85
6 1 Klaas-Erik Zwering Netherlands 2:00.06 NR
7 6 Sergey Ostapchuk Russia 2:00.47
8 8 Leonardo Costa Brazil 2:02.26

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 1:57.27 Q, OR
2 3 Răzvan Florea Romania 1:59.44 Q, NR
3 2 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 1:59.56 Q
4 6 Emanuele Merisi Italy 1:59.78 Q
5 5 Cameron Delaney Australia 2:00.39
6 7 Chris Renaud Canada 2:01.19
7 8 Volodymyr Nikolaychuk Ukraine 2:02.27
8 1 Yoav Gath Israel 2:03.80

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Lenny Krayzelburg United States 1:56.76 OR
2nd 5 Aaron Peirsol United States 1:57.35
3rd 3 Matt Welsh Australia 1:57.59 OC
4 6 Örn Arnarson Iceland 1:59.00
5 8 Emanuele Merisi Italy 1:59.01
6 2 Răzvan Florea Romania 1:59.05 NR
7 1 Rogério Romero Brazil 1:59.27
8 7 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 1:59.38

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Double gold for Krayzelburg". BBC Sport. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Dillman, Lisa (22 September 2000). "Thrills & Chills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Berlin, Peter (22 September 2000). "De Bruijn Takes Second Gold; Hungarian and Italian Also Triumph : European Swimmers Steal the Show". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (21 September 2000). "Olympic Day 6 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Peterson, Lauren (21 September 2000). "States Athletic Teams Krayzelburg, Ervin Advance in Sydney". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  8. ^ 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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