Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Date September 19, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 20, 2000 (final)
Competitors 74 from 66 nations
Winning time 48.30
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Pieter van den Hoogenband
 Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alexander Popov
 Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gary Hall, Jr.
 United States
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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 100 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 19–20 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Netherlands' Pieter van den Hoogenband stormed home on the final lap to claim his second Olympic gold medal at these Games. He posted a time of 48.30 to hold off Russia's defending Olympic champion Alexander Popov by almost two-fifths of a second (0.40).[2] Failing to attain a third straight triumph in the same event, Popov settled only for the silver in 48.69. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. powered home with a bronze in 48.73.[3][4]

After breaking a split world record in the 4×100 m freestyle relay on the opening night, Australia's overwhelming favorite Michael Klim missed out the podium in a close race against Hall by a hundredth of a second, finishing with a time of 48.74.[5] Klim was followed in fifth by Hall's teammate Neil Walker (49.09), and in sixth by Sweden's three-time Olympian Lars Frölander (49.22). Russia's Denis Pimankov (49.36) and another Aussie Chris Fydler (49.44) rounded out the finale.[4]

Earlier in the semifinals, Van den Hoogenband cleared a 48-second barrier to set a new world record of 47.84, slashing 0.34 seconds off the mark set by Klim from the relay.[6]

One of the most popular highlights in the event took place in the first heat. Dubbed as Eric the Eel, Equatorial Guinea's Eric Moussambani received a dubious honor of being the slowest Olympic swimmer in history. Two other swimmers, Niger's Karim Bare and Tajikistan's Farkhod Oripov, plunged into the pool and were cast out of the race under a no false-start rule, leaving Moussambani as the last man standing. Cheering by a large crowd, he finished a one-man heat in 1:52.72, nearly seven seconds slower than a winning time by Van den Hoogenband over double the distance a day before.[7][8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Klim (AUS) 48.18 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000
Olympic record  Michael Klim (AUS) 48.18 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
19 September Semifinal 2 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 47.84 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[9]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 9 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 48.64 Q
2 10 5 Michael Klim  Australia 49.09 Q
3 10 6 Lars Frölander  Sweden 49.16 Q, NR
4 10 4 Alexander Popov  Russia 49.29 Q
5 9 5 Gary Hall, Jr.  United States 49.32 Q
6 8 2 Denis Pimankov  Russia 49.45 Q
8 5 Chris Fydler  Australia Q
8 9 7 Salim Iles  Algeria 49.70 Q, NR
9 8 4 Neil Walker  United States 49.73 Q
10 10 2 Lorenzo Vismara  Italy 49.74 Q
10 1 Roland Mark Schoeman  South Africa Q
12 10 8 José Meolans  Argentina 49.75 Q, NR
13 9 3 Gustavo Borges  Brazil 49.76 Q
8 7 Christian Tröger  Germany Q
15 9 6 Attila Zubor  Hungary 49.79 Q
16 7 8 Duje Draganja  Croatia 49.83 Q, NR
17 10 7 Bartosz Kizierowski  Poland 49.84
18 8 6 Johan Kenkhuis  Netherlands 49.93
19 8 1 Stefan Nystrand  Sweden 50.19
9 2 Karel Novy  Switzerland
21 6 3 Peter Mankoč  Slovenia 50.28
22 8 3 Romain Barnier  France 50.32
23 7 2 Rolandas Gimbutis  Lithuania 50.46
24 6 1 Kim Min-suk  South Korea 50.49
25 7 4 Torsten Spanneberg  Germany 50.56
26 9 8 Yannick Lupien  Canada 50.62
27 8 8 Pavlo Khnykin  Ukraine 50.63
28 7 3 Javier Botello  Spain 50.87
29 7 5 Craig Hutchison  Canada 50.90
30 9 1 Aleh Rukhlevich  Belarus 50.96
7 1 Marcos Hernández  Cuba
32 7 7 Thierry Wouters  Belgium 51.07
33 7 6 Jere Hård  Finland 51.11
34 6 5 Spyridon Bitsakis  Greece 51.28
6 8 Sergey Ashihmin  Kyrgyzstan
36 4 2 Carl Probert  Fiji 51.34
37 6 7 Richard Sam Bera  Indonesia 51.52
38 6 6 Yoav Bruck  Israel 51.62
39 5 1 Nikola Kalabić  Yugoslavia 51.82
40 4 5 Christopher Murray  Bahamas 51.93
5 2 Allen Ong  Malaysia
42 5 7 George Gleason  Virgin Islands 52.00
43 4 7 Indrek Sei  Estonia 52.09
44 4 6 Tamer Hamed  Egypt 52.14
45 5 3 Květoslav Svoboda  Czech Republic 52.18
46 3 4 Paul Kutscher  Uruguay 52.22
47 4 8 Fernando Jácome  Colombia 52.24
4 4 Mark Chay  Singapore
49 6 2 Željko Panić  Bosnia and Herzegovina 52.40
50 6 4 Francisco Sánchez  Venezuela 52.43
51 3 2 Howard Hinds  Netherlands Antilles 52.52
52 4 3 Glen Walshaw  Zimbabwe 52.53
53 5 6 Igor Sitnikov  Kazakhstan 52.57
54 3 3 Aleksandr Agafonov  Uzbekistan 52.58
55 5 4 Wu Nien-pin  Chinese Taipei 52.72
56 5 5 Felipe Delgado  Ecuador 52.78
57 5 8 Chrysanthos Papachrysanthou  Cyprus 52.82
58 3 5 Ríkardur Ríkardsson  Iceland 52.85
59 3 6 George Bovell  Trinidad and Tobago 52.90
60 3 1 Gentle Offoin  Nigeria 52.91 NR
61 3 7 Kenny Roberts  Seychelles 53.40
62 4 1 Rodrigo Olivares  Chile 53.50
63 2 3 Gregory Arkhurst  Côte d'Ivoire 53.55
64 3 8 Alejandro Castellanos  Honduras 54.06
65 2 4 Hamid Reza Mobarez  Iran 54.12
66 2 5 Christophe Lim Wen Ying  Mauritius 54.33
67 2 6 Ganaagiin Galbadrakh  Mongolia 58.79
68 2 2 Ragi Edde  Lebanon 59.26
69 2 7 Marien Michel Ngouabi  Congo 1:00.39
70 2 1 Dawood Youssef Mohamed Jassim  Bahrain 1:02.45
71 1 5 Eric Moussambani  Equatorial Guinea 1:52.72
072 1 3 Karim Bare  Niger DSQ
072 1 4 Farkhod Oripov  Tajikistan DSQ
075 10 3 Fernando Scherer  Brazil DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Michael Klim  Australia 48.80 Q
2 5 Alexander Popov  Russia 48.84 Q
3 3 Denis Pimankov  Russia 49.43 Q
4 7 José Meolans  Argentina 49.66 NR
5 2 Lorenzo Vismara  Italy 49.67
8 Duje Draganja  Croatia NR
7 6 Salim Iles  Algeria 49.70 =NR
8 1 Christian Tröger  Germany 49.80

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 47.84 Q, WR
2 5 Lars Frölander  Sweden 48.93 Q, NR
3 2 Neil Walker  United States 49.04 Q
4 3 Gary Hall, Jr.  United States 49.13 Q
5 6 Chris Fydler  Australia 49.55 Q
6 8 Attila Zubor  Hungary 49.58
7 7 Roland Mark Schoeman  South Africa 49.84
8 1 Gustavo Borges  Brazil 49.93

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 48.30
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Alexander Popov  Russia 48.69
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 Gary Hall, Jr.  United States 48.73
4 5 Michael Klim  Australia 48.74
5 2 Neil Walker  United States 49.09
6 6 Lars Frölander  Sweden 49.22
7 1 Denis Pimankov  Russia 49.36
8 8 Chris Fydler  Australia 49.44

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Double Dutch: Van den Hoogenband captures second gold in 100 free". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Longman, Jere (20 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; Hyman, in Surprise, Joins No. 1 van den Hoogenband". New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Finals (200 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay)". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Morrissey, Rick (21 September 2000). "Dutch Treat In The Pool". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Jerardi, Dick (20 September 2000). "Van Den Hoogenband Making Name For Self". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Penner, Mike (19 September 2000). "Eric the Eagle Leaves a Lasting Impression". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Lord, Craig (20 September 2000). "Eric The Eel". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 118–120. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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