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
1st, gold medalist(s) Lenny Krayzelburg  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Aaron Peirsol  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Matt Welsh  Australia
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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
Olympic record  Martin López-Zubero (ESP) 1:58.47 Barcelona, Spain 28 July 1992

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, gold medalist(s) 4 Lenny Krayzelburg  United States 1:56.76 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Aaron Peirsol  United States 1:57.35
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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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