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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000
Events: 32

Participants: 954 (558 men and 396 women) from 150 countries
Youngest Participant: BRN Fatima Abdul Majeed (12 years, 181 days)
Oldest Participant: PUR Ricardo Busquets (35 years, 354 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Dara Torres and AUS Ian Thorpe (5 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (33 medals)

Overview

Perhaps no other country in the world uses swimming as a benchmark for sporting success more than Australia so it was no surprise that the sport became a focus for public and media attention in Sydney. It also helped that Australia had their strongest team in a generation spearheaded by Grant Hackett, Susie O'Neill and a supremely talented teenager named Ian Thorpe.

It took Thorpe little time to make an indelible impression on the Games as by the end of the first day on competition he had already collected two Olympic titles. His two golds, in the 400 metres freestyle and 4 x 200 freestyle relay were both achieved in world record time but in much different circumstances. Thorpe's individual win was quite straightforward but the relay was achieved only when he produced an improbable comeback on the final leg to beat the American team. In all he won five medals, three gold and two silver, and emerged as one of the stars of the Games.

Three men completed the 100/200 double, Pieter van den Hoogenband in freestyle, Domenico Fioravanti in breaststroke and Lenny Krayzelburg in backstroke. Krayzelburg was the only man to match Thorpe's gold medal tally after adding a medley relay title to his collection.

The outstanding female swimmer of the Games was Dutchwoman Inge de Bruijn who won three individual golds whilst Diana Mocanu, Brooke Bennett and Yana Klochkova each won two titles. The other swimmer to win three gold medals was American Jenny Thompson who took her career total to eight, each one having been won as part of a relay team.

Making his Olympic début was a 15-year-old American named Michael Phelps who placed fifth in the 200 metres butterfly. The world would hear more from him in the decade to come.

The USA topped the medal table with 14 gold medals and 33 in total which was some way ahead of Australia. This began a three Olympic stretch where the two countries would be clearly the strongest nations in the sport.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 50 metres Freestyle USA Gary Hall, Jr.
USA Anthony Ervin
NED Pieter van den Hoogenband
Men's 100 metres Freestyle NED Pieter van den Hoogenband RUS Aleksandr Popov USA Gary Hall, Jr.
Men's 200 metres Freestyle NED Pieter van den Hoogenband AUS Ian Thorpe ITA Massimiliano Rosolino
Men's 400 metres Freestyle AUS Ian Thorpe ITA Massimiliano Rosolino USA Klete Keller
Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle AUS Grant Hackett AUS Kieren Perkins USA Chris Thompson
Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay AUS Australia USA United States BRA Brazil
Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay AUS Australia USA United States NED Netherlands
Men's 100 metres Backstroke USA Lenny Krayzelburg AUS Matt Welsh GER Stev Theloke
Men's 200 metres Backstroke USA Lenny Krayzelburg USA Aaron Peirsol AUS Matt Welsh
Men's 100 metres Breaststroke ITA Domenico Fioravanti USA Ed Moses RUS Roman Sludnov
Men's 200 metres Breaststroke ITA Domenico Fioravanti RSA Terence Parkin ITA Davide Rummolo
Men's 100 metres Butterfly SWE Lars Frölander AUS Michael Klim AUS Geoff Huegill
Men's 200 metres Butterfly USA Tom Malchow UKR Denys Sylantiev AUS Justin Norris
Men's 200 metres Individual Medley ITA Massimiliano Rosolino USA Tom Dolan USA Tom Wilkens
Men's 400 metres Individual Medley USA Tom Dolan USA Erik Vendt CAN Curtis Myden
Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay USA United States AUS Australia GER Germany
Women's 50 metres Freestyle NED Inge de Bruijn SWE Therèse Alshammar USA Dara Torres
Women's 100 metres Freestyle NED Inge de Bruijn SWE Therèse Alshammar USA Jenny Thompson
USA Dara Torres
Women's 200 metres Freestyle AUS Susie O'Neill SVK Martina Moravcová CRC Claudia Poll
Women's 400 metres Freestyle USA Brooke Bennett USA Diana Munz CRC Claudia Poll
Women's 800 metres Freestyle USA Brooke Bennett UKR Yana Klochkova USA Kaitlin Sandeno
Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay USA United States NED Netherlands SWE Sweden
Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay USA United States AUS Australia GER Germany
Women's 100 metres Backstroke ROU Diana Mocanu JPN Mai Nakamura ESP Nina Zhivanevskaya
Women's 200 metres Backstroke ROU Diana Mocanu FRA Roxana Maracineanu JPN Miki Nakao
Women's 100 metres Breaststroke USA Megan Quann-Jendrick AUS Leisel Jones RSA Penny Heyns
Women's 200 metres Breaststroke HUN Ágnes Kovács USA Kristy Kowal USA Amanda Beard
Women's 100 metres Butterfly NED Inge de Bruijn SVK Martina Moravcová USA Dara Torres
Women's 200 metres Butterfly USA Misty Hyman AUS Susie O'Neill AUS Petria Thomas
Women's 200 metres Individual Medley UKR Yana Klochkova ROU Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru USA Cristina Teuscher
Women's 400 metres Individual Medley UKR Yana Klochkova JPN Yasuko Tajima ROU Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru
Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay USA United States AUS Australia JPN Japan