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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 18, 2000

Gold: USA Lenny Krayzelburg
Silver: AUS Matt Welsh
Bronze: GER Stev Theloke

Summary

Lenny Krayzelburg, a Ukrainian-born American whose swimming career began in the Soviet system, was an overwhelming favourite for the 100 metres backstroke title after winning both breaststroke gold medals at the 1998 World Championships. For good measure he also broke both world records the following year. Inspired by the home crowd Australia’s Matt Welsh pressured the American for most of the race but in the final 20 metres Krayzelburg pulled away for the victory. Krayzelburg was voted American Swimmer of the Year every year between 1997 and 2000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lenny Krayzelburg 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Matt Welsh 23 Australia AUS Silver
3 Stev Theloke 22 Germany GER Bronze
4 Josh Watson 23 Australia AUS
5 Bartosz Kizierowski 23 Poland POL
6 Neil Walker 24 United States USA
7 Steffen Driesen 18 Germany GER
8 Eithan Urbach 23 Israel ISR
9 Rodolfo Falcón 27 Cuba CUB
10 Péter Horváth 26 Hungary HUN
11 Chris Renaud 24 Canada CAN
12 Simon Dufour 21 France FRA
13 Alexandre Massura Neto 25 Brazil BRA
14 Gordan Kožulj 23 Croatia CRO
15 David Ortega 21 Spain ESP
16 Adam Ruckwood 26 Great Britain GBR
17 Derya Büyükuncu 24 Turkey TUR
18T Marko Strahija 25 Croatia CRO
18T Sergey Ostapchuk 24 Russia RUS
20 Mariusz Siembida 25 Poland POL
21 Emanuele Merisi 27 Italy ITA
22 Răzvan Florea 19 Romania ROU
23 Rogério Romero 30 Brazil BRA
24 Darius Grigalionis 23 Lithuania LTU
25 Mark Versfeld 24 Canada CAN
26 Volodymyr Nikolaichuk 25 Ukraine UKR
27 Alex Lim 20 Malaysia MAS
28T Nuno Laurentino 25 Portugal POR
28T Miroslav Machovič 24 Slovakia SVK
30 Simon Thirsk 23 South Africa RSA
31 Seong Min 17 South Korea KOR
32 Blaž Medvešek 20 Slovenia SLO
33 Markus Rogan 18 Austria AUT
34 Ouyang Kunpeng 17 China CHN
35 Philipp Gilgen 23 Switzerland SUI
36 Mattias Ohlin 22 Sweden SWE
37 Scott Talbot-Cameron 19 New Zealand NZL
38 Alexandru Ivlev 19 Moldova MDA
39 Ivan Angelov 21 Bulgaria BUL
40 Eduardo Otero 20 Argentina ARG
41 Diego Gallo 18 Uruguay URU
42 Milorad Čavić 16 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
43 Dulyarit Phuangthong 22 Thailand THA
44 Haitham Hassan 21 Egypt EGY
45 Gary Tan 18 Singapore SIN
46 Mehdi Addadi 28 Algeria ALG
47 Benjamin Lo-Pinto 24 Seychelles SEY
48 Mike Fung-a-Wing 21 Suriname SUR
49 Konstantin Pryakhin 27 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
50 German Martínez 21 Colombia COL
51 Nicky Neckles 21 Barbados BAR
52 Pavel Sidorov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
53 Mauricio Prudencio 20 Bolivia BOL
54 Faisal Al-Mahmeed 16 Kuwait KUW
55 Welbert Samuel 19 Federated States of Micronesia FSM