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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000

Gold: AUS Grant Hackett
Silver: AUS Kieren Perkins
Bronze: USA Chris Thompson


Australia have a tradition of success in the 1,500 metres at the Olympic Games that goes all the way back to [Boy Charlton] and, in the shape of defending champion [Kieren Perkins] and world record holder [Grant Hackett] , the nation had the two outstanding men in the event. On the evening of the 23rd September Australia, almost as one, sat down to the watch the Olympic final. The final viewing figures showed 95% of all TV sets in the country were tuned in to the race.

Hackett had been the marginal pre-Games favourite but had been outpaced by Perkins in the heats.

The final was a different story and Hackett took the lead from the first stroke. Perkins kept pace until the 800 metres mark but Hackett’s relentless pace took him clear and he finished five seconds clear of his team-mate. [Chris Thompson] of the USA held off the fast finishing Russian [Aleksey Filipets]

for the bronze medal. It was the first time in Olympic history that all three medalists went under 15 minutes

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Grant Hackett 20 Australia AUS Gold
2 Kieren Perkins 27 Australia AUS Silver
3 Chris Thompson 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Aleksey Filipets 22 Russia RUS
5 Ryk Neethling 22 South Africa RSA
6 Erik Vendt 19 United States USA
7 Ihor Chervynskiy 18 Ukraine UKR
8 Heiko Hell 20 Germany GER
9 Dragoş Coman 19 Romania ROU
10 Christian Minotti 20 Italy ITA
11 Nicolas Rostoucher 19 France FRA
12 Frederik Hviid 25 Spain ESP
13 Masato Hirano 25 Japan JPN
14 Ihor Snitko 22 Ukraine UKR
15 Ricardo Monasterio 21 Venezuela VEN
16 Yota Arase 18 Japan JPN
17 Paul Palmer 25 Great Britain GBR
18 Luiz Lima 22 Brazil BRA
19 Emiliano Brembilla 21 Italy ITA
20 Dmitry Koptur 22 Belarus BLR
21 Spyros Gianniotis 20 Greece GRE
22 Aleksey Kovrigin 19 Russia RUS
23 Andrew Hurd 18 Canada CAN
24 Teo Edo 25 Spain ESP
25 Hannes Kalteis 18 Austria AUT
26 Vlastimil Burda 24 Czech Republic CZE
27 Tim Peterson 21 Canada CAN
28 Torwai Sethsothorn 18 Thailand THA
29 Adam Faulkner 18 Great Britain GBR
30 Petar Stoychev 23 Bulgaria BUL
31 Jorge Carral 17 Mexico MEX
32 Jin Hao 21 China CHN
33 Jo Seong-Mo 15 South Korea KOR
34 Juan Carlos Piccio 19 Philippines PHI
35 Agustín Fiorilli 21 Argentina ARG
36 Dieung Mannang 19 Malaysia MAS
37 Jonathan Duncan 18 New Zealand NZL
38 Steven Chandra 19 Indonesia INA
39 Diego Mularoni 20 San Marino SMR
40 Li Yun-Lin 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC r1/2 Ivan Ivanov 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ DQ