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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 200 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 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 21, 2000

Gold: USA Lenny Krayzelburg
Silver: USA Aaron Peirsol
Bronze: AUS Matt Welsh

Summary

Lenny Krayzelburg, the American who had won both backstroke titles at the most recent world championships, had been unbeaten for two years prior to the US Olympic trials but at the trials he suffered a surprise defeat by to 17-year-old Aaron Peirsol. Krayzelburg was back on form in time for the Olympic Games and swam away from Peirsol to win the gold medal by three quarters of a second. He became the fourth man to win the double of 100 and 200 metres backstroke gold medals at the Olympic Games.

Although beaten by Krayzelburg in Sydney, Peirsol would return to dominate the backstroke events Olympics in 2004 and 2008 and win five Olympic titles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lenny Krayzelburg 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Aaron Peirsol 17 United States USA Silver
3 Matt Welsh 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Örn Arnarson 19 Iceland ISL
5 Emanuele Merisi 27 Italy ITA
6 Răzvan Florea 19 Romania ROU
7 Rogério Romero 30 Brazil BRA
8 Gordan Kožulj 23 Croatia CRO
9 Marko Strahija 25 Croatia CRO
10 Klaas-Erik Zwering 19 Netherlands NED
11 Cameron Delaney 19 Australia AUS
12 Sergey Ostapchuk 24 Russia RUS
13 Chris Renaud 24 Canada CAN
14 Leonardo Costa 23 Brazil BRA
15 Volodymyr Nikolaichuk 25 Ukraine UKR
16 Yoav Gath 19 Israel ISR
17 Simon Dufour 21 France FRA
18 Adam Ruckwood 26 Great Britain GBR
19 Simon Militis 22 Great Britain GBR
20 Dustin Hersee 25 Canada CAN
21 Ralf Braun 27 Germany GER
22 Scott Talbot-Cameron 19 New Zealand NZL
23 Blaž Medvešek 20 Slovenia SLO
24 Neisser Bent 24 Cuba CUB
25 Mirko Mazzari 25 Italy ITA
26 Fu Yong 22 China CHN
27 Markus Rogan 18 Austria AUT
28 Alejandro Bermúdez 25 Colombia COL
29 Guillermo Mediano 24 Spain ESP
30 Mário Carvalho 22 Portugal POR
31 Miroslav Machovič 24 Slovakia SVK
32 Arūnas Savickas 25 Lithuania LTU
33 Fong Alex 20 Hong Kong HKG
34 Eduardo Otero 20 Argentina ARG
35 Torwai Sethsothorn 18 Thailand THA
36 Ahmed Hussain 17 Egypt EGY
37 Gary Tan 18 Singapore SIN
38 Andrei Mihailov 19 Moldova MDA
39 Lee Jong-Min 18 South Korea KOR
40 Ivan Angelov 21 Bulgaria BUL
41 Guillermo Cabrera 18 Dominican Republic DOM
42 Alex Lim 20 Malaysia MAS
43 Miloš Cerović 20 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
44 Aleksandr Yegorov 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
AC r1/2 Viktor Bodrogi 16 Hungary HUN DQ