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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 19, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000

Gold: ITA Domenico Fioravanti
Silver: RSA Terence Parkin
Bronze: ITA Davide Rummolo

Summary

Domenico Fioravanti of Italy entered the Sydney Olympic with a season’s best time that would not have been enough to absolutely guarantee him a place in the semi-finals of the 200 metres breaststroke. However, a few days earlier, he had become the first Italian ever to win an Olympic swimming title when he secured a shock victory in the 100 metres breaststroke.

The momentum of his victory carried on to the 200 and his winning time of 2:10.67 was the second fastest time in history behind Mike Barrowman’s gold medal winning swim at the 1992 Olympic Games. By winning the 200 Fioravanti became the first man ever to complete the double of taking both breaststroke gold medals at the same Olympics.

The silver medallist was Terence Parkin of South Africa, who had completely deaf since birth. Since he was unable to react to a starting gun, a strobe light was installed as a replacement. Unusually only one of the men who contested the most recent World Championship also reached the Olympic final and he, Ryan Mitchell finished last in Sydney.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Domenico Fioravanti 23 Italy ITA Gold
2 Terence Parkin 20 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Davide Rummolo 22 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Regan Harrison 22 Australia AUS
5 Daniel Málek 27 Czech Republic CZE
6 Kyle Salyards 19 United States USA
7 Yohan Bernard 26 France FRA
8 Ryan Mitchell 23 Australia AUS
9 Dmitry Komornikov 19 Russia RUS
10 Morgan Knabe 19 Canada CAN
11 Maxim Podoprigora 22 Austria AUT
12 Stéphan Perrot 23 France FRA
13 Norbert Rózsa 28 Hungary HUN
14 Akira Hayashi 25 Japan JPN
15 Martin Gustavsson 19 Sweden SWE
16 Aleksandr Tkachev 27 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
17 Kosuke Kitajima 17 Japan JPN
18 Marek Krawczyk 24 Poland POL
19 Valērijs Kalmikovs 27 Latvia LAT
20 Roman Sludnov 20 Russia RUS
21 Tom Wilkens 24 United States USA
22 Aleksandr Gukov 28 Belarus BLR
23 Benno Kuipers 26 Netherlands NED
24 Adam Whitehead 20 Great Britain GBR
25 Jakob Sveinsson 17 Iceland ISL
26 José Couto 22 Portugal POR
27 Andrew Bree 19 Ireland IRL
28 Oleh Lisohor 21 Ukraine UKR
29 Jo Gyeong-Hwan 18 South Korea KOR
30 Li Tsung-Chueh 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
31 Steven Ferguson 20 New Zealand NZL
32 Tal Stricker 21 Israel ISR
33 Raiko Pachel 26 Estonia EST
34 Jarno Pihlava 21 Finland FIN
35 Francisco Suriano 22 El Salvador ESA
36 Jeremy Knowles 19 Bahamas BAH
37 Andrés Bicocca 24 Argentina ARG
38 Zhu Yi 22 China CHN
39 Álvaro Fortuny 21 Guatemala GUA
40 Muhammad Akbar Nasution 17 Indonesia INA
41 Ratapong Sirasanont 24 Thailand THA
42 Tam Chi Kin 20 Hong Kong HKG
43 Juan José Madrigal 26 Costa Rica CRC
44 Elvin Chia 23 Malaysia MAS
45 Nguyễn Ngọc Anh 18 Vietnam VIE
46 Sergey Voytsekhovich 17 Uzbekistan UZB
47 Leonard Ngoma 21 Zambia ZAM