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Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 19, 2000

Gold: USA Tom Malchow
Silver: UKR Denys Sylantiev
Bronze: AUS Justin Norris

Summary

Six of the men who contested the Olympic final were amongst the 10 fastest of all time. The man at the top of the list was Atlanta silver medalist Tom Malchow of the USA who had broken the world record at the US Trials but world champion [Denys Sylantyev] and Olympic title holder Denis Pankratov stood between him and Olympic glory. Malchow could not have impressed more in the qualifying rounds as he set new Olympic records in both his swims and was the fastest qualifier for the final by over half a second.

Pankratov gambled on going out fast and hoping to hold on for the last half of the race. At 100 metres he was inside world record race but he faded badly in the closing stages and was overtaken by Malchow. Sylantyev made rapid progress through to win the silver whilst Australia’s Justin Norris was cheered home by the Aussie faithful to win bronze. In fifth place was the youngest member of the United States swimming team, a certain Michael Phelps from Baltimore – the world would hear much more of him over the next decade

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tom Malchow 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Denys Sylantiev 23 Ukraine UKR Silver
3 Justin Norris 20 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Anatoly Polyakov 20 Russia RUS
5 Michael Phelps 15 United States USA
6 Steve Parry 23 Great Britain GBR
7 Denis Pankratov 26 Russia RUS
8 Franck Esposito 29 France FRA
9 Takashi Yamamoto 22 Japan JPN
10 James Hickman 24 Great Britain GBR
11 Heath Ramsay 19 Australia AUS
12 Hisayoshi Tanaka 21 Japan JPN
13 Andrew Livingston 21 Puerto Rico PUR
14 Stefan Aartsen 25 Netherlands NED
15 Thomas Rupprath 23 Germany GER
16 Serhiy Fesenko 18 Ukraine UKR
17 Ştefan Gherghel 22 Romania ROU
18 Shamek Pietucha 24 Canada CAN
19 Han Gyu-Cheol 18 South Korea KOR
20 Juan Veloz 17 Mexico MEX
21 Vladan Marković 23 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
22 Anthony Ang 21 Malaysia MAS
23 Jorge Pérez 28 Spain ESP
24 Viktor Bodrogi 16 Hungary HUN
25 Ioannis Drymonakos 16 Greece GRE
26 Theo Verster 25 South Africa RSA
27 Gunter Rodríguez 19 Cuba CUB
28 Michael Windisch 24 Austria AUT
29 Zoran Lazarovski 19 Macedonia MKD
30 Massimiliano Eroli 23 Italy ITA
31 Miki Halika 21 Israel ISR
32 Mark Kwok 23 Hong Kong HKG
33 Xie Xufeng 22 China CHN
34 Tero Välimaa 22 Finland FIN
35 Tseng Cheng-Hua 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
36 Juan Pablo Valdivieso 19 Peru PER
37 Colin Lowth 22 Ireland IRL
38 Dulyarit Phuangthong 22 Thailand THA
39 Lovrenco Franićević 22 Croatia CRO
40 Georgi Palazov 20 Bulgaria BUL
41 Konstantin Andryushin 25 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
42 Albert Sutanto 24 Indonesia INA
43 Roberto Delgado 25 Ecuador ECU
44 Dumitru Zastoico 21 Moldova MDA
45 Dmitry Tsutskarev 24 Uzbekistan UZB
46 Fadi Kouzmah 17 Syria SYR