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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 400 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 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 16, 2000

Gold: AUS Ian Thorpe
Silver: ITA Massimiliano Rosolino
Bronze: USA Klete Keller

Summary

At the start of the Sydney Olympics Ian Thorpe was world champion and being built up as one the genuine stars of the Games He lived up to the fierce expectations of his country by producing an imperious performance to win Australia’s first gold of the 2000 summer Olympics in front of a huge TV audience in the host nation. By the 50 metre mark of the final he was nearly a second ahead of the rest and the time gap continued to increase for the rest of the race. With the crowd encouraging him with shouts of “Thorpie, Thorpie” he finished in a time of 3:40.59 which was a second under the world record time of fellow Australian Kieren Perkins.

Australia also had a sort of a claim on silver medalist Massimiliano Rosolino of Italy. Rosolino had learnt to swim whilst living in Australia as a young boy. After the Games the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera” alleged that he was one of five Italian Olympic champions who had been found with abnormal levels of human growth hormone (HGH) during pre-Games testing in Italy. No official charges were ever brought against him.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ian Thorpe 17 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Massimiliano Rosolino 22 Italy ITA Silver
3 Klete Keller 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Emiliano Brembilla 21 Italy ITA
5 Dragoş Coman 19 Romania ROU
6 Chad Carvin 26 United States USA
7 Grant Hackett 20 Australia AUS
8 Ryk Neethling 22 South Africa RSA
9 Heiko Hell 20 Germany GER
10 Paul Palmer 25 Great Britain GBR
11 Masato Hirano 25 Japan JPN
12 Nicolas Rostoucher 19 France FRA
13 James Salter 24 Great Britain GBR
14 Aleksey Filipets 22 Russia RUS
15 Rick Say 21 Canada CAN
16 Ihor Snitko 22 Ukraine UKR
17 Luiz Lima 22 Brazil BRA
18 Jacob Carstensen 22 Denmark DEN
19 Vlastimil Burda 24 Czech Republic CZE
20 Spyros Gianniotis 20 Greece GRE
21 Mark Johnston 21 Canada CAN
22 Dmitry Koptur 22 Belarus BLR
23 Ricardo Monasterio 21 Venezuela VEN
24 Torwai Sethsothorn 18 Thailand THA
25 Jin Hao 21 China CHN
26 Damian Alleyne 17 Barbados BAR
27 U Cheol 22 South Korea KOR
28 Jorge Carral 17 Mexico MEX
29 Jonathan Duncan 18 New Zealand NZL
30 Mark Kwok 23 Hong Kong HKG
31 Zoltán Szilágyi 33 Hungary HUN
32 Agustín Fiorilli 21 Argentina ARG
33 Ihor Chervynskiy 18 Ukraine UKR
34 Petar Stoychev 23 Bulgaria BUL
35 Jure Bučar 34 Slovenia SLO
36 Miguel Mendoza 18 Philippines PHI
37 Sng Ju Wei 20 Singapore SIN
38 Victor Rogut 21 Moldova MDA
39 Aytekin Mindan 19 Turkey TUR
40 Giancarlo Zolezzi 19 Chile CHI
41 Li Yun-Lin 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
42 Hannes Kalteis 18 Austria AUT
43 Dieung Mannang 19 Malaysia MAS
44 Hani El-Teir 19 Egypt EGY
45 Ivan Ivanov 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
46 Marcelino López 25 Nicaragua NCA