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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women'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 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 22, 2000

Gold: ROU Diana Mocanu
Silver: FRA Roxana Maracineanu
Bronze: JPN Miki Nakao


The 200 metres backstroke turned in to a battle between Romanians, although one was competing in the colours of France. The world champion was the Bucharest-born Frenchwoman [Roxana Maracineanu], who had already placed fourth in the 100 behind teenager [Diana Mocanu].

Mocanu bided her time at the back of the field over the first 50 metres before gradually moving through the pack into second by halfway. She then sprinted past Maracineanu and pulled out a two-second lead over her by the finish of the race to complete the double of backstroke titles.

Mocanu won a world title in 2001 but failed to build more upon her successes and retired at the age of 21 in 2005 after missing the chance to defend her Olympic titles in Athens. After retiring she revealed to a Romanian newspaper that she had suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of one of her coaches

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Diana Mocanu 16 Romania ROU Gold
2 Roxana Maracineanu 25 France FRA Silver
3 Miki Nakao 22 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Tomoko Hagiwara 20 Japan JPN
5 Amanda Adkins 23 United States USA
6 Nina Zhivanevskaya 23 Spain ESP
7 Antje Buschschulte 21 Germany GER
8 Kelly Stefanyshyn 18 Canada CAN
9 Jo Fargus 18 Great Britain GBR
10 Lindsay Benko 23 United States USA
11 Cathleen Rund 22 Germany GER
12 Louise Ørnstedt 15 Denmark DEN
13 Clementine Stoney 18 Australia AUS
14 Charlene Wittstock 22 South Africa RSA
15 Helen Don-Duncan 19 Great Britain GBR
16 Ivette María 25 Spain ESP
17 Nadiya Beshevli 18 Ukraine UKR
18 Zhan Shu 15 China CHN
19 Irina Rayevskaya 15 Russia RUS
20 Helen Norfolk 19 New Zealand NZL
21 Anu Koivisto 20 Finland FIN
22 Yseult Gervy 21 Belgium BEL
23 Aleksandra Miciul 17 Poland POL
24 Dyana Calub 24 Australia AUS
25 Katerina Bliamou 17 Greece GRE
26 Ana María González 24 Cuba CUB
27 Jana Korbasová 26 Slovakia SVK
28 Annamária Kiss 18 Hungary HUN
29 Şadan Derya Erke 16 Turkey TUR
30 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong 20 Thailand THA
31 Marica Stražmešter 19 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
32 Kolbrún Yr Kristjánsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
33 Kuan Chia-Hsien 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
34 Petra Banović 20 Croatia CRO
35 Choi Su-Min 19 South Korea KOR