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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

Summary

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