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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women'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 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 21, 2000

Gold: HUN Ágnes Kovács
Silver: USA Kristy Kowal
Bronze: USA Amanda Beard

Summary

The Olympic final turned into a carbon copy of the most recent world championship final with Ágnes Kovács of Hungary and Kristy Kowal engaged in a personal duel for the gold medal. Kovács trailed in fifth at 100 metres but slowly bore down on long-time leader Kowal and in the last few metres she overtook the American for the gold medal. The Hungarian’s efforts resulted in her being named Hungary’s Sportswoman of the Year for the fourth successive time. Atlanta medalist Amanda Beard returned to the medal podium in third place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ágnes Kovács 19 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Kristy Kowal 21 United States USA Silver
3 Amanda Beard 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Qi Hui 15 China CHN
5 Olga Bakaldina 15 Russia RUS
6 Sarah Poewe 17 South Africa RSA
7 Masami Tanaka 21 Japan JPN
8 Luo Xuejuan 16 China CHN
9 Karine Brémond 25 France FRA
10 Caroline Hildreth 22 Australia AUS
11 Gu Hyo-Jin 15 South Korea KOR
12 Anne Poleska 20 Germany GER
13 Christin Petelski 22 Canada CAN
14 Rebecca Brown 23 Australia AUS
15 Alicja Pęczak 30 Poland POL
16 Junko Isoda 19 Japan JPN
17 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 25 Romania ROU QU
18 Ina Hüging 20 Germany GER
19 Elvira Fischer 22 Austria AUT
20 Penny Heyns 25 South Africa RSA
21 Brigitte Becue 27 Belgium BEL
22 Agatha Czaplicki 16 Switzerland SUI
23 Jaime King 23 Great Britain GBR
24 İlkay Dikmen 19 Turkey TUR
25 Isabel Ceballos 21 Colombia COL
26 Inna Nikitina 18 Ukraine UKR
27 Siow Yi Ting 16 Malaysia MAS
28 Margarita Kalmikova 20 Latvia LAT
29 Adriana Marmolejo 18 Mexico MEX
30 Nicolette Teo 14 Singapore SIN
31 Jenny Guerrero 15 Philippines PHI
32 Íris Edda Heimisdóttir 16 Iceland ISL
33 Olga Molchanova 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
34 Imaday Núñez 17 Cuba CUB
35 Anastasiya Korolyova 17 Uzbekistan UZB