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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women'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 19, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000

Gold: USA Misty Hyman
Silver: AUS Susie O'Neill
Bronze: AUS Petria Thomas

Summary

To Australians Susie O’Neill was “Madame Butterfly”, the outstanding butterfly swimmer in the world over the years between Atlanta and Sydney and one of her nation’s most popular sports personalities. She was an odds-on favourite to win the Olympic title in front of her crowd and, if that wasn’t enough to satisfy Australian hopes, her closest rival appeared to be team-mate Petria Thomas. To add to the excitement the world record holder had already won gold in her “bonus event”, the 200 metre freestyle.

But the script did not go to plan. America’s Misty Hyman took the lead from the gun, held onto the lead, and despite intense pressure from O’Neill and Thomas over the last length, came home to produce one of the most shocking upsets in swimming history. O’Neill had been beaten in the event for the first time in six years in front of her own fans in an Olympic final. Hyman’s immediate response was simply to shout “Oh my God!” a dozen times whilst punching the air.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Misty Hyman 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Susie O'Neill 27 Australia AUS Silver
3 Petria Thomas 25 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Mette Jacobsen 27 Denmark DEN
5 Otylia Jędrzejczak 16 Poland POL
6 Kaitlin Sandeno 17 United States USA
7 Yuko Nakanishi 19 Japan JPN
8 Maki Mita 17 Japan JPN
9 Mireia García 19 Spain ESP
10 Georgina Lee 19 Great Britain GBR
11 Margaretha Pedder 20 Great Britain GBR
12 Mandy Loots 22 South Africa RSA
13 Cécile Jeanson 28 France FRA
14 Sophia Skou 24 Denmark DEN
15 Elizabeth van Welie 20 New Zealand NZL
16 Éva Risztov 15 Hungary HUN
17 Jen Button 22 Canada CAN
18 Yekaterina Vinogradova 19 Russia RUS
19 Liu Limin 24 China CHN
20 Mirjana Boševska 19 Macedonia MKD
21 Liu Yin 16 China CHN
22 Jessica Deglau 20 Canada CAN
23 Petra Zahrl 19 Austria AUT
24 Zhanna Lozumyrska 19 Ukraine UKR
25 María Peláez 22 Spain ESP
26 Anna Uryniuk 26 Poland POL
27 Raquel Felgueiras 20 Portugal POR
28 Franziska van Almsick 22 Germany GER
29 Hsieh Shu-Tzu 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
30 Natalia Roumbina 16 Cyprus CYP
31 Zambia Melakhroinou 21 Greece GRE
32 Christel Bouvron 15 Singapore SIN
33 Chan Sandy 13 Hong Kong HKG
34 Tinka Dančević 20 Croatia CRO
35 Ana Carolina Aguilera 19 Argentina ARG
36 Hana Majaj 17 Jordan JOR