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
By the standard of previous years, the winning United States team were positively geriatric – they were on average 27-years-old. They were also on a completely different level to their competition.
The US lead was half-a-second on the first changeover and they stretched their lead through the race. Their winning time of 3:36.51 smashed the world record set by China as they won the world title in 1998. In Sydney the Chinese team, who had been dogged by drug allegations and loss of form, failed to reach the final. The silver medal was only decided on the last leg with Inge de Bruijn producing a virtuoso performance to bring the Netherlands up from sixth to second ahead of Sweden.