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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 17, 2000

Gold: USA Brooke Bennett
Silver: USA Diana Munz
Bronze: CRC Claudia Poll

Summary

The Olympic champion from 1996, Michelle Smith, could not defend her Olympic title after being given a two-year ban for tampering with her urine sample. [Chen Yan], the woman who had won the world title in 1998, was present in Sydney but she decided to concentrate on the individual medley races and passed on this event.

The mantle of favoritism then passed to American Brooke Bennett, the woman who had won the 800 metres title in Atlanta. Bennett gave a performance in the final that lived up to the pre-Games hype and led from start to finish in a time that only two women had ever bettered, defending her gold medal. Costa Rica’s Claudia Poll spent most of the race in the silver medal position but was overtaken near the end by Diana Munz. Munz’s preparations for the Olympics were hampered by the after effects of a car accident in which she broke her vertebrae

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Brooke Bennett 20 United States USA Gold
2 Diana Munz 18 United States USA Silver
3 Claudia Poll 27 Costa Rica CRC Bronze
4 Janelle Atkinson 17 Jamaica JAM
5 Nadezhda Chemezova 20 Russia RUS
6 Hannah Stockbauer 18 Germany GER
7 Carla Geurts 29 Netherlands NED
8 Chen Hua 18 China CHN
9 Flavia Rigamonti 19 Switzerland SUI
10 Kirsten Vlieghuis 24 Netherlands NED
11 Camelia Potec 18 Romania ROU
12 Sachiko Yamada 17 Japan JPN
13 Natalia Baranovskaya-Khatziloizou 21 Belarus BLR
14 Laëtitia Choux 20 France FRA
15 Kerstin Kielgaß 30 Germany GER
16 Simona Păduraru 18 Romania ROU
17 Irina Ufimtseva 15 Russia RUS
18 Kasey Giteau 17 Australia AUS
19 Karine Legault 22 Canada CAN
20 Sofie Goffin 20 Belgium BEL
21 Chantal Strasser 22 Switzerland SUI
22 Artemis Dafni 16 Greece GRE
23 Yasuko Tajima 19 Japan JPN
24 Angels Bardina 20 Spain ESP
25 Lin Chi-Chan 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
26 Hana Černá 26 Czech Republic CZE
27 Sarah-Jane D'Arcy 23 Australia AUS
28 Sara Goffi 19 Italy ITA
29 Éva Risztov 15 Hungary HUN
30 Ivanka Moralieva 16 Bulgaria BUL
31 Vesna Stojanovska 15 Macedonia MKD
32 Olena Lapunova 19 Ukraine UKR
33 Patricia Villareal 17 Mexico MEX
34 Chantal Gibney 19 Ireland IRL
35 Nataliya Korabelnikova 20 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
36 Christel Bouvron 15 Singapore SIN
37 No Ju-Hui 17 South Korea KOR
38 Adi Bichman 17 Israel ISR
39 Pilin Tachakittiranan 17 Thailand THA