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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

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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

Gold: UKR Yana Klochkova
Silver: JPN Yasuko Tajima
Bronze: ROU Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru

Summary

Yana Klochkova came to prominence as a 16-year-old when finishing second to China’s [Chen Yen] in the 1998 World Championships. Two years later Yen was not swimming to the same standard and the Ukrainian was emerging as one of the world’s best.

Klochkova led the race in its’ entirety and was never seriously threatened as she took over a second out of Chen’s world record and, in the process, also removed the name of Petra Schneider from the ranks of Olympic record holders. Yasuko Tajima was clear in second place and Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru of Romania won her first ever Olympic medal, in her third Games, by placing third.

Klochkova would continue to dominate the event until after the Athens Olympics, and repeat her IM double in Athens.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yana Klochkova 18 Ukraine UKR Gold OR
2 Yasuko Tajima 19 Japan JPN Silver
3 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 25 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Kaitlin Sandeno 17 United States USA
5 Nicole Hetzer 21 Germany GER
6 Maddy Crippen 20 United States USA
7 Joanne Malar 24 Canada CAN
8 Jennifer Reilly 17 Australia AUS
9 Hana Černá 26 Czech Republic CZE
10 Oksana Verevka 22 Russia RUS
11 Chen Yan 19 China CHN
12 Rachel Harris 21 Australia AUS
13 Helen Norfolk 19 New Zealand NZL
14 Lourdes Becerra 27 Spain ESP
15 Federica Biscia 20 Italy ITA
16 Sabine Herbst-Klenz 26 Germany GER
17 Mirjana Boševska 19 Macedonia MKD
18 Yseult Gervy 21 Belgium BEL
19 Liu Yin 16 China CHN
20 Artemis Dafni 16 Greece GRE
21 Georgina Bardach 17 Argentina ARG
22 Carolyn Adel 22 Suriname SUR
23 Lee Ji-Hyeon 18 South Korea KOR
24 Jana Korbasová 26 Slovakia SVK
25 Sia Wai Yen 16 Malaysia MAS
26 Adi Bichman 17 Israel ISR
27 Aleksandra Zertsalova 18 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
28 Nguyễn Thị Hương 18 Vietnam VIE