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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 50 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 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000

Gold: NED Inge de Bruijn
Silver: SWE Therèse Alshammar
Bronze: USA Dara Torres

Summary

The main threat to Inge de Bruijn’s attempt to add a third Olympic title to her haul from the Sydney Games appeared to be the current World and Olympic champion Amy van Dyken. Things got ugly between the two at the semi-final when US TV filmed van Dyken spitting into de Bruijn’s lane. It seemed to have little effect on the Dutch woman who responded by setting a new world record.

The final also followed the same pattern with “Invincible Inky”, as the Australian press called her, speeding like a bullet towards the finish and another Olympic gold. Therese Alshammar] of Sweden matched her performance of the 100 metre freestyle by winning the silver medal with 33-year-old American [Dara Torres finishing third. Torres would come back in 2008 and win silver in this event, the oldest female Olympic swimming medalist ever. She also attempted to make the 2012 US Olympic Team at age 45, but did not get past the US Trials.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Inge de Bruijn 27 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Therèse Alshammar 23 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Dara Torres 33 United States USA Bronze
4 Amy Van Dyken 27 United States USA
5 Martina Moravcová 24 Slovakia SVK
6 Sandra Völker 26 Germany GER
7 Alison Sheppard 27 Great Britain GBR
8 Sumika Minamoto 21 Japan JPN
9 Vivienne Rignall 27 New Zealand NZL
10 Anna-Karin Kammerling 19 Sweden SWE
11 Katrin Meißner 27 Germany GER
12 Susie O'Neill 27 Australia AUS
13 Wilma van Rijn-van Hofwegen 29 Netherlands NED
14 Olha Mukomol 21 Ukraine UKR
15 Rania El-Wani 22 Egypt EGY
16 Jana Kolukanova 19 Estonia EST
17T Mette Jacobsen 27 Denmark DEN
17T Ana Belén Palomo 22 Spain ESP QC
19 Cristina Chiuso 26 Italy ITA
20 Sue Rolph 22 Great Britain GBR
21 Han Xue 18 China CHN
22 Nadine Rolland 25 Canada CAN
23T Sarah Ryan 23 Australia AUS
23T Leah Martindale 22 Barbados BAR
25 Heleen Muller 22 South Africa RSA
26 Alena Popchanka 21 Belarus BLR
27 Eileen Marie Coparropa 19 Panama PAN
28T Liesbet Dreesen 23 Belgium BEL
28T Hanna-Maria Seppälä 15 Finland FIN
30 Ivana Walterová 23 Slovakia SVK
31 Judith Draxler 30 Austria AUT
32 Siobhan Cropper 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
33 Yekaterina Kibalo 18 Russia RUS
34 Lara Heinz 19 Luxembourg LUX
35 Caroline Pickering 20 Fiji FIJ
36 Kirsty Coventry 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
37 Joscelin Yeo 21 Singapore SIN
38 Jenna Gresdal 15 Canada CAN
39 Moe Thu Aung 19 Myanmar MYA
40 Chiang Tzu-Ying 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
41T Yekaterina Tochenaya 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
41T Jang Hui-Jin 14 South Korea KOR
43 Athina Bokhori 22 Greece GRE
44 Agnese Ozoliņa 20 Latvia LAT
45 Pilin Tachakittiranan 17 Thailand THA
46 Marijana Šurković 16 Croatia CRO
47 Sherry Tsai 17 Hong Kong HKG
48 Chantal Gibney 19 Ireland IRL
49 Angelia Chuck 19 Jamaica JAM
50 Jūratė Ladavičiūtė 15 Lithuania LTU
51 Elín Sigurðardóttir 27 Iceland ISL
52 Marilyn Chua 20 Malaysia MAS
53 Duška Radan 22 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
54 Maria Tregubov 16 Moldova MDA
55 Saida Iskandarova 20 Uzbekistan UZB
56 Talía Barrios 19 Peru PER
57 Ngozi Monu 19 Nigeria NGR
58 Tânia Anacleto 24 Mozambique MOZ
59 Alisa Xalıyeva 21 Azerbaijan AZE
60 Sherri Henry 18 Saint Lucia LCA
61 Mbolatiana Ramanisa 18 Madagascar MAD
62 Roshendra Vrolijk 15 Aruba ARU
63 Yuliana Mikheeva 22 Armenia ARM
64 Theekshana Ratnasekera 18 Sri Lanka SRI
65 Samar Nassar 22 Palestine PLE
66 Runa Pradhan 15 Nepal NEP
67 Teran Matthews 20 Saint Vincent VIN
68 Francilla Agar 25 Dominica DMA
69 Fariha Fathimath 13 Maldives MDV
70 Hem Reaksmey 17 Cambodia CAM
71 Noor Haki 21 Iraq IRQ
72 Aissatou Barry 21 Guinea GUI
73 Paula Barila Bolopa 20 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
AC r1/3 Fatima Abdul Majeed 12 Bahrain BRN DQ