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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 800 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 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 22, 2000

Gold: USA Brooke Bennett
Silver: UKR Yana Klochkova
Bronze: USA Kaitlin Sandeno

Summary

American [Brooke Bennett] had been the leading distance freestyle swimmer in the world since before the 1996 Olympic Games and was a red hot favourite to repeat her victory from Atlanta.

Her gold medal win in the 400 metres sealed this status.

Bennett’s pace burned away the rest of the field in the early stages of the race and only [Yana Klochkova], already winner of the two medley titles, could stay with her for the first portion of the race. Try as she might the Ukrainian was soon dropped by Bennett who sped away to a comfortable victory. Another American, 17-year-old [Kaitlin Sandeno], recovered from a slow start to move through the field to win bronze. Bennett’s attempt to win a third straight Olympic title in 2004 was hampered by a series of shoulder operations and she narrowly failed to make the US team for Athens.