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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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Brooke Bennett 20 United States USA Gold OR
2 Yana Klochkova 18 Ukraine UKR Silver
3 Kaitlin Sandeno 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Flavia Rigamonti 19 Switzerland SUI
5 Hannah Stockbauer 18 Germany GER
6 Chen Hua 18 China CHN
7 Jana Henke 26 Germany GER
8 Sachiko Yamada 17 Japan JPN
9 Janelle Atkinson 17 Jamaica JAM
10 Kirsten Vlieghuis 24 Netherlands NED
11 Chantal Strasser 22 Switzerland SUI
12 Rachel Harris 21 Australia AUS
13 Hayley Lewis 26 Australia AUS
14 Éva Risztov 15 Hungary HUN
15 Rebecca Cooke 17 Great Britain GBR
16 Karine Legault 22 Canada CAN
17 Irina Ufimtseva 15 Russia RUS
18 Mirjana Boševska 19 Macedonia MKD
19 Hana Černá 26 Czech Republic CZE
20 Ivanka Moralieva 16 Bulgaria BUL
21 Patricia Villareal 17 Mexico MEX
22 Marianna Lymberta 21 Greece GRE
23 Olha Beresneva 14 Ukraine UKR
24 Lin Chi-Chan 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
25 Adi Bichman 17 Israel ISR
26 Cecilia Biagioli 15 Argentina ARG