Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 15, 2004
|Bronze:||Inge de Bruijn|
Inge de Bruijn had won a medal as part of the Dutch relay team at the 1991 World Championships but had failed to build on that success through the rest of the decade. In 1999 she re-emerged at the relatively old age of 26 as a world beater and won a brace of titles at the European Championships and the 50 metres freestyle at the World Short Course Championships.
By the middle of the 2000 de Bruijn was the outstanding female swimmer in the world and she proved this by breaking eight world records in an eight-week period between May and July. She was a class above her rivals in Sydney and broke the world record whilst cantering to the Olympic title. Her emergence as world class brought whispers about drug use but no proof on any misdemeanor was ever produced and she never failed any drug test.
The other two places on the podium were filled by swimmers who made successful comebacks to the sport. Martina Moravcová was returning after thyroid surgery whilst Dara Torres left the sport after the Barcelona Olympics only to return in 1999, having first appeared at the Olympics in 1984, and returning again in 2008.
|3||Inge de Bruijn||30||Netherlands||NED||Bronze|
|5||Jenny Thompson||31||United States||USA|
|11||Rachel Komisarz||27||United States||USA|
|17||Franziska van Almsick||26||Germany||GER||QU|
|20||Georgina Lee||22||Great Britain||GBR|
|23T||Elizabeth Coster||21||New Zealand||NZL|
|31||Kolbrún Yr Kristjánsdóttir||21||Iceland||ISL|
|32||Sze Hang Yu||16||Hong Kong||HKG|
|33||Park Gyeong-Hwa||19||South Korea||KOR|
|34||Cheng Wan-Jung||16||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|38||Natasha Sara Georgeos||17||Saint Lucia||LCA|