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Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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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

Gold: AUS Petria Thomas
Silver: POL Otylia Jędrzejczak
Bronze: NED Inge de Bruijn

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Petria Thomas 28 Australia AUS Gold
2 Otylia Jędrzejczak 20 Poland POL Silver
3 Inge de Bruijn 30 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Jess Schipper 17 Australia AUS
5 Jenny Thompson 31 United States USA
6 Martina Moravcová 28 Slovakia SVK
7 Alena Popchanka 25 Belarus BLR
8 Junko Onishi 29 Japan JPN
9 Malia Metella 22 France FRA
10 Anna-Karin Kammerling 23 Sweden SWE
11 Rachel Komisarz 27 United States USA
12 Zhou Yafei 20 China CHN
13 Ambra Migliori 20 Italy ITA
14 Yuko Nakanishi 23 Japan JPN
15 Mette Jacobsen 31 Denmark DEN
16 Nataliya Sutyagina 24 Russia RUS
17 Franziska van Almsick 26 Germany GER QU
18 Beatrix Boulsevicz 17 Hungary HUN
19 Eirini Kavarnou 18 Greece GRE
20 Georgina Lee 22 Great Britain GBR
21 Chantal Groot 21 Netherlands NED
22 Francesca Segat 21 Italy ITA
23T Elizabeth Coster 21 New Zealand NZL
23T Johanna Sjöberg 26 Sweden SWE
25 Aurore Mongel 22 France FRA
26 Vered Borochovsky 19 Israel ISR
27 Joscelin Yeo 25 Singapore SIN
28 Xu Yanwei 20 China CHN
29 Maria Papadopoulou 23 Cyprus CYP
30 Kateryna Zubkova 16 Ukraine UKR
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
35 Gülşah Gönenç 19 Turkey TUR
36 Angela Galea 21 Malta MLT
37 Mariya Bugakova 19 Uzbekistan UZB
38 Natasha Sara Georgeos 17 Saint Lucia LCA