Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 2004
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.
|3||Diana Munz||22||United States||USA||Bronze|
|4||Kalyn Keller||19||United States||USA|
|6||Rebecca Cooke||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|19||Jana Pechanová||23||Czech Republic||CZE|
|21||Golda Marcus||21||El Salvador||ESA|
|22||Gwon Yu-Ri||15||South Korea||KOR|
|24||Rebecca Linton||18||New Zealand||NZL|
|25||Heather Roffey||17||Cayman Islands||CAY|