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
Australia expected their two star butterfly swimmers to finish in the top two positions.
[Michael Klim], a Polish Ã©migrÃ©, had included this race as one of his four gold medals from the last World Championships whilst [Geoff Huegill] had placed third at the 2008 Worlds and had regularly beaten Klim since then.
The main danger to the Aussies seemed to be [Lars FrÃ¶lander] but, although the Swede had won multiple European titles and had won medals at world level, he had yet to a win a major gobal title.
To the dismay of the home crowd FrÃ¶lander chose Sydney to make good. Klim led the final at half way with FrÃ¶lander and Huegill keeping close company but, with Klim visibly tiring, the Swede kicked again to win his first Olympic title at his third Olympic Games.