Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 19, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000
[Domenico Fioravanti] of Italy entered the Sydney Olympic with a seasonâs best time that would not have been enough to absolutely guarantee him a place in the semi-finals of the 200 metres breaststroke. However, a few days earlier, he had become the first Italian ever to win an Olympic swimming title when he secured a shock victory in the 100 metres breaststroke.
The momentum of his victory carried on to the 200 and his winning time of 2:10.67 was the second fastest time in history behind [Mike Barrowman]âs gold medal winning swim at the 1992 Olympic Games. By winning the 200 Fioravanti became the first man ever to complete the double of taking both breaststroke gold medals at the same Olympics.
The silver medallist was Terence Parkin of South Africa, who had completely deaf since birth. Since he was unable to react to a starting gun, a strobe light was installed as a replacement. Unusually only one of the men who contested the most recent World Championship also reached the Olympic final and he, [Ryan Mitchell] finished last in Sydney.