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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 18, 2000

Gold: NED Pieter van den Hoogenband
Silver: AUS Ian Thorpe
Bronze: ITA Massimiliano Rosolino


[Ian Thorpe] was world record holder at the distance and had just thrilled the Australian nation by firstly winning the 400 metre freestyle and then anchoring the home team to a thrilling relay victory.

In the eyes of the home crowd he seemed unbeatable but in the semi-final his record was broken by [Pieter van den Hoogenband], the Dutchman who been the star of the 1999 European Championships In the next race Thorpe responded with a time just 0.02 seconds off the new mark and the stage was set for a titanic struggle between the two men.

In the early stages of the final the two were joined at the front of the race by American [Josh Davis] and the three pulled away from the rest. Thorpe led at 50 metres but “Hoogie”, as he became known to the Australian public, came back to lead at halfway and while Thorpe tried mightily to close on the Dutchman, he could not do so and van den Hoogenband took the Olympic title. Davis paid for his attempt to stay with the pace and was overtaken for bronze by [Massimiliano Rosolino]. For his performances in Sydney Pieter van den Hoogenband was named the Dutch Sportsman of the Year for 2000.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pieter van den Hoogenband 22 Netherlands NED Gold =WR
2 Ian Thorpe 17 Australia AUS Silver
3 Massimiliano Rosolino 22 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Josh Davis 28 United States USA
5 Paul Palmer 25 Great Britain GBR
6 James Salter 24 Great Britain GBR
7 Rick Say 21 Canada CAN
8 Grant Hackett 20 Australia AUS
9 Scott Goldblatt 21 United States USA
10 Andrey Kapralov 19 Russia RUS
11 Béla Szabados 26 Hungary HUN
12 Igor Koleda 21 Belarus BLR
13 Stefan Herbst 22 Germany GER
14 Attila Zubor 25 Hungary HUN
15 Örn Arnarson 19 Iceland ISL
16 Stefan Pohl 22 Germany GER
17 Dragoş Coman 19 Romania ROU
18 Květoslav Svoboda 18 Czech Republic CZE
19 Martijn Zuijdweg 23 Netherlands NED
20 Jacob Carstensen 22 Denmark DEN
21 Mark Johnston 21 Canada CAN
22 Arūnas Savickas 25 Lithuania LTU
23 Mark Chay 18 Singapore SIN
24 Rostyslav Svanidze 28 Ukraine UKR
25 Ricardo Pedroso 23 Portugal POR
26 Mark Kwok 23 Hong Kong HKG
27 Damian Alleyne 17 Barbados BAR
28 Dmitry Kuzmin 23 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
29 U Cheol 22 South Korea KOR
30 Javier Díaz 21 Mexico MEX
31 Andrei Cecan 24 Moldova MDA
32 Jonathan Duncan 18 New Zealand NZL
33 Rodrigo Castro 21 Brazil BRA
34 Fernando Jácome 20 Colombia COL
35 Francisco Páez 21 Venezuela VEN
36 Dimitrios Manganas 22 Greece GRE
37 Allen Ong 20 Malaysia MAS
38 Wu Nien-Pin 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
39 George Gleason 21 United States Virgin Islands ISV
40 Glen Walshaw 24 Zimbabwe ZIM
41 Nikola Kalabić 21 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
42 Aytekin Mindan 19 Turkey TUR
43 Vicha Ratanachote 23 Thailand THA
44 Oleg Tsvetkovsky 30 Uzbekistan UZB
45 Carl Probert 25 Fiji FIJ
46 Mahmoud El-Wany 19 Egypt EGY
47 Sebastien Paddington 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
48 Andrey Kvasov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
49 Alexandros Aresti 17 Cyprus CYP
50 Hakimuddin Shabbir Habibulla 20 India IND
51 Santiago Deu 20 Andorra AND