Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 17, 2000
The reigning Olympic champion, [Tom Dolan], had been unbeatable over the distance for seven whole years until March 2000 but an ill-timed illness at the US Olympic Trials had nearly cost him all hope of retaining his Olympic title. Even in Sydney all was not well with Dolan and he needed medical treatment for respiratory problems on the day on the final.
When Dolan entered the pool normal service was resumed by the halfway mark as he took the lead on the backstroke leg and left the rest of the world trailing. By the end of the race he was half a second under the old world record mark and 2.47 seconds ahead of team-mate [Erik Vendt], who after being dead last at the first turn eventually moved through the field to win the silver. Dolan finished in 4:11.76 to break his own world record.