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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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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: ROU Diana Mocanu
Silver: JPN Mai Nakamura
Bronze: ESP Nina Zhivanevskaya


With world champion [Lea Loveless] missing out on a place on the US team, the eyes of the world focused on the 21-year-old Japanese swimmer [Mai Nakamura] as a possible Olympic champion. Nakamura had placed second behind Loveless at the 1998 worlds and arrived at Sydney as Pan-Pacific champion.

Another strong medal contender was [Nina Zhivanevskaya] who had won a hat-trick of European titles just a few months before the Olympics. Originally from Russia, she had been an Olympic medal winner as part of the Unified team but had married a Spaniard and gained Spanish citizenship in 1999.

Both women made the Olympic podium in Sydney but the top step was reserved for the 16-year-old [Diana Mocanu] of Romania. That Mocanu should do well at the Olympics was not a complete surprise but a victory was deemed to be unlikely. Nakamura took the first part of the race at breakneck speed and was well under world record splits at halfway. The Japanese swimmer still led with 25 metres to go but she began to pay for her fast start and, as she faded, Mocanu came through to record the first victory by a Romania swimmer in an Olympic final.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Diana Mocanu 16 Romania ROU Gold OR
2 Mai Nakamura 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 Nina Zhivanevskaya 23 Spain ESP Bronze
4 Roxana Maracineanu 25 France FRA
5 Noriko Inada 22 Japan JPN
6 B. J. Bedford 27 United States USA
7 Dyana Calub 24 Australia AUS
8 Louise Ørnstedt 15 Denmark DEN
9 Antje Buschschulte 21 Germany GER
10 Kelly Stefanyshyn 18 Canada CAN
11 Katy Sexton 18 Great Britain GBR
12 Kirsty Coventry 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
13 Michelle Lischinsky 26 Canada CAN
14 Zhan Shu 15 China CHN
15 Sandra Völker 26 Germany GER
16 Lu Donghua 18 China CHN
17 Charlene Wittstock 22 South Africa RSA
18 Courtney Shealy 22 United States USA
19T Giaan Rooney 17 Australia AUS
19T Sim Min-Ji 17 South Korea KOR
21 Sarah Price 21 Great Britain GBR
22 Ilona Hlaváčková 23 Czech Republic CZE
23 Anu Koivisto 20 Finland FIN
24 Fabíola Molina 25 Brazil BRA
25 Aleksandra Miciul 17 Poland POL
26 Monique Robins 16 New Zealand NZL
27T Sofie Wolfs 19 Belgium BEL
27T Nadiya Beshevli 18 Ukraine UKR
29 Irina Rayevskaya 15 Russia RUS
30 Ana María González 24 Cuba CUB
31 Camilla Johansson 26 Sweden SWE
32 Katerina Bliamou 17 Greece GRE
33 Sherry Tsai 17 Hong Kong HKG
34 Brenda Starink 26 Netherlands NED
35 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong 20 Thailand THA
36 Annamária Kiss 18 Hungary HUN
37 Marie-Lizza Danila 17 Philippines PHI
38T Elsa Manora Nasution 22 Indonesia INA
38T Serrana Fernández 26 Uruguay URU
40 Kuan Chia-Hsien 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
41 Marica Stražmešter 19 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
42 Şadan Derya Erke 16 Turkey TUR
43 Kolbrún Yr Kristjánsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
44 Anzhelika Solovyova 20 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
45 Andrea Prono 16 Paraguay PAR
46 Monika Bakale 21 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO