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
After her victories at the 1996 Olympic Games [Penny Heyns] of South Africa had a quiet few years, before she returned to form with a vengeance in 1999 and set 11 new world records in a period of three months. At the start of the Sydney Olympics she held the world records at 50, 100 and 200 metres breaststroke.
Not one of the three 1998 World Championships medallists were present in Sydney but the two years since then had seen the emergence of 16-year-old American [Megan Quann]. Quann had confidently predicted that she would break the world record on the way to an Olympic title. She failed to break the record but she did win the Olympic title when a late race surge put her clear of Heyns in the last quarter of the race. Heyns, who had led for most of the race, was then passed by Australiaâs [Leisel Jones] for silver.