Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 19, 2000
Australiaâs [Susie OâNeill] was known as âMadame Butterflyâ due to her expertise at the stroke but it was at the 200 metres freestyle that she won her second gold medal in front of the home crowd in Sydney. OâNeill took the lead shortly before halfway and held off the challenge of the two women who had placed first and second at the 1998 World Championships [Claudia Poll] of Costa Rica and [Martina MoravcovÃ¡] of Slovakia. As the crowd urged OâNeill onwards with shouts of âSusie, Susie, Susieâ MoravcovÃ¡ closed the gap on the leader in the last 50 metres but had to settle for silver with Poll in third.