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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women'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 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 19, 2000

Gold: AUS Susie O'Neill
Silver: SVK Martina Moravcová
Bronze: CRC Claudia Poll


Australia’s [Susie O’Neill] was known as “Madame Butterfly” 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. O’Neill 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 Moravcová] of Slovakia. As the crowd urged O’Neill onwards with shouts of “Susie, Susie, Susie” Moravcová closed the gap on the leader in the last 50 metres but had to settle for silver with Poll in third.

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