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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 16, 2000

Gold: UKR Yana Klochkova
Silver: JPN Yasuko Tajima
Bronze: ROU Beatrice Coadă-Cășlaru


[Yana Klochkova] came to prominence as a 16-year-old when finishing second to China’s [Chen Yen] in the 1998 World Championships. Two years later Yen was not swimming to the same standard and the Ukrainian was emerging as one of the world’s best.

Klochkova led the race in its’ entirety and was never seriously threatened as she took over a second out of Chen’s world record and, in the process, also removed the name of [Petra Schneider] from the ranks of Olympic record holders. [Yasuko Tajima] was clear in second place and [Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru] of Romania won her first ever Olympic medal, in her third Games, by placing third.

Klochkova would continue to dominate the event until after the Athens Olympics, and repeat her IM double in Athens.

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