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
[Yana Klochkova] came to prominence as a 16-year-old when finishing second to Chinaâs [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 worldâs best.
Klochkova led the race in itsâ entirety and was never seriously threatened as she took over a second out of Chenâs 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 CoadÄ-CÄÅlaru] 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.