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Swimming at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 50 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 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000

Gold: NED Inge de Bruijn
Silver: SWE Therèse Alshammar
Bronze: USA Dara Torres


The main threat to [Inge de Bruijn]’s attempt to add a third Olympic title to her haul from the Sydney Games appeared to be the current World and Olympic champion [Amy van Dyken]. Things got ugly between the two at the semi-final when US TV filmed van Dyken spitting into de Bruijn’s lane. It seemed to have little effect on the Dutch woman who responded by setting a new world record.

The final also followed the same pattern with “Invincible Inky”, as the Australian press called her, speeding like a bullet towards the finish and another Olympic gold. [Therese Alshammar] of Sweden matched her performance of the 100 metre freestyle by winning the silver medal with 33-year-old American [Dara Torres] finishing third. Torres would come back in 2008 and win silver in this event, the oldest female Olympic swimming medalist ever. She also attempted to make the 2012 US Olympic Team at age 45, but did not get past the US Trials.

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