Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 19–20 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 19, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 20, 2000 (final)
Competitors74 from 66 nations
Winning time48.30
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Pieter van den Hoogenband
 Netherlands
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alexander Popov
 Russia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Gary Hall, Jr.
 United States
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Netherlands' Pieter van den Hoogenband stormed home on the final lap to claim his second Olympic gold medal at these Games. He posted a time of 48.30 to hold off Russia's defending Olympic champion Alexander Popov by almost two-fifths of a second (0.40).[2] Failing to attain a third straight triumph in the same event, Popov settled only for the silver in 48.69. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. powered home with a bronze in 48.73.[3][4]

After breaking a split world record in the 4×100 m freestyle relay on the opening night, Australia's overwhelming favorite Michael Klim missed out the podium in a close race against Hall by a hundredth of a second, finishing with a time of 48.74.[5] Klim was followed in fifth by Hall's teammate Neil Walker (49.09), and in sixth by Sweden's three-time Olympian Lars Frölander (49.22). Russia's Denis Pimankov (49.36) and another Aussie Chris Fydler (49.44) rounded out the finale.[4]

Earlier in the semifinals, Van den Hoogenband cleared a 48-second barrier to set a new world record of 47.84, slashing 0.34 seconds off the mark set by Klim from the relay.[6]

One of the most popular highlights in the event took place in the first heat. Dubbed as Eric the Eel, Equatorial Guinea's Eric Moussambani received a dubious honor of being the slowest Olympic swimmer in history. Two other swimmers, Niger's Karim Bare and Tajikistan's Farkhod Oripov, plunged into the pool and were cast out of the race under a no false-start rule, leaving Moussambani as the last man standing. Cheering by a large crowd, he finished a one-man heat in 1:52.72, nearly seven seconds slower than a winning time by Van den Hoogenband over double the distance a day before.[7][8]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Michael Klim (AUS) 48.18 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000 [9]
Olympic record   Michael Klim (AUS) 48.18 Sydney, Australia 16 September 2000 [9]

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
19 September Semifinal 2 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 47.84 WR

Competition formatEdit

The competition returned to the three-round format used from 1948 to 1980, abandoning the A/B final format used between 1984 and 1996. The competition consisted of three rounds: heats, semifinals, and a final. The swimmers with the best 16 times in the heats advanced to the semifinals. The swimmers with the best 8 times in the semifinals advanced to the final. Swim-offs were used as necessary to break ties for advancement to the next round.

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nation Time Notes
1 9 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 48.64 Q
2 10 5 Michael Klim   Australia 49.09 Q
3 10 6 Lars Frölander   Sweden 49.16 Q, NR
4 10 4 Alexander Popov   Russia 49.29 Q
5 9 5 Gary Hall, Jr.   United States 49.32 Q
6 8 2 Denis Pimankov   Russia 49.45 Q
8 5 Chris Fydler   Australia Q
8 9 7 Salim Iles   Algeria 49.70 Q, NR
9 8 4 Neil Walker   United States 49.73 Q
10 10 2 Lorenzo Vismara   Italy 49.74 Q
10 1 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa Q
12 10 8 José Meolans   Argentina 49.75 Q, NR
13 9 3 Gustavo Borges   Brazil 49.76 Q
8 7 Christian Tröger   Germany Q
15 9 6 Attila Zubor   Hungary 49.79 Q
16 7 8 Duje Draganja   Croatia 49.83 Q, NR
17 10 7 Bartosz Kizierowski   Poland 49.84
18 8 6 Johan Kenkhuis   Netherlands 49.93
19 8 1 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 50.19
9 2 Karel Novy   Switzerland
21 6 3 Peter Mankoč   Slovenia 50.28
22 8 3 Romain Barnier   France 50.32
23 7 2 Rolandas Gimbutis   Lithuania 50.46
24 6 1 Kim Min-suk   South Korea 50.49
25 7 4 Torsten Spanneberg   Germany 50.56
26 9 8 Yannick Lupien   Canada 50.62
27 8 8 Pavlo Khnykin   Ukraine 50.63
28 7 3 Javier Botello   Spain 50.87
29 7 5 Craig Hutchison   Canada 50.90
30 9 1 Aleh Rukhlevich   Belarus 50.96
7 1 Marcos Hernández   Cuba
32 7 7 Thierry Wouters   Belgium 51.07
33 7 6 Jere Hård   Finland 51.11
34 6 5 Spyridon Bitsakis   Greece 51.28
6 8 Sergey Ashihmin   Kyrgyzstan
36 4 2 Carl Probert   Fiji 51.34 NR
37 6 7 Richard Sam Bera   Indonesia 51.52
38 6 6 Yoav Bruck   Israel 51.62
39 5 1 Nikola Kalabić   Yugoslavia 51.82
40 4 5 Christopher Murray   Bahamas 51.93
5 2 Allen Ong   Malaysia
42 5 7 George Gleason   Virgin Islands 52.00
43 4 7 Indrek Sei   Estonia 52.09
44 4 6 Tamer Hamed   Egypt 52.14
45 5 3 Květoslav Svoboda   Czech Republic 52.18
46 3 4 Paul Kutscher   Uruguay 52.22
47 4 8 Fernando Jácome   Colombia 52.24
4 4 Mark Chay   Singapore
49 6 2 Željko Panić   Bosnia and Herzegovina 52.40
50 6 4 Francisco Sánchez   Venezuela 52.43
51 3 2 Howard Hinds   Netherlands Antilles 52.52
52 4 3 Glen Walshaw   Zimbabwe 52.53
53 5 6 Igor Sitnikov   Kazakhstan 52.57
54 3 3 Aleksandr Agafonov   Uzbekistan 52.58
55 5 4 Wu Nien-pin   Chinese Taipei 52.72
56 5 5 Felipe Delgado   Ecuador 52.78
57 5 8 Chrysanthos Papachrysanthou   Cyprus 52.82
58 3 5 Ríkardur Ríkardsson   Iceland 52.85
59 3 6 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 52.90
60 3 1 Gentle Offoin   Nigeria 52.91 NR
61 3 7 Kenny Roberts   Seychelles 53.40
62 4 1 Rodrigo Olivares   Chile 53.50
63 2 3 Gregory Arkhurst   Ivory Coast 53.55
64 3 8 Alejandro Castellanos   Honduras 54.06
65 2 4 Hamid Reza Mobarez   Iran 54.12
66 2 5 Christophe Lim Wen Ying   Mauritius 54.33
67 2 6 Ganaagiin Galbadrakh   Mongolia 58.79
68 2 2 Ragi Edde   Lebanon 59.26
69 2 7 Marien Michel Ngouabi   Republic of the Congo 1:00.39
70 2 1 Dawood Youssef Mohamed Jassim   Bahrain 1:02.45
71 1 5 Eric Moussambani   Equatorial Guinea 1:52.72 NR
1 3 Karim Bare   Niger DSQ
1 4 Farkhod Oripov   Tajikistan DSQ
10 3 Fernando Scherer   Brazil DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 4 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 47.84 Q, WR
2 1 4 Michael Klim   Australia 48.80 Q
3 1 5 Alexander Popov   Russia 48.84 Q
4 2 5 Lars Frölander   Sweden 48.93 Q, NR
5 2 2 Neil Walker   United States 49.04 Q
6 2 3 Gary Hall, Jr.   United States 49.13 Q
7 1 3 Denis Pimankov   Russia 49.43 Q
8 2 6 Chris Fydler   Australia 49.55 Q
9 2 8 Attila Zubor   Hungary 49.58
10 1 7 José Meolans   Argentina 49.66 NR
11 1 2 Lorenzo Vismara   Italy 49.67
1 8 Duje Draganja   Croatia NR
13 1 6 Salim Iles   Algeria 49.70 =NR
14 1 1 Christian Tröger   Germany 49.80
15 2 7 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 49.84
16 2 1 Gustavo Borges   Brazil 49.93

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 48.30
  3 Alexander Popov   Russia 48.69
  7 Gary Hall, Jr.   United States 48.73
4 5 Michael Klim   Australia 48.74
5 2 Neil Walker   United States 49.09
6 6 Lars Frölander   Sweden 49.22
7 1 Denis Pimankov   Russia 49.36
8 8 Chris Fydler   Australia 49.44

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Double Dutch: Van den Hoogenband captures second gold in 100 free". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  3. ^ Longman, Jere (20 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; Hyman, in Surprise, Joins No. 1 van den Hoogenband". New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Finals (200 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay)". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ Morrissey, Rick (21 September 2000). "Dutch Treat In The Pool". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  6. ^ Jerardi, Dick (20 September 2000). "Van Den Hoogenband Making Name For Self". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ Penner, Mike (19 September 2000). "Eric the Eagle Leaves a Lasting Impression". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  8. ^ Lord, Craig (20 September 2000). "Eric The Eel". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 118–120. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

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