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Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 20–21 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 20, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 21, 2000 (final)
Competitors46 from 42 nations
Winning time1:56.76 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Lenny Krayzelburg  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Aaron Peirsol  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Matt Welsh  Australia
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Soviet-born American Lenny Krayzelburg became the fourth swimmer in Olympic history to strike a backstroke double, since Roland Matthes did so in 1968 and 1972, John Naber in 1976, and Rick Carey in 1984. He powered past his nearest rivals Aaron Peirsol and Australia's overwhelming favorite Matt Welsh to hit the wall first in a new Olympic record of 1:56.76.[2][3] At only 17 years of age, Peirsol trailed behind by almost half a second (0.50) to take a silver in 1:57.35, handing an entire medal haul for the U.S. team with a one–two finish. Meanwhile, Welsh settled only for the bronze in an Oceanian record of 1:57.59.[4][5]

Iceland's Örn Arnarson came up with a spectacular swim to earn a fourth spot in 1:59.00, holding off Italy's Emanuele Merisi (1:59.01), bronze medalist in Atlanta four years earlier, by a hundredth of a second (0.01). Romania's Răzvan Florea finished sixth with a time of 1:59.05, while Brazil's Rogério Romero (1:59.27), competing at his fourth Olympics, and Croatia's Gordan Kožulj (1:59.38) closed out the field. For the first time in Olympic history, all eight swimmers went under a two-minute barrier.[5]

Earlier, Krayzelburg established a new Olympic standard of 1:58.40 on the morning prelims to cut off Martin López-Zubero's eight-year record by seven hundredths of a second (0.07). Followed by an evening session, he eventually lowered it to 1:57.27 in the semifinals.[6][7]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Lenny Krayzelburg (USA) 1:55.87 Sydney, Australia 27 August 1999
Olympic record   Martin López-Zubero (ESP) 1:58.47 Barcelona, Spain 28 July 1992

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
20 September Heat 6 Lenny Krayzelburg   United States 1:58.40 OR
20 September Semifinal 2 Lenny Krayzelburg   United States 1:57.27 OR
21 September Final Lenny Krayzelburg   United States 1:56.76 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Lenny Krayzelburg   United States 1:58.40 Q, OR
2 5 4 Aaron Peirsol   United States 1:59.10 Q
3 6 6 Cameron Delaney   Australia 1:59.61 Q
4 6 5 Matt Welsh   Australia 1:59.76 Q
5 4 1 Răzvan Florea   Romania 1:59.79 Q
6 4 8 Örn Arnarson   Iceland 1:59.80 Q, NR
7 5 6 Emanuele Merisi   Italy 1:59.92 Q
8 6 2 Sergey Ostapchuk   Russia 2:00.17 Q
9 4 4 Gordan Kožulj   Croatia 2:00.19 Q
10 5 5 Rogério Romero   Brazil 2:00.48 Q
11 4 6 Chris Renaud   Canada 2:00.51 Q
12 5 7 Marko Strahija   Croatia 2:00.72 Q
13 5 2 Yoav Gath   Israel 2:00.80 Q
14 3 2 Klaas-Erik Zwering   Netherlands 2:00.94 Q, NR
15 4 3 Volodymyr Nikolaychuk   Ukraine 2:01.07 Q, NR
16 4 5 Leonardo Costa   Brazil 2:01.08 Q
17 5 3 Simon Dufour   France 2:01.09
18 6 7 Adam Ruckwood   Great Britain 2:01.11
19 6 1 Simon Militis   Great Britain 2:01.20
20 6 8 Dustin Hersee   Canada 2:01.34
21 6 3 Ralf Braun   Germany 2:01.35
22 3 5 Scott Talbot-Cameron   New Zealand 2:01.53
23 3 7 Blaž Medvešek   Slovenia 2:01.67
24 2 2 Neisser Bent   Cuba 2:02.05
25 5 1 Mirko Mazzari   Italy 2:02.13
26 4 7 Fu Yong   China 2:02.70
27 3 4 Markus Rogan   Austria 2:02.84
28 3 3 Alejandro Bermúdez   Colombia 2:03.43
29 5 8 Guillermo Mediano   Spain 2:03.45
30 2 4 Mario Carvalho   Portugal 2:03.82
31 3 6 Miroslav Machovič   Slovakia 2:04.73
32 3 8 Arūnas Savickas   Lithuania 2:05.06
33 1 3 Alex Fong   Hong Kong 2:05.47 NR
34 2 6 Eduardo Germán Otero   Argentina 2:05.51
35 2 7 Torwai Sethsothorn   Thailand 2:05.52
36 2 3 Ahmed Hussein   Egypt 2:06.10
37 2 8 Gary Tan   Singapore 2:06.32
38 1 4 Andrei Mihailov   Moldova 2:06.67
39 2 1 Lee Jong-min   South Korea 2:07.14
40 1 5 Ivan Angelov   Bulgaria 2:07.30
41 1 7 Guillermo Cabrera   Dominican Republic 2:08.22
42 3 1 Alex Lim   Malaysia 2:08.23
43 1 6 Miloš Cerović   Yugoslavia 2:09.07
44 1 2 Aleksandr Yegorov   Kyrgyzstan 2:13.85
4 2 Viktor Bodrogi   Hungary DSQ
2 5 Simon Thirsk   South Africa DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Aaron Peirsol   United States 1:58.44 Q
2 5 Matt Welsh   Australia 1:58.57 Q
3 3 Örn Arnarson   Iceland 1:58.99 Q, NR
4 2 Rogério Romero   Brazil 1:59.69 Q
5 7 Marko Strahija   Croatia 1:59.85
6 1 Klaas-Erik Zwering   Netherlands 2:00.06 NR
7 6 Sergey Ostapchuk   Russia 2:00.47
8 8 Leonardo Costa   Brazil 2:02.26

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Lenny Krayzelburg   United States 1:57.27 Q, OR
2 3 Răzvan Florea   Romania 1:59.44 Q, NR
3 2 Gordan Kožulj   Croatia 1:59.56 Q
4 6 Emanuele Merisi   Italy 1:59.78 Q
5 5 Cameron Delaney   Australia 2:00.39
6 7 Chris Renaud   Canada 2:01.19
7 8 Volodymyr Nikolaychuk   Ukraine 2:02.27
8 1 Yoav Gath   Israel 2:03.80

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Lenny Krayzelburg   United States 1:56.76 OR
  5 Aaron Peirsol   United States 1:57.35
  3 Matt Welsh   Australia 1:57.59 OC
4 6 Örn Arnarson   Iceland 1:59.00
5 8 Emanuele Merisi   Italy 1:59.01
6 2 Răzvan Florea   Romania 1:59.05 NR
7 1 Rogério Romero   Brazil 1:59.27
8 7 Gordan Kožulj   Croatia 1:59.38

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Double gold for Krayzelburg". BBC Sport. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ Dillman, Lisa (22 September 2000). "Thrills & Chills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  4. ^ Berlin, Peter (22 September 2000). "De Bruijn Takes Second Gold; Hungarian and Italian Also Triumph : European Swimmers Steal the Show". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (21 September 2000). "Olympic Day 6 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  6. ^ Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ Peterson, Lauren (21 September 2000). "States Athletic Teams Krayzelburg, Ervin Advance in Sydney". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Backstroke Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 278–279. Retrieved 1 June 2013.

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