Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke
|Men's 200 metre breaststroke|
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
|Venue||Sydney International Aquatic Centre|
|Date||September 19, 2000 (heats &|
September 20, 2000 (final)
|Competitors||49 from 44 nations|
|Winning time||2:10.87 EU|
Domenico Fioravanti emerged as a major force on the international swimming after effortlessly winning his second gold at these Games. He maintained a lead from start to finish and posted a European record of 2:10.87, the second-fastest of all time, making him the first ever swimmer in Olympic history to strike a breaststroke double. South Africa's Terence Parkin, a deaf mute since birth, enjoyed the race of his life to take a silver medal in an African record of 2:12.50. Fioravanti's fellowman Davide Rummolo gave Italy a further reason to celebrate, as he powered home with the bronze in 2:12.73.
Acknowledging a massive cheer from the home crowd, Australia's Regan Harrison swam his lifetime best, but finished outside the podium by 15-hundredths of a second in 2:12.88. Czech Republic's Daniel Málek pulled off a fifth-place finish in a national record of 2:13.20, while Kyle Salyards, the only U.S. swimmer in the final, earned a sixth spot with a time of 2:13.27. France's Yohann Bernard (2:13.31) and another Aussie Ryan Mitchell (2:14.00) rounded out the finale. Notable swimmers failed to reach the top 8 final, featuring Hungary's Norbert Rózsa, the defending Olympic champion, who placed thirteenth (2:14.67), and Canada's Morgan Knabe, who had the fastest 100-metre split, but faded badly on the final lap to place tenth (2:14.01).
Shortly before the next Olympics, Fioravanti was forced to retire from swimming after failing a routine medical test carried by the Italian National Olympic Committee. Tests revealed that he was diagnosed with a genetic heart anomaly.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Mike Barrowman (USA)||2:10.16||Barcelona, Spain||29 July 1992|
|Olympic record||Mike Barrowman (USA)||2:10.16||Barcelona, Spain||29 July 1992|
|1||1||Kyle Salyards||United States||2:13.38||Q|
|2||4||Daniel Málek||Czech Republic||2:13.46||Q, NR|
|4||2||Terence Parkin||South Africa||2:13.57||Q|
|1||2||Domenico Fioravanti||Italy||2:12.37||Q, NR|
|7||Terence Parkin||South Africa||2:12.50||AF|
|5||6||Daniel Málek||Czech Republic||2:13.20||NR|
|6||3||Kyle Salyards||United States||2:13.27|
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