Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle
|Men's 200 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
|Venue||Sydney International Aquatic Centre|
|Date||September 17, 2000 (heats &|
September 18, 2000 (final)
|Competitors||53 from 45 nations|
|Winning time||1:45.35 =WR|
Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband edged out Australia's top favorite Ian Thorpe on the final lap to claim a gold medal in the event. Stunning a massive home crowd, he touched the wall first in 1:45.35 to match his own world record from the semifinals. As a result of starting harder than usual, Thorpe ended up only with a silver in 1:45.83, while Italy's Massimiliano Rosolino added a bronze to his hardware from the 400 m freestyle in a time 1:46.65.
U.S. swimmer Josh Davis missed the podium by six hundredths of a second (0.06), finishing with a new American record of 1:46.73. Davis was followed in fifth and sixth by British duo Paul Palmer (1:47.95) and James Salter (1:48.74). Canada's Rick Say (1:48.76) and another Aussie Grant Hackett (1:49.46) closed out the field.
Earlier in the semifinals, Van den Hoogenband blasted a new world record of 1:45.35, slashing 0.16 seconds off the mark set by Thorpe from the Australian trials. One heat later, Thorpe powered home with a second-fastest time of 1:45.37, but missed taking the record back by two hundredths of a second (0.02). He also erased Yevgeny Sadovyi's 1992 Olympic record by 0.14 seconds to pick up a top seed from the prelims (1:46.56).
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Ian Thorpe (AUS)||1:45.51||Sydney, Australia||15 May 2000|
|Olympic record||Yevgeny Sadovyi (EUN)||1:46.70||Barcelona, Spain||27 July 1992|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|17 September||Heat 7||Ian Thorpe||Australia||1:46.56||OR|
|17 September||Semifinal 1||Pieter van den Hoogenband||Netherlands||1:45.35||WR|
|18 September||Final||Pieter van den Hoogenband||Netherlands||1:45.35||=WR|
|1||4||Pieter van den Hoogenband||Netherlands||1:45.35||Q, WR|
|2||5||Josh Davis||United States||1:47.06||Q, AM|
|3||3||James Salter||Great Britain||1:48.64||Q|
|4||6||Scott Goldblatt||United States||1:48.83|
|1||4||Ian Thorpe||Australia||1:45.37||Q, OC|
|5||7||Paul Palmer||Great Britain||1:48.79||Q|
|4||Pieter van den Hoogenband||Netherlands||1:45.35||=WR|
|4||6||Josh Davis||United States||1:46.73||AM|
|5||8||Paul Palmer||Great Britain||1:47.95|
|6||7||James Salter||Great Britain||1:48.74|
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