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Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle

The men's 400 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 16 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors46 from 40 nations
Winning time3:40.59 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ian Thorpe  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Massimiliano Rosolino  Italy
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Klete Keller  United States
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At only 17 years of age, Australia's overwhelming favorite Ian Thorpe, dubbed by his fans as the "Thorpedo", made his Olympic debut by claiming the first gold medal for the host nation at these Games. Cheered by a massive home crowd and rocketed to the chants of "Thorpie" by his swimming fans, Thorpe maintained a strong lead from start to finish before hitting the wall first in a new world record of 3:40.59.[2][3]

Massimiliano Rosolino, born with an Australian heritage, earned a silver medal for Italy in a European record of 3:43.40, finishing just three body lengths of a pool behind Thorpe. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Klete Keller stormed home from last place in the 200 m lap to wrest a bronze in 3:47.00, an American record, edging out Rosolino's teammate Emiliano Brembilla (3:47.01) by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[4]

Romania's Dragoș Coman finished fifth with a national record of 3:47.38, and was followed in the sixth spot by another U.S. swimmer Chad Carvin in 3:47.58. Aussie Grant Hackett (3:48.22) and South Africa's Ryk Neethling (3:48.52) rounded out the finale within three-tenths of a second (0.30) apart.[4]

Acknowledging a massive roar of the home crowd, Thorpe also cracked Yevgeny Sadovyi's 1992 Olympic record by 0.35 seconds to lead the final of six heats, and pick up a top-seeded time of 3:44.65 in the morning prelims.[5][6]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Ian Thorpe (AUS) 3:41.33 Sydney, Australia 13 May 2000
Olympic record   Yevgeny Sadovyi (EUN) 3:45.00 Barcelona, Spain 29 July 1992

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
16 September Heat 6 Ian Thorpe   Australia 3:44.65 OR
16 September Final Ian Thorpe   Australia 3:40.59 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[7]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Ian Thorpe   Australia 3:44.65 Q, OR
2 4 3 Massimiliano Rosolino   Italy 3:45.65 Q, NR
3 4 4 Ryk Neethling   South Africa 3:48.08 Q
4 6 3 Emiliano Brembilla   Italy 3:48.41 Q
5 5 5 Chad Carvin   United States 3:48.42 Q
6 6 5 Klete Keller   United States 3:48.62 Q
7 5 3 Dragoș Coman   Romania 3:48.77 Q, NR
8 5 4 Grant Hackett   Australia 3:48.91 Q
9 5 2 Heiko Hell   Germany 3:50.80
10 4 5 Paul Palmer   Great Britain 3:51.06
11 4 1 Masato Hirano   Japan 3:51.42 AS
12 6 8 Nicolas Rostoucher   France 3:51.80 NR
13 5 6 James Salter   Great Britain 3:52.01
14 6 7 Alexei Filipets   Russia 3:52.21
15 6 6 Rick Say   Canada 3:52.72
16 4 7 Igor Snitko   Ukraine 3:52.97
17 4 2 Luiz Lima   Brazil 3:53.87
18 4 6 Jacob Carstensen   Denmark 3:54.14
19 5 7 Vlastimil Burda   Czech Republic 3:54.40
20 5 8 Spyridon Gianniotis   Greece 3:54.96
21 6 2 Mark Johnston   Canada 3:54.99
22 4 8 Dmitry Koptur   Belarus 3:55.26
23 5 1 Ricardo Monasterio   Venezuela 3:55.35
24 3 6 Torwai Sethsothorn   Thailand 3:56.68
25 3 3 Jin Hao   China 3:57.22
26 3 8 Damian Alleyne   Barbados 3:58.12
27 2 4 Woo Chul   South Korea 3:58.31
28 3 5 Jorge Carral Armella   Mexico 3:58.34
29 3 4 Jonathan Duncan   New Zealand 3:58.52
30 2 2 Mark Kwok Kin Ming   Hong Kong 3:58.94 NR
31 3 2 Zoltán Szilágyi   Hungary 3:59.40
32 2 5 Agustín Fiorilli   Argentina 3:59.44
33 6 1 Igor Chervynskiy   Ukraine 3:59.84
34 2 3 Petar Stoychev   Bulgaria 3:59.94
35 3 7 Jure Bučar   Slovenia 4:00.19
36 2 1 Miguel Mendoza   Philippines 4:00.66 NR
37 1 2 Sng Ju Wei   Singapore 4:01.34 NR
38 2 8 Victor Rogut   Moldova 4:01.42
39 2 7 Aytekin Mindan   Turkey 4:01.46
40 1 5 Giancarlo Zolezzi   Chile 4:01.51
41 1 4 Li Yun-lun   Chinese Taipei 4:03.10
42 3 1 Hannes Kalteis   Austria 4:03.66
43 2 6 Dieung Manggang   Malaysia 4:03.77
44 1 6 Hani Elteir   Egypt 4:04.23
45 1 3 Ivan Ivanov   Kyrgyzstan 4:09.33
46 1 7 Marcelino López   Nicaragua 4:18.89

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Ian Thorpe   Australia 3:40.59 WR
  5 Massimiliano Rosolino   Italy 3:43.40 EU
  7 Klete Keller   United States 3:47.00 AM
4 6 Emiliano Brembilla   Italy 3:47.01
5 1 Dragoș Coman   Romania 3:47.38 NR
6 2 Chad Carvin   United States 3:47.58
7 8 Grant Hackett   Australia 3:48.22
8 3 Ryk Neethling   South Africa 3:48.52

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (16 September 2000). "Thorpe Sets World Mark, Thompson Wins 6th Gold". ABC News. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  3. ^ "The Stuff of Heroes". Time Magazine. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (16 September 2000). "Olympic Day 1 Finals (Complete)". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Whitten, Phillip (16 September 2000). "Olympic Day 1 Prelims (Complete)". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Morrissey, Rick (16 September 2000). "Spitz's Remarks Not Golden". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 400m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 135–136. Retrieved 28 May 2013.

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