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Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 16 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DatesSeptember 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors100 from 23 nations
Winning time3:13.67 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Australia (AUS)
Michael Klim, Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus, Ian Thorpe, Todd Pearson*, Adam Pine*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Anthony Ervin, Neil Walker, Jason Lezak, Gary Hall, Jr., Scott Tucker*, Josh Davis*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Brazil (BRA)
Fernando Scherer, Gustavo Borges, Carlos Jayme, Edvaldo Silva Filho
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
← 1996
2004 →

For the first time in 36 years, the Australians solidified their triumph in front of a raucous home crowd as they upset the undefeated Americans to capture an Olympic title in the event. Leading by 0.15 seconds at the final relay exchange, Ian Thorpe was passed by U.S. swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. at the 350 metres mark, but eventually recovered and touched the wall first with an anchor of 48.30 to deliver the Aussie foursome of Michael Klim (48.18), Chris Fydler (48.48), and Ashley Callus (48.74) a gold-medal time in 3:13.67. Leading off the race, Klim also established a global standard to shave 0.03 seconds off the record set by his Russian training partner Alexander Popov in 1994.[2][3]

Prior to the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay, Hall posted on his blog: "My biased opinion says that we will smash them (Australia's 4x100m team) like guitars. Historically the U.S. has always risen to the occasion. But the logic in that remote area of my brain says it won't be so easy for the United States to dominate the waters this time." The Australian team responded to Hall's remarks after the race by playing air guitar on the pool deck. Hall recalled the race, saying, "I don't even know how to play the guitar...I consider it the best relay race I've ever been part of. I doff my cap to the great Ian Thorpe. He had a better finish than I had."[4] Another member of Australia's victorious 4x100 team, Michael Klim, recalled that "Hall was the first swimmer to come over and congratulate us. Even though he dished it out, he was a true sportsman".

Team USA's Hall (48.24), Anthony Ervin (48.89), Neil Walker (48.31), and Jason Lezak (48.42) lost a powerful challenge to the Aussies only for the silver in a new American record of 3:13.86, the second-fastest time in history, finishing 1.25 seconds under their five-year-old world record.[5] Meanwhile, Brazil's team of Fernando Scherer (49.79), Gustavo Borges (48.61), Carlos Jayme (49.88), Edvaldo Silva Filho (49.12) earned their first ever relay medal in 20 years, as they took home the bronze with a time of 3:17.40.[6][7]

Germany (3;17.77), Italy (3:17.85), Sweden (3:19.60), and France (3:21.00) rounded out the championship field, while the Russians, led by Popov, were disqualified due to an early relay launch from Andrey Kapralov on the lead-off leg.[7]

In the absence of Pieter van den Hoogenband on the morning prelims, the Dutch team posted an excellent time of 3:18.32 to lead the first heat, but was cast out of the final race for an early jumping attempt from Dennis Rijnbeek during the second exchange.[8]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   United States (USA)
David Fox (49.32)
Joe Hudepohl (49.11)
Jon Olsen (48.17)
Gary Hall, Jr. (47.45)
3:15.11 Atlanta, United States 12 August 1995
Olympic record   United States (USA)
Jon Olsen (49.94)
Josh Davis (49.00)
Brad Schumacher (49.02)
Gary Hall, Jr. (47.45)
3:15.41 Atlanta, United States 23 July 1996

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
September 16 Final Michael Klim (48.18) WR
Chris Fydler (48.48)
Ashley Callus (48.71)
Ian Thorpe (48.30)
  Australia 3:13.67 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 3 4   United States Scott Tucker (49.80)
Anthony Ervin (48.43)
Jason Lezak (48.46)
Josh Davis (48.74)
3:15.43 Q
2 2 4   Australia Chris Fydler (49.72)
Todd Pearson (49.32)
Adam Pine (49.25)
Ashley Callus (49.08)
3:17.37 Q
3 1 5   Germany Lars Conrad (50.60)
Torsten Spanneberg (49.41)
Stephan Kunzelmann (49.63)
Stefan Herbst (49.06)
3:18.70 Q
4 1 3   Italy Lorenzo Vismara (49.91)
Mauro Gallo (49.92)
Klaus Lanzarini (49.60)
Simone Cercato (49.43)
3:18.86 Q
5 3 5   Brazil Fernando Scherer (50.16)
Edvaldo Silva Filho (49.26)
Carlos Jayme (50.10)
Gustavo Borges (49.77)
3:19.29 Q
6 2 5   Russia Denis Pimankov (49.93)
Leonid Khokhlov (51.02)
Andrey Kapralov (49.03)
Alexander Popov (49.72)
3:19.70 Q
7 2 6   Sweden Stefan Nystrand (50.42)
Johan Wallberg (50.30)
Lars Frölander (48.79)
Mattias Ohlin (50.29)
3:19.80 Q
8 2 3   France Romain Barnier (50.05)
Frédérick Bousquet (49.41)
Hugo Viart (50.35)
Nicolas Kintz (50.38)
3:20.19 Q
9 3 3   Great Britain Paul Belk (50.59)
Sion Brinn (49.52)
Anthony Howard (50.18)
Mark Stevens (50.16)
3:20.45
10 1 2   Belarus Igor Koleda (49.95)
Pavel Lagoun (49.80)
Dzmitry Kalinouski (51.16)
Aleh Rukhlevich (49.94)
3:20.85 NR
11 2 2   South Africa Roland Mark Schoeman (50.19)
Brendon Dedekind (50.27)
Nicholas Folker (49.57)
Terence Parkin (51.25)
3:21.28 AF
12 3 2   Ukraine Vyacheslav Shyrshov (49.77)
Rostyslav Svanidze (51.69)
Artem Goncharenko (49.98)
Pavlo Khnykin (50.04)
3:21.48
13 3 6   Canada Craig Hutchison (50.40)
Robbie Taylor (50.89)
Rick Say (50.97)
Yannick Lupien (49.72)
3:21.98
14 3 7   Israel Alexei Manziula (51.14)
Eithan Urbach (49.68)
Oren Azrad (50.68)
Yoav Bruck (50.56)
3:22.06 NR
15 1 6   Spain Jorge Luis Ulibarri (50.89)
Eduardo Lorente (50.52)
Juan Benavides (50.67)
Javier Botello (50.68)
3:22.76
16 2 7   Lithuania Arūnas Savickas (52.11)
Minvydas Packevičius (50.53)
Saulius Binevičius (50.81)
Rolandas Gimbutis (50.23)
3:23.68
17 2 8   Venezuela Carlos Santander (51.28)
Oswaldo Quevedo (51.36)
Francisco Páez (50.97)
Francisco Sánchez (51.03)
3:24.64
18 3 8   Denmark Dennis Otzen Jensen (51.69)
Henrik Steen Andersen (51.45)
Jeppe Nielsen (51.18)
Jacob Carstensen (50.46)
3:24.78
19 1 7   Croatia Duje Draganja (50.45)
Marijan Kanjer (51.37)
Ivan Mladina (50.91)
Alen Lončar (52.23)
3:24.96
20 2 1   Kyrgyzstan Sergey Ashihmin (51.65)
Konstantin Ushkov (50.04)
Dmitri Kuzmin (50.61)
Alexei Pavlov (52.73)
3:25.03
21 3 1   Kazakhstan Igor Sitnikov (52.56)
Andrey Kvassov (52.25)
Pavel Sidorov (52.14)
Sergey Borisenko (51.95)
3:28.90
1 1   Netherlands Mark Veens (49.38)
Dennis Rijnbeek
Ewout Holst
Johan Kenkhuis
DSQ
1 4   Uzbekistan Oleg Tsvetkovskiy (52.42)
Oleg Pukhnatiy
Ravil Nachaev
Petr Vasiliev
DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
  5   Australia Michael Klim (48.18) WR
Chris Fydler (48.48)
Ashley Callus (48.71)
Ian Thorpe (48.30)
3:13.67 WR
  4   United States Anthony Ervin (48.89)
Neil Walker (48.31)
Jason Lezak (48.42)
Gary Hall, Jr. (48.24)
3:13.86 0.19 AM
  2   Brazil Fernando Scherer (49.79)
Gustavo Borges (48.61)
Carlos Jayme (49.88)
Edvaldo Silva Filho (49.12)
3:17.40 3.73
4 3   Germany Torsten Spanneberg (49.63)
Christian Tröger (49.06)
Stephan Kunzelmann (50.20)
Stefan Herbst (48.88)
3:17.77 4.10
5 6   Italy Lorenzo Vismara (49.23)
Klaus Lanzarini (49.46)
Massimiliano Rosolino (49.70)
Simone Cercato (49.46)
3:17.85 4.18
6 1   Sweden Stefan Nystrand (50.06)
Lars Frölander (48.12)
Mattias Ohlin (49.99)
Johan Nyström (51.43)
3:19.60 5.93
7 8   France Frédérick Bousquet (50.88)
Romain Barnier (49.68)
Hugo Viart (49.79)
Nicolas Kintz (50.65)
3:21.00 7.33
7   Russia Andrey Kapralov (50.44)
Denis Pimankov
Alexander Popov
Dmitry Chernyshov
DSQ

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Dusevic, Tom (September 18, 2000). "The Stuff of Heroes". Time. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  5. ^ "U.S. men lose relay for first time". ESPN. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Five world records broken on first day of swimming". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
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