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Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

The women's 100 metre backstroke event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17–18 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 17, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 18, 2000 (final)
Competitors47 from 40 nations
Winning time1:00.21 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Diana Mocanu  Romania
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mai Nakamura  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nina Zhivanevskaya  Spain
← 1996
2004 →

At only 16 years of age, Diana Mocanu made an Olympic milestone to become Romania's first ever gold medalist in swimming. She fought off a head-to-head sprint challenge from Japan's Mai Nakamura on the final stretch to hit the wall first in a new Olympic standard of 1:00.21, the second-fastest of all time, cutting off Krisztina Egerszegi's 1992 record by nearly half a second (0.50).[2][3] Meanwhile, Nakamura seized off an early lead under a world-record pace (29.17), but ended up only with a silver medal in a Japanese record of 1:00.55.[4] Competing previously for the Unified Team and Russia in two Olympics (1992 and 1996), Nina Zhivanevskaya made a surprise packet with a bronze for Spain in a sterling time of 1:00.89.[5][6]

France's Roxana Maracineanu finished off the podium in fourth place at 1:01.10, and was followed in fifth by Nakamura's teammate Noriko Inada in 1:01.14.[4] Coming from second at the final turn, U.S. swimmer Barbara Bedford faded down the stretch to pick up the sixth spot with a time of 1:01.47. Aussie favorite Dyana Calub (1:01.61) and Denmark's Louise Ørnstedt (1:02.02) closed out the field.[6]

Notable swimmers missed out the top 8 final, featuring Germany's Antje Buschschulte, a pre-Olympic medal contender; South Africa's Charlene Wittstock, who eventually married to Albert II, Prince of Monaco in 2010; and Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who later emerged as one of the world's top backstroke swimmers in her decade.[7]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   He Cihong (CHN) 1:00.16 Rome, Italy 10 September 1994
Olympic record   Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 1:00.68 Barcelona, Spain 28 July 1992

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
18 September Final Diana Mocanu   Romania 1:00.21 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Mai Nakamura   Japan 1:00.88 Q
2 6 3 Diana Mocanu   Romania 1:01.18 Q, NR
3 4 2 Roxana Maracineanu   France 1:01.66 Q, NR
4 4 3 Barbara Bedford   United States 1:01.70 Q
5 4 4 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:01.97 Q
6 6 6 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 1:01.98 Q
7 5 6 Zhan Shu   China 1:02.19 Q
6 5 Noriko Inada   Japan Q
9 5 4 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 1:02.23 Q
10 4 5 Dyana Calub   Australia 1:02.46 Q
11 5 3 Katy Sexton   Great Britain 1:02.67 Q
12 5 2 Kelly Stefanyshyn   Canada 1:02.78 Q
13 5 5 Sandra Völker   Germany 1:02.88 Q
14 6 1 Michelle Lischinsky   Canada 1:02.89 Q
15 4 1 Lu Donghua   China 1:02.91 Q
16 3 6 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 1:03.05 Q, NR
17 4 7 Charlene Wittstock   South Africa 1:03.18
18 6 2 Courtney Shealy   United States 1:03.19
19 5 7 Giaan Rooney   Australia 1:03.20
3 3 Shim Min-ji   South Korea NR
21 4 6 Sarah Price   Great Britain 1:03.22
22 6 7 Ilona Hlaváčková   Czech Republic 1:03.28
23 5 1 Anu Koivisto   Finland 1:03.44
24 6 8 Fabíola Molina   Brazil 1:03.68
25 5 8 Aleksandra Miciul   Poland 1:04.51
26 3 5 Monique Robins   New Zealand 1:04.52
27 3 7 Sofie Wolfs   Belgium 1:04.66
3 1 Nadiya Beshevli   Ukraine
29 3 2 Irina Raevskaya   Russia 1:04.76
30 3 4 Ana María González   Cuba 1:04.95
31 2 4 Camilla Johansson   Sweden 1:04.99
32 3 8 Aikaterini Bliamou   Greece 1:05.09
33 2 2 Hiu Wai Sherry Tsai   Hong Kong 1:05.28
34 4 8 Brenda Starink   Netherlands 1:05.93
35 2 3 Chonlathorn Vorathamrong   Thailand 1:05.98
36 2 6 Annamária Kiss   Hungary 1:06.12
37 1 6 Marie-Lizza Danila   Philippines 1:06.48
38 2 8 Elsa Manora Nasution   Indonesia 1:06.57
2 1 Serrana Fernández   Uruguay
40 2 7 Kuan Chia-hsien   Chinese Taipei 1:07.18
41 1 4 Marica Stražmešter   Yugoslavia 1:07.21
42 1 3 Şadan Derya Erke   Turkey 1:07.26
43 1 5 Kolbrún Ýr Kristjánsdóttir   Iceland 1:07.28
44 1 2 Anjelika Solovieva   Kyrgyzstan 1:07.63
45 1 7 Andrea Prono   Paraguay 1:08.11
46 1 1 Monika Bakale   Republic of the Congo 1:16.36
2 5 Tessa Solomon   Netherlands Antilles DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Diana Mocanu   Romania 1:00.70 Q, NR
2 5 Barbara Bedford   United States 1:01.61 Q
3 3 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 1:01.69 Q, NR
4 2 Dyana Calub   Australia 1:01.86 Q
5 7 Kelly Stefanyshyn   Canada 1:02.35
6 8 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 1:02.54 NR
7 1 Michelle Lischinsky   Canada 1:02.55
8 6 Zhan Shu   China 1:02.92

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Mai Nakamura   Japan 1:01.07 Q
2 6 Noriko Inada   Japan 1:01.25 Q
3 3 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:01.41 Q
4 5 Roxana Maracineanu   France 1:01.61 Q, NR
5 2 Antje Buschschulte   Germany 1:01.91
6 7 Katy Sexton   Great Britain 1:02.35
7 1 Sandra Völker   Germany 1:03.01
8 8 Lu Donghua   China 1:03.31

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Diana Mocanu   Romania 1:00.21 OR*
  5 Mai Nakamura   Japan 1:00.55 NR
  6 Nina Zhivanevskaya   Spain 1:00.89 NR
4 7 Roxana Maracineanu   France 1:01.10 NR
5 3 Noriko Inada   Japan 1:01.14
6 2 Barbara Bedford   United States 1:01.47
7 8 Dyana Calub   Australia 1:01.61
8 1 Louise Ørnstedt   Denmark 1:02.02

* Also a European and a Romanian record.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Stunning Mocanu takes gold". BBC Sport. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  3. ^ "U.S. Swimmers Krayzelburg, Quann Win Gold". ABC News. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b Betti, Leeroy (18 September 2000). "No gold for Mai-chan". The Japan Times. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  5. ^ "U.S. teenager wins 100 breaststroke". ESPN. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (18 September 2000). "Olympic Day 3 Finals (100 Breast, 100 Back M, 100 Back W, 200 Free)". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (17 September 2000). "Olympic Prelims: Day Two". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 100m Backstroke Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 294–295. Retrieved 17 June 2013.

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