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

The women's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 20–21 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Women's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 20, 2000 (heats &
semifinals)
September 21, 2000 (final)
Competitors56 from 51 nations
Winning time53.83
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Therese Alshammar  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jenny Thompson  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dara Torres  United States
← 1996
2004 →

Dutch rising star Inge de Bruijn stormed home on the final lap to claim her second gold at these Games. She powered past her rivals in a star-studded field to touch the wall first in 53.83.[2] Earlier in the semifinals, she delivered a time of 53.77 to erase her own world record by 0.03 of a second.[3][4] Almost stealing the race from lane one, Therese Alshammar took home the silver in a Swedish record of 54.33. Meanwhile, top favorites Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson gave the Americans a further reason to celebrate, as they shared bronze medals in a matching time of 54.63. This was also Thompson's ninth career medal at these Games, making her the most decorated female swimmer in Olympic history.[5][6]

Slovakia's Martina Moravcová, who captured two silver medals in swimming, finished outside the podium in fifth place at 54.72. South Africa's Helene Muller managed to pull off a sixth-place finish in an African standard of 55.19. Japan's Sumika Minamoto (55.53) and De Bruijn's teammate Wilma van Rijn (55.58) closed out the field.[6]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top 8 final, featuring Australia's overwhelming favorites Sarah Ryan and Susie O'Neill, Germany's Sandra Völker, silver medalist in Atlanta four years earlier, and Egypt's Rania Elwani, who surprisingly reached the semifinals from an unseeded heat.[7]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Inge de Bruijn (NED) 53.80 Sheffield, Great Britain 28 May 2000
Olympic record   Le Jingyi (CHN) 54.50 Atlanta, United States 20 July 1996

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
20 September Semifinal 2 Inge de Bruijn   Netherlands 53.77 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 4 Inge de Bruijn   Netherlands 54.77 Q
2 5 5 Dara Torres   United States 55.12 Q
3 6 4 Jenny Thompson   United States 55.22 Q
4 6 5 Martina Moravcová   Slovakia 55.42 Q
5 7 2 Helene Muller   South Africa 55.45 Q, AF
6 7 5 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 55.49 Q
7 5 3 Sandra Völker   Germany 55.54 Q
8 6 3 Sue Rolph   Great Britain 55.77 Q
9 5 2 Sumika Minamoto   Japan 55.80 Q
10 7 6 Wilma van Rijn   Netherlands 55.82 Q
11 6 2 Louise Jöhncke   Sweden 55.91 Q
12 6 6 Sarah Ryan   Australia 56.05 Q
13 5 6 Karen Pickering   Great Britain 56.08 Q
14 7 7 Laura Nicholls   Canada 56.30 Q
15 4 1 Rania Elwani   Egypt 56.31 Q, NR
16 5 7 Alena Popchanka   Belarus 56.33 Q
17 4 3 Hanna-Maria Seppälä   Finland 56.68
18 3 6 Olga Mukomol   Ukraine 56.69
19 7 8 Han Xue   China 56.79
20 6 7 Yekaterina Kibalo   Russia 56.97
21 4 4 Cristina Chiuso   Italy 57.09
22 6 1 Joscelin Yeo   Singapore 57.15
23 4 2 Florencia Szigeti   Argentina 57.20
24 2 6 Leah Martindale   Barbados 57.21
25 5 1 Antonia Machaira   Greece 57.24
26 6 8 Ilona Hlaváčková   Czech Republic 57.37
27 5 8 Judith Draxler   Austria 57.40
28 3 4 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 57.47
29 2 4 Elina Partõka   Estonia 57.71
3 5 Gyöngyver Lakos   Hungary
31 7 3 Susie O'Neill   Australia 57.78
32 4 8 Eileen Coparropa   Panama 57.82
33 4 6 Monique Robins   New Zealand 57.85
34 2 2 Siobhan Cropper   Trinidad and Tobago 57.91
35 4 5 Tine Bossuyt   Belgium 58.02
36 2 1 Lára Hrund Bjargardóttir   Iceland 58.44
37 3 2 Lara Heinz   Luxembourg 58.55
38 2 7 Caroline Pickering   Fiji 58.62
39 3 8 Pilin Tachakittiranan   Thailand 58.69
40 4 7 Chang Hee-jin   South Korea 58.77
41 3 1 Jūratė Ladavičiūtė   Lithuania 58.78
42 3 3 Chantal Gibney   Ireland 58.79
43 2 8 Yekaterina Tochenaya   Kyrgyzstan 58.80
44 2 3 Anna Stylianou   Cyprus 59.08
45 2 5 Agnese Ozoliņa   Latvia 59.28
46 3 7 Tsai Shu-min   Chinese Taipei 59.39
47 1 8 Nicole Hayes   Palau 1:00.89
48 1 5 Rola El Haress   Lebanon 1:03.26
49 1 2 Maria Awori   Kenya 1:06.23
50 1 3 Nathalie Lee Baw   Mauritius 1:06.67
51 1 7 Zeïna Sahelí   Senegal 1:07.37
52 1 4 Supra Singhal   Uganda 1:08.15
53 1 6 Sanjaajamtsyn Altantuyaa   Mongolia 1:10.22
54 1 1 Katerina Izmaylova   Tajikistan 1:19.12
5 4 Antje Buschschulte   Germany DNS
7 1 Marianne Limpert   Canada DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Dara Torres   United States 55.02 Q
2 5 Martina Moravcová   Slovakia 55.06 Q
3 2 Wilma van Rijn   Netherlands 55.28 Q
4 3 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 55.31 Q
5 6 Sue Rolph   Great Britain 55.69
6 7 Sarah Ryan   Australia 55.93
7 1 Laura Nicholls   Canada 55.94
8 8 Alena Popchanka   Belarus 56.40

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Inge de Bruijn   Netherlands 53.77 Q, WR
2 5 Jenny Thompson   United States 54.40 Q
3 3 Helene Muller   South Africa 55.24 Q, AF
4 2 Sumika Minamoto   Japan 55.62 Q
5 1 Karen Pickering   Great Britain 55.71
6 8 Rania Elwani   Egypt 55.85 NR
7 7 Louise Jöhncke   Sweden 55.94
8 6 Sandra Völker   Germany 55.97

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Inge de Bruijn   Netherlands 53.83
  1 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 54.33 NR
  5 Jenny Thompson   United States 54.63
3 Dara Torres   United States
5 6 Martina Moravcová   Slovakia 54.72
6 2 Helene Muller   South Africa 55.19 AF
7 8 Sumika Minamoto   Japan 55.53
8 7 Wilma van Rijn   Netherlands 55.58

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Berlin, Peter (22 September 2000). "De Bruijn Takes Second Gold; Hungarian and Italian Also Triumph : European Swimmers Steal the Show". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ "De Bruijn smashes record". BBC Sport. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  4. ^ Morrissey, Rick (21 September 2000). "Dutch Treat In The Pool". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Americans tie for bronze in 100 free". ESPN. 21 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (21 September 2000). "Olympic Day 6 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (20 September 2000). "Olympic Day 5 Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 178–180. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

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