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

The women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 17, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors39 from 32 nations
Winning time4:05.80
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Brooke Bennett  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Diana Munz  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Claudia Poll  Costa Rica
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Brooke Bennett emerged as a major force in long-distance swimming, after effortlessly winning a first gold for the United States in the event since Janet Evans did so in 1988. She maintained a powerful lead from start to finish, and posted a lifetime best of 4:05.80, making her the third fastest all-time swimmer in history behind Evans and China's Chen Hua.[2][3] At only 18 years of age, Diana Munz fought off a sprint challenge from Costa Rica's Claudia Poll and Jamaica's Janelle Atkinson on the final lap to take home the silver in 4:07.07, extending a distance swimming legacy for the Americans with a one–two finish.[4] Meanwhile, Poll settled only for the bronze in 4:07.83.[5][6]

Atkinson made an Olympic milestone as the first Jamaican to reach a swimming final, but missed out the podium by almost a full second in a national record of 4:08.79.[7] Russia's Nadezhda Chemezova finished fifth in 4:10.37, holding off a fast-pacing Hannah Stockbauer of Germany (4:10.38) by a hundredth of a second (0.01). Netherlands' Carla Geurts (4:12.36), and China's Chen Hua (4:13.11), the second fastest all-time swimmer, rounded out the finale.[6]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Janet Evans (USA) 4:03.85 Seoul, South Korea 22 September 1988
Olympic record   Janet Evans (USA) 4:03.85 Seoul, South Korea 22 September 1988

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Brooke Bennett   United States 4:07.57 Q
2 3 5 Claudia Poll   Costa Rica 4:09.33 Q
3 3 3 Janelle Atkinson   Jamaica 4:09.61 Q, NR
4 4 5 Diana Munz   United States 4:10.39 Q
5 5 1 Chen Hua   China 4:10.56 Q
6 4 6 Nadezhda Chemezova   Russia 4:10.76 Q
5 4 Hannah Stockbauer   Germany Q
8 3 7 Carla Geurts   Netherlands 4:10.86 Q
9 5 7 Flavia Rigamonti   Switzerland 4:11.77
10 5 6 Kirsten Vlieghuis   Netherlands 4:11.87
11 4 4 Camelia Potec   Romania 4:11.92
12 5 3 Sachiko Yamada   Japan 4:12.45
13 3 6 Natalya Baranovskaya   Belarus 4:12.67
14 2 4 Laetitia Choux   France 4:13.09
15 5 5 Kerstin Kielgaß   Germany 4:13.10
16 4 1 Simona Păduraru   Romania 4:13.89
17 4 2 Irina Ufimtseva   Russia 4:15.41
18 4 7 Kasey Giteau   Australia 4:15.54
19 5 8 Karine Legault   Canada 4:15.55
20 4 8 Sofie Goffin   Belgium 4:15.93
21 3 1 Chantal Strasser   Switzerland 4:16.17
22 2 2 Artemis Dafni   Greece 4:16.94
23 4 3 Yasuko Tajima   Japan 4:17.23
24 2 5 Angels Bardina   Spain 4:17.55
25 2 8 Lin Chi-chan   Chinese Taipei 4:17.76
26 2 6 Hana Černá   Czech Republic 4:17.96
27 5 2 Sarah-Jane D'Arcy   Australia 4:18.05
28 2 3 Sara Goffi   Italy 4:18.16
29 3 2 Éva Risztov   Hungary 4:18.48
30 1 4 Ivanka Moralieva   Bulgaria 4:19.10
31 1 2 Vesna Stojanovska   Macedonia 4:19.69
32 3 8 Olena Lapunova   Ukraine 4:19.96
33 1 3 Patricia Villarreal   Mexico 4:21.03
34 1 7 Chantal Gibney   Ireland 4:23.73
35 1 1 Nataliya Korabelnikova   Kyrgyzstan 4:24.29
36 1 5 Christel Bouvron   Singapore 4:25.16
37 2 1 Roh Joo-hee   South Korea 4:25.66
38 1 6 Adi Bichman   Israel 4:27.33
39 2 7 Pilin Tachakittiranan   Thailand 4:29.28

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Brooke Bennett   United States 4:05.80
  6 Diana Munz   United States 4:07.07
  5 Claudia Poll   Costa Rica 4:07.83
4 3 Janelle Atkinson   Jamaica 4:08.79 NR
5 7 Nadezhda Chemezova   Russia 4:10.37
6 1 Hannah Stockbauer   Germany 4:10.38
7 8 Carla Geurts   Netherlands 4:12.36
8 2 Chen Hua   China 4:13.11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "De Bruijn soars to butterfly gold". BBC Sport. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Dolan, Bennett bring home gold for U.S. swimming". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Dolan, Munz overcome ailments to win". ESPN. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Americans Bennett, Munz go 1-2 in 400 free". Canoe.ca. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b Whitten, Phillip (17 September 2000). "Olympic Day 2 Finals". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Atkinson superb; just misses medal in 400m freestyle". Jamaica Gleaner. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 400m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 192–193. Retrieved 16 June 2013.

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