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

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

Women's 400 metre individual medley
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors28 from 24 nations
Winning time4:33.59 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Yana Klochkova  Ukraine
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yasuko Tajima  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Beatrice Câșlaru  Romania
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Yana Klochkova blasted the world record to become Ukraine's first ever Olympic gold medalist in swimming. She pulled away from the rest of the field to hit the wall first with a blistering time of 4:33.59. Her spectacular swim shattered the previous global standard of 4:34.79, set by China's Chen Yan from the 1997 Chinese City Games in Shanghai, and lopped three seconds off an old, drug-tainted 1980 Olympic record from former East Germany's Petra Schneider.[2][3][4] Japan's Yasuko Tajima kept the pressure on all the way and took the silver in 4:35.96. Storming from fifth at the halfway turn, Beatrice Câșlaru raced to bronze with a Romanian record of 4:37.18 on the rear of a dominant breaststroke leg.[5][6]

For the first time in Olympic history, Kaitlin Sandeno shut out the medal podium for the Americans with a fourth-place time of 4:41.03.[2] Germany's Nicole Hetzer finished fifth in 4:43.56, while Sandeno's teammate Maddy Crippen, swimming outside in lane eight, earned a sixth spot in 4:44.63.[7] Canada's Joanne Malar (4:45.17) and Aussie favorite Jennifer Reilly (4:45.99) rounded out the historic finale.[6]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Chen Yan (CHN) 4:34.79 Shanghai, China 13 October 1997
Olympic record   Petra Schneider (GDR) 4:36.29 Moscow, Soviet Union 26 July 1980

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
16 September Final Yana Klochkova   Ukraine 4:33.59 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[8]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Yana Klochkova   Ukraine 4:37.64 Q, NR
2 2 4 Yasuko Tajima   Japan 4:40.35 Q
3 4 5 Kaitlin Sandeno   United States 4:40.89 Q
4 3 5 Beatrice Câșlaru   Romania 4:41.04 Q
5 4 6 Jennifer Reilly   Australia 4:41.51 Q
6 3 4 Joanne Malar   Canada 4:42.65 Q
7 2 5 Nicole Hetzer   Germany 4:43.23 Q
8 4 3 Maddy Crippen   United States 4:44.00 Q
9 3 6 Hana Černá   Czech Republic 4:44.11
10 2 7 Oxana Verevka   Russia 4:45.07
11 2 3 Chen Yan   China 4:45.65
12 2 6 Rachel Harris   Australia 4:46.02
13 2 2 Helen Norfolk   New Zealand 4:46.42 NR
14 3 7 Lourdes Becerra   Spain 4:47.50
15 4 7 Federica Biscia   Italy 4:47.56 NR
16 3 2 Sabine Herbst   Germany 4:47.79
17 2 8 Mirjana Boševska   Macedonia 4:48.08 NR
18 4 2 Yseult Gervy   Belgium 4:48.31
19 3 3 Liu Yin   China 4:50.33
20 2 1 Artemis Dafni   Greece 4:53.52
21 1 4 Georgina Bardach   Argentina 4:54.31 NR
22 3 1 Carolyn Adel   Suriname 4:57.90
23 4 1 Lee Ji-hyun   South Korea 4:58.94
24 1 5 Jana Korbasová   Slovakia 4:59.05
25 4 8 Sia Wai Yen   Malaysia 4:59.18
26 3 8 Adi Bichman   Israel 5:06.72
27 1 3 Alexandra Zertsalova   Kyrgyzstan 5:09.03
28 1 6 Nguyen Thi Huong   Vietnam 5:26.56

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Yana Klochkova   Ukraine 4:33.59 WR
  5 Yasuko Tajima   Japan 4:35.96 NR
  6 Beatrice Câșlaru   Romania 4:37.18 NR
4 3 Kaitlin Sandeno   United States 4:41.03
5 1 Nicole Hetzer   Germany 4:43.56
6 8 Maddy Crippen   United States 4:44.63
7 7 Joanne Malar   Canada 4:45.17
8 2 Jennifer Reilly   Australia 4:45.99

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Klochkova sets the gold standard". BBC Sport. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Franz (16 September 2000). "Thorpe Wins Hearts And Gold". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Swimmer breaks world record, wins first gold for Ukraine". Kyiv Post. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Five world records broken on first day of swimming". Sports Illustrated. CNN. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Franz (17 September 2000). "Crippen Finishes A Disappointing Sixth The Villanova Student Couldn't Catch The Ukrainian Champ, Who Set A World Record". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 400m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 331–332. Retrieved 24 June 2013.

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