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

The women'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]

Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DatesSeptember 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors61 from 13 nations
Winning time3:36.61 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Amy Van Dyken, Dara Torres, Courtney Shealy, Jenny Thompson, Erin Phenix*, Ashley Tappin*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Netherlands (NED)
Manon van Rooijen, Wilma van Rijn, Thamar Henneken, Inge de Bruijn, Chantal Groot*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 Sweden (SWE)
Johanna Sjöberg, Therese Alshammar, Louise Jöhncke, Anna-Karin Kammerling, Josefin Lillhage*, Malin Svahnström*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The U.S. women's team dominated the race from the start to break the six-year-old world record and most importantly, to defend an Olympic title in the event. The foursome of Amy Van Dyken (55.08), Dara Torres (53.51), Courtney Shealy (54.40), and Jenny Thompson (53.62) put together a stellar time of 3:36.61 to capture the relay gold medal, shaving off China's 1994 world record by 1.3 seconds. As the Americans celebrated their triumph in the pool, Thompson picked up her eighth career medal to become the nation's most successful woman in Olympic history. She also tied with former East Germany's Kristin Otto for the most golds by a female, a total of six.[2][3][4]

The Netherlands nearly pulled a worst-to-first effort, building from an eighth-place turn by Manon van Rooijen (56.35), seventh by Wilma van Rijn (55.19), and sixth by Thamar Henneken (54.88) until they delivered rising star Inge de Bruijn for the final exchange. Swimming the anchor leg, De Bruijn surged powerfully past the entire field with a fastest split of 53.41 to take home the silver for the Dutch in a European record of 3:39.83. Meanwhile, Sweden's Louise Jöhncke (55.93), Therese Alshammar (53.78), Johanna Sjöberg (55.06), and Anna-Karin Kammerling (55.58) came up with a spectacular swim to grab a bronze in 3:40.30, a national record, holding off a sprint battle from the fast-pacing German team of Antje Buschschulte (55.67), Katrin Meissner (54.92), Franziska van Almsick (55.02), and Sandra Völker (54.70) by a hundredth of a second.[5][6][7]

Great Britain's Karen Pickering (56.01), Alison Sheppard (54.95), Rosalind Brett (54.92), and Sue Rolph (54.66) pulled off a fifth-place finish in 3:40.54. Susie O'Neill recorded a split of 54.79 to produce a powerful lead on the first length by the delight of a home crowd, but the Aussies settled only for sixth place with a time of 3:40.91. Canada (3:42.92) and Italy (3:44.49) rounded out the championship finale.[7]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   China (CHN)
Le Ying (54.31)
Shan Ying (54.38)
Lü Bin (55.09)
Le Jingyi (54.13)
3:37.91 Rome, Italy 7 September 1994
Olympic record   United States (USA)
Angel Martino (55.34)
Amy Van Dyken (53.91)
Catherine Fox (55.93)
Jenny Thompson (54.11)
3:39.29 Atlanta, United States 22 July 1996

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
September 16 Final Amy Van Dyken (55.08)
Dara Torres (53.51)
Courtney Shealy (54.40)
Jenny Thompson (53.62)
  United States 3:36.61 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4   United States Ashley Tappin (55.47)
Erin Phenix (56.12)
Courtney Shealy (54.99)
Amy Van Dyken (54.40)
3:40.88 Q
2 2 6   Netherlands Manon van Rooijen (56.15)
Chantal Groot (56.07)
Thamar Henneken (54.99)
Wilma van Rijn (55.11)
3:42.32 Q
3 1 4   Great Britain Alison Sheppard (56.16)
Rosalind Brett (55.63)
Karen Pickering (55.29)
Sue Rolph (55.39)
3:42.47 Q
4 2 5   Germany Katrin Meissner (55.22)
Britta Steffen (55.77)
Daniela Samulski (56.18)
Kerstin Kielgass (56.05)
3:43.22 Q
5 2 3   Australia Elka Graham (56.81)
Sarah Ryan (54.94)
Melanie Dodd (56.31)
Giaan Rooney (55.50)
3:43.56 Q
6 1 5   Sweden Louise Jöhncke (56.27)
Josefin Lillhage (57.00)
Malin Svahnström (56.73)
Therese Alshammar (53.77)
3:43.77 Q
7 1 3   Canada Marianne Limpert (55.87)
Shannon Shakespeare (55.80)
Jessica Deglau (56.23)
Laura Nicholls (55.92)
3:43.82 Q
8 1 6   Italy Cecilia Vianini (56.10)
Luisa Striani (56.29)
Sara Parise (55.73)
Cristina Chiuso (55.89)
3:43.97 Q
9 2 7   China Han Xue (56.99)
Li Jin (56.88)
Sun Dan (57.25)
Yang Yu (55.50)
3:46.62
10 1 7   Russia Lyubov Yudina (57.74)
Marina Chepurkova (56.79)
Yekaterina Kibalo (56.02)
Inna Yaitskaya (56.24)
3:46.79
11 2 2   Belgium Nina van Koeckhoven (56.62)
Liesbet Dreesen (56.69)
Sofie Goffin (56.72)
Tine Bossuyt (56.88)
3:46.91
12 1 2   Romania Florina Herea (57.28)
Lorena Diaconescu (57.77)
Diana Mocanu (57.26)
Camelia Potec (56.47)
3:48.78
13 2 1   Ukraine Nadiya Beshevli (57.68)
Valentyna Tregub (57.39)
Olena Lapunova (57.60)
Olga Mukomol (56.44)
3:49.11

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
  4   United States Amy Van Dyken (55.08)
Dara Torres (53.51)
Courtney Shealy (54.40)
Jenny Thompson (53.62)
3:36.61 WR
  5   Netherlands Manon van Rooijen (56.35)
Wilma van Rijn (55.19)
Thamar Henneken (54.88)
Inge de Bruijn (53.41)
3:39.83 3.22 EU
  7   Sweden Louise Jöhncke (55.93)
Therese Alshammar (53.78)
Johanna Sjöberg (55.06)
Anna-Karin Kammerling (55.53)
3:40.30 3.69 NR
4 6   Germany Antje Buschschulte (55.67)
Katrin Meissner (54.92)
Franziska van Almsick (55.02)
Sandra Völker (54.70)
3:40.31 3.70 NR
5 3   Great Britain Karen Pickering (56.01)
Alison Sheppard (54.95)
Rosalind Brett (54.92)
Sue Rolph (54.66)
3:40.54 3.93
6 2   Australia Susie O'Neill (54.79)
Sarah Ryan (54.80)
Elka Graham (55.57)
Giaan Rooney (55.75)
3:40.91 4.30
7 1   Canada Marianne Limpert (56.32)
Shannon Shakespeare (55.10)
Laura Nicholls (55.30)
Jessica Deglau (56.20)
3:42.92 6.31
8 8   Italy Cecilia Vianini (55.96)
Luisa Striani (56.22)
Sara Parise (55.88)
Cristina Chiuso (56.43)
3:44.49 7.88

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (16 September 2000). "Thorpe Sets World Mark, Thompson Wins 6th Gold". ABC News. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  3. ^ Longman, Jere (17 September 2000). "Sydney 2000: Swimming; Australia Aglow As Young Star Gets Two Golds". New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Klochkova sets the gold standard". BBC Sport. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 4×100m Freestyle Relay Heats" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 355–356. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  9. ^ "China dominating world championships". The Deseret News. 7 September 1994. Retrieved 28 June 2013.

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