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

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 19–20 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 19, 2000 (heats &
September 20, 2000 (final)
Competitors74 from 66 nations
Winning time48.30
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Alexander Popov
Gary Hall, Jr.
 United States

Netherlands' Pieter van den Hoogenband stormed home on the final lap to claim his second Olympic gold medal at these Games. He posted a time of 48.30 to hold off Russia's defending Olympic champion Alexander Popov by almost two-fifths of a second (0.40).[2] Failing to attain a third straight triumph in the same event, Popov settled only for the silver in 48.69. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. powered home with a bronze in 48.73.[3][4]

After breaking a split world record in the 4×100 m freestyle relay on the opening night, Australia's overwhelming favorite Michael Klim missed out the podium in a close race against Hall by a hundredth of a second, finishing with a time of 48.74.[5] Klim was followed in fifth by Hall's teammate Neil Walker (49.09), and in sixth by Sweden's three-time Olympian Lars Frölander (49.22). Russia's Denis Pimankov (49.36) and another Aussie Chris Fydler (49.44) rounded out the finale.[4]

Earlier in the semifinals, Van den Hoogenband cleared a 48-second barrier to set a new world record of 47.84, slashing 0.34 seconds off the mark set by Klim from the relay.[6]

One of the most popular highlights in the event took place in the first heat. Dubbed as Eric the Eel, Equatorial Guinea's Eric Moussambani received a dubious honor of being the slowest Olympic swimmer in history. Two other swimmers, Niger's Karim Bare and Tajikistan's Farkhod Oripov, plunged into the pool and were cast out of the race under a no false-start rule, leaving Moussambani as the last man standing. Cheering by a large crowd, he finished a one-man heat in 1:52.72, nearly seven seconds slower than a winning time by Van den Hoogenband over double the distance a day before.[7][8]


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

World record Michael Klim (AUS)48.18Sydney, Australia16 September 2000
Olympic record Michael Klim (AUS)48.18Sydney, Australia16 September 2000

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

19 SeptemberSemifinal 2Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands47.84WR




194Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands48.64Q
2105Michael Klim Australia49.09Q
3106Lars Frölander Sweden49.16Q, NR
4104Alexander Popov Russia49.29Q
595Gary Hall, Jr. United States49.32Q
682Denis Pimankov Russia49.45Q
85Chris Fydler AustraliaQ
897Salim Iles Algeria49.70Q, NR
984Neil Walker United States49.73Q
10102Lorenzo Vismara Italy49.74Q
101Roland Mark Schoeman South AfricaQ
12108José Meolans Argentina49.75Q, NR
1393Gustavo Borges Brazil49.76Q
87Christian Tröger GermanyQ
1596Attila Zubor Hungary49.79Q
1678Duje Draganja Croatia49.83Q, NR
17107Bartosz Kizierowski Poland49.84
1886Johan Kenkhuis Netherlands49.93
1981Stefan Nystrand Sweden50.19
92Karel Novy Switzerland
2163Peter Mankoč Slovenia50.28
2283Romain Barnier France50.32
2372Rolandas Gimbutis Lithuania50.46
2461Kim Min-suk South Korea50.49
2574Torsten Spanneberg Germany50.56
2698Yannick Lupien Canada50.62
2788Pavlo Khnykin Ukraine50.63
2873Javier Botello Spain50.87
2975Craig Hutchison Canada50.90
3091Aleh Rukhlevich Belarus50.96
71Marcos Hernández Cuba
3277Thierry Wouters Belgium51.07
3376Jere Hård Finland51.11
3465Spyridon Bitsakis Greece51.28
68Sergey Ashihmin Kyrgyzstan
3642Carl Probert Fiji51.34NR
3767Richard Sam Bera Indonesia51.52
3866Yoav Bruck Israel51.62
3951Nikola Kalabić Yugoslavia51.82
4045Christopher Murray Bahamas51.93
52Allen Ong Malaysia
4257George Gleason Virgin Islands52.00
4347Indrek Sei Estonia52.09
4446Tamer Hamed Egypt52.14
4553Květoslav Svoboda Czech Republic52.18
4634Paul Kutscher Uruguay52.22
4748Fernando Jácome Colombia52.24
44Mark Chay Singapore
4962Željko Panić Bosnia and Herzegovina52.40
5064Francisco Sánchez Venezuela52.43
5132Howard Hinds Netherlands Antilles52.52
5243Glen Walshaw Zimbabwe52.53
5356Igor Sitnikov Kazakhstan52.57
5433Aleksandr Agafonov Uzbekistan52.58
5554Wu Nien-pin Chinese Taipei52.72
5655Felipe Delgado Ecuador52.78
5758Chrysanthos Papachrysanthou Cyprus52.82
5835Ríkardur Ríkardsson Iceland52.85
5936George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago52.90
6031Gentle Offoin Nigeria52.91NR
6137Kenny Roberts Seychelles53.40
6241Rodrigo Olivares Chile53.50
6323Gregory Arkhurst Ivory Coast53.55
6438Alejandro Castellanos Honduras54.06
6524Hamid Reza Mobarez Iran54.12
6625Christophe Lim Wen Ying Mauritius54.33
6726Ganaagiin Galbadrakh Mongolia58.79
6822Ragi Edde Lebanon59.26
6927Marien Michel Ngouabi Republic of the Congo1:00.39
7021Dawood Youssef Mohamed Jassim Bahrain1:02.45
7115Eric Moussambani Equatorial Guinea1:52.72NR
13Karim Bare NigerDSQ
14Farkhod Oripov TajikistanDSQ
103Fernando Scherer BrazilDNS


Semifinal 1

14Michael Klim Australia48.80Q
25Alexander Popov Russia48.84Q
33Denis Pimankov Russia49.43Q
47José Meolans Argentina49.66NR
52Lorenzo Vismara Italy49.67
8Duje Draganja CroatiaNR
76Salim Iles Algeria49.70=NR
81Christian Tröger Germany49.80

Semifinal 2

14Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands47.84Q, WR
25Lars Frölander Sweden48.93Q, NR
32Neil Walker United States49.04Q
43Gary Hall, Jr. United States49.13Q
56Chris Fydler Australia49.55Q
68Attila Zubor Hungary49.58
77Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa49.84
81Gustavo Borges Brazil49.93


4Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands48.30
3Alexander Popov Russia48.69
7Gary Hall, Jr. United States48.73
45Michael Klim Australia48.74
52Neil Walker United States49.09
66Lars Frölander Sweden49.22
71Denis Pimankov Russia49.36
88Chris Fydler Australia49.44


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