Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

The men's 200 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 17–18 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 17, 2000 (heats &
September 18, 2000 (final)
Competitors53 from 45 nations
Winning time1:45.35 =WR
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Ian Thorpe
Massimiliano Rosolino

Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband edged out Australia's top favorite Ian Thorpe on the final lap to claim a gold medal in the event. Stunning a massive home crowd, he touched the wall first in 1:45.35 to match his own world record from the semifinals.[2][3] As a result of starting harder than usual, Thorpe ended up only with a silver in 1:45.83, while Italy's Massimiliano Rosolino added a bronze to his hardware from the 400 m freestyle in a time 1:46.65.[4][5]

U.S. swimmer Josh Davis missed the podium by six hundredths of a second (0.06), finishing with a new American record of 1:46.73. Davis was followed in fifth and sixth by British duo Paul Palmer (1:47.95) and James Salter (1:48.74).[6] Canada's Rick Say (1:48.76) and another Aussie Grant Hackett (1:49.46) closed out the field.[5]

Earlier in the semifinals, Van den Hoogenband blasted a new world record of 1:45.35, slashing 0.16 seconds off the mark set by Thorpe from the Australian trials. One heat later, Thorpe powered home with a second-fastest time of 1:45.37, but missed taking the record back by two hundredths of a second (0.02).[3] He also erased Yevgeny Sadovyi's 1992 Olympic record by 0.14 seconds to pick up a top seed from the prelims (1:46.56).[7][8]


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

World record Ian Thorpe (AUS)1:45.51Sydney, Australia15 May 2000
Olympic record Yevgeny Sadovyi (EUN)1:46.70Barcelona, Spain27 July 1992

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

17 SeptemberHeat 7Ian Thorpe Australia1:46.56OR
17 SeptemberSemifinal 1Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands1:45.35WR
18 SeptemberFinalPieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands1:45.35=WR




174Ian Thorpe Australia1:46.56Q, OR
264Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands1:46.71Q
375Massimiliano Rosolino Italy1:47.37Q
454Josh Davis United States1:48.43Q
576Rick Say Canada1:48.62Q
653James Salter Great Britain1:48.77Q
762Igor Koleda Belarus1:49.01Q, NR
873Scott Goldblatt United States1:49.05Q
965Grant Hackett Australia1:49.23Q
1058Örn Arnarson Iceland1:49.78Q, NR
1155Paul Palmer Great Britain1:49.83Q
1257Stefan Herbst Germany1:49.84Q
1372Andrey Kapralov Russia1:49.92Q
1467Stefan Pohl Germany1:50.07Q
1566Béla Szabados Hungary1:50.10Q
1651Attila Zubor Hungary1:50.11Q
1778Dragoş Coman Romania1:50.20
1871Květoslav Svoboda Czech Republic1:50.29
1968Martijn Zuijdweg Netherlands1:50.37
2056Jacob Carstensen Denmark1:50.41
2152Mark Johnston Canada1:50.92
2245Arūnas Savickas Lithuania1:52.02
2325Mark Chay Singapore1:52.22NR
2447Rostyslav Svanidze Ukraine1:52.35
2546Ricardo Pedroso Portugal1:52.60
2641Mark Kwok Kin Ming Hong Kong1:52.71
2735Damian Alleyne Barbados1:52.75
2844Dmitri Kuzmin Kyrgyzstan1:52.93
2932Woo Chul South Korea1:53.02
3033Javier Díaz Mexico1:53.20
3143Andrei Cecan Moldova1:53.23
3231Jonathan Duncan New Zealand1:53.27
3342Rodrigo Castro Brazil1:53.65
3434Fernando Jácome Colombia1:54.17
3537Francisco Paez Venezuela1:54.32
3663Dimitrios Manganas Greece1:54.36
3722Allen Ong Malaysia1:54.53
3838Wu Nien-pin Chinese Taipei1:54.58
3927George Gleason Virgin Islands1:54.64
4048Glen Walshaw Zimbabwe1:54.70NR
4123Nikola Kalabić Yugoslavia1:54.75
4228Aytekin Mindan Turkey1:54.86
4336Vicha Ratanachote Thailand1:54.91
4413Oleg Tsvetkovskiy Uzbekistan1:54.93
4521Carl Probert Fiji1:54.98
4615Mahmoud El-Wany Egypt1:55.19
4714Sebastien Paddington Trinidad and Tobago1:55.40
4824Andrey Kvassov Kazakhstan1:55.72
4926Alexandros Aresti Cyprus1:57.54
5016Hakimuddin Shabbir Habibulla India1:58.35
5112Santiago Deu Andorra1:59.31
63Ryk Neethling South AfricaDNS
77Dmitry Chernyshov RussiaDNS


Semifinal 1

14Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands1:45.35Q, WR
25Josh Davis United States1:47.06Q, AM
33James Salter Great Britain1:48.64Q
46Scott Goldblatt United States1:48.83
57Stefan Herbst Germany1:49.72
68Attila Zubor Hungary1:49.87
72Örn Arnarson Iceland1:50.41
81Stefan Pohl Germany1:50.56

Semifinal 2

14Ian Thorpe Australia1:45.37Q, OC
25Massimiliano Rosolino Italy1:46.60Q
33Rick Say Canada1:48.50Q
42Grant Hackett Australia1:48.76Q
57Paul Palmer Great Britain1:48.79Q
61Andrey Kapralov Russia1:49.04
78Béla Szabados Hungary1:49.36
86Igor Koleda Belarus1:49.52


4Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands1:45.35=WR
5Ian Thorpe Australia1:45.83
3Massimiliano Rosolino Italy1:46.65
46Josh Davis United States1:46.73AM
58Paul Palmer Great Britain1:47.95
67James Salter Great Britain1:48.74
72Rick Say Canada1:48.76
81Grant Hackett Australia1:49.46


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