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

The men'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]

Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DatesSeptember 16, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors100 from 23 nations
Winning time3:13.67 WR
Medalists
 Australia (AUS)
Michael Klim, Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus, Ian Thorpe, Todd Pearson*, Adam Pine*
 United States (USA)
Anthony Ervin, Neil Walker, Jason Lezak, Gary Hall, Jr., Scott Tucker*, Josh Davis*
 Brazil (BRA)
Fernando Scherer, Gustavo Borges, Carlos Jayme, Edvaldo Silva Filho
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.

For the first time in 36 years, the Australians solidified their triumph in front of a raucous home crowd as they upset the undefeated Americans to capture an Olympic title in the event. Leading by 0.15 seconds at the final relay exchange, Ian Thorpe was passed by U.S. swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. at the 350 metres mark, but eventually recovered and touched the wall first with an anchor of 48.30 to deliver the Aussie foursome of Michael Klim (48.18), Chris Fydler (48.48), and Ashley Callus (48.74) a gold-medal time in 3:13.67. Leading off the race, Klim also established a global standard to shave 0.03 seconds off the record set by his Russian training partner Alexander Popov in 1994.[2][3]

Prior to the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay, Hall posted on his blog: "My biased opinion says that we will smash them (Australia's 4x100m team) like guitars. Historically the U.S. has always risen to the occasion. But the logic in that remote area of my brain says it won't be so easy for the United States to dominate the waters this time." The Australian team responded to Hall's remarks after the race by playing air guitar on the pool deck. Hall recalled the race, saying, "I don't even know how to play the guitar...I consider it the best relay race I've ever been part of. I doff my cap to the great Ian Thorpe. He had a better finish than I had."[4] Another member of Australia's victorious 4x100 team, Michael Klim, recalled that "Hall was the first swimmer to come over and congratulate us. Even though he dished it out, he was a true sportsman".

Team USA's Hall (48.24), Anthony Ervin (48.89), Neil Walker (48.31), and Jason Lezak (48.42) lost a powerful challenge to the Aussies only for the silver in a new American record of 3:13.86, the second-fastest time in history, finishing 1.25 seconds under their five-year-old world record.[5] Meanwhile, Brazil's team of Fernando Scherer (49.79), Gustavo Borges (48.61), Carlos Jayme (49.88), Edvaldo Silva Filho (49.12) earned their first ever relay medal in 20 years, as they took home the bronze with a time of 3:17.40.[6][7]

Germany (3;17.77), Italy (3:17.85), Sweden (3:19.60), and France (3:21.00) rounded out the championship field, while the Russians, led by Popov, were disqualified due to an early relay launch from Andrey Kapralov on the lead-off leg.[7]

In the absence of Pieter van den Hoogenband on the morning prelims, the Dutch team posted an excellent time of 3:18.32 to lead the first heat, but was cast out of the final race for an early jumping attempt from Dennis Rijnbeek during the second exchange.[8]

Records

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

World record United States (USA)
David Fox (49.32)
Joe Hudepohl (49.11)
Jon Olsen (48.17)
Gary Hall, Jr. (47.45)
3:15.11Atlanta, United States12 August 1995
Olympic record United States (USA)
Jon Olsen (49.94)
Josh Davis (49.00)
Brad Schumacher (49.02)
Gary Hall, Jr. (47.45)
3:15.41Atlanta, United States23 July 1996

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

DateEventNameNationalityTimeRecord
September 16FinalMichael Klim (48.18) WR
Chris Fydler (48.48)
Ashley Callus (48.71)
Ian Thorpe (48.30)
 Australia3:13.67WR

Results

Heats

[9]

RankHeatLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
134 United StatesScott Tucker (49.80)
Anthony Ervin (48.43)
Jason Lezak (48.46)
Josh Davis (48.74)
3:15.43Q
224 AustraliaChris Fydler (49.72)
Todd Pearson (49.32)
Adam Pine (49.25)
Ashley Callus (49.08)
3:17.37Q
315 GermanyLars Conrad (50.60)
Torsten Spanneberg (49.41)
Stephan Kunzelmann (49.63)
Stefan Herbst (49.06)
3:18.70Q
413 ItalyLorenzo Vismara (49.91)
Mauro Gallo (49.92)
Klaus Lanzarini (49.60)
Simone Cercato (49.43)
3:18.86Q
535 BrazilFernando Scherer (50.16)
Edvaldo Silva Filho (49.26)
Carlos Jayme (50.10)
Gustavo Borges (49.77)
3:19.29Q
625 RussiaDenis Pimankov (49.93)
Leonid Khokhlov (51.02)
Andrey Kapralov (49.03)
Alexander Popov (49.72)
3:19.70Q
726 SwedenStefan Nystrand (50.42)
Johan Wallberg (50.30)
Lars Frölander (48.79)
Mattias Ohlin (50.29)
3:19.80Q
823 FranceRomain Barnier (50.05)
Frédérick Bousquet (49.41)
Hugo Viart (50.35)
Nicolas Kintz (50.38)
3:20.19Q
933 Great BritainPaul Belk (50.59)
Sion Brinn (49.52)
Anthony Howard (50.18)
Mark Stevens (50.16)
3:20.45
1012 BelarusIgor Koleda (49.95)
Pavel Lagoun (49.80)
Dzmitry Kalinouski (51.16)
Aleh Rukhlevich (49.94)
3:20.85NR
1122 South AfricaRoland Mark Schoeman (50.19)
Brendon Dedekind (50.27)
Nicholas Folker (49.57)
Terence Parkin (51.25)
3:21.28AF
1232 UkraineVyacheslav Shyrshov (49.77)
Rostyslav Svanidze (51.69)
Artem Goncharenko (49.98)
Pavlo Khnykin (50.04)
3:21.48
1336 CanadaCraig Hutchison (50.40)
Robbie Taylor (50.89)
Rick Say (50.97)
Yannick Lupien (49.72)
3:21.98
1437 IsraelAlexei Manziula (51.14)
Eithan Urbach (49.68)
Oren Azrad (50.68)
Yoav Bruck (50.56)
3:22.06NR
1516 SpainJorge Luis Ulibarri (50.89)
Eduardo Lorente (50.52)
Juan Benavides (50.67)
Javier Botello (50.68)
3:22.76
1627 LithuaniaArūnas Savickas (52.11)
Minvydas Packevičius (50.53)
Saulius Binevičius (50.81)
Rolandas Gimbutis (50.23)
3:23.68
1728 VenezuelaCarlos Santander (51.28)
Oswaldo Quevedo (51.36)
Francisco Páez (50.97)
Francisco Sánchez (51.03)
3:24.64
1838 DenmarkDennis Otzen Jensen (51.69)
Henrik Steen Andersen (51.45)
Jeppe Nielsen (51.18)
Jacob Carstensen (50.46)
3:24.78
1917 CroatiaDuje Draganja (50.45)
Marijan Kanjer (51.37)
Ivan Mladina (50.91)
Alen Lončar (52.23)
3:24.96
2021 KyrgyzstanSergey Ashihmin (51.65)
Konstantin Ushkov (50.04)
Dmitri Kuzmin (50.61)
Alexei Pavlov (52.73)
3:25.03
2131 KazakhstanIgor Sitnikov (52.56)
Andrey Kvassov (52.25)
Pavel Sidorov (52.14)
Sergey Borisenko (51.95)
3:28.90
11 NetherlandsMark Veens (49.38)
Dennis Rijnbeek
Ewout Holst
Johan Kenkhuis
DSQ
14 UzbekistanOleg Tsvetkovskiy (52.42)
Oleg Pukhnatiy
Ravil Nachaev
Petr Vasiliev
DSQ

Final

RankLaneNationSwimmersTimeTime behindNotes
5 AustraliaMichael Klim (48.18) WR
Chris Fydler (48.48)
Ashley Callus (48.71)
Ian Thorpe (48.30)
3:13.67WR
4 United StatesAnthony Ervin (48.89)
Neil Walker (48.31)
Jason Lezak (48.42)
Gary Hall, Jr. (48.24)
3:13.860.19AM
2 BrazilFernando Scherer (49.79)
Gustavo Borges (48.61)
Carlos Jayme (49.88)
Edvaldo Silva Filho (49.12)
3:17.403.73
43 GermanyTorsten Spanneberg (49.63)
Christian Tröger (49.06)
Stephan Kunzelmann (50.20)
Stefan Herbst (48.88)
3:17.774.10
56 ItalyLorenzo Vismara (49.23)
Klaus Lanzarini (49.46)
Massimiliano Rosolino (49.70)
Simone Cercato (49.46)
3:17.854.18
61 SwedenStefan Nystrand (50.06)
Lars Frölander (48.12)
Mattias Ohlin (49.99)
Johan Nyström (51.43)
3:19.605.93
78 FranceFrédérick Bousquet (50.88)
Romain Barnier (49.68)
Hugo Viart (49.79)
Nicolas Kintz (50.65)
3:21.007.33
7 RussiaAndrey Kapralov (50.44)
Denis Pimankov
Alexander Popov
Dmitry Chernyshov
DSQ

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