Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 19 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DatesSeptember 19, 2000 (heats & final)
Competitors75 from 16 nations
Winning time7:07.05 WR
Medalists
 Australia (AUS)
Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, Todd Pearson, Bill Kirby, Grant Hackett*, Daniel Kowalski*
 United States (USA)
Scott Goldblatt, Josh Davis, Jamie Rauch, Klete Keller, Nate Dusing*, Chad Carvin*
 Netherlands (NED)
Martijn Zuijdweg, Johan Kenkhuis, Marcel Wouda, Pieter van den Hoogenband, Mark van der Zijden*
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.

After defeating the Americans to capture the 4×100 m freestyle relay title four days earlier, the Australians added another relay gold medal to their hardware in the event by the delight of a raucous home crowd. Dominating the race from start to finish, the Aussie foursome of Ian Thorpe (1:46.03), Michael Klim (1:46.40), Todd Pearson (1:47.36), and Bill Kirby (1:47.26) posted a sterling time of 7:07.05 to demolish a new world record and cut off the former Soviet Union's 1992 Olympic standard by almost four seconds.[2][3]

Team USA's Scott Goldblatt (1:49.66), Josh Davis (1:46.49), Jamie Rauch (1:48.74) sent Klete Keller to be an anchor for a second-place battle. Trailing behind the Dutch and the Italians with only 25 metres left, Keller fought off a tight challenge with a split of 1:47.75 to snatch the silver for the Americans in 7:12.64. Meanwhile, the Netherlands moved from fifth-place turns by Martijn Zuijdweg (1:49.60), Johan Kenkhuis (1:51.18), and Marcel Wouda (1:48.56) to race on the final stretch for the bronze in 7:12.70, after producing a superb anchor of 1:44.88, the fastest split of all time, set by Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband.[4][5][6]

The Italian team of Andrea Beccari (1:49.67), Matteo Pelliciari (1:48.41), Emiliano Brembilla (1:48.92), and Massimiliano Rosolino (1:45.91) missed the podium with a fourth-place time of 7:12.91, holding off the fast-pacing Brits' Edward Sinclair (1:49.61), Paul Palmer (1:47.15), Marc Spackman (1:48.85), and James Salter (1:47.37) by seven-hundredths of a second (7:12.98).[7] Germany (7:20.19), Canada (7:21.92), and Russia (7:24.37) rounded out the championship finale.[6]

Records

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

World record Australia (AUS)
Ian Thorpe (1:46.28)
Bill Kirby (1:48.96)
Grant Hackett (1:46.30)
Michael Klim (1:47.25)
7:08.79Sydney, Australia25 August 1999
Olympic record Unified Team (EUN)
Dmitry Lepikov (1:49.55)
Vladimir Pyshnenko (1:46.58)
Veniamin Tayanovich (1:48.99)
Yevgeny Sadovyi (1:46.83)
7:11.95Barcelona, Spain27 July 1992

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

DateEventNameNationalityTimeRecord
September 19FinalIan Thorpe (1:46.03)
Michael Klim (1:46.40)
Todd Pearson (1:47.36)
Bill Kirby (1:47.26)
 Australia7:07.05WR

Results

Heats

[8]

RankHeatLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
124 AustraliaGrant Hackett (1:50.31)
Bill Kirby (1:47.76)
Todd Pearson (1:47.68)
Daniel Kowalski (1:48.52)
7:14.27Q
214 United StatesChad Carvin (1:49.65)
Nate Dusing (1:49.44)
Jamie Rauch (1:48.94)
Klete Keller (1:49.19)
7:17.22Q
315 ItalyAndrea Beccari (1:49.30)
Klaus Lanzarini (1:49.77)
Simone Cercato (1:50.36)
Matteo Pelliciari (1:48.26)
7:17.69Q
423 GermanyHeiko Hell (1:50.48)
Michael Kiedel (1:50.64)
Christian Keller (1:49.12)
Stefan Herbst (1:49.71)
7:19.95Q
526 NetherlandsMartijn Zuijdweg (1:49.60)
Mark van der Zijden (1:51.18)
Johan Kenkhuis (1:50.27)
Marcel Wouda (1:49.62)
7:20.67Q
625 Great BritainJames Salter (1:49.62)
Andrew Clayton (1:51.87)
Marc Spackman (1:49.94)
Edward Sinclair (1:49.26)
7:20.69Q
713 CanadaMark Johnston (1:50.24)
Brian Johns (1:51.19)
Mike Mintenko (1:49.79)
Rick Say (1:50.23)
7:21.45Q
816 RussiaAndrey Kapralov (1:49.52)
Aleksey Yegorov (1:52.67)
Sergey Lavrenov (1:51.68)
Dmitry Chernyshov (1:49.71)
7:23.58Q
922 RomaniaDragoș Coman (1:50.25)
Cezar Bădiță (1:49.90)
Răzvan Florea (1:52.85)
Ioan Gherghel (1:51.06)
7:24.06
1011 HungaryAttila Czene (1:52.66)
Zsolt Gáspár (1:51.86)
Jácint Simon (1:50.32)
Bela Szabados (1:49.64)
7:24.48NR
1127 DenmarkJacob Carstensen (1:49.80)
Henrik Steen Andersen (1:51.51)
Jeppe Nielsen (1:51.98)
Dennis Otzen Jensen (1:51.34)
7:24.63
1217 BelarusIgor Koleda (1:49.44)
Pavel Lagoun (1:52.83)
Dmitry Koptur (1:51.14)
Valeryan Khuroshvili (1:51.42)
7:24.83
1312 BrazilEdvaldo Silva Filho (1:51.68)
Leonardo Costa (1:51.53)
Luiz Lima (1:51.81)
Rodrigo Castro (1:51.40)
7:26.42
1421 UkraineSergey Fesenko (1:54.11)
Igor Snitko (1:52.31)
Artem Goncharenko (1:52.98)
Rostyslav Svanidze (1:52.76)
7:32.16
1528 GreeceAthanasios Oikonomou (1:52.72)
Dimitrios Manganas (1:54.58)
Spyridon Bitsakis (1:55.23)
Spyridon Gianniotis (1:53.24)
7:35.77
18 KyrgyzstanAndrei Pakin
Dmitri Kuzmin
Aleksandr Shilin
Ivan Ivanov
DSQ

Final

RankLaneNationSwimmersTimeTime behindNotes
4 AustraliaIan Thorpe (1:46.03)
Michael Klim (1:46.40)
Todd Pearson (1:47.36)
Bill Kirby (1:47.26)
7:07.05WR
5 United StatesScott Goldblatt (1:49.66)
Josh Davis (1:46.49)
Jamie Rauch (1:48.74)
Klete Keller (1:47.75)
7:12.645.59
2 NetherlandsMartijn Zuijdweg (1:49.89)
Johan Kenkhuis (1:49.37)
Marcel Wouda (1:48.56)
Pieter van den Hoogenband (1:44.88)
7:12.705.65NR
43 ItalyAndrea Beccari (1:49.67)
Matteo Pelliciari (1:48.41)
Emiliano Brembilla (1:48.92)
Massimiliano Rosolino (1:45.91)
7:12.915.86
57 Great BritainEdward Sinclair (1:49.61)
Paul Palmer (1:47.15)
Marc Spackman (1:48.85)
James Salter (1:47.37)
7:12.985.93
66 GermanyStefan Pohl (1:50.83)
Christian Keller (1:50.01)
Stefan Herbst (1:49.05)
Christian Tröger (1:50.30)
7:20.1913.14
71 CanadaMark Johnston (1:50.44)
Mike Mintenko (1:49.94)
Rick Say (1:48.71)
Yannick Lupien (1:52.83)
7:21.9214.87
88 RussiaDmitry Chernyshov (1:50.44)
Andrey Kapralov (1:51.16)
Sergey Lavrenov (1:51.65)
Alexei Filipets (1:51.12)
7:24.3717.32

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