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200 metres Butterfly, Men

Date18 – 19 September 2000
LocationSydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants46 from 40 countries

Six of the men who contested the Olympic final were amongst the 10 fastest of all time. The man at the top of the list was Atlanta silver medalist Tom Malchow of the USA who had broken the world record at the US Trials but world champion Denys Sylantyev and Olympic title holder Denis Pankratov stood between him and Olympic glory. Malchow could not have impressed more in the qualifying rounds as he set new Olympic records in both his swims and was the fastest qualifier for the final by over half a second.

Pankratov gambled on going out fast and hoping to hold on for the last half of the race. At 100 metres he was inside world record race but he faded badly in the closing stages and was overtaken by Malchow. Sylantyev made rapid progress through to win the silver whilst Australia’s Justin Norris was cheered home by the Aussie faithful to win bronze. In fifth place was the youngest member of the United States swimming team, a certain Michael Phelps from Baltimore – the world would hear much more of him over the next decade

1Tom MalchowUSA1:56.25 (1 h6)1:56.02 (1 h2)1:55.35 (1)Gold
2Denys SylantievUKR1:56.42 (1 h4)1:56.81 (1 h1)1:55.76 (2)Silver
3Justin NorrisAUS1:57.60 (2 h6)1:57.10 (2 h1)1:56.17 (3)Bronze
4Anatoly PolyakovRUS1:57.67 (2 h5)1:56.78 (2 h2)1:56.34 (4)
5Michael PhelpsUSA1:57.30 (1 h5)1:57.00 (3 h2)1:56.50 (5)
6Steve ParryGBR1:58.00 (4 h6)1:57.23 (3 h1)1:57.01 (6)
7Denis PankratovRUS1:58.01 (4 h5)1:57.24 (5 h2)1:57.97 (7)
8Franck EspositoFRA1:57.97 (3 h5)1:57.04 (4 h2)1:58.39 (8)
9Takashi YamamotoJPN1:58.07 (5 h5)1:57.66 (4 h1)
10James HickmanGBR1:57.88 (3 h6)1:57.84 (5 h1)
11Heath RamsayAUS1:58.82 (3 h4)1:57.90 (6 h1)
12Hisayoshi TanakaJPN1:59.00 (4 h4)1:58.06 (7 h1)
13Andrew LivingstonPUR1:59.05 (6 h6)1:58.63 (6 h2)
14Stefan AartsenNED1:58.89 (5 h6)1:58.66 (7 h2)
15Thomas RupprathGER1:58.32 (2 h4)1:58.96 (8 h2)
16Serhiy FesenkoUKR1:59.41 (7 h6)1:59.03 (8 h1)
17Ștefan GherghelROU1:59.48 (5 h4)
18Shamek PietuchaCAN1:59.59 (8 h6)
19Han Gyu-CheolKOR1:59.85 (6 h5)
20Juan VelozMEX2:00.02 (7 h5)
21Vladan MarkovićSCG2:00.11 (1 h3)
22Anthony AngMAS2:00.12 (1 h2)
23Jorge PérezESP2:00.15 (6 h4)
24Viktor BodrogiHUN2:00.74 (2 h3)
25Ioannis DrymonakosGRE2:00.75 (3 h3)
26Theo VersterRSA2:00.90 (4 h3)
27Gunter RodríguezCUB2:01.06 (5 h3)
28Michael WindischAUT2:01.20 (6 h3)
29Zoran LazarovskiMKD2:01.30 (2 h2)
30Massimiliano EroliITA2:01.32 (7 h4)
31Miki HalikaISR2:01.79 (8 h4)
32Mark KwokHKG2:01.99 (3 h2)
33Xie XufengCHN2:02.00 (8 h5)
34Tero VälimaaFIN2:02.46 (7 h3)
35Tseng Cheng-HuaTPE2:03.62 (1 h1)
36Juan Pablo ValdiviesoPER2:03.67 (4 h2)
37Colin LowthIRL2:03.91 (8 h3)
38Dulyarit PhuangthongTHA2:04.15 (5 h2)
39Lovrenco FraničevićCRO2:04.35 (6 h2)
40Georgi PalazovBUL2:04.40 (2 h1)
41Konstantin AndryushinKGZ2:04.86 (7 h2)
42Albert SutantoINA2:05.13 (8 h2)
43Roberto DelgadoECU2:08.18 (3 h1)
44Dumitru ZastoicoMDA2:09.34 (4 h1)
45Dmitry TsutskarevUZB2:10.54 (5 h1)
46Fadi KouzmahSYR2:11.56 (6 h1)

Round One (18 September 2000)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:38)

15Tseng Cheng-HuaTPE2:03.620.83
23Georgi PalazovBUL2:04.400.91
34Roberto DelgadoECU2:08.180.72
46Dumitru ZastoicoMDA2:09.340.82
52Dmitry TsutskarevUZB2:10.540.87
67Fadi KouzmahSYR2:11.560.90

Heat Two (10:42)

13Anthony AngMAS2:00.120.73
26Zoran LazarovskiMKD2:01.300.84
37Mark KwokHKG2:01.990.64
45Juan Pablo ValdiviesoPER2:03.670.90
52Dulyarit PhuangthongTHA2:04.150.77
68Lovrenco FraničevićCRO2:04.350.79
71Konstantin AndryushinKGZ2:04.860.87
84Albert SutantoINA2:05.130.79

Heat Three (10:46)

16Vladan MarkovićSCG2:00.110.84
24Viktor BodrogiHUN2:00.740.78
33Ioannis DrymonakosGRE2:00.750.80
41Theo VersterRSA2:00.900.76
55Gunter RodríguezCUB2:01.060.82
62Michael WindischAUT2:01.200.82
77Tero VälimaaFIN2:02.460.83
88Colin LowthIRL2:03.910.86

Heat Four (10:50)

14Denys SylantievUKR1:56.420.85Q
25Thomas RupprathGER1:58.320.79Q
33Heath RamsayAUS1:58.820.85Q
46Hisayoshi TanakaJPN1:59.000.74Q
52Ștefan GherghelROU1:59.480.90
61Jorge PérezESP2:00.150.79
77Massimiliano EroliITA2:01.320.80
88Miki HalikaISR2:01.790.92

Heat Five (10:55)

13Michael PhelpsUSA1:57.300.78Q
25Anatoly PolyakovRUS1:57.670.81Q
34Franck EspositoFRA1:57.970.71Q
42Denis PankratovRUS1:58.010.91Q
56Takashi YamamotoJPN1:58.070.74Q
68Han Gyu-CheolKOR1:59.850.80
77Juan VelozMEX2:00.020.75
81Xie XufengCHN2:02.000.88

Heat Six (11:00)

14Tom MalchowUSA1:56.250.84QOR
26Justin NorrisAUS1:57.600.79Q
33James HickmanGBR1:57.880.85Q
45Steve ParryGBR1:58.000.79Q
58Stefan AartsenNED1:58.890.92Q
67Andrew LivingstonPUR1:59.050.77Q
71Serhiy FesenkoUKR1:59.410.91Q
82Shamek PietuchaCAN1:59.590.73

Semi-Finals (18 September 2000)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:19)

14Denys SylantievUKR1:56.810.81Q
25Justin NorrisAUS1:57.100.79Q
36Steve ParryGBR1:57.230.78Q
42Takashi YamamotoJPN1:57.660.75
53James HickmanGBR1:57.840.85
67Heath RamsayAUS1:57.900.82
71Hisayoshi TanakaJPN1:58.060.69
88Serhiy FesenkoUKR1:59.030.93

Heat Two (20:25)

14Tom MalchowUSA1:56.020.84QOR
23Anatoly PolyakovRUS1:56.780.80Q
35Michael PhelpsUSA1:57.000.76Q
46Franck EspositoFRA1:57.040.72Q
52Denis PankratovRUS1:57.240.90Q
68Andrew LivingstonPUR1:58.630.75
71Stefan AartsenNED1:58.660.90
87Thomas RupprathGER1:58.960.84

Final (19 September 2000 — 19:20)

14Tom MalchowUSA1:55.350.80OR
23Denys SylantievUKR1:55.760.78
37Justin NorrisAUS1:56.170.81
45Anatoly PolyakovRUS1:56.340.83
56Michael PhelpsUSA1:56.500.74
61Steve ParryGBR1:57.010.78
78Denis PankratovRUS1:57.970.82
82Franck EspositoFRA1:58.390.76