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50 metres Freestyle, Women

Date22 – 23 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants74 from 66 countries
Olympic Record 24.79 WR / Yang Wenyi CHN / 31 July 1992

The main threat to Inge de Bruijn’s attempt to add a third Olympic title to her haul from the Sydney Games appeared to be the current World and Olympic champion Amy van Dyken. Things got ugly between the two at the semi-final when US TV filmed van Dyken spitting into de Bruijn’s lane. It seemed to have little effect on the Dutch woman who responded by setting a new world record.

The final also followed the same pattern with “Invincible Inky”, as the Australian press called her, speeding like a bullet towards the finish and another Olympic gold. [Therese Alshammar] of Sweden matched her performance of the 100 metre freestyle by winning the silver medal with 33-year-old American Dara Torres finishing third. Torres would come back in 2008 and win silver in this event, the oldest female Olympic swimming medalist ever. She also attempted to make the 2012 US Olympic Team at age 45, but did not get past the US Trials.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Inge de BruijnNED24.46 (1 h10)24.13 (1 h2)24.32 (1)Gold
2Therèse AlshammarSWE25.24 (1 h9)24.80 (1 h1)24.51 (2)Silver
3Dara TorresUSA24.96 (1 h8)24.98 (2 h1)24.63 (3)Bronze
4Amy Van DykenUSA25.04 (2 h10)25.00 (2 h2)25.04 (4)
5Martina MoravcováSVK25.39 (3 h10)25.49 (4 h2)25.24 (5)
6Sandra VölkerGER25.44 (2 h9)25.22 (3 h1)25.27 (6)
7Alison SheppardGBR25.53 (2 h8)25.32 (3 h2)25.45 (7)
8Sumika MinamotoJPN25.52 (=4 h10)25.43 (4 h1)25.65 (8)
9Vivienne RignallNZL25.52 (=4 h10)25.61 (=5 h2)
10Anna-Karin KammerlingSWE25.79 (4 h8)25.61 (=5 h2)
11Katrin MeißnerGER25.64 (6 h10)25.62 (5 h1)
12Susie O'NeillAUS25.73 (3 h8)25.74 (6 h1)
13Wilma van RijnNED25.81 (3 h9)25.87 (7 h1)
14Olha MukomolUKR25.67 (7 h10)25.88 (7 h2)
15Rania El-WaniEGY25.87 (1 h6)25.95 (8 h2)
16Jana KolukanovaEST25.96 (1 h7)26.03 (8 h1)
=17Mette JacobsenDEN25.96 (2 h6)
=17Ana Belén PalomoESP25.96 (4 h9)
19Cristina ChiusoITA25.99 (5 h8)
20Sue RolphGBR26.00 (6 h8)
21Han XueCHN26.01 (5 h9)
22Nadine RollandCAN26.04 (7 h8)
=23Sarah RyanAUS26.05 (8 h8)
=23Leah MartindaleBAR26.05 (3 h6)
25Heleen MullerRSA26.07 (6 h9)
26Alena PopchankaBLR26.10 (2 h7)
27Eileen Marie CoparropaPAN26.19 (7 h9)
=28Liesbet DreesenBEL26.21 (=3 h7)
=28Hanna-Maria SeppäläFIN26.21 (=3 h7)
30Ivana WalterováSVK26.23 (5 h7)
31Judith DraxlerAUT26.26 (8 h9)
32Siobhan CropperTTO26.36 (4 h6)
33Yekaterina KibaloRUS26.37 (6 h7)
34Lara HeinzLUX26.55 (5 h6)
35Caroline PickeringFIJ26.57 (6 h6)
36Kirsty CoventryZIM26.58 (7 h6)
37Joscelin YeoSGP26.71 (7 h7)
38Jenna GresdalCAN26.79 (8 h10)
39Moe Thu AungMYA26.80 (1 h1)
40Chiang Tzu-YingTPE26.84 (1 h5)
=41Yekaterina TochenayaKGZ26.88 (1 h4)
=41Jang Hui-JinKOR26.88 (8 h6)
43Athina BokhoriGRE26.90 (8 h7)
44Agnese OzoliņaLAT27.28 (2 h5)
45Pilin TachakittirananTHA27.31 (3 h5)
46Marijana ŠurkovićCRO27.32 (4 h5)
47Sherry TsaiHKG27.38 (5 h5)
48Chantal GibneyIRL27.46 (6 h5)
49Angelia ChuckJAM27.48 (2 h4)
50Jūratė LadavičiūtėLTU27.54 (7 h5)
51Elín SigurðardóttirISL27.58 (8 h5)
52Marilyn ChuaMAS27.66 (3 h4)
53Duška RadanSCG27.70 (4 h4)
54Maria TregubovMDA27.75 (5 h4)
55Saida IskandarovaUZB28.08 (6 h4)
56Talía BarriosPER28.11 (7 h4)
57Ngozi MonuNGR28.20 (1 h3)
58Tânia AnacletoMOZ28.78 (2 h3)
59Alisa XalıyevaAZE28.79 (3 h3)
60Sherri HenryLCA28.81 (4 h3)
61Mbolatiana RamanisaMAD29.20 (5 h3)
62Roshendra VrolijkARU29.31 (6 h3)
63Yuliana MikheevaARM29.79 (7 h3)
64Theekshana RatnasekeraSRI29.88 (1 h2)
65Samar NassarPLE30.05 (2 h2)
66Runa PradhanNEP31.28 (3 h2)
67Teran MatthewsVIN31.71 (4 h2)
68Francilla AgarDMA32.22 (8 h3)
69Fariha FathimathMDV32.36 (5 h2)
70Hem RaksmeyCAM33.11 (6 h2)
71Noor HakiIRQ35.51 (7 h2)
72Aissatou BarryGUI35.79 (8 h4)
73Paula Barila BolopaGEQ1:03.97 (2 h1)
ACFatima Abdul MajeedBRN– (AC h1)DQ

Round One (22 September 2000)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (10:02)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Moe Thu AungMYA26.800.76
23Paula Barila BolopaGEQ1:03.970.73
AC5Fatima Abdul MajeedBRNDQ1

Heat Two (10:04)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Theekshana RatnasekeraSRI29.880.61
23Samar NassarPLE30.050.61
36Runa PradhanNEP31.280.61
42Teran MatthewsVIN31.710.94
57Fariha FathimathMDV32.360.61
61Hem RaksmeyCAM33.110.61
74Noor HakiIRQ35.510.61

Heat Three (10:06)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Ngozi MonuNGR28.200.88
27Tânia AnacletoMOZ28.780.64
34Alisa XalıyevaAZE28.790.86
48Sherri HenryLCA28.810.89
56Mbolatiana RamanisaMAD29.200.89
62Roshendra VrolijkARU29.310.83
73Yuliana MikheevaARM29.790.64
81Francilla AgarDMA32.220.84

Heat Four (10:08)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13Yekaterina TochenayaKGZ26.880.81
26Angelia ChuckJAM27.480.82
35Marilyn ChuaMAS27.660.82
44Duška RadanSCG27.700.78
51Maria TregubovMDA27.750.86
67Saida IskandarovaUZB28.080.81
72Talía BarriosPER28.110.79
88Aissatou BarryGUI35.791.06

Heat Five (10:10)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
12Chiang Tzu-YingTPE26.840.81
28Agnese OzoliņaLAT27.280.80
33Pilin TachakittirananTHA27.310.84
44Marijana ŠurkovićCRO27.320.80
57Sherry TsaiHKG27.380.79
66Chantal GibneyIRL27.460.84
71Jūratė LadavičiūtėLTU27.540.84
85Elín SigurðardóttirISL27.580.79

Heat Six (10:12)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Rania El-WaniEGY25.870.55Q
27Mette JacobsenDEN25.960.85
31Leah MartindaleBAR26.050.85
43Siobhan CropperTTO26.360.79
55Lara HeinzLUX26.550.86
68Caroline PickeringFIJ26.570.87
72Kirsty CoventryZIM26.580.55
84Jang Hui-JinKOR26.880.55

Heat Seven (10:14)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
18Jana KolukanovaEST25.960.88q
26Alena PopchankaBLR26.100.85
=34Liesbet DreesenBEL26.210.87
=37Hanna-Maria SeppäläFIN26.210.74
55Ivana WalterováSVK26.230.76
63Yekaterina KibaloRUS26.370.81
71Joscelin YeoSGP26.710.70
82Athina BokhoriGRE26.900.80

Heat Eight (10:16)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Dara TorresUSA24.960.75Q
25Alison SheppardGBR25.530.78Q
37Susie O'NeillAUS25.730.77Q
46Anna-Karin KammerlingSWE25.790.80Q
52Cristina ChiusoITA25.990.76
63Sue RolphGBR26.000.78
78Nadine RollandCAN26.040.75
81Sarah RyanAUS26.050.74

Heat Nine (10:18)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Therèse AlshammarSWE25.240.81Q
25Sandra VölkerGER25.440.53Q
33Wilma van RijnNED25.810.80Q
47Ana Belén PalomoESP25.960.78q
51Han XueCHN26.010.53
68Heleen MullerRSA26.070.53
72Eileen Marie CoparropaPAN26.190.75
86Judith DraxlerAUT26.260.81

Heat Ten (10:20)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Inge de BruijnNED24.460.73QOR
25Amy Van DykenUSA25.040.74Q
37Martina MoravcováSVK25.390.79Q
=41Vivienne RignallNZL25.520.78Q
=43Sumika MinamotoJPN25.520.67Q
62Katrin MeißnerGER25.640.82Q
76Olha MukomolUKR25.670.96Q
88Jenna GresdalCAN26.790.83

Swim-Off for 16th Place

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
1Jana KolukanovaEST25.86Q
2Mette JacobsenDEN26.00
ACAna Belén PalomoESPDQ

Semi-Finals (22 September 2000)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:07)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Therèse AlshammarSWE24.800.82Q
24Dara TorresUSA24.980.75Q
33Sandra VölkerGER25.220.70Q
46Sumika MinamotoJPN25.430.66Q
52Katrin MeißnerGER25.620.80
67Susie O'NeillAUS25.740.79
71Wilma van RijnNED25.870.81
88Jana KolukanovaEST26.030.89

Heat Two (20:12)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Inge de BruijnNED24.130.41QWR
25Amy Van DykenUSA25.000.41Q
32Alison SheppardGBR25.320.75Q
43Martina MoravcováSVK25.490.78Q
=51Anna-Karin KammerlingSWE25.610.83
=56Vivienne RignallNZL25.610.77
77Olha MukomolUKR25.880.90
88Rania El-WaniEGY25.950.78

Final (23 September 2000 — 15:33)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Inge de BruijnNED24.320.72
25Therèse AlshammarSWE24.510.76
33Dara TorresUSA24.630.74
46Amy Van DykenUSA25.040.76
58Martina MoravcováSVK25.240.80
62Sandra VölkerGER25.270.73
77Alison SheppardGBR25.450.79
81Sumika MinamotoJPN25.650.68