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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women

Date16 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants61 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 3:39.29 / United States USA / 22 July 1996

By the standard of previous years, the winning United States team were positively geriatric – they were on average 27-years-old. They were also on a completely different level to their competition. The US lead was half-a-second on the first changeover and they stretched their lead through the race. Their winning time of 3:36.51 smashed the world record set by China as they won the world title in 1998. In Sydney the Chinese team, who had been dogged by drug allegations and loss of form, failed to reach the final. The silver medal was only decided on the last leg with Inge de Bruijn producing a virtuoso performance to bring the Netherlands up from sixth to second ahead of Sweden.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:40.88 (1 h2)3:36.61 (1)Gold
Amy Van DykenDara TorresCourtney ShealyJenny ThompsonErin PhenixAshley Tappin
2NetherlandsNED3:42.32 (2 h2)3:39.83 (2)Silver
Manon van RooijenWilma van RijnThamar HennekenInge de BruijnChantal Groot
3SwedenSWE3:43.77 (2 h1)3:40.30 (3)Bronze
Louise JöhnckeTherèse AlshammarJohanna SjöbergAnna-Karin KammerlingJosefin LillhageMalin Svahnström
4GermanyGER3:43.22 (3 h2)3:40.31 (4)
Antje BuschschulteKatrin MeißnerFranziska van AlmsickKerstin KielgaßDaniela SamulskiBritta SteffenSandra Völker
5Great BritainGBR3:42.47 (1 h1)3:40.54 (5)
Karen PickeringAlison SheppardRosalind BrettSue Rolph
6AustraliaAUS3:43.56 (4 h2)3:40.91 (6)
Susie O'NeillSarah RyanElka GrahamGiaan RooneyMel Dodd
7CanadaCAN3:43.82 (3 h1)3:42.92 (7)
Marianne LimpertShannon ShakespeareLaura NichollsJessica Deglau
8ItalyITA3:43.97 (4 h1)3:44.49 (8)
Cecilia VianiniLuisa StrianiSara PariseCristina Chiuso
9People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:46.62 (5 h2)
Han XueLi JinSun DanYang Yu
10Russian FederationRUS3:46.79 (5 h1)
Marina ChepurkovaYekaterina KibaloInna YaitskayaLyubov Yudina
11BelgiumBEL3:46.91 (6 h2)
Tine BossuytLiesbet DreesenSofie GoffinNina Van Koeckhoven
12RomaniaROU3:48.78 (6 h1)
Lorena DiaconescuCarmen HereaDiana MocanuCamelia Potec
13UkraineUKR3:49.11 (7 h2)
Nadiya BeshevliOlena LapunovaOlha MukomolValentyna Trehub

Round One (16 September 2000)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:18)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14Great BritainGBR3:42.47Q
Alison Sheppard27.1456.160.8256.16 (3)
Rosalind Brett26.3455.630.271:51.79 (2)
Karen Pickering26.6355.290.272:47.08 (1)
Sue Rolph26.1955.390.223:42.47 (1)
25SwedenSWE3:43.77Q
Louise Jöhncke26.6156.270.8156.27 (4)
Josefin Lillhage26.8357.000.241:53.27 (4)
Malin Svahnström26.7856.730.332:50.00 (4)
Therèse Alshammar25.7553.770.183:43.77 (2)
33CanadaCAN3:43.82Q
Marianne Limpert27.0155.870.8155.87 (1)
Shannon Shakespeare27.0855.800.211:51.67 (1)
Jessica Deglau27.1856.230.362:47.90 (2)
Laura Nicholls26.4755.920.273:43.82 (3)
46ItalyITA3:43.97Q
Cecilia Vianini26.9256.100.8756.10 (2)
Luisa Striani27.7656.290.291:52.39 (3)
Sara Parise26.9055.730.352:48.12 (3)
Cristina Chiuso26.5355.850.123:43.97 (4)
57Russian FederationRUS3:46.79
Lyubov Yudina27.8757.740.8857.74 (6)
Marina Chepurkova26.7756.790.401:54.53 (5)
Yekaterina Kibalo26.3856.020.142:50.55 (5)
Inna Yaitskaya26.7356.240.163:46.79 (5)
62RomaniaROU3:48.78
Carmen Herea27.5257.280.8257.28 (5)
Lorena Diaconescu27.8757.770.361:55.05 (6)
Diana Mocanu28.0257.260.662:52.31 (6)
Camelia Potec27.2656.470.373:48.78 (6)

Heat Two (12:25)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:40.88Q
Ashley Tappin26.9855.470.7255.47 (2)
Erin Phenix27.0956.020.411:51.49 (2)
Courtney Shealy26.7454.990.332:46.48 (1)
Amy Van Dyken26.2154.400.433:40.88 (1)
26NetherlandsNED3:42.32Q
Manon van Rooijen27.1856.150.8356.15 (3)
Chantal Groot26.3756.070.251:52.22 (4)
Thamar Henneken26.2954.990.222:47.21 (3)
Wilma van Rijn25.9955.110.413:42.32 (2)
35GermanyGER3:43.22Q
Katrin Meißner26.7855.220.8255.22 (1)
Britta Steffen26.9455.770.641:50.99 (1)
Daniela Samulski26.7456.180.262:47.17 (2)
Kerstin Kielgaß27.3856.050.353:43.22 (3)
43AustraliaAUS3:43.56Q
Elka Graham27.2356.810.8556.81 (5)
Sarah Ryan26.1654.940.231:51.75 (3)
Mel Dodd27.1556.310.472:48.06 (4)
Giaan Rooney26.3055.500.283:43.56 (4)
57People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:46.62
Han Xue27.0756.990.7156.99 (6)
Li Jin27.2056.880.201:53.87 (6)
Sun Dan27.7757.250.262:51.12 (6)
Yang Yu26.6455.500.273:46.62 (5)
62BelgiumBEL3:46.91
Nina Van Koeckhoven27.4656.620.8156.62 (4)
Liesbet Dreesen26.5556.690.061:53.31 (5)
Sofie Goffin27.2656.720.082:50.03 (5)
Tine Bossuyt26.5956.880.173:46.91 (6)
71UkraineUKR3:49.11
Nadiya Beshevli27.7257.680.7857.68 (7)
Valentyna Trehub26.9857.390.341:55.07 (7)
Olena Lapunova27.4757.600.302:52.67 (7)
Olha Mukomol26.7056.440.483:49.11 (7)

Final (16 September 2000 — 20:05)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:36.61OR
Amy Van Dyken26.7555.080.7355.08 (2)
Dara Torres25.6653.510.201:48.59 (1)
Courtney Shealy26.1754.400.242:42.99 (1)
Jenny Thompson25.9853.620.313:36.61 (1)
25NetherlandsNED3:39.83
Manon van Rooijen27.1456.350.8356.35 (8)
Wilma van Rijn26.1155.190.271:51.54 (7)
Thamar Henneken25.8954.880.172:46.42 (6)
Inge de Bruijn25.2353.410.223:39.83 (2)
37SwedenSWE3:40.30
Louise Jöhncke27.0955.930.8355.93 (4)
Therèse Alshammar25.9453.780.281:49.71 (3)
Johanna Sjöberg25.9855.060.262:44.77 (2)
Anna-Karin Kammerling26.1655.530.323:40.30 (3)
46GermanyGER3:40.31
Antje Buschschulte26.9355.670.8555.67 (3)
Katrin Meißner26.4554.920.331:50.59 (4)
Franziska van Almsick26.6755.020.272:45.61 (4)
Sandra Völker25.3254.700.073:40.31 (4)
53Great BritainGBR3:40.54
Karen Pickering27.1856.010.7756.01 (6)
Alison Sheppard25.7154.950.161:50.96 (5)
Rosalind Brett25.5254.920.172:45.88 (5)
Sue Rolph26.0354.660.233:40.54 (5)
62AustraliaAUS3:40.91
Susie O'Neill26.3254.790.7554.79 (1)
Sarah Ryan25.9654.800.191:49.59 (2)
Elka Graham26.4455.570.202:45.16 (3)
Giaan Rooney26.7055.750.343:40.91 (6)
71CanadaCAN3:42.92
Marianne Limpert26.9056.320.8256.32 (7)
Shannon Shakespeare26.3155.100.201:51.42 (6)
Laura Nicholls26.3355.300.282:46.72 (7)
Jessica Deglau27.0956.200.253:42.92 (7)
88ItalyITA3:44.49
Cecilia Vianini27.1455.960.8455.96 (5)
Luisa Striani27.5656.220.251:52.18 (8)
Sara Parise26.9655.880.162:48.06 (8)
Cristina Chiuso27.1256.430.213:44.49 (8)