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GAMES OF THE XXVII OLYMPIAD- Sydney 2000

"Backs against the wall, we won't give in, we're Aussie tough, we wanna win
We got tradition, we got the crowd, we love the noise, so make it loud
We're here to swim, not to hide, we're Aussie tough, we feel the pride
For all the others, it will be hard, don't mess with us, it's our backyard"

Results of Daniel & Matt's events:
Day
Date
Swimmer
Event
 
Result
2
Sunday 17 September
Matt
Men's 400m Individual Medley
Heats
4.20.31
2
Sunday 17 September
Matt
Men's 400m Individual Medley
Final
DNQ
4
Tuesday 19 September
Daniel
Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Heats
7:14.27
4
Tuesday 19 September
Daniel
Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Final
DNSwim
7:07.05
5
Wednesday 20 September
Matt
Men's 200m Individual Medley
Heats
2:02.44
5
Wednesday 20 September
Matt
Men's 200m Individual Medley
Semi
2:01.95
6
Thursday 21 September
Matt
Men's 200m Individual Medley
Final
DNQ

Final Swimming Medal Tally

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

USA

14

8

11

33

AUS

5

9

4

18

NED

5

1

2

8


THE PHOTO GALLERY IS FINALLY HERE!! (12/11/00)


NEWS

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Day 8 September 21 2000 AEST

Lenny finishes the Olympics with 3 gold medals- 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay.
Daniel adds a gold medal to his Atlanta Olympic collection.

Congratulations to the whole Australian and International teams. The best of luck fo the future.

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Day 6 September 21 2000 AEST

Lenny snags another gold medal in the 200m backstroke. Aaron Peirsol made it a quinella coming 2nd, ahead of Australia's Matt Welsh. Lenny's time was 01:56.76 breaking another Olympic Record.

Dan Kowalski on his 4x200m gold medal, "Initially i didn't want the medal. But now I'm like, hurry up and give it to me"

Matt looked on tonight whilst the 200im was won by Italian Massimiliano Rosolino. There were no other Aussie contesting finals tonight, although Geoff 'Skippy' Huegill and Micheal 'Lumpy' Klim have qualified 1,2 for the 100fly final.

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Day 5 September 20 2000 AEST

Matt Dunn did not qualify for the finals of the 200m IM. His time in the semi's was 2:01.95, coming overall 9th, only just missing out for a lane in the finals. This is Matt's 3rd Olympics. In Barcelona 1992, Matt came 7th in the finals of the same event, and 5th at Atlanta '96. Tough luck Matt, but Australia was cheering for you the whole way.

Matt's heat time that morning was 2:02.44.

Lenny Krayzelburg went into the 200m backstroke semis in Lane 4. His time was 01:57.270(OR) qualifying fastest for the final. Fellow American Aaron Peirsol qualified 2nd with Australia's Matt Welsh qualifying 3rd. The final is contested on Day 6

Other commendable performances today-
Women's 200m Butterfly- Susie O'Neill 2nd, Petria Thomas 3rd behind surprise winner, Misty Hyman.
Men's 100m Freestyle- Michael Klim was touched out at the wall for 3rd place by Gary Hall Jr. Klim came 4th with a time of 48.74. Chris Fydler's time was 49.44.
Women's 4x200m Freestyle- The Aussies came 2nd to the powerful US team. Australia lead most of the way until the last leg where Jenny Thompson overpowered Petria Thomas. Germany came a close 3rd.

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Day 4 September 19 2000 8.57pm AEST

Daniel Kowalski was not named in the 4x200m freestyle final team. Daniel swam the final leg this morning, after Grant Hackett, Bill Kirby and Todd Pearson, managing to maintain a large lead given by Kirby.They clocked an impressive time of 7:14.27, but did not manage to break the Olympic record. USA qualified 2nd fastest with a time of 7:17.22.

Australia SMASHED the 4x200m freestyle WORLD RECORD! They led all the way, and there is no disputing that they are the best in the world! The former WR stood at 7:08.79 set by Kirby, Thorpe, Hackett and Klim at the Pan Pacs last year. It now stands at 7:07.05. Australia was represented by Ian Thorpe, Micheal Klim, Todd Pearson and anchored by Bill Kirby. As Daniel did swim the heats, he will receive a much deserved gold medal.

Susie claimed a gold medal in the 200m freestyle. She will contest the 200m butterfly tomorrow night aiming to defend her olympic title. Petria Thomas will also get a start, qualifying 2nd fastest.

Justin Norris has claimed a bronze medal in the men's 200m butterfly. He appeared to adopt a different tactic for this race, going out harder in the middle after recovering from a slow start. Coming home in the last 50, Justin led, but the burst earlier on in the race taking its toll. He managed an admirable time of 1:56.17 behind first place Tom Malchow (OR), and Ukraine's Denys Sylant'Yev.

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Day 3 September 18 2000 10.53pm AEST

Lenny (centre) with German Theloke and Australia's Welsh

Lenny Krayzelburg has WON the 100m backstroke with an Olympic Record time of 53.72. "You're measured in this sport by whether you win an Olympic gold medal. I'm glad I got one." He beat Australian Matt Welsh who clocked a time of 54.67. Josh Watson had an impressive final 50, managing to come in 4th place with a time of 55.01 behind Germany's Stev Theloke (54.82).

Lenny's next event is the 200m backstroke with the heats scheduled for 10.29am Day 5 (20 September 2000), semi's 7.31pm the same day. The final will be contested on Day 6 (21 September) at 7.21pm. Lenny is favourite for this event.

15 year old Liesel Jones has earned a silver medal in the women's 100m breaststroke behind America's Megan Quann, but ahead of current world record holder Penny Heyns. She is Australia's most successful female breastroker, bettering Sam Riley's bronze.

Susie O'Neill qualifies for the final of the 200m free, Justin Norris qualifies for the 200m butterfly.

Congratulations to Pieter van den Hoogenband for placing first in the Men's 200m freestyle equaling his WR time set the night before of 1:45.37 (formally held by Ian thorpe) ahead of Australia's Ian 'Thorpedo' Thorpe. That makes two gold medals and two world records for the Dutch team.

Last night in the pool, USA's Tom Dolan had a convincing win in the 400im, smashing the world record, making it 4:11.76. Justin Norris came in 6th place.

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Day 2 September 17 2000 3.02pm AEST

Matt Dunn has not qualified for the final of the 400m individual medley. He swum a 4.20.31 in Heat 4 from lane 5, but did not manage to grant himself a medal berth, coming in 4th place in his heat, and 12th all over. Matt still has the 200m IM to contest later this week.

Good news for fellow medley swimmer, Justin Norris. He qualified equal 6th fastest for the final with a time of 4:17.36. The event will be contested tonight at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre scheduled to start at 8.45pm.

Choosing not to shave down or wear a cap, Lenny Krayzelburg exuberated confidence leading into his first race. Lenny, as expected has qualified fastest for the 100m backstroke semi finals with a time of 54.58. From lane 4, he was the last to position himself for the dive.

lenny in action

Australian Matt Welsh qualified 2nd fastest with a time of 54.70, ahead of fellow team mate Josh Watson (4th, 55.09)

Of course, congratulations to Ian Thorpe for winning gold in the 400m freestyle last night, and also breaking a World Record. Also, great work to the Australian men's 4x100m freestyle relay team comprising of Michael Klim, Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus & Ian Thrope. The team is the first to beat the Americans in Olympic history, setting a World Record in the process. Michael Klim also managed to set an individual world record on his 1st leg of the swim. After the race, the Aussies strummed 'air guitars.'

The Austrlian women's 4x100m freestyle relay team did not have as much luck as their male counter parts, coming 6th place with a time of 03:40.91 behind USA 03:36.61(WR), Netherlands 03:39.83, Germany 03:40.31 and Great Britain 03:40.54.

Daniel Kowalski was spotted having his photo taken with Australian Golfing legend, Greg Norman, 'The Great White Shark.'

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last updated 12 November 2000