2000 SYDNEY: OMG! A Shocker from Down Under
Al Bello/Getty Images
By Kevin Cool
Jenny Thompson won three more gold medals in Sydney, bringing her career total to six and securing her place as one of the best swimmers in Olympic history. But perhaps the most memorable performance in Sydney was the swim-of-a-lifetime turned in by Misty Hyman in the 200-meter butterfly. Pitted against Australia's "Madame Butterfly" Susie O'Neill, the 1996 gold medalist who had not lost a race in six years, Hyman, '01, was considered an outside threat for a silver. No one, except perhaps Hyman herself, imagined her winning the gold.
Hyman took the lead in the first 50 meters and led by half a body length with 100 meters to go. O'Neill made a charge and appeared poised to overtake Hyman on the final turn, but the American held off the superstar, extended her lead down the stretch, and touched first in 2.05.88, an Olympic record and more than 2 seconds better than Hyman's previous personal best.
- Be the first one to add a comment. You must log in to comment.
- 1924 PARIS: Ragtag Rugby Lot Takes Down French
- 1948 LONDON: Fresno Teenager Best in the World
- 1964 TOKYO: Surgery-Bound Swimmer to Docs: "I Want to Race"
- 1992 BARCELONA: One Last Try to Win the 'Fly
- 1984 LOS ANGELES: Injury Robs Golden Chance
- 1996 ATLANTA: Women's Soccer Steals the Show
- 1996 ATLANTA: Stuck in Our Memory
Let Me Introduce Myself
What It Takes
The Case Against Affirmative Action
The Effort Effect
'Tis Better to Give?
Data is from the past two weeks.