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At only 17 years of age, Ian Thorpe makes his Olympic debut receiving the 400m free gold medal in world record time (3:40.59). Thorpe leads from start to finish, smashing his own world record to claim Australia's first medal at these Games. Rosolino of Italy and Keller of USA, receive the silver and bronze medal respectively. Swimming 400m Freestyle Men's Final - World Record (3:40.59) - Sidney 2000 Summer Olympics - Ian Thorpe (AUS), Massimiliano Rosolino (ITA), Klete Keller (USA)