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During a race test, O & # 39; Neill broke the 19-year world record in the hands of & # 39; Madame Butterfly & # 39 ;, Mary T. Meagher

Two decades of agony: swimming golden girl Susie O & # 39; Neill sheds tears as she sees her shock loss at the Sydney Olympics

  • On September 20, 2000, Susie O & # 39; Neill was preferred to win 200m butterfly race
  • However, the then 27-year-old became second to the American Misty Hyman
  • Two decades later, O & # 39; Neill faces the past and looks at the race for the first time
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Swimming golden girl Susie O & # 39; Neill has broken into tears and is watching her last race at the Sydney Olympics.

On September 20, 2000, the then 27-year-old was expected to easily win gold in the 200 m butterfly final, but it didn't go to the script.

During a test before the race, O & # 39; Neill broke a 19-year world record, but lost to the American Misty Hyman in the official race.

Two decades later, the now 46-year-old faced her fears and looked for the first time at the moment she lost the event.

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& # 39; I know it's just a swimming race, but when I look at it, I see a failure. I still try to find reasons 19 years later & # 39 ;, she said in Brisbane Nova 106.9.

During a race test, O & # 39; Neill broke the 19-year world record in the hands of & # 39; Madame Butterfly & # 39 ;, Mary T. Meagher

During a race test, O & # 39; Neill broke the 19-year world record in the hands of & # 39; Madame Butterfly & # 39 ;, Mary T. Meagher

& # 39; I know it's just a swimming race, but when I look at it, I see a failure. I still try to find reasons 19 years later, & she said

& # 39; I know it's just a swimming race, but when I look at it, I see a failure. I still try to find reasons 19 years later, & she said

& # 39; I know it's just a swimming race, but when I look at it, I see a failure. I still try to find reasons 19 years later, & she said

O & # 39; Neill got photos & # 39; s and videos & # 39; s of herself just before the race and choked and said she was still overwhelmed by the series of events.

& # 39; I felt this was my race, home crowd and for me second place is failure, & # 39; she said.

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Her co-host Ashley Bradnam asked what she thought for the game and if she was just too confident to go inside.

& # 39; I think so. I was really nervous about the entire Olympics. I am a nervous competitor, but that was the worst I have ever felt, & said O & # 39; Neill.

& # 39; Maybe I was too arrogant, maybe I had lost too much energy by not sleeping night after night. & # 39;

& # 39; I think so. I was really nervous about the entire Olympics. I am a nervous competitor, but that was the worst I have ever felt, & said O & # 39; Neill

& # 39; I think so. I was really nervous about the entire Olympics. I am a nervous competitor, but that was the worst I have ever felt, & said O & # 39; Neill

& # 39; I think so. I was really nervous about the entire Olympics. I am a nervous competitor, but that was the worst I have ever felt, & said O & # 39; Neill

O & # 39; Neill expected she would win the 200m butterfly, but came first in the 200m freestyle race instead (photo)
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O & # 39; Neill expected she would win the 200m butterfly, but came first in the 200m freestyle race instead (photo)

O & # 39; Neill expected she would win the 200m butterfly, but came first in the 200m freestyle race instead (photo)

Despite having 35 Australian titles and eight Olympic medals under her belt, she admits that she thought she would win and continues to look for answers for her 19-year loss.

She said she panicked when she had 25 meters left of the race when she saw Hyman in front of her.

& # 39; Not in my wildest dreams, I thought she was a legitimate competitor for me & # 39 ;, she said about Hyman.

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& # 39; Her time was three seconds slower than what she does. She was not a legitimate competitor at the moment.

& # 39; I remember that the race was over, I just felt numb and what should I do now?

& # 39; In my mind I told myself that I had to be a good sport and I thought why everyone cheers? We are in Australia and they just seemed to cheer. & # 39;

& # 39; Just because I lost that doesn't mean I'm the rest of my life. I continued with other things (the Australian team accepts silver medals on the last day of the competition)

& # 39; Just because I lost that doesn't mean I'm the rest of my life. I continued with other things (the Australian team accepts silver medals on the last day of the competition)

& # 39; Just because I lost that doesn't mean I'm the rest of my life. I continued with other things (the Australian team accepts silver medals on the last day of the competition)

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O & # 39; Neill said it was hard to congratulate Hyman, but said she felt better after watching the race.

& # 39; I think it's a relief, I don't know it's weird. I felt so much emotion before, but I may feel because I am still the same person, & she said.

& # 39; Just because I lost that doesn't mean I'm the rest of my life. I continued with other things.

She added tears: & # 39; I am not a failure. & # 39;

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