The Rapprochement of the two Koreas
Korea (South Korea) and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) marched together under the same flag.
Four athletes from East Timor took part under the Olympic flag as individual athletes (IOA : individual Olympic athletes).
The first gold medal for Colombia: Maria Isabel Urrutia, 35, Olympic champion weightlifting in the 69-75kg category.
The first medal won by Vietnam since it began competing in the Olympic Games in 1952: Hieu Ngan Tran, taekwondo, silver medallist in the women 49-57kg category.
The first Sri Lankan woman to win a medal: Susanthika Jayasinghe, bronze medallist in the 200m.
New on the Programme
Triathlon and taekwondo were two new additions to the Olympic programme.
The EPO detection test
For the first time, tests to detect EPO and blood tests were performed.
Modern pentathlon for women
Women took part in the modern pentathlon for the first time in Olympic history.
Weightlifting for women
Women took part in the weightlifting for the first time in Olympic history.
The presence of WADA
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an independent body, was at the Games to monitor all the procedures followed by the International Olympic Committee.
Sydney, Olympic Stadium, 15 September 2000. Opening Ceremony, general view during the show "Nature".
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Official opening of the Games by: Sir William Deane, Governor General of Australia
Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Cathy Freeman (athletics)
Olympic Oath by: Rechelle Hawkes (hockey)
Official Oath by: Peter Kerr (water polo)