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  • News | Sydney 2000

    Ngeny outpaces stunned El Guerrouj

    You could argue that nobody has ever managed a better Olympic record than Kenya's Noah Ngeny. He competed in just one Olympic Games, ran in two heats and one final – and won all three races. What's more his gold medal came thanks to victory over one of the biggest stars of his sport.
    29 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Kenya, Athletics
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    Korzeniowski battles to first walking double

    It was four years since Poland’s Robert Korzeniowski had won the 50km walk gold medal in Atlanta and his results since then had suggested he was still at the very top of his game. In Sydney, though, he decided to double the challenge by also entering the 20km event. Nobody had ever won both titles at the same Olympics.
    29 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Poland, Athletics
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    Fu retains springboard title after retirement u-turn

    At the tender age of 22, China's Fu Mingxia was already an Olympic veteran going into Sydney 2000, her third Olympic Games. In 1992, aged just 13, she had won the platform in Barcelona, a triumph she repeated in Atlanta in 1996. At both those editions of the Games, she also won gold in the springboard competition, but had then retired from the sport to study economics at university.
    28 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Diving, People's Republic of China
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    Extrovert Taurima leaps to long jump silver

    Known fondly as “Jumping Jai”, Australian long-jumper Jai Taurima didn't look like he had much chance of winning the Olympic title. For one thing, he was up against a high-quality field, led by the brilliant Cuban Iván Pedroso, whose best jumps put him well out of Taurima's reach. On top of that, Taurima didn't seem to live the disciplined life of a top athlete. While some long jumpers followed an almost monastic lifestyle, Taurima liked to enjoy himself.
    28 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Australia, Athletics
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    Baseball - The United States baseball team

    Cuba had won the previous two Olympic baseball titles, but their air of invincibility had evaporated in 1997, when a 152-games winning streak came to an end, courtesy of Japan. Nonetheless, the Cubans still came to Australia full of confidence. After all, for more than three decades, they had won every world and Olympic baseball competition they had entered.
    27 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Baseball, United States of America
  • News | Sydney 2000

    Americans break Cuba's baseball stranglehold

    Cuba had won the previous two Olympic baseball titles, but their air of invincibility had evaporated in 1997, when a 152-games winning streak came to an end, courtesy of Japan. Nonetheless, the Cubans still came to Australia full of confidence. After all, for more than three decades, they had won every world and Olympic baseball competition they had entered.
    27 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Baseball, United States of America
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    Drechsler proves long-jumping class is permanent

    It was hard to predict a winner in the women's long jump. Tatyana Kotova arrived in Australia on the back of some brilliant form, having won 10 of 11 contests in the run-up to these Games, but there were also three former world champions in the field: Russia's Ludmila Galkina, Italy's Fiona May and Germany's Heike Drechsler, who had won her first world championship title when competing as an 18-year-old some 17 years before.
    27 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Germany, Athletics
  • News | Sydney 2000

    Gardner stuns heavyweight favourite Karelin

    Few athletes have ever arrived at an Olympic Games more heavily fancied to win gold than Russia's super heavyweight wrestler Aleksandr Karelin.
    27 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Wrestling Greco-Roman, United States of America
  • News | Sydney 2000

    Cycling - Leontien Zijlaard (NED)

    By the time she was 23 years old, Dutch cyclist Leontien Zijlaard had already enjoyed incredible success on both road and track. She had a track world title and two road titles to her name, and was acclaimed by many as the world's foremost female cyclist. She looked set to dominate her sport for the foreseeable future, but then illness forced her to withdraw from competition for a period of years.
    26 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Cycling Road, Netherlands
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    Elements no match for treble-winning cyclist Zijlaard

    By the time she was 23 years old, Dutch cyclist Leontien Zijlaard had already enjoyed incredible success on both road and track. She had a track world title and two road titles to her name, and was acclaimed by many as the world's foremost female cyclist. She looked set to dominate her sport for the foreseeable future, but then illness forced her to withdraw from competition for a period of years.
    26 Sep 2000 | Sydney 2000, Netherlands, Cycling Road
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