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Sydney 2000

New firsts

Triathlon and taekwondo were two new additions to the Olympic programme. Susanthika Jayasinghe became the first Sri Lankan woman to win a medal, claiming bronze in the 200m, whilst Birgit Fischer earned two gold medals in kayaking to become the first woman in any sport to win medals 20 years apart. Women also took part in weightlifting and the modern pentathlon for the very first time.

Comeback kings

There were some wonderful comebacks in Sydney but none more so than the US softball team. After losing three games in a row, they regrouped and won gold in stirring fashion by beating each of the teams they had previously lost to.

Memorable champions

Ryoko Tamura had lost in the judo 48kg final in both Barcelona and Atlanta, but came back to win the gold medal in Sydney. Steven Redgrave gained sporting immortality by becoming the first rower to win gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games. In the 400m freestyle, 17-year old Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won gold by breaking his own world record in front of a jubilant home crowd.

Australian unity

Cathy Freeman, the Australian athlete, had the honour of lighting the Olympic torch at the Opening Ceremony. This emotional moment helped symbolise the desire to reconcile with the Aboriginal populations of Australia. Ten days later, she won the 400m final before an ecstatic crowd.

NOCs: 199 (+ four individual athletes (IOA))
Athletes: 10,651 (4,069 women, 6,582 men)
Events: 300
Volunteers: 46,967
Media: 16,033 (5,298 written press, 10,735 broadcasters)

The Rapprochement of the two Koreas

Korea (South Korea) and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) marched together under the same flag.

Individual Athletes

Four athletes from East Timor took part under the Olympic flag as individual athletes (IOA : individual Olympic athletes).

Weightlifting

The first gold medal for Colombia: Maria Isabel Urrutia, 35, Olympic champion weightlifting in the 69-75kg category.

Taekwondo

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. 

Athletics

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.

Ceremonies

Sydney, Olympic Stadium, 15 September 2000. Opening Ceremony, general view during the show "Nature ».

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)

Sydney 2000 Emblem

The emblem represents the figure of an athlete, using typically Australian shapes and colours. The boomerangs and suggestions of sun and rocks, together with the colours of the harbour, beaches and red interior invoke the unique Australian landscape and its original inhabitants. The flash which transforms the silhouette of Sydney Opera House into a trail of smoke from an Olympic torch recalls the emblem of Sydney’s Olympic candidature.

Sydney 2000 Medals

The customary symbols, including the Victory Goddess holding a winner's crown, are engraved on the obverse face. The Sydney Opera House, the Olympic torch and the Olympic rings are represented on the reverse. The designers are Australian: Woljciech Pietranik and Brian Thompson.

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Sydney 2000 Mascots
Syd, Olly and Millie

Syd is a reference to Sydney, Olly to Olympic and Millie to the new millennium.

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Sydney 2000 Torch

Number of torchbearers: around 900 in Greece, 1 500 in Oceania and 11 000 in Australia
Total distance: 1 693 km and 436 nautical mile in Greece, around 17 000 in Oceania and 27 000 in Australia
Countries crossed: Greece, Guam, Palau, Federal States of Micronesia, Salomon Islands, Papua New Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands,Tonga, New Zealand and Australia

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Sydney 2000 Poster

To reflect a diversity of styles and techniques, the Organizing Committee asked several poster designers from a wide range of different creative and cultural backgrounds to create posters. In total, 50 posters were published. The official poster was selected from creations presented in the following four categories: “Schoolchildren’s work”, “Sydney 2000 emblems”, “Mascots” and “Posters”.

Sydney 2000 Official Reports

The “Official report of the XXVII Olympiad: Sydney 2000 Olympic Games” was published in French and English. Each set consisted of two printed volumes (Preparing the Games; Celebrating the Games) and, for the first time, a bilingual CD-ROM (Results).

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      The “Official Report of the XXVII Olympiad: Sydney 2000 Olympic Games” was published in French and English. Each set consisted of two printed volumes (Preparing the Games; Celebrating the Games) and, for the first time, a bilingual CD-ROM (Results).

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