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Sydney
2000

DateSeptember 15 - October 1
CountryAustralia
Athletes10651
Teams199
Events300
Sydney 2000
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Sydney 2000 Official Film | Sydney 2000, Stories of Olympic Glory
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Thorpe explains how Australia stun USA to take gold in Sydney 2000
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About the Games

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 U.S. 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.

All Medals

Medal Table

See the list of teams and medals won by each.

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2000

Discover the Games

The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

Brand

Brand

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

Medals

Medals

The Mascot

An original image, it must give concrete form to the Olympic spirit.

Mascot

Mascot

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.

Torch

Torch