Olympic Games - 2000 Sydney

The 2000 Summer Olympic Games, the XXVII, were held in Spring in Sydney, Australia. Sydney was selected over Beijing, Berlin, Istanbul and Manchester in 1993. 10.651 athletes from 199 countries participated in 300 events in 28 sports. The USA won the most medals followed by Russia, China then Australia. The Games were considered to be extremely successful for organisation and sportsmanship. They were the final Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch
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Australian athlete Tatiana Grigorieva celebrates after she won second place in the women's pole vault final at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Australian athlete Tatiana Grigorieva celebrates after she won second place in the women's pole vault final at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Swimmer Grant Hackett ecstatic at winning gold in the men's 1500 metre freestyle final at the Sydney Olympic Games. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Swimmer Grant Hackett ecstatic at winning gold in the men's 1500 metre freestyle final at the Sydney Olympic Games. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won the 50 and 100 metres freestyle at the 2000 Olympics

Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won the 50 and 100 metres freestyle at the 2000 Olympics

Swimmer Susie O'Neill proudly displays her gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle final at Sydney Olympic Games at Homebush. Picture: Gregg Porteou

Swimmer Susie O'Neill proudly displays her gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle final at Sydney Olympic Games at Homebush. Picture: Gregg Porteou

Australian athlete Cathy Freeman lights the Olympic flame to complete the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games at Stadium Australia, Olympic Park, Homebush.

Australian athlete Cathy Freeman lights the Olympic flame to complete the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games at Stadium Australia, Olympic Park, Homebush.

2000 Sydney Olympics .. Swimmers Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus, Michael Klim and Ian Thorpe play air guitar after their victory for Australia in winning men's 4x100 freestyle relay final of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

2000 Sydney Olympics .. Swimmers Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus, Michael Klim and Ian Thorpe play air guitar after their victory for Australia in winning men's 4x100 freestyle relay final of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Australia's Andrew Gaze screams with joy after scoring two straight three point shots against Spain to power the Australian's to a victory in men's basketball at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Australia's Andrew Gaze screams with joy after scoring two straight three point shots against Spain to power the Australian's to a victory in men's basketball at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Susie O'Neill gives thumbs up after winning gold in 200metre freestyle final at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Susie O'Neill gives thumbs up after winning gold in 200metre freestyle final at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Australian swimmers Bill Kirby, Todd Pearson, Michael Klim and Ian Thorpe wave to supporters at Homebush International Aquatic Centre after winning gold in 4x200 metre freestyle relay final. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Australian swimmers Bill Kirby, Todd Pearson, Michael Klim and Ian Thorpe wave to supporters at Homebush International Aquatic Centre after winning gold in 4x200 metre freestyle relay final. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Athlete Cathy Freeman of Australia crosses finish line to win women's 400 metres final at the Sydney Olympic Games. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Athlete Cathy Freeman of Australia crosses finish line to win women's 400 metres final at the Sydney Olympic Games. Picture: Gregg Porteous

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