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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Fu Mingxia performs in Syndey.    Photo: Sean Garnsworthy /Allsport

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The Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony spectacular featured thousands of artists and was created by Ric Birch. Picture: Craig Borrow

The Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony spectacular featured thousands of artists and was created by Ric Birch. Picture: Craig Borrow

Fireworks on the Harbour Bridge mark the end of the Sydney Olympic games. Picture: Jason Busch

Fireworks on the Harbour Bridge mark the end of the Sydney Olympic games. Picture: Jason Busch

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.

Maurice Greene, USA, won the 100 metres sprint at the 2000 Olympics

Maurice Greene, USA, won the 100 metres sprint at the 2000 Olympics

Athlete Michael Johnson of USA holding his national flag after winning the final of the Men's 400 metre sprint of Sydney Olympic Games at Stadium Australia, Homebush.

Athlete Michael Johnson of USA holding his national flag after winning the final of the Men's 400 metre sprint of Sydney Olympic Games at Stadium Australia, Homebush.

Athlete Marion Jones of USA crosses the finish line with outstretched arms after winning 100 sprint final of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at Stadium Australia, Homebush. She was later stripped of the medal in 2007 when she admitted to doping

Athlete Marion Jones of USA crosses the finish line with outstretched arms after winning 100 sprint final of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at Stadium Australia, Homebush. She was later stripped of the medal in 2007 when she admitted to doping

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.

Tatiana Grigorieva of Australia clenches her fist in victory after taking silver in the women's Olympic pole vault competition at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Tatiana Grigorieva of Australia clenches her fist in victory after taking silver in the women's Olympic pole vault competition at the Sydney Olympic Games.

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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