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
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

2000 Sydney Olympics... Kieren Perkins after the 1500 metres freestyle heats at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre at the Sydney Olympic Games.. He came second in the final

2000 Sydney Olympics... Kieren Perkins after the 1500 metres freestyle heats at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre at the Sydney Olympic Games.. He came second in the final

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.

Swimmer Susie O'Neill of Australia, with a kangaroo mascot, wears her gold medal after winning the Women's 200 metre freestyle final.

Swimmer Susie O'Neill of Australia, with a kangaroo mascot, wears her gold medal after winning the Women's 200 metre freestyle final.

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

Members of the 4x100 relay team, swimmers Ash Curran, Chris Fydler, Ian Thorpe and Michael Klim, who won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, show how they performed on 'air guitars' after winning the final, at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush.

Members of the 4x100 relay team, swimmers Ash Curran, Chris Fydler, Ian Thorpe and Michael Klim, who won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, show how they performed on 'air guitars' after winning the final, at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, 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.

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

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