A new beginning

A new beginning

Flashback Sydney 2000

Sydney represented a fresh start for the International Olympic Committee after four members were expelled and several others sanctioned in a bribes-for-votes scandal over the allocation of the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City.

A sunburnt continent welcomed the Games with new world enthusiasm and Cathy Freeman signalled the reconciliation of the native aboriginals with the European settlers by lighting the Olympic flame.

Under intense pressure she then delivered the 400 metres title her nation had demanded.

Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie outsprinted his great Kenyan rival Paul Tergat to win the 10,000 metres by the narrowest of margins and Brit­ish rower Steve Redgrave won a fifth successive Olympic title.

Marion Jones failed in her goal of going one better than Owens and Lewis with five go­ld medals, finishing with the 100-200 double and a relay gold.

During the Games it was revealed that her then husband C J Hunter, the world shot put champion, had tested positive four times for the steroid nandronlone.

After years of denial Jones finally confessed she had been using the designer drug THG at the time of the Sydney Games and was strip­ped of all her medals and results.

India had won their second-ever individual medal -- a bronze -- through Leander Paes in tennis at Atlanta in 1996.

Four years later, the nation had their first individual woman winner, with Karnam Malleswari claiming the bronze in women’s weightlifting, making its Olympic debut.

Did you know?

Triathlon and taekwondo were added to the Olympic programme at Sydney.

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