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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: September 28, 2000

Gold: BAH Pauline Davis-Thompson
Silver: SRI Susanthika Jayasinghe
Bronze: JAM Beverly McDonald

Summary

America’s Marion Jones had already won the 100 metres. She was hoping to add this gold medal in her quest to win five golds at the Sydney Olympics – 100, 200, long jump, and both relays. She had won the 100/200 at the US Olympic Trials and was the top sprinter in the world. She did “win” the 200 as well, quite easily, and would later add a third gold medal in the 4x400. She succeeded in winning five medals, adding a bronze in the long jump, and surprisingly only a bronze in the 4x100 when the United States was upset by the Bahamas and Jamaica. In the 200 the surprise third-place finisher was Sri Lanka’s Susanthika Jayasinghe who won that nation’s first medal under that name, their only other Olympic medal won in 1948 by 400 hurdler Duncan White, when the nation was called Ceylon.

But the results of this event and every 2000 event in which Marion Jones competed are not what they seem. Dogged by rumors of drug use, Jones had chosen some unusual bedfellows for husbands. In 2000 she was married to shot putter C. J. Hunter and during the Sydney Olympics it was revealed that he tested positive for steroids several times earlier in the year. They later divorced, and she then married sprinter Tim Montgomery. In 2003 he was found to have participated with the BALCO Scandal and was banned for two years by the IAAF. In 2006 Jones almost tested positive for the only time in her career, with a sample showing use of eryrthropoietin (EPO) after the US Championships. But her B sample was negative and it was not considered a positive drug test. Shortly thereafter Montgomery was charged in a check-kiting scheme and Jones was implicated as well, and they later divorced. She then married Barbadian sprinter Obadele Thompson, who had, at least, no drug charges against him. In October 2007, Jones admitted to federal prosecutors that she had lied to them and had used steroids in the months prior to the Sydney Olympics. Her 2000 results were stricken by the IAAF and the medals were returned to the IOC.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pauline Davis-Thompson 34 Bahamas BAH Gold
2 Susanthika Jayasinghe 24 Sri Lanka SRI Silver
3 Beverly McDonald 30 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 24 Bahamas BAH
5 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor 28 Australia AUS
6 Cathy Freeman 27 Australia AUS
7 Zhanna Pintusevych-Blok 28 Ukraine UKR
AC r4/4 Marion Jones 24 United States USA
4 h1 r3/4 Felipa Palacios 24 Colombia COL
5 h1 r3/4 Mercy Nku 24 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r3/4 Louise Ayétotché 30 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h1 r3/4 Lauren Hewitt 21 Australia AUS
6 h2 r3/4 Torri Edwards 23 United States USA
7 h1 r3/4 Myriam Mani 27 Cameroon CMR
7 h2 r3/4 Muriel Hurtis-Houairi 21 France FRA
8 h2 r3/4 Nanceen Perry 23 United States USA
4 h2 r2/4 Alenka Bikar 26 Slovenia SLO
5 h1 r2/4 Marina Trandenkova 33 Russia RUS
5 h2 r2/4 Oksana Ekk 25 Russia RUS
5 h3 r2/4 Mary Onyali-Omagbemi 32 Nigeria NGR
5 h4 r2/4 Chandra Sturrup 29 Bahamas BAH
6 h1 r2/4 Johanna Manninen 20 Finland FIN
6 h2 r2/4 Samantha Davies 20 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/4 Irina Khabarova 34 Russia RUS
6 h4 r2/4 Fatima Yusuf-Olukoju 29 Nigeria NGR
7 h1 r2/4 Joice Maduaka 26 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/4 Sabrina Mulrain 22 Germany GER
7 h3 r2/4 Olena Pastushenko 21 Ukraine UKR
7 h4 r2/4 Juliet Campbell 30 Jamaica JAM
8 h4 r2/4 Valma Bass 26 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
AC h3 r2/4 Astia Walker 25 Jamaica JAM
1 h1 r1/4 Cydonie Mothersill 22 Cayman Islands CAY
5 h2 r1/4 Sarah Reilly 27 Ireland IRL
5 h3 r1/4 Katerina Koffa 31 Greece GRE
5 h4 r1/4 Lyubov Perepelova 21 Uzbekistan UZB
5 h5 r1/4 Mireille Donders 26 Switzerland SUI
6 h1 r1/4 Monica Twum 22 Ghana GHA
6 h2 r1/4 Zuzanna Radecka 25 Poland POL
6 h3 r1/4 Lineo Shoai 21 Lesotho LES
6 h4 r1/4 Karin Mayr-Krifka 29 Austria AUT
6 h5 r1/4 Liu Xiaomei 28 China CHN
6 h6 r1/4 Qin Wangping 18 China CHN
6 h7 r1/4 Aïda Diop 29 Senegal SEN
7 h2 r1/4 Kaltouma Nadjina 23 Chad CHA
7 h4 r1/4 Akonga Nsimbo 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
7 h5 r1/4 Joanne Durant 25 Barbados BAR
7 h6 r1/4 Mila Savić 26 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
7 h7 r1/4 Hellena Wrappah 27 Ghana GHA
8 h2 r1/4 Hana Ali Saleh 32 Yemen YEM
8 h5 r1/4 Heather Samuel 30 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
8 h6 r1/4 Monika Gachevska 26 Bulgaria BUL