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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Hammer Throw

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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 29, 2000

Gold: POL Kamila Skolimowska
Silver: RUS Olga Kuzenkova
Bronze: GER Kirsten Münchow

Summary

The dominant thrower was Romania's Mihaela Melinte. She had set four world records in 1999, won the 1998 European Championships, and the 1999 World Championships. During the warm-up for qualifying she was informed that she had a doping positive from a few days earlier, and she was out of the competition. That left the event wide-open but Olga Kuzenkova had finished second to Melinte at both of the major meets in 1998-1999. Poland's Kamila Skolimowska was the world junior record holder but had no major international experience, and she was only 17-years-old. In the third round she threw 71.16 (233-6) to break her world junior record and that cemented the gold. Kuzenkova threw over 69 metres in rounds three and four to move into second but fouled her final two throws.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kamila Skolimowska 17 Poland POL Gold OR
2 Olga Kuzenkova 29 Russia RUS Silver
3 Kirsten Münchow 23 Germany GER Bronze
4 Yipsi Moreno 19 Cuba CUB
5 Debbie Sosimenko 26 Australia AUS
6 Lyudmila Gubkina 28 Belarus BLR
7 Dawn Ellerbe 26 United States USA
8 Amy Palmer 25 United States USA
9 Lorraine Shaw 32 Great Britain GBR
10 Svetlana Sudak-Torun 28 Belarus BLR
11 Ivana Brkljačić 17 Croatia CRO
12 Sini Pöyry 20 Finland FIN
13 QR Katalin Divós 26 Hungary HUN
14 QR Lisa Misipeka 25 American Samoa ASA
15 QR Tatyana Konstantinova 29 Russia RUS
16 QR Iryna Sekachova 24 Ukraine UKR
17 QR Tasha Williams 27 New Zealand NZL
18 QR Alla Davydova 34 Russia RUS
19 QR Jesseca Cross 25 United States USA
20 QR Zhao Wei 21 China CHN
21 QR Karyne Perkins 22 Australia AUS
22 QR Mia Strömmer 26 Finland FIN
23 QR Michelle Fournier 23 Canada CAN
24 QR Manuéla Montebrun 20 France FRA
25 QR Caroline Fournier 25 Mauritius MRI
26 QR Aneliya Yordanova-Kumanova 28 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Olga Tsander 24 Belarus BLR
AC QR Ester Balassini 22 Italy ITA