Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Cycling Road Course, Centennial Parklands, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 30, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: 31.2 km. (19.4 miles).
|Gold:||Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel|
The Netherlands' Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel had had an up and down career. In 1991 and 1993 she was World Champion on the road, and won the 1992-93 Tour de France Féminine. But she withdrew from competition, suffering from anorexia nervosa and depression. She returned to international competition in 1998, winning the time trial World Championships in 1998-99. She entered the time trial in Sydney as the favorite and her entire 2000 Olympics was the stuff of wonder. She would win the time trial by a comfortable 37-second margin over surprising American Mari Holden. She would also win gold in Sydney in the individual pursuit and the road race, and added a fourth medal, silver, in the points race. After the Olympics, Holden won the World Championship in this event, although Zijlaard-van Moorsel did not compete. Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, the bronze medalist, is the greatest female road cyclist ever, with a huge list of palmares. She was World Champion in this event in 1995-97 and would win again in 2001. Holden had not raced much internationally but later in 2000 she would win the World Time Trial Championship.
|1||Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel||30||Netherlands||NED||Gold||42:00.781|
|2||Mari Holden||29||United States||USA||Silver||42:37.372|
|11||Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel||24||Netherlands||NED||44:12.876|
|14||Ceris Gilfillan||20||Great Britain||GBR||44:29.104|
|16||Karen Kurreck||38||United States||USA||44:33.379|
|17||Yvonne McGregor||39||Great Britain||GBR||44:37.095|