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Women's Individual Time Trial

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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: NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Silver: USA Mari Holden
Bronze: FRA Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 30 Netherlands NED Gold 42:00.781
2 Mari Holden 29 United States USA Silver 42:37.372
3 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 41 France FRA Bronze 42:52.547
4 Anna Wilson 28 Australia AUS 42:58.828
5 Joane Somarriba 28 Spain ESP 43:06.620
6 Clara Hughes 27 Canada CAN 43:12.528
7 Judith Arndt 24 Germany GER 43:31.752
8 Hanka Kupfernagel 26 Germany GER 43:37.943
9 Diana Žiliūtė 24 Lithuania LTU 43:39.997
10 Edita Pučinskaitė 24 Lithuania LTU 43:48.646
11 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel 24 Netherlands NED 44:12.876
12 Zulfiya Zabirova 26 Russia RUS 44:22.355
13 Catherine Marsal 29 France FRA 44:27.135
14 Ceris Gilfillan 20 Great Britain GBR 44:29.104
15 Geneviève Jeanson 19 Canada CAN 44:32.500
16 Karen Kurreck 38 United States USA 44:33.379
17 Yvonne McGregor 39 Great Britain GBR 44:37.095
18 Dori Ruano 31 Spain ESP 44:37.369
19 Tetiana Stiazhkina 23 Ukraine UKR 44:45.134
20 Solrun Flatås 33 Norway NOR 45:01.575
21 Tracey Watson-Gaudry 31 Australia AUS 45:11.020
22 Nicole Brändli-Sedoun 21 Switzerland SUI 45:16.764
23 Olga Slyusareva 31 Russia RUS 45:51.099