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Triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Olympic Distance

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 16, 2000

Gold: SUI Brigitte McMahon
Silver: AUS Michellie Jones
Bronze: SUI Magali Messmer

Summary

This was one of the first events of the Sydney Olympics and Australian fans eagerly awaited it, expecting Michellie Jones to bring them a hometown victory. Jones had won the World Cup on the Sydney course only five months before. The swim leader was American Sheila Taormina, who had competed in swimming at the 1996 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay. France’s Isabelle Mouthon-Michellys won the bike leg, and led starting the run, with Jones in 5th place, and Switzerland’s Brigitte McMahon in 8th. But Jones and McMahon were two of the best runners in the field. Jones finished the bike leg in 5th place, but a very fast bike-run transition enabled her to start the run in the lead, with McMahon 10 seconds behind. But McMahon’s excellent running allowed her to quickly make up that margin. They ran shoulder-to-shoulder for most of the last half of the run, with the Australian fans madly cheering on Jones. But gradually McMahon edged away in the in-run to the finish line. The run leg was won by almost a minute by Britain’s Stephanie Forrester, but her weak swim and bike left her in only 15th place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Brigitte McMahon 33 Switzerland SUI Gold 2-00:40.52
2 Michellie Jones 31 Australia AUS Silver 2-00:42.55
3 Magali Messmer 29 Switzerland SUI Bronze 2-01:08.83
4 Joanna Zeiger 30 United States USA 2-01:25.74
5 Loretta Harrop 25 Australia AUS 2-01:42.82
6 Sheila Taormina 31 United States USA 2-02:45.91
7 Isabelle Mouthon-Michellys 34 France FRA 2-02:53.41
8 Christine Hocq 29 France FRA 2-03:01.90
9 Nicole Hackett 21 Australia AUS 2-03:10.81
10 Nancy Arendt-Kemp 31 Luxembourg LUX 2-03:14.94
11 Sandra Soldan 26 Brazil BRA 2-03:19.86
12 Nina Anisimova 27 Russia RUS 2-03:26.35
13 Jennifer Gutierrez 33 United States USA 2-03:38.48
14 Kiyomi Niwata 29 Japan JPN 2-03:53.01
15 Stephanie Forrester 31 Great Britain GBR 2-03:56.11
16 Kathleen Smet 30 Belgium BEL 2-04:05.98
17 Akiko Hirao-Sekine 25 Japan JPN 2-04:18.70
18 Anja Dittmer 24 Germany GER 2-04:36.88
19 Nóra Edöcsény-Hóbor 26 Hungary HUN 2-05:20.03
20 Silvia Gemignani 28 Italy ITA 2-05:21.26
21 Joelle Franzmann 21 Germany GER 2-05:26.96
22 Evelyn Williamson 29 New Zealand NZL 2-05:38.30
23 Erika Molnár 24 Hungary HUN 2-05:39.50
24 Maribel Blanco 31 Spain ESP 2-06:37.84
25 Wieke Hoogzaad 30 Netherlands NED 2-06:45.48
26 Silvia Pepels 25 Netherlands NED 2-07:05.01
27 Edith Cigana 32 Italy ITA 2-07:06.81
28 Marie Overbye 24 Denmark DEN 2-07:17.51
29 Renata Berková 25 Czech Republic CZE 2-08:08.37
30 Lizel Moore 30 South Africa RSA 2-08:18.19
31 Isabelle Turcotte Baird 29 Canada CAN 2-08:29.49
32 Wang Dan 20 China CHN 2-08:49.10
33 Ingrid van Lubek 29 Netherlands NED 2-09:29.00
34 Iona Wynter 31 Jamaica JAM 2-10:24.69
35 Béatrice Mouthon 34 France FRA 2-11:08.08
36 Sibylle Matter 27 Switzerland SUI 2-13:25.38
37 María Morales 34 Colombia COL 2-13:43.38
38 Sharon Donnelly 33 Canada CAN 2-14:35.59
39 Anikó Góg 20 Hungary HUN 2-14:50.55
40 Shi Meng 21 China CHN 2-16:40.73
AC Mieke Suys 32 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Carol Montgomery 34 Canada CAN DNF
AC Mariana Ohata 21 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Carla Moreno 23 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Karina Fernández 22 Costa Rica CRC DNF/lapped
AC Haruna Hosoya 27 Japan JPN DNF/lapped
AC Sian Brice 31 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Michelle Dillon 27 Great Britain GBR DNF