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Women's 100 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 23, 2000
Date Finished: September 24, 2000

Silver: GRE Aikaterini Thanou
JAM Tayna Lawrence
Bronze: JAM Merlene Ottey-Page


[Marion Jones] was considered the fastest sprinter in the world. She was World Champion in 1997 and 1999, and had been ranked #1 in the world in 1997-1999. She confirmed her status in Sydney, winning the 100 final by an insulting .37 margin over Greece’s [Aikaterini Thanou]. But the story would not end for several years. In 2000 Jones 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, 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. She was found guilty of lying to federal prosecutors and was sentenced to six months in jail, which she began serving in early 2008.

The disposition of the other medals was not so easy. Thanou was the original silver medalist, and could have been upgraded to a gold medal. However, because of her actions just prior to the 2004 Olympics, when she and Greek sprinter [Kostas Kenteris] evaded a drug test by faking a motorcycle accident, the IOC did not upgrade Thanou to the gold medal, leaving her with silver. They did upgrade the bronze medalist, [Tayna Lawrence], to silver, however, and [Merlene Ottey], the original fourth place finisher, to bronze, giving the event no gold medalist but two silver medalists.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aikaterini Thanou 25 Greece GRE Silver
2 Tayna Lawrence 24 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Merlene Ottey-Page 40 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Zhanna Pintusevych-Blok 28 Ukraine UKR
5 Chandra Sturrup 29 Bahamas BAH
6 Savatheda Fynes 25 Bahamas BAH
7 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 24 Bahamas BAH
AC r4/4 Marion Jones 24 United States USA
4 h2 r3/4 Chryste Gaines 29 United States USA
5 h1 r3/4 Vida Nsiah 24 Ghana GHA
5 h2 r3/4 Beverly McDonald 30 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r3/4 Myriam Mani 27 Cameroon CMR
6 h2 r3/4 Susanthika Jayasinghe 24 Sri Lanka SRI
7 h1 r3/4 Christine Arron 27 France FRA
7 h2 r3/4 Mercy Nku 24 Nigeria NGR
8 h1 r3/4 Melinda Gainsford-Taylor 28 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/4 Petya Pendareva 29 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r2/4 Torri Edwards 23 United States USA
5 h2 r2/4 Hanitriniaina Rakotondrabé 33 Madagascar MAD
5 h3 r2/4 Mary Onyali-Omagbemi 32 Nigeria NGR
5 h4 r2/4 Li Xuemei 23 China CHN
6 h1 r2/4 Anzhela Kravchenko 29 Ukraine UKR
6 h2 r2/4 Iryna Pukha 27 Ukraine UKR
6 h3 r2/4 Lauren Hewitt 21 Australia AUS
6 h4 r2/4 Nataliya Ignatova 26 Russia RUS
7 h1 r2/4 Monica Twum 22 Ghana GHA
7 h2 r2/4 Joan Ekah 19 Nigeria NGR
7 h3 r2/4 Valma Bass 26 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
7 h4 r2/4 Sarah Reilly 27 Ireland IRL
8 h1 r2/4 Cydonie Mothersill 22 Cayman Islands CAY
8 h3 r2/4 Sandra Citté 24 France FRA
8 h4 r2/4 Lyubov Perepelova 21 Uzbekistan UZB
3 h6 r1/4 Marina Trandenkova 33 Russia RUS
4 h1 r1/4 Karin Mayr-Krifka 29 Austria AUT
4 h2 r1/4 Natasha Mayers 21 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN
4 h3 r1/4 Ayanna Hutchinson 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
4 h5 r1/4 Heather Samuel 30 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
4 h6 r1/4 Shani Anderson 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h7 r1/4 Marcia Richardson 28 Great Britain GBR
4 h9 r1/4 Nataliya Pomoshchnikova-Voronova 35 Russia RUS
4 h10r1/4 Esi Benyarku 23 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/4 Joice Maduaka 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/4 Aminata Diouf 23 Senegal SEN
5 h3 r1/4 Lerma Bulauitan-Gabito 25 Philippines PHI
5 h4 r1/4 Mireille Donders 26 Switzerland SUI
5 h5 r1/4 Viktoriya Kovyreva 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h6 r1/4 Ekundayo Williams 22 Sierra Leone SLE
5 h7 r1/4 Voula Patoulidou 35 Greece GRE
5 h8 r1/4 Ameerah Bello 24 United States Virgin Islands ISV
5 h9 r1/4 Louise Ayétotché 30 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h10r1/4 Zeng Xiujun 21 China CHN
6 h1 r1/4 Martha Adusei 24 Canada CAN
6 h2 r1/4 Fana Ashby 19 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h3 r1/4 Vukosava Đapić 22 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
6 h4 r1/4 Heidi Hannula 20 Finland FIN
6 h5 r1/4 Agnė Visockaitė-Eggerth 22 Lithuania LTU
6 h6 r1/4 Laure Kuetey 29 Benin BEN
6 h7 r1/4 Joanna Huoareau 21 Seychelles SEY
6 h8 r1/4 Grace Ann Dinkins 34 Liberia LBR
6 h9 r1/4 Irene Joseph 18 Indonesia INA
6 h10r1/4 Kadiatou Camara 19 Mali MLI
7 h1 r1/4 Mari Paz Mosanga Motanga 17 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
7 h2 r1/4 Peoria Koshiba 21 Palau PLW
7 h3 r1/4 Emma Wade 19 Belize BIZ
7 h4 r1/4 Lina Bejjani 16 Lebanon LIB
7 h5 r1/4 Devi Maya Paneru 22 Nepal NEP
7 h6 r1/4 Sue Spiteri 21 Malta MLT
7 h7 r1/4 Akonga Nsimbo 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
7 h8 r1/4 Anaïs Oyembo 20 Gabon GAB
7 h9 r1/4 Chen Shu-Chuan 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h10r1/4 Joanne Durant 25 Barbados BAR
8 h1 r1/4 Isménia do Frederico 29 Cape Verde CPV
8 h2 r1/4 Jenny Keni 17 Solomon Islands SOL
8 h3 r1/4 Luz Marina Geerman 16 Aruba ARU
8 h4 r1/4 Regina Shotaro 19 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
8 h5 r1/4 Foujia Huda 15 Bangladesh BAN
8 h6 r1/4 Shamha Ahmed 18 Maldives MDV
8 h7 r1/4 Tamara Shanidze 31 Georgia GEO
8 h8 r1/4 Mariam Al-Hilli 16 Bahrain BRN
8 h9 r1/4 Sarah Tondé 16 Burkina Faso BUR
8 h10r1/4 Ouk Chanthan 26 Cambodia CAM
9 h5 r1/4 Sylla M'Mah Touré 21 Guinea GUI
9 h7 r1/4 Fatou Dieng 16 Mauritania MTN
9 h9 r1/4 Sandjema Batouli 18 Comoros COM