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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000

Gold: AUS Cathy Freeman
Silver: JAM Lorraine Graham
Bronze: GBR Katharine Merry


The two-time defending champion, France's [Marie-José Pérec], was entered but left Sydney in the early days of the Olympics, slinking away to the airport in a mysterious sequence of events. But she was not favored in 2000, at any rate. That fell to the true native Australian [Cathy Freeman], who had won the silver medal in 1996 and was World Champion in 1997 and 1999. The Australian Olympic Organizing Committee (ACOG) also chose her to light the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony. Further, with Australia attempting to make amends for its historically poor treatment of Aboriginals, Freeman was a symbol to her people. She had lost only one race since 1997 and was almost crushed by the expectations of the Australian people and media. But she came through. She trailed in the final through 200 metres, but closed on the final curve to pull almost even with Jamaica's [Lorraine Graham]. But Freeman had the lead with 70 metres left, and pulled away to win easily, with four metres between her and Graham.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Cathy Freeman 27 Australia AUS Gold
2 Lorraine Graham 27 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Katharine Merry 25 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Donna Fraser 27 Great Britain GBR
5 Ana Guevara 23 Mexico MEX
6 Heide Seÿerling 24 South Africa RSA
7 Falilat Ogunkoya 31 Nigeria NGR
8 Olga Kotlyarova 24 Russia RUS
5 h1 r3/4 LaDonna Antoine 25 Canada CAN
5 h2 r3/4 Sandie Richards 31 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r3/4 Nataliya Nazarova 21 Russia RUS
6 h2 r3/4 Jitka Burianová 23 Czech Republic CZE
7 h1 r3/4 Mireille Nguimgo 23 Cameroon CMR
7 h2 r3/4 Amy Mbacké Thiam 23 Senegal SEN
8 h1 r3/4 Nova Peris-Kneebone 29 Australia AUS
8 h2 r3/4 K. M. Beenamol 25 India IND
5 h1 r2/4 Claudine Komgang 26 Cameroon CMR
5 h2 r2/4 Charity Opara 28 Nigeria NGR
5 h3 r2/4 Bisi Afolabi 24 Nigeria NGR
5 h4 r2/4 LaTasha Colander-Richardson 24 United States USA
6 h1 r2/4 Monique Hennagan 24 United States USA
6 h2 r2/4 Žana Minina 23 Lithuania LTU
6 h3 r2/4 Otilia Ruicu 22 Romania ROU
6 h4 r2/4 Damayanthi Dharsha 25 Sri Lanka SRI
7 h1 r2/4 Kaltouma Nadjina 23 Chad CHA
7 h2 r2/4 Norfalia Carabalí 36 Spain ESP
7 h3 r2/4 Allison Curbishley 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h4 r2/4 Hana Benešová 25 Czech Republic CZE
8 h1 r2/4 Aliann Pompey 22 Guyana GUY
8 h2 r2/4 Foy Williams 27 Canada CAN
8 h3 r2/4 Lee Naylor 29 Australia AUS
8 h4 r2/4 Barbara Petráhn 21 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/4 Karen Shinkins 23 Ireland IRL
4 h7 r1/4 Michelle Collins 29 United States USA
4 h8 r1/4 Yelena Piskunova 20 Uzbekistan UZB
5 h1 r1/4 Christine Amertil 21 Bahamas BAH
5 h3 r1/4 Norma González 18 Colombia COL
5 h4 r1/4 Olena Rurak 28 Ukraine UKR
5 h7 r1/4 Tanya Oxley 21 Barbados BAR
5 h8 r1/4 Ann Mooney 25 Papua New Guinea PNG
6 h1 r1/4 Oksana Luneva 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
6 h2 r1/4 Svetlana Bodritskaya 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 h3 r1/4 Safia Abukar Hussein 19 Somalia SOM
6 h4 r1/4 Kristina Perica 20 Croatia CRO
6 h5 r1/4 Verneta Lesforis 25 Saint Lucia LCA
6 h6 r1/4 Tonique Williams-Darling 24 Bahamas BAH
6 h7 r1/4 Daniela Georgieva 30 Bulgaria BUL
7 h1 r1/4 Hazel-Ann Regis 19 Grenada GRN
7 h2 r1/4 Lilian Bwalya 25 Zambia ZAM
7 h4 r1/4 Awatef Ben Hassine 20 Tunisia TUN
7 h5 r1/4 Klodiana Shala 21 Albania ALB
7 h6 r1/4 Marcia Daniel 22 Dominica DMA
7 h7 r1/4 Dijana Kojić 18 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
8 h2 r1/4 Maritza Figueroa 24 Nicaragua NCA
8 h6 r1/4 Haissa Ali Garba 18 Niger NIG
8 h7 r1/4 Awmima Mohamed 15 Sudan SUD
AC h8 r1/4 Svetlana Pospelova 20 Russia RUS