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Women's Long Jump

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: September 27, 2000

Gold: GER Heike Drechsler
Silver: ITA Fiona May
Bronze: RUS Tatyana Kotova


Media attention centered on [Marion Jones] who was trying to win five gold medals – 100, 200, long jump, and both relays. But she had never won a major international in the long jump. Back was perennial favorite [Heike Drechsler], gold medalist from Barcelona and winner of the last four European Championships. Italy's [Fiona May] was also a threat but she had a habit of finishing second in major championships – 1996 Olympics, 1999 Worlds, 1998 Europeans, although she had been World Champion in 1995. Drechsler, May and Jones decided the medals, in that order, in round three, as they all produced their best efforts in that round. May and Jones tied with 6.92 (22-8½) and it fell to the countback with May winning with a best second mark of 6.82 (22-4½) produced in round two. Jones had only one other legal mark.

But the results of this event and every 2000 event in which Marion Jones competed are not what they seem. Dogged by rumors of drug use, 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 and 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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Heike Drechsler 35 Germany GER Gold
2 Fiona May 30 Italy ITA Silver
3 Tatyana Kotova 23 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Olga Rubleva 25 Russia RUS
5 Susen Tiedtke 31 Germany GER
6 Jackie Edwards 29 Bahamas BAH
7 Tünde Vaszi 28 Hungary HUN
8 Lyudmila Galkina 28 Russia RUS
9 Elva Goulbourne 20 Jamaica JAM
10 Dawn Burrell 26 United States USA
11 Olena Shekhovtsova 28 Ukraine UKR
AC r2/2 Marion Jones 24 United States USA
12 QR Jo Wise 29 Great Britain GBR
13 QR Yelena Koshcheyeva 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
14 QR Viktoriya Vershynina 29 Ukraine UKR
15 QR Bronwyn Thompson 22 Australia AUS
16 QR Erica Johansson 26 Sweden SWE
17 QR Niki Xanthou 26 Greece GRE
18 QR Guan Yingnan 24 China CHN
19 QR Valentīna Gotovska 35 Latvia LAT
20 QR Shana Williams 28 United States USA
21 QR Chantal Brunner 29 New Zealand NZL
22 QR Lacena Golding-Clarke 25 Jamaica JAM
23 QR Zita Ajkler 25 Hungary HUN
24 QR Maurren Maggi 24 Brazil BRA
25 QR Pat Itanyi 27 Nigeria NGR
26 QR Lissette Cuza 25 Cuba CUB
27 QR Viorica Țigău 21 Romania ROU
28 QR Yelena Pershina 36 Kazakhstan KAZ
29 QR Sofia Schulte 24 Germany GER
30 QR Yelena Bobrovskaya 25 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
31 QR Andrea Ávila 30 Argentina ARG
32 QR Flora Hyacinth 34 United States Virgin Islands ISV
33 QR Mónica Falcioni 31 Uruguay URU
34 QR Despoina Papavasilaki 27 Greece GRE
AC QR Luciana dos Santos 30 Brazil BRA
AC QR Guo Chunfang 21 China CHN
AC QR Concepción Montaner 19 Spain ESP
AC QR Anna Tarasova 20 Kazakhstan KAZ