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Cycling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Sprint

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Dunc Gray Velodrome, Bass Hill, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: FRA Félicia Ballanger
Silver: RUS Oksana Grishina
Bronze: UKR Iryna Yanovych


France’s [Félicia Ballanger] was now the dominant sprinter, having won the World Championships in 1995-1999, and was also the defending champion. She was an easy gold medalist in this event, leading the qualifying, and not losing a race thru the semis. In the semi-finals she defeated her long-time adversary, Australian favorite [Michelle Ferris], the 1996 Olympic silver medalist. In the final, [Oksana Grishina] (RUS) shocked Ballanger in the second race by handing her her first race defeat in three years. But Ballanger regrouped in the last race to defend her gold medal. Ferris surprisingly lost the bronze medal match to Ukrainian [Iryna Ianovych] in two straight races. Ianovych had been hit by a car while training and hurt her shoulder but was not badly injured.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félicia Ballanger 29 France FRA Gold
2 Oksana Grishina 31 Russia RUS Silver
3 Iryna Yanovych 24 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Michelle Ferris 23 Australia AUS
5 Szilvia Szabolcsi 22 Hungary HUN
6 Tanya Lindenmuth 21 United States USA
7 Tanya Dubnicoff 30 Canada CAN
8 Daniela Larreal 27 Venezuela VEN
9 Kathrin Freitag 26 Germany GER
10 Fiona Ramage 22 New Zealand NZL
11 Mira Kasslin 22 Finland FIN
12 Wang Yan 26 China CHN