Games of the XXVII Olympiad were held in Sydney and opened officialy
by Sir William Deane, Governor General of Australia. More than ten thousand
athletes competed in 28 different sports and two new events, tae-kwon-do
and triathlon were integrated in the Olympic programme.Also South and
North Korea marched together under the same flag. Birgit Fischer earned
two gold medals in Kayak, becoming the first woman in any sport to win
medals 20 years apart, Steven Redgrave became the first rower who won
gold medals at five consecutive Olympics and judoka Ryoko Tamura earned
the gold medal for Japan.
majority of the events were held in the Olympic Park, in the heart of
Sydney and hi-tech infrastructure, well organized athletic centers and
modern equipped Olympic Village were the Sydney 2000 Games characteristics.
Candidate cities: Beijing, Berlin, Istanbul and Manchester.