2000 Summer Olympics medals
LocationSydney,  Australia
Most gold medals United States (37)
Most total medals United States (93)
The awarding of the first gold medal of the Games
The awarding of the first gold medal of the Games
Fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the closing ceremonies
Fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the closing ceremonies

The 2000 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were a summer multi-sport event held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, from 15 September to 1 October 2000. A total of 10,651 athletes from 199 nations represented by National Olympic Committees (NOCs) (with four individual athletes from East Timor) competed in 300 events in 28 sports.[1]

Athletes from 80 countries won at least one medal. The United States won the most medals overall with 93, as well as the most gold (37) medals. Host nation Australia finished the Games with 58 medals overall (16 gold, 25 silver, and 17 bronze).[1] Cameroon, Colombia, Latvia, Mozambique and Slovenia won a gold medal for the first time in their Olympic histories, while Vietnam, Barbados, Macedonia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, and Saudi Arabia won their first ever Olympic medals.[1]

Medal table

See also: Olympic medal table

The ranking in this table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee.[1]

The ranking sorts by the number of gold medals earned by a country—in this context, an entity represented by a National Olympic Committee. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically.


  *   Host nation (Australia)

1 United States37243293
2 Russia32282989
3 China28161458
4 Australia*16251758
5 Germany13172656
6 France13141138
7 Italy1381334
8 Netherlands129425
9 Cuba1111729
10 Great Britain1110728
11 Romania116926
12 South Korea8101028
13 Hungary86317
14 Poland65314
15 Japan58518
16 Bulgaria56213
17 Greece46313
18 Sweden45312
19 Norway43310
20 Ethiopia4138
21 Ukraine3101023
22 Kazakhstan3407
23 Belarus331117
24 Canada33814
25 Spain33511
26 Turkey3025
27 Iran3014
28 Czech Republic2338
29 Kenya2327
30 Denmark2316
31 Finland2114
32 Austria2103
33 Lithuania2035
34 Azerbaijan2013
36 Slovenia2002
37 Switzerland1629
38 Indonesia1326
39 Slovakia1315
40 Mexico1236
41 Nigeria1203
42 Algeria1135
43 Uzbekistan1124
44 FR Yugoslavia1113
46 New Zealand1034
47 Estonia1023
49 Croatia1012
50 Cameroon1001
53 Brazil06612
54 Jamaica0639
55 Belgium0235
 South Africa0235
57 Argentina0224
58 Chinese Taipei0145
60 North Korea0134
61 Moldova0112
 Saudi Arabia0112
 Trinidad and Tobago0112
64 Ireland0101
 Sri Lanka0101
68 Georgia0066
69 Costa Rica0022
71 Armenia0011
Totals (80 entries)300300327927

Changes in medal standings

See also: List of stripped Olympic medals

Ruling date Sport/Event Athlete (NOC) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total Comment
List of official changes in medal standings (during the Games)
26 September 2000 Gymnastics
Individual all-around
 Andreea Răducan (ROU) DSQ −1 −1 During the Games, Romanian gymnast Andreea Răducan won the gold in women's artistic individual all-around, but she was stripped of her gold medal after she tested positive for a banned substance. As so, her teammates Simona Amânar and Maria Olaru, originally won silver and bronze, upgraded to gold and silver, respectively. While Chinese gymnast Liu Xuan moved up to bronze.[2]
 Simona Amânar (ROU) +1 −1 0
 Maria Olaru (ROU) +1 −1 0
 Liu Xuan (CHN) +1 +1
List of official changes in medal standings (after the Games)
23 October 2000 Wrestling
Men's freestyle 76 kg
 Alexander Leipold (GER) DSQ −1 −1 Three weeks after the games, Alexander Leipold of Germany stripped off his gold medal after he was tested positive for nandrolone, handing it over to his American rival originally second-placed Brandon Slay.[3]
 Brandon Slay (USA) +1 −1 0
 Moon Eui-jae (KOR) +1 −1 0
 Adem Bereket (TUR) +1 +1
5 October 2007 Athletics
Women's 100 metres
 Marion Jones (USA) DSQ −1 −1 American Marion Jones was stripped of her 3 gold and 2 bronze medals by the International Olympic Committee, after confessing that she had taken the anabolic steroid tetrahydrogestrinone before competing in Sydney.[4][5]
The women's 100 metres gold medal has not been reallocated, because the presumed recipient, Ekaterini Thanou of Greece, was given a two-year ban for doping just before the 2004 Summer Olympics. After years of deliberations the IOC decided to upgrade 3rd and 4th placed athletes to silver and bronze, while not upgrading Thanou.
Jones' teammates on the relay teams had their medals reinstated due to the fact that, according to the rules at the time, a team should not be stripped of a medal because of a doping offense by one athlete.[6]
 Tayna Lawrence (JAM) +1 −1 0
 Merlene Ottey (JAM) +1 +1
Women's 200 metres
 Marion Jones (USA) DSQ −1 −1
 Davis-Thompson (BAH) +1 −1 0
 Susanthika Jayasinghe (SRI) +1 −1 0
 Beverly McDonald (JAM) +1 +1
Women's long jump
 Marion Jones (USA) DSQ −1 −1
 Tatyana Kotova (RUS) +1 +1
Women's 4 × 100 metres relay
 Marion Jones (USA) DSQ 0 0
Women's 4 × 400 metres relay
 Marion Jones (USA) DSQ 0 0
2 August 2008 Athletics
Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
 Antonio Pettigrew (USA) DSQ −1 −1 On 2 August 2008, the International Olympic Committee stripped the gold medal from the U.S. men's 4x400-metre relay team after Antonio Pettigrew admitted to taking EPO. The IOC reallocated the gold, silver and bronze medals to the teams from Nigeria, Jamaica and the Bahamas, respectively.[7]
 - (NGR) +1 −1 0
 - (JAM) +1 −1 0
 - (BAH) +1 +1
25 February 2010 Gymnastics
Women's artistic team all-around
 Dong Fangxiao (CHN) DSQ −1 −1 On 25 February 2010, The Associated Press reported that one of the members of the Chinese Gymnastic team was found to be under the minimum age limit set for competition. The governing body of the event, the International Gymnastics Federation, reported that it determined Dong Fangxiao to be 14 during the 2000 Olympics. The minimum age for competition was 16. The IGF invalidated the results of the competition in relation to the disqualified athlete. On 28 April 2010, the International Olympic Committee formally stripped the Chinese team of its bronze medal in the team event. The United States, which originally placed fourth, was awarded the bronze.[8][9]
 - (USA) +1 +1
17 January 2013 Cycling
Men's road time trial
 Lance Armstrong (USA) DSQ −1 −1 On 17 January 2013, U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics by the IOC after his confession of being involved in using doping.[10] The IOC also decided not to award Spanish cyclist Abraham Olano the bronze medal, as he had also tested positive for doping, back in 1998.[11]

See also


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  2. ^ Zanca, Salvatore (26 September 2000). "Romanian Gymnast Loses Gold Medal". ABC News. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  3. ^ "IOC Strips Leipold of Wrestling Gold". ABC News. 23 October 2000. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ Shipley, Amy (5 October 2007). "Marion Jones Admits to Steroid Use". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  5. ^ "IOC strips Jones of all 5 Olympic medals". MSNBC. Associated Press. 12 December 2007. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  6. ^ Dunbar, Graham (16 July 2010). "US relay runners win Olympic medals appeal". Associated Press.
  7. ^ "IOC Executive Board meets ahead of London Games". International Olympic Committee. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Chinese may forfeit 2000 gymnastics bronze". NBC Sports. Associated Press. 26 February 2010. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  9. ^ "IOC strips 2000 Games bronze medal from China". USA Today. Associated Press. 28 April 2010. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  10. ^ "IOC Statement on Lance Armstrong". International Olympic Committee. 17 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Lance Armstrong stripped of Olympic bronze medal".