| Event type

Individual Time Trial, Women

Date30 September 2000 — 09:00-11:00
LocationCycling Road Course, Centennial Parklands, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants23 from 13 countries
Format31.2 km. (19.4 miles).

The Netherlands’ Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel had had an up and down career. In 1991 and 1993 she was World Champion on the road, and won the 1992-93 Tour de France Féminine. But she withdrew from competition, suffering from anorexia nervosa and depression. She returned to international competition in 1998, winning the time trial World Championships in 1998-99. She entered the time trial in Sydney as the favorite and her entire 2000 Olympics was the stuff of wonder. She would win the time trial by a comfortable 37-second margin over surprising American Mari Holden. She would also win gold in Sydney in the individual pursuit and the road race, and added a fourth medal, silver, in the points race. After the Olympics, Holden won the World Championship in this event, although Zijlaard-van Moorsel did not compete. Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, the bronze medalist, is the greatest female road cyclist ever, with a huge list of palmares. She was World Champion in this event in 1995-97 and would win again in 2001. Holden had not raced much internationally but later in 2000 she would win the World Time Trial Championship.

1Leontien Zijlaard-van MoorselNED42:00.781Gold
2Mari HoldenUSA42:37.372Silver
3Jeannie Longo-CiprelliFRA42:52.547Bronze
4Anna WilsonAUS42:58.828
5Joane SomarribaESP43:06.620
6Clara HughesCAN43:12.528
7Judith ArndtGER43:31.752
8Hanka KupfernagelGER43:37.943
9Diana ŽiliūtėLTU43:39.997
10Edita PučinskaitėLTU43:48.646
11Mirjam Melchers-van PoppelNED44:12.876
12Zulfiya ZabirovaRUS44:22.355
13Catherine MarsalFRA44:27.135
14Ceris GilfillanGBR44:29.104
15Geneviève JeansonCAN44:32.500
16Karen KurreckUSA44:33.379
17Yvonne McGregorGBR44:37.095
18Dori RuanoESP44:37.369
19Tetiana StiazhkinaUKR44:45.134
20Solrun FlatåsNOR45:01.575
21Tracey GaudryAUS45:11.020
22Nicole BrändliSUI45:16.764
23Olga SlyusarevaRUS45:51.099