| Event type

500 metres Time Trial, Women

Date16 September 2000 — 19:15
LocationDunc Gray Velodrome, Bass Hill, New South Wales
Participants17 from 12 countries

A new Olympic event for women, this event had first been contested at the World Championships in 1995. There was no suspense in this event as France’s Félicia Ballanger had won every world title, and was the world record holder with 34.010. Australia’s Michelle Ferris had won four medals at the Worlds, behind Ballanger. As the 12th rider off, she took the lead with 34.696, the first rider to break 35 seconds in Sydney. China’s Jiang Cuihua, 1999 Worlds silver medalist, rode next-to-last but could not better Ferris, eventually winning bronze with 34.768 - China’s first cycling medal. Ballanger went off last and won easily, with 34.140, a huge margin in such a short event.

1Félicia BallangerFRA34.140ORGold
2Michelle FerrisAUS34.696ORSilver
3Jiang CuihuaCHN34.768Bronze
4Wang YanCHN35.013OR
5Chris WittyUSA35.230OR
6Ulrike WeicheltGER35.315
7Kathrin FreitagGER35.473
8Tanya DubnicoffCAN35.486
9Iryna YanovychUKR35.512
10Daniela LarrealVEN35.728OR
11Magali Faure-HumbertFRA35.766
12Szilvia SzabolcsiHUN35.778
13Lori-Ann MuenzerCAN35.846
14Lyndelle HigginsonAUS35.859
15Oksana GrishinaRUS36.169
16Fiona RamageNZL36.536
17Mira KasslinFIN37.145