| Event type

200 metres, Women

Date27 – 28 September 2000
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants51 from 35 countries
Olympic Record 21.34 WR / Florence Griffith Joyner USA / 29 September 1988

America’s Marion Jones had already won the 100 metres. She was hoping to add this gold medal in her quest to win five golds at the Sydney Olympics – 100, 200, long jump, and both relays. She had won the 100/200 at the US Olympic Trials and was the top sprinter in the world. She did “win” the 200 as well, quite easily, and would later add a third gold medal in the 4x400. She succeeded in winning five medals, adding a bronze in the long jump, and surprisingly only a bronze in the 4x100 when the United States was upset by the Bahamas and Jamaica. In the 200 the surprise third-place finisher was Sri Lanka’s Susanthika Jayasinghe who won that nation’s first medal under that name, their only other Olympic medal won in 1948 by 400 hurdler Duncan White, when the nation was called Ceylon.

But the results of this event and every 2000 event in which Marion Jones competed are not what they seem. Dogged by rumors of drug use, Jones had chosen some unusual bedfellows for husbands. In 2000 she was married to shot putter C. J. Hunter and during the Sydney Olympics it was revealed that he tested positive for steroids several times earlier in the year. They later divorced, and she then married sprinter Tim Montgomery. In 2003 he was found to have participated with the BALCO Scandal and was banned for two years by the IAAF. In 2006 Jones almost tested positive for the only time in her career, with a sample showing use of eryrthropoietin (EPO) after the US Championships. But her B sample was negative and it was not considered a positive drug test. Shortly thereafter Montgomery was charged in a check-kiting scheme and Jones was implicated as well, and they later divorced. She then married Barbadian sprinter Obadele Thompson, who had, at least, no drug charges against him. In October 2007, Jones admitted to federal prosecutors that she had lied to them and had used steroids in the months prior to the Sydney Olympics. Her 2000 results were stricken by the IAAF and the medals were returned to the IOC.

11174Pauline Davis-ThompsonBAH22.61 (2 h5)22.72 (2 h1)22.38 (1 h2)22.27 (1)Gold
23058Susanthika JayasingheSRI22.53 (1 h7)22.54 (1 h4)22.45 (2 h2)22.28 (2)Silver
32291Beverly McDonaldJAM22.50 (1 h5)22.44 (1 h1)22.70 (2 h1)22.35 (3)Bronze
41178Debbie FergusonBAH23.19 (2 h6)22.72 (1 h3)22.62 (1 h1)22.37 (4)
51823Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.71 (1 h4)22.49 (1 h2)22.61 (3 h2)22.42 (5)
61836Cathy FreemanAUS23.11 (3 h2)22.75 (3 h1)22.71 (4 h2)22.53 (6)
73239Zhanna PintusevychUKR23.13 (2 h7)22.70 (2 h2)22.74 (3 h1)22.66 (7)
4 h1 r3/41435Felipa PalaciosCOL23.08 (2 h1)23.19 (4 h4)23.11 (4 h1)
5 h1 r3/42648Mercy NkuNGR23.14 (2 h3)22.95 (3 h2)23.40 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/41401Louise AyétotchéCIV22.85 (2 h4)22.86 (2 h4)22.76 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/41115Lauren HewittAUS23.07 (1 h3)23.12 (3 h4)23.44 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/43346Torri EdwardsUSA23.29 (3 h7)22.98 (3 h3)23.06 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/41415Myriam ManiCMR22.68 (1 h2)22.88 (2 h3)23.47 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/41756Muriel HurtisFRA23.04 (2 h2)22.98 (4 h3)23.13 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/43368Nanceen PerryUSA23.18 (3 h3)22.95 (4 h1)23.16 (8 h2)
4 h2 r2/43031Alenka BikarSLO23.26 (5 h1)23.01 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/42981Marina TrandenkovaRUS23.31 (4 h7)23.10 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/42929Oksana EkkRUS23.17 (3 h1)23.17 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/42651Mary Onyali-OmagbemiNGR22.90 (1 h6)23.03 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/41180Chandra SturrupBAH23.09 (3 h4)23.21 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/41702Johanna ManninenFIN23.40 (4 h3)23.41 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/41825Samantha DaviesGBR23.36 (5 h6)23.20 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/42942Irina KhabarovaRUS23.21 (3 h5)23.27 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/42654Fatimat Yusuf-OlukojuNGR23.21 (4 h1)23.21 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/41835Joice MaduakaGBR23.36 (5 h7)23.57 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/41918Sabrina MulrainGER23.31 (3 h6)23.24 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/43238Olena PastushenkoUKR23.64 (4 h4)23.63 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/42276Juliet CampbellJAM23.18 (4 h2)23.34 (7 h4)
8 h4 r2/43010Valma BassSKN23.37 (4 h5)23.57 (8 h4)
AC h3 r2/42298Astia WalkerJAM23.33 (4 h6)– (AC h3)
1 h1 r1/41355Cydonie MothersillCAY22.78 (1 h1)– (DNS h1)
5 h2 r1/42156Sarah ReillyIRL23.43 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/41995Katerina KoffaGRE23.53 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/43406Lyubov PerepelovaUZB23.83 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/43076Mireille DondersSUI23.44 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/41956Monica TwumGHA23.51 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/42738Zuzanna RadeckaPOL23.57 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/42481Lineo ShoaiLES25.57 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/41154Karin MayrAUT23.90 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/41385Liu XiaomeiCHN23.56 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/41386Qin WangpingCHN24.10 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/43000Aïda DiopSEN23.46 (6 h7)
7 h2 r1/41359Kaltouma NadjinaCHA23.81 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/41423Akonga NsimboCOD25.35 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/41191Joanne DurantBAR23.90 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/43447Mila SavićSCG24.12 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/41957Hellena WrappahGHA23.64 (7 h7)
8 h2 r1/43423Hana Ali SalehYEM30.36 (8 h2)
8 h5 r1/41032Heather SamuelANT24.44 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/41292Monika GachevskaBUL24.16 (8 h6)
AC3357Marion JonesUSA22.75 (AC h1)22.50 (AC h2)22.40 (AC h1)21.84 (AC)DQ
DNS2236Manuela LevoratoITA– (DNS h3)
DNS1921Andrea PhilippGER– (DNS h3)
DNS2179Ameerah BelloISV– (DNS h4)

Round One (27 September 2000)

Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (11:15)

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Cydonie MothersillCAY22.780.246Q
26Felipa PalaciosCOL23.080.215Q
33Oksana EkkRUS23.170.159Q
42Fatimat Yusuf-OlukojuNGR23.210.222q
58Alenka BikarSLO23.260.191q
67Monica TwumGHA23.510.164
AC5Marion JonesUSA22.750.225QDQ1

Heat Two (11:21)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Myriam ManiCMR22.680.150Q
26Muriel HurtisFRA23.040.220Q
32Cathy FreemanAUS23.110.261Q
43Juliet CampbellJAM23.180.289Q
51Sarah ReillyIRL23.430.175
67Zuzanna RadeckaPOL23.570.157
78Kaltouma NadjinaCHA23.810.344
84Hana Ali SalehYEM30.36

Heat Three (11:27)

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Lauren HewittAUS23.070.226Q
22Mercy NkuNGR23.140.180Q
37Nanceen PerryUSA23.180.179Q
48Johanna ManninenFIN23.400.222Q
56Katerina KoffaGRE23.530.245
61Lineo ShoaiLES25.570.171
DNS4Manuela LevoratoITA
DNS5Andrea PhilippGER

Heat Four (11:33)

Wind1.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.710.251Q
25Louise AyétotchéCIV22.850.283Q
32Chandra SturrupBAH23.090.181Q
48Olena PastushenkoUKR23.640.208Q
53Lyubov PerepelovaUZB23.830.300
66Karin MayrAUT23.900.164
74Akonga NsimboCOD25.350.240
DNS1Ameerah BelloISV

Heat Five (11:39)

Wind-0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Beverly McDonaldJAM22.500.198Q
24Pauline Davis-ThompsonBAH22.610.214Q
33Irina KhabarovaRUS23.210.278Q
48Valma BassSKN23.370.209Q
51Mireille DondersSUI23.440.186
66Liu XiaomeiCHN23.560.230
77Joanne DurantBAR23.900.265
82Heather SamuelANT24.440.189

Heat Six (11:45)

Wind0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Mary Onyali-OmagbemiNGR22.900.243Q
21Debbie FergusonBAH23.190.237Q
37Sabrina MulrainGER23.310.216Q
45Astia WalkerJAM23.330.203Q
54Samantha DaviesGBR23.360.215q
63Qin WangpingCHN24.100.271
72Mila SavićSCG24.120.330
86Monika GachevskaBUL24.160.167

Heat Seven (11:51)

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Susanthika JayasingheSRI22.530.229Q
25Zhanna PintusevychUKR23.130.213Q
33Torri EdwardsUSA23.290.164Q
48Marina TrandenkovaRUS23.310.176Q
57Joice MaduakaGBR23.360.196q
64Aïda DiopSEN23.460.196
72Hellena WrappahGHA23.64

Quarter-Finals (27 September 2000)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (18:55)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Beverly McDonaldJAM22.440.192Q
23Pauline Davis-ThompsonBAH22.720.228Q
37Cathy FreemanAUS22.750.245Q
46Nanceen PerryUSA22.950.168Q
52Marina TrandenkovaRUS23.100.173
61Johanna ManninenFIN23.410.157
78Joice MaduakaGBR23.570.208
DNS4Cydonie MothersillCAY

Heat Two (19:01)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.490.231Q
26Zhanna PintusevychUKR22.700.181Q
34Mercy NkuNGR22.950.179Q
48Alenka BikarSLO23.010.167
57Oksana EkkRUS23.170.153
62Samantha DaviesGBR23.200.213
71Sabrina MulrainGER23.240.209
AC5Marion JonesUSA22.500.221QDQ2

Heat Three (19:07)

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Debbie FergusonBAH22.720.180Q
26Myriam ManiCMR22.880.166Q
37Torri EdwardsUSA22.980.186Q
45Muriel HurtisFRA22.980.196Q
54Mary Onyali-OmagbemiNGR23.030.252
62Irina KhabarovaRUS23.270.204
71Olena PastushenkoUKR23.630.145
AC8Astia WalkerJAM0.184DNF

Heat Four (19:13)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Susanthika JayasingheSRI22.540.211Q
23Louise AyétotchéCIV22.860.222Q
35Lauren HewittAUS23.120.180Q
44Felipa PalaciosCOL23.190.185Q
57Chandra SturrupBAH23.210.169
62Fatimat Yusuf-OlukojuNGR23.210.229
71Juliet CampbellJAM23.340.190
88Valma BassSKN23.570.268

Semi-Finals (28 September 2000)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (18:00)

Wind-1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Debbie FergusonBAH22.620.191Q
23Beverly McDonaldJAM22.700.250Q
32Zhanna PintusevychUKR22.740.171Q
41Felipa PalaciosCOL23.110.189
58Mercy NkuNGR23.400.222
67Lauren HewittAUS23.440.290
76Myriam ManiCMR23.470.180
AC5Marion JonesUSA22.400.233QDQ3

Heat Two (18:08)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Pauline Davis-ThompsonBAH22.380.227Q
26Susanthika JayasingheSRI22.450.253Q
33Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.610.226Q
42Cathy FreemanAUS22.710.262Q
54Louise AyétotchéCIV22.760.219
67Torri EdwardsUSA23.060.170
78Muriel HurtisFRA23.130.208
81Nanceen PerryUSA23.160.159

Final (28 September 2000 — 19:55)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Pauline Davis-ThompsonBAH22.270.185
26Susanthika JayasingheSRI22.280.207
31Beverly McDonaldJAM22.350.151
45Debbie FergusonBAH22.370.196
57Melinda Gainsford-TaylorAUS22.420.178
62Cathy FreemanAUS22.530.235
78Zhanna PintusevychUKR22.660.190
AC4Marion JonesUSA21.840.174DQ4