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Sunday, 1 October, 2000, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Golden greats and defining moments
Freeman, Thorpe and Johnson
Sydney 2000 has been hailed by many Olympic experts as the greatest Games of all time.

The British team produced their best medal-winning effort since 1920 - but there were remarkable performances from athletes from all around the world.


Welcome to the world
Home favourite Cathy Freeman is the star of a spectacular opening ceremony which celebrates the Olympian ideal and Aussie culture.
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Thorpedo hits target
Day one of the Games, and they burst to life thanks to the remarkable Ian Thorpe who triumphs in the pool. 'Thorpedo' follows up individual 400m freestyle success to lead the Australian relay team to a thrilling win over the US.
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Queally great
Great Britain matched their Atlanta gold medal haul on the very first day at Sydney, as unheradled cyclist Jason Queally claimed a surprise victory in the 1km time trial.
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The Eel splashes down
Not all Olympic stories are about gold medals and record times. Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea became a worldwide superstar thanks to a painfully slow solo swim. Step forward "Eric the Eel".
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Flying Dutchman
Having beaten Ian Thorpe in the 200m, Pieter van den Hoogenband confirms his status as the star of the Sydney pool by seeing off the challenge of another big-name, Alex Popov for gold number two.
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No way, Marie-Jose
Arguably the biggest confrontation of the Games - reigning Olympic 400m champion Marie-Jose Perec against Aussie idol Cathy Freeman - was scuppered when the French star pulled out in confrontational circumstances.
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Five in a row
Steve Redgrave confirmed his place in the Olympic Hall of Fame with a fifth straight gold medal. Matthew Pinsent bagged a third title and Tim Foster and James Cracknell claimed their first.
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Greene and gold
The athletics competition bursts into life as Maurice Greene confirms his reputation as the world's fastest man with victory in the 100m.
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All-round star
Britain's new athletics queen was crowned as Denise Lewis shrugged off injury in the heptathlon to bravely battle her way to the nation's first track and field gold since 1992.
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Eight's great
Steve Redgrave may have commanded the headlines, but a more surprising - and to rowing purists, more impressive - victory came the next day. The British crew produced a thrilling finish to win the men's eight - rowing's blue riband event - for the first time since 1908.
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Cathy come home
Arguably the moment that will define Sydney 2000 in years to come. Home heroine Cathy Freeman became the first Aboriginal to win track and field gold - to the delight of a rapturous capacity crowd.
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Champion charge
According to many experts he is simply the greatest track star of all time, and Michael Johnson continued his remarkable achievements when he became the first man to defend the Olympic 400m crown.
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King of the gym
The most prolific medal-winner at Sydney was not Marion Jones or Ian Thorpe. He may not have grabbed many headlines, but Alexei Nemov had a suitcase full of gongs to take back to Russia with him.
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Hunter the hunted
American athletes found themselves at the centre of a drugs storm when it was revealed Marion Jones' husband CJ Hunter had tested positive for nandrolone.
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Drugs farce
There was a poignant tale from the gym when Romania's Andreea Raducan was stripped of her Olympic title after failing a drug test. The authorities declined calls to let her off after she revealed she had taken a cold remedy.
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Leaping to gold
British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards made up for the bitter disappointment of silver in Atlanta by claiming gold with the biggest leap in the world this year.
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Smiles that lit up Sydney
Many doubt that tennis should even be an Olympic sport - but no-one could deny the Williams sisters a golden double.
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Keeping up with Jones
Her much-publicised aim was was for five gold medals. In the end Marion Jones had to settle for a mere three wins - and two bronzes. The phenomenal American might not have achieved exactly what set out for, but what a show she gave us. Click here for report.

Wrestle-mania
Russian superstar Alexandre Kareline, the Steve Redgrave of wrestling, was expected to just turn up at Sydney to claim another gold medal. But Rulon Gardener proved a party-pooper of the most sensational kind.
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Woodies couldn't
The final fling for 'The Woodies' and everyone expected Aussie legends Woodbridge and Woodforde to bow out in golden fashion. But the unsung Canadian pair of Nestor and Lareau had other ideas...
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Star at a stroll
He was an hour behind the rest of the field, but British walker Chris Maddocks was a huge hit with the Sydney crowd.
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Britain rules the waves
British attention switched in Sydney from cycling to shooting to rowing to athletics. Now it was sailing's turn in the spotlight, with two golds on the penultimate day of action.
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Olympic-sized upset
One of the major shocks of the Games came when red-hot favourite Hicham El Guerrouj was beaten to 1500m gold by Noah Ngeny.
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Savon - a cut above the rest
Felix Savon joined the ranks of the Olympic boxing greats and became only the third man to win three gold medals in the ring. But the Cuban had to survive a late scare with a gash under his eye.
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Golden Indomitable Lions
It took a comeback from two goals down and a penalty shoot-out, but Cameroon's victory over Spain in the football final ensured that the Olympic football title stayed in Africa.
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Koreans pay the penalty
It could have been called "Shoot-out Saturday". Hours after Cameroon's football win, another comeback and dramatic finish in the hockey. This time it was South Korea who come from two goals down - but the Netherlands win the battle from the spot.
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Harrison the history-maker
Britain's Audley Harrison ignored a serious hand injury to defeat Kazakhstan's Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov and take his country's first boxing gold for 32 years.
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Britain at the double
Britain's finest Games in 80 years is confirmed at the final hour as Stephanie Cook takes gold, leading home bronze medallist Kate Allenby in a first double medal success for Team GB at these Games.
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Goodbye to Sydney
The Olympic baton is handed to Athens for 2004 with a closing ceremony celebrating the Games but also looking ahead with a Greek theme.
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