Gymnastics at the 2000 Summer Olympics


Gymnastics at the 2000 Summer Olympics

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, 3 different gymnastics disciplines were contested: Artistic gymnastics, Rhythmic gymnastics, and Trampolining.

The all-around competition in the discipline of women's artistic gymnastics (WAG) was marred by two separate scandals. The vault apparatus was set incorrectly for more than half of the meet; consequently many gymnasts fell or were injured on the event. The apparatus was adjusted during the third rotation and those gymnasts who had vaulted on the incorrectly set equipment were invited to re-do the event the end of the competition. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9800EEDF113BF931A1575AC0A9669C8B63 SYDNEY 2000: GYMNASTICS; Romania Sweeps as Controversy Swirls ] ]

Notably, Svetlana Khorkina, who led champion Andreea Raducan by nearly 0.3 in qualifications, was thrown out of medal contention due to the wrongly measured vault. Additionally, World All-Around Silver medalist Viktoria Karpenko, who led the competition until the last rotation, was thrown from first place after she stubbed her toe, tripped, and fell out of bounds on her floor exercise. These are testaments to the upset of the entire competition. [ [http://www.intlgymnast.com/interview/karpenko_viktoria.html IG Online Interview: Viktoria Karpenko] ] [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9402E1D6173AF936A1575AC0A9669C8B63 SYDNEY 2000: GYMNASTICS; A Champion Answers Disaster With Triumph] ] [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/newswire/2000/09/24/378268113654_afp/ Khorkina claims gold at last] ] [ [http://www.gymnasticsmedia.com/Gympedia/tabid/332/topic/Svetlana+Khorkina/Default.aspx] ]

The all-around gold medalist Andreea Raducan was stripped of her medal after testing positive for an IOC banned substance during that event. In 2004, after the substance was removed from the banned list, Raducan contested her being stripped of the medal and petitioned to have it returned to her, the IOC did not accept her petition however. [ [http://ia.rediff.com/sports/2004/aug/12oly-gym1.htm Raducan waits for justice] ] [ [http://www.socialdailynews.com/2007/02/former-gymnastics-star-andreea-raducan/ Former gymnastics star Andreea Raducan claims back Sydney medal] ]

Artistic gymnastics

Men's events

Individual all-around

Pommel Horse

Parallel bars

NOTE: The Gold medal was originally awarded to Andrea Raducan (ROU), giving Romania a medal sweep in Gymnastics. However, Raducan tested positive for pseudoephedrine, a banned stimulant, and was stripped of her medal.

Team competition

Balance beam

Groups all-around

Medal table

ee also

*Olympic medalists in gymnastics (men)
*Olympic medalists in gymnastics (women)

References


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