Edition No. 24. Autumn, 2000. Today is
 
Sydney Olympic Games2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
THE DAY BEFORE: THE OPENING CEREMONY, FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER


By: Barnaby Chesterman



The Day BeforeThe spectacular fanfare of the Opening Ceremony was enjoyed throughout the city of Sydney with giant plasma screens set up to accommodate the interest of thousands of spectators who couldn't get a ticket to the stadium venue.

The festivities began earlier in the day from the unlikely setting of the top of the Sydney Opera House, when the Olympic torch made a spectacular and daring appearance, although the torch bearer, Samantha Riley, was safely harnessed to the roof. A helicopter circled above to catch photographic evidence of the brave woman who ventured to the high perch above the city.

During the evening, the Darling Harbour area was particularly buzzing with street performers, laser shows and fireworks to entertain the massed crowds. When the Opening Ceremony began it took the viewers on a nostalgic journey throughout the history of Australia from its Aboriginal roots through immigration and industrialisation before coming full circle when it ended with the poignant image of Australia's favourite daughter, the Aborigine superstar, Cathy Freeman carrying the torch on its last leg to light the Olympic flame amidst an incredible spectacle of fire and water.

During the athletes parade, eleven judoka were given the honour of carrying their countries flag and leading their National team's march around the stadium. The proud athletes were: Ulla Werbrouck (Belgium), David Douillet (France), Melanie Engoang (Gabon), Ernst Laraque (Haiti), Kosei Inoue (Japan), Lauren Pace (Malta), Thierry Vatrican (Monaco), Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene (Mongolia), Adil Belgaid (Morocco), Kouami Sacha Denanyoh (Togo) and in one of the most moving scenes of the night, South Korean Yong-Sin Choi jointly carried the combined Korean Peninnsula flag as the two Koreas received one of the biggest cheers of the night for demonstrating solidarity, in the true spirit of the Olympics, with their joint parade.

The Mongolian flag-bearer, Bat-Erdene, who is also a Colonel and the president of the Mongolian Judo Federation, received great attention as he marched around in traditional Mongolian wrestling attire. Many other judoka, such as Jimmy Pedro (USA), Isabel Fernandez (Spain) and Adrian Croitoru (Romania) were caught on camera enjoying the procession, although I'm sure the eagle-eyed among you spotted many others.



BC

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2000 Sydney Olympics


MEN

-60kg

NOMURA Tadahiro (JPN)

-66kg
OZKAN Huseyin (TUR)

-73kg
MADDALONI Giuseppe (ITA)

-81kg
TAKIMOTO Makoto (JPN)

-90kg
HUIZINGA Mark (NED)

-100kg
INOUE Kosei (JPN)

+100kg
DOUILLET David (FRA)


WOMEN

-48kg
TAMURA Ryoko (JPN)

-52kg
VERDECIA Legna (CUB)

-57kg
FERNANDEZ Isabel (ESP)

-63kg
VANDENHENDE Severine (FRA)

-70kg
VERANES Sibelis (CUB)

-78kg
TANG Lin (CHN)

+78kg
YUAN Hua (CHN)

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