2000 Summer Paralympics medal table

The medal table of the 2000 Summer Paralympics ranks the participating National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) by the number of gold medals won by their athletes during the competition. This was the eleventh Summer Paralympic Games, a quadrennial competition open to athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities.[1][2] The Games were held in Sydney, Australia, from October 18 to October 29, 2000, the first time they had been held in the southern hemisphere.[3] With 3,843 athletes taking part in the 18 sports on the programme,[1] the Games were the second largest sporting event ever held in Australia.[3] The location and facilities were shared with the largest event, the 2000 Summer Olympics, which concluded on 1 October. The Games set records for athlete and country participation, tickets sold, hits to the official Games website, and medals on offer.[4]

Photograph of Amanda Fraser swimming breastsrtoke
Australian swimmer Amanda Fraser competes in the S7 200IM at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. She went on to win two bronze medals.

A record of 122 countries (or 123 delegations including independent athletes from Timor-Leste) participated;[4] 68 countries won medals, of which seven won a medal for the first time.[5] A total of 1,657 medals were awarded during the Sydney games: 550 gold, 549 silver, and 558 bronze.[5] Among these performances, over 300 world and Paralympic records were set.[4] The host country, Australia, topped the table with more golds and more medals overall than any other nation, and achieved its record medal count.[1] Great Britain won the most silvers, with 43, and tied Australia for the most bronzes, with 47.[5] The medals were designed by the royal goldsmith and jeweller Stuart Devlin. They feature the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, surrounded by the Games arenas. The reverse face shows the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee logos.[6]

There were numerous athletes who contributed multiple medals to their national tally. In the pool these included Béatrice Hess of France who won seven golds,[7] Mayumi Narita of Japan who won six golds and a silver,[8] Siobhan Paton of Australia who won six golds in individual events,[3][9] and Stéphanie Dixon of Canada and Hong Yan Zhu of China who each won five golds.[10][11] On the track Tim Sullivan of Australia won five golds,[3] and Tanni Grey-Thompson of Great Britain won four.[4]

Medal tableEdit

The ranking in this table is based on information provided by the IPC and is consistent with IPC convention in its published medal tables.[5] By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won (in this context, a "nation" is an entity represented by a National Paralympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically by IPC country code.

With a few exceptions, each event contributed one medal of each type to the table (although for team events, multiple physical medals were actually awarded). All judo events awarded two bronze medals, one to each of the losing semi-finalists.[12] The men's 100 m backstroke S8 event awarded two golds to equal winners.[13] In the intellectual disability basketball event, although three medals were initially awarded, the gold was later stripped from the Spanish team due to a disqualification for cheating.[14]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Australia (AUS)*633947149
2  Great Britain (GBR)414347131
3  Canada (CAN)38332596
4  Spain (ESP)383038106
5  United States (USA)363934109
6  China (CHN)34221773
7  France (FRA)30282886
8  Poland (POL)19221253
9  South Korea (KOR)187732
10  Germany (GER)16413895
11  Czech Republic (CZE)15151343
12  Japan (JPN)13171141
13  South Africa (RSA)13121338
14  Russia (RUS)13111236
15  Netherlands (NED)129930
16  Iran (IRI)124723
17  Mexico (MEX)10121234
18  Italy (ITA)981027
19  Denmark (DEN)881430
20  Switzerland (SUI)84820
21  Hong Kong (HKG)83718
22  Nigeria (NGR)71513
23  Egypt (EGY)6121028
24  Brazil (BRA)610622
25  New Zealand (NZL)68418
26  Portugal (POR)65516
27  Tunisia (TUN)64111
28  Belarus (BLR)581023
29  Sweden (SWE)561021
30  Thailand (THA)54211
31  Ireland (IRL)5319
32  Hungary (HUN)451423
33  Greece (GRE)44311
34  Cuba (CUB)4228
35  Ukraine (UKR)3201437
36  Slovakia (SVK)35513
37  Israel (ISR)3216
38  Algeria (ALG)3003
39  Austria (AUT)27615
40  Norway (NOR)26715
41  Iceland (ISL)2024
42  Belgium (BEL)1449
43  Finland (FIN)13610
44  Chinese Taipei (TPE)1247
45  Estonia (EST)1135
46  Kenya (KEN)1124
47  Peru (PER)1102
48  Ivory Coast (CIV)1012
49  Bulgaria (BUL)1001
  Jordan (JOR)1001
  Zimbabwe (ZIM)1001
52  Faroe Islands (FRO)0314
  United Arab Emirates (UAE) 0314
54  Argentina (ARG)0235
55  Slovenia (SLO)0224
56  Lithuania (LTU)0213
57  Kuwait (KUW)0145
58  Bahrain (BRN)0112
  Panama (PAN)0112
60  Azerbaijan (AZE) 0101
  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 0101
  Yugoslavia (YUG)0101
63  Latvia (LAT) 0033
64  Libya (LBA) 0011
  Palestine (PLE) 0011
  Philippines (PHI) 0011
  Puerto Rico (PUR)0011
  Venezuela (VEN)0011
Totals (68 nations)5515495591659

    First-time medal-winning country

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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