Palau at the 2000 Summer Olympics

Palau competed in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Palau at the
2000 Summer Olympics
Flag of Palau.svg
IOC codePLW
NOCPalau National Olympic Committee
Websitewww.oceaniasport.com/palau
in Sydney
Competitors5 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Valerie Pedro
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

BackgroundEdit

Palau is an island country located in the western region of the Caroline Islands, with a population of 21,431 as of July 2017. The nation gained independence in 1994 from the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, under the trusteeship of the United States. The two countries also entered the Compact of Free Association that year, allowing the United States to be responsible for Palau's national defense.[1]

The Palau National Olympic Committee was formed in 1997, and it gained full International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition in June 1999 at the 109th IOC session.[2] Along with Eritrea, the 2000 Olympics were first for the countries.[3] The 2000 Olympics were held from 15 September – 1 October 2008.[4] Palau was part of the torch relay, as the torch stayed in the country on 23 May for one day before heading to the Federated States of Micronesia.[5]

Athletics (track and field)Edit

 
Adolf and Koshiba competed at Stadium Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics

Palau was represented by athletes Christopher Adolf and Peoria Koshiba for athletics in the 2000 Olympic Games.[6] Adolf competed in the men's 100 meters, and Koshiba competed in the women's 100 meters. Both have previously won their 100 meters in the 1998 Micronesian Games.[3]

In the men's 100 meters, Adolf finished eighth out of nine in fourth heat of the first round, and he did not advance to the next round. Maurice Greene won the event, and Ato Boldon and Obadele Thompson won silver and bronze medals, respectively.[7]

Koshiba competed in the women's 100 meters, where she finished seventh out of eight in the second heat of the first round, and she did not advance to the quarterfinals. Marion Jones later went on to win the event, but she was stripped of her medal after she was found using performance-enhancing drugs.[8]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Men
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Christopher Adolf 100 m 11.01 8 Did not advance[7]
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Peoria Koshiba 100 m 12.66 7 Did not advance[8]

SwimmingEdit

 
Sydney International Aquatic Centre, the host venue for the swimming events for the 2000 Summer Olympics
Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Anlloyd Samuel 50 m freestyle 27.24 71 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Nicole Hayes 100 m freestyle 1:00.89 47 Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

 
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, which hosted the weightlifting events of the 2000 Summer Olympics

Women

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
1 2 3 1 2 3
Valerie Pedro – 69 kg 70.0 75.0 75.0 87.5 87.5 90.0 160.0 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Palau". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ "About PNOC". Palau National Olympic Committee. SportsTG. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Shringi, Akash (11 August 2000). "Weightlifter Joins Palau's Olympic team". Pacific Daily News. Agana, Guam. p. 79. Retrieved 8 May 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ "Factsheet The Games of the Olympiad" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Olympic torch reaches Palau". The Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu. 24 May 2000. p. 2. Retrieved 8 May 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ "Palau at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ a b "Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's 100 metres". sports-reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ a b "Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Women's 100 metres". sports-reference.com. Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  • Wallechinsky, David (2004). The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics (Athens 2004 Edition). Toronto, Canada. ISBN 1-894963-32-6.

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