2000 in sports

2000 in sports

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::"For an extensive coverage see 2000 in athletics (track and field)"


International Races

* April 16 — flagicon|NED Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands
**Men's Winner: Kenneth Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:08:22
**Women's Winner: Ana Isabel Alonso (ESP) 2:30:21

* September 24 — flagicon|AUS Olympic Marathon, Sydney, Australia
**Women's Winner: Naoko Takahashi (JPN) 2:23:14

* October 1 — flagicon|AUS Olympic Marathon, Sydney, Australia
**Men's Winner: Gezahegne Abera (ETH) 2:10:11

* December 3 — flagicon|JPN Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
**Men's Winner: Atsushi Fujita (JPN) 2:06:51

National Champions

* April 16 — flagicon|ENG London, England
**Men's Winner: Mark Hudspith — 2:13:37
**Women's Winner: Joanna Lodge — 2:40:52

* May 14 — flagicon|CAN Ottawa, Canada
**Men's Winner: Bruce Deacon — 2:17:13
**Women's Winner: Veronique Vandersmissen — 2:36:46

* October 8 — flagicon|NED Eindhoven, Netherlands
**Men's Winner: Luc Krotwaar — 2:14:39
**Women's Winner: Wilma van Onna — 2:39:35

Auto racing

*Stock car racing:
**NASCAR Championship - Bobby Labonte
**Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Scott Baker, and Tony Roper all died from head-related injuries that brought safety concerns to NASCAR
** February 20 - The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Daytona 500 Winner=Dale Jarrett
** February 27 - The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Dura-Lube/Kmart 400 at North Carolina Motor Speedway Winner=Bobby Labonte
*Indy Racing League - Buddy Lazier won the season championship
*Indianapolis 500- Juan Pablo Montoya
*CART Racing - Gil de Ferran won the season championship
*Formula One Championship - Michael Schumacher of Germany
*24 hours of Le Mans: Frank Biela / Tom Kristensen / Emanuele Pirro won, driving an (Audi R8R LMP)
*World Rally Championship - Marcus Grönholm of Finland
*Drag racing - Gary Scelzi won the NHRA "Top Fuel" championship.
*V8 Supercars - Mark SKaife won the 2000 championship


*World Series: New York Yankees win 4 games to 1 over the New York Mets. The Series MVP is Derek Jeter, of the Yankees

"See also"'
*2000 in baseball


* NBA Finals:
**Los Angeles Lakers win their first NBA title in twelve years, defeating the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2.

*NCAA Men's Basketball Championship:
**Michigan State wins 89-76 over Florida

* WNBA Finals:
**Houston Comets win 2 games to 0 over the New York Liberty to complete their four-peat.

*National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
**Perth Wildcats defeated the Victoria Titans 2-0 in the best-of-three final series.

*2000 in basketball


* May 13 to 21 – 33rd European Amateur Boxing Championships held in Tampere, Finland
**"Light Flyweight (– 48 kg):" Valeri Sidorenko (Ukraine)
**"Flyweight (– 51 kg):" Vladimir Sidorenko (Ukraine)
**"Bantamweight (– 54 kg):" Agasi Agagüloglu (Turkey)
**"Featherweight (– 57 kg):" Ramaz Paliani (Turkey)
**"Lightweight (– 60 kg):" Alexander Maletin (Bulgaria)
**"Light Welterweight (– 63.5 kg):" Alexei Leonov (Russia)
**"Welterweight (– 67 kg):" Bülent Ulusoy (Turkey)
**"Light Middleweight (– 71 kg):" Adnan Ćatić (Germany)
**"Middleweight (– 75 kg):" Zsolt Erdei (Hungary)
**"Light Heavyweight (– 81 kg):" Aleksandr Lebziak (Russia)
**"Heavyweight (– 91 kg):" Jackson Chanet (France)
**"Super Heavyweight (+ 91 kg):" Alexei Lezin (Russia)
*July 29 – Kostya Tszyu defeats Julio César Chávez by a knockout in six to retain the WBC's world Jr. Welterweight title.
*August 12 – Evander Holyfield defeats John Ruiz by decision in 12 rounds to regain the WBA's world Heavyweight title, becoming the first boxer to win the world Heavyweight title four times.
* The Ring Magazine named Felix Trinidad the Fighter of the Year 2000. Eric Morales Won a 12 Round Points Victory over Marco Antonio Barrera, for the Unified WBC and WBO 122 Pound Titles, In The Ring's Fight of The Year 2000.


* Courtney Walsh (West Indies) takes 34 wickets in a test series against England at an average of 12.82 runs per wicket. He misses the record for most wickets by a West Indian bowler in a test series held by Malcolm Marshall by 1 wicket.
* Walsh plays his last one day international.
* June 26 - Bangladesh becomes the tenth Test cricket playing nation.


Road cycling

*Giro d'Italia
*#Stefano Garzelli
*#Francesco Casagrande
*#Gilberto Simoni

*Tour de France
*#Lance Armstrong
*#Jan Ullrich
*#Joseba Beloki

*World Road Cycling Championship:
*#Romāns Vainšteins
*#Zbigniew Spruch
*#Oscar Freire


*UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands (January 28–29)
**Men's Competition
*#Gold – Richard Groenendaal
*#Silver – Mario De Clercq
*#Bronze – Sven Nys
**Women's Competition
*#Gold – Hanka Kupfernagel
*#Silver – Louise Robinson
*#Bronze – Daphny van den Brand

Dogsled racing

*Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion
**Doug Swingley wins with lead dogs: "Stormy" & "Cola"

Field hockey

* Men's Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Osaka, Japan
** Gold: Spain
** Silver: Pakistan
** Bronze: South Korea

* Men's Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, The Netherlands
** Gold: The Netherlands
** Silver: Germany
** Bronze: South Korea

* Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in Sydney, Australia
** Gold: The Netherlands
** Silver: South Korea
** Bronze: Australia

* Men's Pan American Cup in Havana, Cuba
** Gold: Cuba
** Silver: Canada
** Bronze: Argentina
* Women's Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Milton Keynes, England
** Gold: New Zealand
** Silver: Great Britain
** Bronze: Germany

* Women's Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, The Netherlands
** Gold: The Netherlands
** Silver: Germany
** Bronze: Australia

* Olympic Games (Women's Competition) in Sydney, Australia
** Gold: Australia
** Silver: Argentina
** Bronze: The Netherlands

Figure skating

*World Figure Skating Championships:
**Men's champion: Alexei Yagudin, Russia
**Ladies' champion: Michelle Kwan, United States
**Pairs' champions: Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov, Russia
**Ice dance champions: Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, France

* First World Synchronized Skating Championships held in Minneapolis

=Football (American)=

*Super Bowl XXXIV: Saint Louis Rams win 23-16 over the Tennessee Titans
*Marshall Faulk wins the regular season MVP award.
*Oklahoma Sooners - college football championship.

Football (Australian rules football)

* Australian Football League
** Essendon wins the 104th AFL premiership (Essendon 19.21 (135) d Melbourne 11.9 (75))
** Brownlow Medal awarded to Shane Woewodin (Melbourne)

=Football (Canadian)=

* Grey Cup: B.C. Lions win 28-26 over the Montreal Alouettes
* Vanier Cup: Ottawa Gee-Gees win 42-39 over the Regina Rams

Football (Soccer)

::"For an extensive coverage see 2000 in football (soccer)"
*Euro 2000: France won 2-1 in extra time over Italy, with a golden goal by Trézéguet. This was France's second European Championship title.
*Champions' League: Real Madrid won 3-0 in the final against Valencia. This was Real Madrid's 8th European Cup title.
*UEFA Cup: Galatasaray won 4-1 on penalties, in the final against Arsenal, after a 0-0 draw at the end of the match. This was the very first European title won by a Turkish team.
*European Super Cup: Galatasaray beat Real Madrid 2-1 after extra time, with a golden goal by Jardel.
*Intercontinental Cup: Boca Juniors beat Real Madrid 2-1, winning the cup for the second time.
*Major League Soccer (U.S.): Kansas City Wizards claim the MLS Cup.

Gaelic Athletic Association

**All-Ireland Camogie Champion: Tipperary
**National Camogie League: Cork

*Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Kerry 0-17 d. Galway 1-10
**National Football League: Derry 1-8 d. Meath 0-9
**Sligo Senior Football Championship: Bunninadden were crowned County Champions by defeating Coolera/Strandhill
**Dublin Senior Football Championship: Na Fianna were crowned County Champions by defeating Kilmacud Crokes
*Ladies' Gaelic football
**All-Ireland Senior Football Champion: Mayo
**National Football League: Mayo

**All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Kilkenny 5-15 d. Offaly 1-14
**National Hurling League:


Men's professional
*April 9 - Masters Tournament - Vijay Singh
*June 18 - U.S. Open - Tiger Woods wins by 15 shots, a record for all majors, with a U.S. Open to-par record score of -12.
*July 23 - British Open - Tiger Woods becomes the fifth golfer in history to achieve the modern "career grand slam," and sets the to-par record for all majors (-19).
*August 20 - PGA Championship - Tiger Woods becomes the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff.
*PGA Tour money leader - Tiger Woods - $9,188,321
*PGA Tour Player of the Year - Tiger Woods
*PGA Tour Rookie of the Year - Michael Clark II
*Tiger Woods set or tied a total of 27 PGA Tour records during the year
*Senior PGA Tour money leader - Larry Nelson - $2,708,005Men's amateur
*British Amateur - Mikko Ilonen
*U.S. Amateur - Jeff Quinney
*European Amateur - Carl PetterssonWomen's professional
*Nabisco Championship - Karrie Webb
*LPGA Championship - Juli Inkster
*U.S. Women's Open - Karrie Webb
*Classique du Maurier - Meg Mallon
*LPGA Tour money leader - Karrie Webb - $1,876,853
* The European team defeated the United States team 14 ½ - 11 ½ to regain the Solheim Cup.

=Thoroughbred horse racing=

*Australia - Melbourne Cup - Brew
*Canada - Queen's Plate - Scatter the Gold
*France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Sinndar
*Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Sinndar

*English Triple Crown Races:
*#2,000 Guineas Stakes - Kings Best
*#Epsom Derby - Sinndar
*#St. Leger Stakes - Millenary

*United States Triple Crown Races:
*#May 6 - Kentucky Derby - Fusaichi Pegasus
*#Preakness Stakes - Red Bullet
*#Belmont Stakes - Commendable

*Breeders' Cup:
*#Breeders' Cup Classic - Tiznow
*#Breeders' Cup Distaff - Spain
*#Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Perfect Sting
*#Breeders' Cup Juvenile - Macho Uno
*#Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - Caressing
*#Breeders' Cup Mile - War Chant
*#Breeders' Cup Sprint - Kona Gold
*#Breeders' Cup Turf - Kalanisi


Men's Competition

*European Championship in Croatia:* Gold Medal: hb|SWE:* Silver Medal: hb|RUS:* Bronze Medal: hb|ESP

Women's Competition

*European Championship in Romania:* Gold Medal: hbw|HUN:* Silver Medal: hbw|UKR:* Bronze Medal: hbw|RUS

Harness racing

*March 18 - John Campbell became the first driver in harness racing history to reach $100 million in earnings at one track on at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

*North America Cup - Gallo Blue Chip

*United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
*#Cane Pace - Powerful Toy
*#Little Brown Jug - Astreos
*#Messenger Stakes - Ain't No Stopn Him

*United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
*#Hambletonian - Yankee Paco
*#Yonkers Trot - Goalfish
*#Kentucky Futurity - Credit Winner

*Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
**Pacers: Shakamaker
**Trotters: Lyell Creek

Ice hockey

*Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins

*Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player:
** Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues

*Stanley Cup:New Jersey Devils win 4 games to 2 over the Dallas Stars

*World Hockey Championship
** Men's champion: Czech Republic defeated Slovakia
** Junior Men's champion: Czech Republic defeated Russia
** Women's champion: Canada defeated the United States


* The Toronto Rock defeat the Rochester Knighthawks 14–13 to win the National Lacrosse League championship


*The third World Radiosport Team Championship held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Gold medals won by Jeff Steinman N5TJ and Dan Street K1TO of the United States.
*Tenth Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championships are held in Nanjing, China, the first time ever to be hosted at a location outside Europe.

Rugby Union

*Six Nations - England
*Tri Nations - Australia


*Alpine Skiing
**The men's overall season champion: Hermann Maier, Austria
**The women's overall season champion: Renate Götschl, Austria


*World Snooker Championship: Mark Williams beats Matthew Stevens 18-16
*World rankings: Mark Williams becomes world number one for 2000/01


International tournaments

*Fifth World Short Course Championships, held in Athens, Greece (March 16 – March 19)
**United States wins the most medals (25), and the most gold medals (9)
*25th European LC Championships, held in Helsinki, Finland (July 3 – August 9)
**Romania wins the most medals (14), Sweden and Russia the most gold medals (6)
*XXVII Olympic Games, held in Sydney, Australia (September 16 – September 23)
*Fourth European SC Championships, held in Valencia, Spain (December 14 – December 17)
**Great Britain wins the most medals (19), Sweden the most gold medals (10)


* January 18 — Australia's Susie O'Neill breaks her own world record in the 200 m butterfly (short course) once again, this time at a meet in Sydney, Australia, clocking 2:04.16.

*February 12 – In Paris, France, US-swimmer Jenny Thompson betters her own world record in the women's 100 m butterfly (short course), from 56:90 to 56:80.

*March 18 – Jenny Thompson once again betters her own world record in the women's 100 m butterfly (short course), this time in Athens, Greece, from 56:80 to 56:56.

* March 23 — Anthony Ervin breaks the world record in the men's 50 m freestyle (short course) at a swimming meet in Minneapolis, clocking 21.21.

* June 16 — At the Russian National Swimming Championships in Moscow, Alexander Popov betters the ten year old world record (21.81) in the 50m freestyle (long course), swam by USA's Tom Jager in 1990: 21.64.


*Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
*#Australian Open – Andre Agassi
*#French Open – Gustavo Kuerten
*#Wimbledon championships – Pete Sampras
*#US Open – Marat Safin

*Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
*#Australian Open – Lindsay Davenport
*#French Open – Mary Pierce
*#Wimbledon championships – Venus Williams
*#US Open – Venus Williams

*2000 Summer Olympics
**Men's Singles Competition
*#Gold – Yevgeny Kafelnikov
*#Silver – Tommy Haas
*#Bronze – Arnaud di Pasquale
**Women's Singles Competition
*#Gold – Venus Williams
*#Silver – Elena Dementieva
*#Bronze – Monica Seles
**Men's Doubles Competition
*#Gold – Sébastien Lareau & Daniel Nestor
*#Silver – Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde
*#Bronze – Àlex Corretja & Albert Costa
**Women's Doubles Competition
*#Gold – Venus Williams & Serena Williams
*#Silver – Kristie Boogert & Miriam Oremans
*#Bronze – Els Callens & Dominique Van Roost

*Davis Cup
** Spain wins 3-1 over Australia in world tennis

*Elena Dementieva enters the WTA top 20, named WTA Tour Most Improved Player


* Men's World League – Final Round in Rotterdam, Netherlands
** Gold Medal: vb|ITA
** Silver Medal: vb|RUS
** Bronze Medal: vb|BRA
* Women's World Grand Prix – Final Round in Manila, Philippines
** Gold Medal: vbw|CUB
** Silver Medal: vbw|RUS
** Bronze Medal: vbw|BRA
*Olympic Qualifier
** Men's Tournaments
*** Matosinhos, Portugal: vb|ARG
*** Piraeus, Greece: vb|ESP
*** Castelnau-le-Lez, France: vb|NED
** Women's Tournament in Tokyo, Japan
*** vbw|ITA
*** vbw|KOR
*** vbw|CRO
*** vbw|CHN
*2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia
**Men's Team Competition
***Gold Medal — vb|YUG
***Silver Medal — vb|RUS
***Bronze Medal — vb|ITA
**Women's Team Competition
***Gold Medal — vbw|CUB
***Silver Medal — vbw|RUS
***Bronze Medal — vbw|BRA
* Men's America's Cup in São Bernardo, Brazil
** Gold Medal: vb|CUB
** Silver Medal: vb|BRA
** Bronze Medal: vb|USA

Water polo

Men's Competition

* Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Hanover, Germany
* Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
** Gold Medal: wp|HUN
** Silver Medal: wp|RUS
** Bronze Medal: wp|SCG|name=Yugoslavia

Women's Competition

* Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Palermo, Italy
* Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
** Gold Medal: wpw|AUS
** Silver Medal: wpw|USA
** Bronze Medal: wpw|RUS
* Holiday Cup in Los Alamitos, United States
** Gold Medal: wpw|USA
** Silver Medal: wpw|CAN
** Bronze Medal: wpw|AUS

Yacht racing

*New Zealand retains the America's Cup as Team New Zealand defeats Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, 5 races to 0

Multi-sport events

* 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
** United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40).

* Winter Goodwill Games held in Lake Placid, New York, United States


*Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: Tiger Woods, PGA Tour golfer
*Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Marion Jones, Track and Field
*ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Tiger Woods, PGA Tour golferNote: The Wide World award discontiuned in 2001


* Abercrombie — harness racing horse
* January 4 — Tom Fears, American football player
* January 26 — Don Budge, tennis player
* January 27 — Lucas Sebastião da Fonseca (72), Mozambican-born Portuguese football player (b. 1927)
* February 9 — Beau Jack, boxer
* February 12 — Tom Landry, American football coach
* February 14 — Karsten Solheim (88), founder of PING golf company and the Solheim Cup
* February 16 — Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. (48), CART racing team owner
* February 23 — Stanley Matthews, English football (soccer) player
* April 7 — Masayuki Minami (58), Japanese volleyball player (b. 1941)
* April 14 — Wilf Mannion (81), English football (soccer) player (b. 1918)
* May 12 — Adam Petty (19), race car driver, grandson of Richard Petty
* May 27 — Maurice Richard, ice hockey player
* June 26 — Lucien Laurin, Secretariat's Hall of Fame trainer
* July 6 — Fred Lane, American football player
*July 24 — Peter Dubovský (28), Slovak football (soccer) player (b. 1972)
* September 17 — Nicole Reinhart (24), American cyclist
* October 5 — Cătălin Hâldan (24), Romanian football player (b. 1976)
* October 11 — Matija Ljubek (46), Croatian canoer (b. 1953)
* October 17 — Harry Cooper, PGA Tour golfer
* November 2 — Simeon Simeonov (54), Bulgarian football (soccer) goalkeeper (b. 1946)

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