Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

The XXVI Olympic Games, held in Sydney from 15 september to 1 october 2000, included 10,651 athletes (4,069 women and 6,582 men) from 200 countries. They competed in 300 events in 28 sports. 16,033 media members (5,298 print and 10,735 broadcast media members) covered the Games. There were 46,967 volunteers.

Governor general of Australia sir William Deane opened the Games and sprinter Cathy Freeman lit the Olympic flame. Field hockey player Rechelle Hawkes took the Olympic Oath on behalf of the athletes and water polo referee Peter Kerr on behalf of all officials. The Croatian Olympic team consisted of 91 athletes, of whom 23 were women, who competed in 12 sports: athletics, weightlifting, sailing, kayak/canoe, volleyball, swimming, table tennis, shooting, taekwondo, tennis,water polo, rowing.

Flag bearers: At the Opening Ceremony: Zoran Primorac
                    At the Closing Ceremony: Igor Boraska


  • Nikolaj Pešalov (do 62kg)
    1. mjesto   Sport: Dizanje utega   Natjecanje: OI Sydney 2000.
  • Osmerac
    ( Igor Boraska, Tihomir Franković, Krešimir Čuljak, Igor Francetić, Branimir Vujević, Tomislav Smoljenović, Nikša Skelin, Siniša Skelin, kormilar Silvijo Petriško )
    3. mjesto   Sport: Veslanje   Natjecanje: OI Sydney 2000.

GOLD: Nikolay Pechalov Weightlifting (-62 kg)

BRONZE: Rowing men's eight: Igor Boraska, Tihomir Franković, Krešimir Čuljak, Branimir Vujević, Tomislav Smoljanić,Nikša Skelin, Siniša Skelin, cox Silvijo Petriško

Chef de Mission: Matija Ljubek

Deputy Chef de Mission: Darko Dujmović
Members: Maja Gencel, Nikolina Otržan, Ante Drpić (Press Attache)
Olympic Attache: Michael Komadina

One could not have imagined a better beginning of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. It was already on the second day of competition that the -62 weight class weightlifting competition took place at the Convention Centre.