18TH – 29TH OCTOBER 2000


The Mascot: Lizzy

18TH – 29TH OCTOBER 2000


The Mascot: Lizzy

Facts & Figures

3,871 athletes (988 women/2,883 men) from 123 countries

550 medal events


18 sports

1.2 million spectators

2,300 media representatives


Wheelchair rugby for the first time as a Paralympic discipline

Medal count Austria:

  • 52 Austrian athletes (5 women and 47 men)
  • 15 medals (2 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze)
  • National ranking: 39th place

Chef de Mission for Austria:

  • Daniel Binter


3,871 athletes from 123 nations competed in Sydney from October 18 – 29, 2000 in the following sports: bocce, archery, soccer 7-a-side, weightlifting, goalball, judo, track and field, cycling, equestrian sports, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, shooting, swimming, sailing, sitting volleyball and table tennis. Austria competed in bocce, archery, weightlifting, judo, track and field, cycling, equestrian sports, shooting, swimming, wheelchair tennis and table tennis.

The XI Summer Paralympics brought what many athletes with disabilities have been waiting for a long time. For about 3 weeks their performances were in the media. Especially the print media reported the events in detail for the first time. Even the press conferences in Linz and Vienna were well received. Since Sydney, the Paralympics have been a household name. Now we know that they really are games of Olympic standard. A total of 1.6 million tickets were sold for the 550 competitions, during which more than 300 world and Paralympic records were broken. In addition, 2,300 accredited media representatives covered the Paralympics in Sydney.

Austrian athletes with disabilities played a major role in attracting media attention with their performances. The 52-strong red-white-red team won 15 medals (2 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze). Competently supported by 31 coaches, the team was able to take 39th place in the medal standings among 123 nations. No wonder that Austria’s media communicated this great performance to their viewers, listeners and readers.
The most successful Austrian athletes were cyclist Wolfgang Eibeck and track and field athlete Andrea Scherney with 2 silver medals each.

The Australians organized the most perfect Games and were the friendliest hosts. The enthusiasm was not limited to Sydney. The whole country took part. About 4 million Australians watched the grandiose opening ceremony on television. 100,000 paying guests were present live in the stadium. Almost all the competitions attracted great public interest. The swimming events were attended by more Australians than at the Olympic Games. Final competitions in popular sports (e.g. wheelchair basketball) were sold out.

That the Australian media made the Paralympics a national event of the first order should be noted here only for the sake of order. This attitude was probably contagious and attracted the attention of the media around the globe.

The Austrian Paralympic Committee would like to thank the Austrian media for their contributions. Not only have they promoted elite sports for the disabled at its highest level, but they have proven to our patrons and sponsors that it makes sense to be active in this arena.

Further information at: https://www.paralympic.org/sydney-2000

Medal table Paralympics SYDNEY 2000

Walter Hanl up to 100kg Gold
Wolfgang Dubin Bullet, F36 Gold
Christoph Etzlstorfer Marathon, T52 Silver
Christoph Etzlstorfer 1500m, T52 Bronze
Thomas Geierspichler Marathon, T52 Bronze
Willibald Monschein Discus, F11 Bronze
Willibald Monschein Sphere, F11 Bronze
Andrea Scherney Bullet, F44 Silver
Andrea Scherney Javelin, F44 Silver
Evelyn Schmied-Wadda Bullet, F52-54 Bronze
Wolfgang Eibeck 1000m time trial track, LC1 Silver
Wolfgang Eibeck 4000m Pursuit Track, LC1 Silver
Hubert Aufschnaiter Air Pistol, SH1 Bronze
Thomas Rosenberger 50m breaststroke, SB3 Silver
Table tennis
Stanislaw Fraczyk Individual Class 9 Silver
All results Paralympics SYDNEY 2000
Franz Aigner Mixed Team, BC1-BC2 Quarterfinals
Franz Aigner Mixed Singles, BC2 Round of 16
Ludwig Egger Mixed Team, BC1-BC2 Quarterfinals
Ludwig Egger Mixed Singles, BC1 Prelims
Harald Grossmayer Mixed Team, BC1 Quarterfinals
Harald Grossmayer Mixed Singles, BC1 Prelims
Hubert Steirer Mixed Team, BC1-BC2 Quarterfinals
Hubert Steirer Mixed Singles, BC2 Prelims
Erich Prossliner Single, standing 24.
Werner Friedl over 100kg 6.
Walter Hanl Bullet, F36 1.
Wolfgang Dubin Bullet, F36 1.
Wolfgang Dubin Discus, F36 4.
Bernhard Eitzinger Bullet, F35 6.
Bernhard Eitzinger Discus, F35 7.
Bernhard Eitzinger Spear, F35 8.
Christoph Etzlstorfer Marathon, T52 2.
Christoph Etzlstorfer 1500m, T52 3.
Christoph Etzlstorfer 5000m, T52 4.
Klaus Felser 100m, T46 6.
Klaus Felser 200m, T46 6.
Gottfried Ferchl Marathon, T54 31.
Thomas Geierspichler Marathon, T52 3.
Thomas Geierspichler 1500m, T52 6.
Thomas Geierspichler 5000m, T552 8.
Thomas Geierspichler 800m, T52 12.
Eva Gruber 200m, T12 6.
Eva Gruber 100m, T12 11.
Bil Marinkovic Javelin, F12 5.
Bil Marinkovic 5 fight, P12 6.
Bil Marinkovic Discus, F12 9.
Bil Marinkovic 100m, T12 15.
Hubert Martin Marathon, T46 9.
Roland Mitterlehner Sphere, F12 7.
Roland Mitterlehner Discus, F12 10.
Willibald Monschein Discus, F11 3.
Willibald Monschein Sphere, F11 3.
Andrea Scherney Bullet, F44 2.
Andrea Scherney Javelin, F44 2.
Andrea Scherney 100m, T44 5.
Andrea Scherney Discus, F46 10.
Dietmar Schmee Bullet, F44 4.
Evelyn Schmied-Wadda Bullet, F52-54 3.
Evelyn Schmied-Wadda Discus, F51-54 4.
Evelyn Schmied-Wadda Javelin, F52-F54 4.
Johann Seidl Bullet, F37 6.
Johann Seidl Javelin, F37 11.
Georg Tischler Bullet, F54 5.
Georg Tischler Discus, F54 7.
Georg Tischler Javelin, F54 8.
Peter Zsifkovits Marathon, T46 7.
Roland Dornauer TandemOpen 13.
Wolfgang Eibeck 1000m time trial track, LC1 2.
Wolfgang Eibeck 4000m Pursuit Track, LC1 2.
Wolfgang Eibeck Street Mixed, LC1 5.
Wolfgang Eibeck Olympic Team Sprint Mixed, LC1-3 5.
Franz Engleder TandemOpen 11.
Alfred Kaiblinger Olympic Team Sprint Mixed, LC1-3 5.
Alfred Kaiblinger 1000m time trial track, LC2 11.
Alfred Kaiblinger

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