Sydney relights Olympic cauldron on 20th anniversary

(From left) Tamsin Colley, AOC president John Coates, paralympian Louise Savage, Olympian Ian Thorpe and Tenayah Logan in front of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron as it's lit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games' opening ceremony at Cathy Freeman Park in Sydney, Australia, today. – EPA pic, September 15, 2020.

SYDNEY lit its Olympic cauldron today for the first time since 2000, but the face of those millennium Games, Cathy Freeman, was missing because of the coronavirus pandemic, which loomed large over the celebrations.

The images that flashed around the world exactly 20 years ago of Freeman, who went on to win 400m gold, lighting the cauldron to open the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in front of 110,000 people seemed a world away from the 20th anniversary event in the quiet surrounds of the city’s Olympic Park.

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