Back in 2000, the former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch proclaimed the Sydney Olympics was the best games ever. Billy Stickland / Getty Images It delivered so many memorable moments: Cathy Freeman winning the 400m in front of a packed Stadium Australia. The Aussies smashing the Americans in the 4 × 100m men's freestyle relay. Goosebumps. What a high! And then this happened. Australian Olympic Committee / Via smh.com.au Australian race walker Jane Saville was disqualified just metres from entering a packed stadium where she was set to win gold. Australian Olympic Committee / Via smh.com.au This was the exact moment Saville was red carded and ultimately disqualified from the 20km race. Her face says it all. ￼💔 It’s a soul-crushing moment… but that image of a distraught Saville is one of the most iconic of the Sydney games. It’s immortalised in Australian sporting history. Getty Images Saville was disqualified after a third penalty for an illegal gait, or "lifting" in race walking terms, 200 metres from the finish line and in front of a home crowd no less. The country’s heart broke with her that day. Stu Forster / Getty Images "That's life, that's racewalking unfortunately. What can I say, it's bitterly disappointing," an exhausted Saville told a reporter after her disqualification. Four years later Saville headed to Athens, where she won bronze in the 20km race walk event! ❤️ Donald Miralle / Getty Images What a ride.