at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Regatta Centre
Dates17–24 September
Competitors547 from 51 nations
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Rowing at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. It featured 547 competitors (363 men and 184 women) from 51 nations taking part in 14 events.[1]

The medals were split among 20 nations. Romania was the most successful nation, topping the medal table with three golds, all won in the women's events. Despite finishing second, Germany also dominated the medal table with six in overall. Great Britain and France, on the other hand, had a two-way tie for third place in the standings, with two golds and three in overall.

The men's rowing events became most notable for Great Britain's Steve Redgrave, who won his fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal for the coxless four. He first won at Los Angeles in 1984, followed by gold medals in 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000, a record span of 16 years between his first and last gold medal. It was also his sixth overall Olympic medal, having won the bronze in 1988 for the coxed pair. At age 38, Redgrave also became the oldest male rower to win an Olympic gold medal, until he was surpassed by Australia's James Tomkins at the subsequent games. Tomkins, competing in his fourth games, won the bronze medal, and third medal overall for the men's coxless pair with his partner Matthew Long.

In the women's rowing events, Romania's Elisabeta Lipă won her third consecutive Olympic gold medal and fourth overall. Lipă, who was part of Romania's women's eight, won her first in Los Angeles in 1984, followed by gold medals in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. It was also her seventh overall, having won a silver and a bronze in 1988 and an additional silver in 1992. Germany's Kathrin Boron had won her first Olympic gold medal and third overall in the quadruple sculls, teaming up with her partner Jana Thieme.

The rowing events also depict some numerous dramatic races, as the single scull events became highly anticipated and closely contested. Ekaterina Karsten, the defending Olympic champion from Belarus, won a photo finish in the women's single sculls, over Bulgaria's Rumyana Neykova by one hundredths of a second. On the other hand, New Zealand's Rob Waddell, world champion (and world record holder in indoor rowing) beat defending Olympic champion Xeno Müller of Switzerland, along with Germany's Marcel Hacker and Canada's Derek Porter in a tough, close race.

Great Britain won the gold medal in the men's eight for the first time since 1912, beating Australia by four fifths of a second.

Medal summary

Men's events

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Rob Waddell
 New Zealand
Xeno Müller
Marcel Hacker
Double sculls
 Luka Špik
and Iztok Čop (SLO)
 Olaf Tufte
and Fredrik Bekken (NOR)
 Giovanni Calabrese
and Nicola Sartori (ITA)
Quadruple sculls
 Italy (ITA)
Agostino Abbagnale
Alessio Sartori
Rossano Galtarossa
Simone Raineri
 Netherlands (NED)
Jochem Verberne
Dirk Lippits
Diederik Simon
Michiel Bartman
 Germany (GER)
Marco Geisler
Andreas Hajek
Stephan Volkert
André Willms
Coxless pair
 Michel Andrieux
and J. C. Rolland (FRA)
 Ted Murphy
and Sebastian Bea (USA)
 Matthew Long
and James Tomkins (AUS)
Coxless four
 Great Britain (GBR)
James Cracknell
Steve Redgrave
Tim Foster
Matthew Pinsent
 Italy (ITA)
Valter Molea
Riccardo Dei Rossi
Lorenzo Carboncini
Carlo Mornati
 Australia (AUS)
James Stewart
Ben Dodwell
Geoff Stewart
Bo Hanson
Coxed eight
 Great Britain (GBR)
Andrew Lindsay
Ben Hunt-Davis
Simon Dennis
Louis Attrill
Luka Grubor
Kieran West
Fred Scarlett
Steve Trapmore
Rowley Douglas
 Australia (AUS)
Christian Ryan
Alastair Gordon
Nick Porzig
Rob Jahrling
Mike McKay
Stuart Welch
Daniel Burke
Jaime Fernandez
Brett Hayman
 Croatia (CRO)
Igor Francetić
Tihomir Franković
Tomislav Smoljanović
Nikša Skelin
Siniša Skelin
Krešimir Čuljak
Igor Boraska
Branimir Vujević
Silvijo Petriško
Lightweight double sculls
 Tomasz Kucharski
and Robert Sycz (POL)
 Elia Luini
and Leonardo Pettinari (ITA)
 Pascal Touron
and Thibaud Chapelle (FRA)
Lightweight coxless four
 France (FRA)
Laurent Porchier
Jean-Christophe Bette
Yves Hocdé
Xavier Dorfman
 Australia (AUS)
Simon Burgess
Anthony Edwards
Darren Balmforth
Robert Richards
 Denmark (DEN)
Søren Madsen
Thomas Ebert
Eskild Ebbesen
Victor Feddersen

Women's events

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
Ekaterina Karsten
Rumyana Neykova
Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski
Double sculls
 Jana Thieme
and Kathrin Boron (GER)
 Pieta van Dishoeck
and Eeke van Nes (NED)
 Birutė Šakickienė
and Kristina Poplavskaja (LTU)
Quadruple sculls
 Germany (GER)
Meike Evers
Kerstin Kowalski
Manja Kowalski
Manuela Lutze
 Great Britain (GBR)
Guin Batten
Miriam Batten
Katherine Grainger
Gillian Lindsay
 Russia (RUS)
Oksana Dorodnova
Irina Fedotova
Yuliya Levina
Larisa Merk
Coxless pair
 Georgeta Damian
and Doina Ignat (ROU)
 Kate Slatter
and Rachael Taylor (AUS)
 Karen Kraft
and Melissa Ryan (USA)
Coxed eight
 Romania (ROU)
Veronica Cochela
Georgeta Damian
Maria Magdalena Dumitrache
Liliana Gafencu
Elena Georgescu
Doina Ignat
Elisabeta Lipă
Ioana Olteanu
Viorica Susanu
 Netherlands (NED)
Tessa Appeldoorn
Carin ter Beek
Pieta van Dishoeck
Elien Meijer
Eeke van Nes
Nelleke Penninx
Martijntje Quik
Anneke Venema
Marieke Westerhof
 Canada (CAN)
Buffy Alexander
Laryssa Biesenthal
Heather Davis
Alison Korn
Theresa Luke
Heather McDermid
Emma Robinson
Lesley Thompson
Dorota Urbaniak
Lightweight double sculls
 Constanța Burcică
and Angela Alupei (ROU)
 Valerie Viehoff
and Claudia Blasberg (GER)
 Christine Collins
and Sarah Garner (USA)

Medal table

1 Romania (ROU)3003
2 Germany (GER)2136
3 Great Britain (GBR)2103
4 France (FRA)2013
5 Italy (ITA)1214
6 Belarus (BLR)1001
 New Zealand (NZL)1001
 Poland (POL)1001
 Slovenia (SLO)1001
10 Australia (AUS)0325
11 Netherlands (NED)0303
12 United States (USA)0123
13 Bulgaria (BUL)0101
 Norway (NOR)0101
 Switzerland (SUI)0101
16 Canada (CAN)0011
 Croatia (CRO)0011
 Denmark (DEN)0011
 Lithuania (LTU)0011
 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (20 nations)14141442

See also


  1. ^ "Rowing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2018.