Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Lake Banyoles, Bañolas
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: August 2, 1992
Romania had won the women’s coxed eights event at three of the last four World Championships, had medaled in it every time it was held at the Olympics, except in 1976, and was the current World bronze medalist. They therefore had a strong claim to the title at the 1992 Summer Olympics, but they would have to contend with the Canadians, reigning World Champions, who had a crew that included six members who had already won a gold medal at the Barcelona Games: Kirsten Barnes, [Brenda Taylor], Kay Worthington, and Jessica Monroe in the coxless fours and Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle in the double sculls. Romania was not entirely bereft of Olympic success either, as Doina Liliana Snep, Doina Ciucanu, Veronica Necula, and Adriana Bazon had all won medals in previous editions, albeit never gold. Unified Germany, successors to the defending Olympic champions from East Germany, brought five members back from Seoul, Annegret Strauch, Kathrin Haacker, Ute Wagner, Judith Zeidler, and Daniela Neunast, and were also contenders.
The opening heats were won by Germany and Canada, with the latter positing the fastest time of the round by only 0.26 seconds. In the final, however, the Canadians were completely dominant and won gold in Olympic record time and over three and a half seconds ahead of the Romanians, who settled for silver. Germany, meanwhile, took bronze, comfortably ahead of the rest of the field.