Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 26, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Germany, East or unified, had won the K-4 500 at 17 of the last 20 editions of the World Championships, and were the defending Olympic champions, but had lost the World title in 1999 to their long-time rival Hungary. These two nations won their heats in the opening round and led the rest of the pack by a significant margin in the final, which Germany won by 0.414 seconds, leaving Hungary with the silver medal. Two members of Germany’s crew, [Katrin Wagner] and the great [Birgit Fischer], became double Olympic champions by emerging victorious in the K-2 500 the following day, while two of the Hungarians, [Katalin Kovács] and [Szilvia Szabó], were silver medalists in the same event. Romania, meanwhile, the 1997 European champion, edged out Poland, the 1999 World runner-up, by 0.066 seconds to take bronze.