Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales; Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 18, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
In a tournament dominated by matches that were decided on the decisive tie breaking hit it was appropriate that the final was decided in this same manner. Italy, through the efforts of [Alfredo Rota], had already survived one dramatic finish against South Korea in the semi-final and the pattern of the final against France followed closely their Korean encounter. Italy fell behind against the French, rallied but were still 2 points behind when Rota and individual silver medal winner [Hugues Obry] came to the piste.
The Italian levelled things at 38-38 and the two men were content to play out time until the clock ran out. With less than 20 seconds left in sudden death overtime, Rota lunged forward and struck Obry on the knee to claim victory for Italy