Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 24, 2000
The United States had won the men’s coxed eights at the Olympics 11 times, but not once since 1964, although they seemed poised to capture that title in 2000. In addition to having won the event at the last three editions of the World Championships, they were also the reigning Pan American champions, while the defending Olympic champions from the Netherlands had not seen the podium in this event at a major international tournament since the 1996 Games. In the opening round, the Americans were bested by Croatia, while Australia posted the fastest time on its way to winning its own heat. In the final, the United States performed poorly and finished fifth, over six seconds behind Great Britain, the 1999 World Champion and now an Olympic gold medalist in the men’s eights for the first time since 1912. Australia came in just under a second later to take silver and Croatia captured bronze, its first Olympic medal in rowing as an independent nation.