Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000
With the two-time defending Olympic champions from Great Britain, Steven Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent, having switched disciplines, the men’s coxless pairs event at the 2000 Games was much more open than it had been at the past. Australia’s [James Tomkins], a double Olympic champion in the coxless fours from 1992 and 1996, was one half of the reigning World Champions, but his partner, Drew Ginn, suffered a back injury and could not attend his home Olympics, and thus Tomkins brought Matthew Long instead. The other two recent World Champions, France and Germany, sent their victorious crews to the Games. France, represented by Michel Andrieux and Jean-Christophe Rolland, was the 1997 World champion, the 1999 World runner-up, and the 1996 Olympic bronze medalist. Germany, meanwhile, had Robert Sens and Detlef Kirchhoff, the 1998 World Champions. Kirchhoff also had three previous Olympic medals in other disciplines. Great Britain would attempt to defend its title with Ed Coode and Greg Searle, a 1992 Olympic champion in the coxed pairs and 1996 bronze medalist in the coxless fours.
The Britons posted the fastest time in the opening round, with Serbia and Montenegro (the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) only 0.17 seconds slower in winning their own heat with Đorđe Višacki and Nikola Stojić. France was the slowest of the three in capturing its own heat, but was fastest in the semi-finals, with Australia barely emerging victorious in its own heat against Serbia and Montenegro. In the final, France retained its strength and won gold by a margin of a nearly a second, while the American duo of Ted Murphy and Sebastian Bea snuck in for a surprise second-place finish. Murphy had been one half of the bronze medal-winning boat at the 1997 World Championships and had earned a silver medal in the coxed fours in 1994, while Bea was a 1997 gold medalist in the coxed eights. The race for the final podium spot was a tight one, with Australia and Great Britain battling to the line, where the former nabbed the bronze with only 0.14 seconds to spare.
|5||Serbia and Montenegro||SCG|
|4 h1 r2/4||Argentina||ARG||4h1r2/4|
|5 h1 r2/4||Egypt||EGY||5h1r2/4|
|6 h1 r2/4||India||IND||6h1r2/4|