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 reigning Olympic champions in the men’s lightweight double sculls, Swiss brothers Markus and Michael Gier, journeyed to the 2000 Summer Olympics to defend their crown but, as they had only won one World Championship medal in the past three years, bronze in 1998, they were not considered the favorites in Sydney. That distinction might have gone to Italians Leonardo Pettinari and Michelangelo Crispi, the reigning World Champions and the 1997 and 1998 runners-up, had Pettinari not had a new partner in the person of Elia Luini. Thus the Polish duo of Tomasz Kucharski and Robert Sycz, 1997 and 1998 World Champions, entered as the favorites. Other notable entrants included Maarten van der Linden and Pepijn Aardewijn of the Netherlands, the defending Olympic runners-up, Argentina’s Ulf Lienhard and Sebastián Massa, the reigning Pan American champions, two-time (1997 and 1999) World bronze medalists Ingo Euler and Bernhard Rühling of Germany, and Australia’s Haimish Karrasch and Bruce Hick, the reigning World runners-up. Hick was also one half of the bronze medalists from the 1996 Games.
Despite having the easiest heat, Italy posted the fastest time of the opening round. The other heats went to Poland, who defeated Switzerland and Argentina, Australia, who overcame Germany, and the French pair of Pascal Touron and Thibaud Chapelle, who bested the Netherlands. Of these nations, only Argentina failed to qualify for the semi-finals after the repêchage. Poland and France were victorious in the semi-finals, with the former eliminating both Australia and the Netherlands with the help of Switzerland and Germany. Poland then took charge of the final and won comfortably, earning its first title in Olympic rowing, with Italy, and then France, coming in behind to round out the podium.
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