Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 24, 2000
Italy had won the quadruple sculls event at four of the last five editions of the World Championships and sent Alessio Sartori, Simone Raineri, Rossano Galtarossa, and Agostino Abbagnale to the 2000 Summer Olympics. Galtarossa was a 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, while Abbagnale was an Olympic champion in the 1988 quadruple and 1996 double sculls, and all except Raineri were former World Champions. Their greatest rivals were the Germans, the reigning World and Olympic champions and 1997 and 1998 World runners-up, who were represented by double Olympic champions Andreas Hajek, Stephan Volkert, and André Willms, augmented by Marco Geisler. The most recent World bronze medalists were the Australians, who brought their third-place crew of Peter Hardcastle, Jason Day, Stuart Reside, and 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Duncan Free to their home Olympics.
Italy had the fastest time in the opening round, with the Germans and the Australians emerging as the other heat winners. Italy set an Olympic record in the semi-finals, but otherwise the results in this round were equally unsurprising, with Germany and Australia finishing 1-2 in their own heat. Italy took control of the final and won gold with ease, dethroning Germany after two consecutive Olympic victories, but the Dutch crew of Jochem Verberne, Dirk Lippits, Diederik Simon, and Michiel Bartman surprised the spectators with a strong drive the earned them the silver medal. Germany, meanwhile, crossed the finish line comfortably ahead of Australia to take bronze.