Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, Schinias National Park
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 22, 2004
Romania, with [Constanţa Burcică], had never lost an Olympic final in the women’s lightweight double sculls and was represented at the 2004 edition by Burcică and her partner from the 2000 Games, [Angela Alupei]. Romania had not been as dominant at the World Championships, however, having won bronze in 2001 and 2003 with different crews, as Germany’s [Claudia Blasberg] had won the 2001 and 2003 titles, as well as silver in 2002 and at the 2000 Olympics. In Athens, Blasberg was partnered with [Daniela Reimer]. Romania won its heat in the opening round in Olympic record time, but this record was quickly broken by Australians [Sally Newmarch] and [Amber Halliday] , the latter of whom was the 2002 World Champion and 2003 runner-up. Germany, meanwhile, took the other heat. In the semi-finals, Romania and Australia were victorious in their heats, while Germany avoided elimination by a margin of less than a second. In the final, however, the first four finishers, Romania, Germany, the Dutch duo of [Kirsten van der Kolk] and [Marit van Eupen], and Australia were all spaced out by at least one second in that order.