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Rowing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight Double Sculls

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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

Gold: ROU Romania
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: NED Netherlands


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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Romania ROU Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 China CHN
6 Poland POL
7 United States USA
8 Canada CAN
9 Great Britain GBR
10 Denmark DEN
11 Spain ESP
12 Greece GRE
13 Japan JPN
14 Cuba CUB
15 Hungary HUN
16 Mexico MEX
17 Argentina ARG
18 Vietnam VIE