Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008
Hungary had probably been the strongest nation in the K-2 1000 since the 2004 Summer Olympics, as it had won the 2006 and 2007 European and 2005 and 2006 World Championships, been runner-up at the 2005 Europeans, and bronze medalist at the 2007 Worlds. The nation sent [Gábor Kucsera] and veteran canoeist Zoltán Kammerer to the 2008 Games. This duo won their opening heat, but Germans Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle, the latter of whom was a 2005 and 2006 World and 2006 and 2007 European runner-up, as well as a 2005 European bronze medalist, posted a faster time. The Germans went on to win the gold medal by a margin of over two seconds, while the Hungarians struggled and finished fifth. Denmark’s Kim Knudsen and René Poulsen, the 2008 European champions, captured silver, while Italy’s Andrea Facchin and Antonio Scaduto took bronze.