Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 24, 2000
Germany, either East or unified, had won the womenâs quadruple sculls at every edition of the Olympics since its dÃ©but in 1988 and 10 of the last 11 World Championships, making it the overwhelming favorite at the 2000 Olympics. Three members of its crew in Sydney, [Kerstin Kowalski], [Meike Evers], and [Manuela Lutze], were World Champions, and they were augmented by Kerstinâs twin sister [Manja]. At the Games they won the opening round with ease and then captured gold comfortably ahead of their nearest competitor, Great Britain. The British womenâs silver was somewhat of a surprise, as they had never medaled in this event at the Olympics or the World Championships, but they managed to edge out Russia, the 1998 and 1999 World runner-up and bronze medalist respectively, by the slimmest of margins: 0.01 seconds. Russia, meanwhile, had won the other heat in the opening round and took bronze over four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.