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Women's Single Sculls

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000

Gold: BLR Yekaterina Khodatovich-Karsten
Silver: BUL Rumyana Dzhadzharova-Neykova
Bronze: GER Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski


Belarus had won the women’s single sculls event at the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1997 and 1999 World Championships with [Yekaterina Karsten], who returned to the Games in 2000 as the favorite to defend her crown. Other contenders included Germany’s [Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski], runner-up at the last two World Championships and 1996 Olympic champion in the quadruple sculls, [Rumyana Neykova], the 1999 World third-place finisher, and Sweden’s [Maria Brandin], the 1995 World Champion and 1997 and 1998 bronze medalist. Brandin was also the winner of the Princess Royal Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta every year from 1993 through 1998 except 1994. Russia had won the 1998 World Championships, but sent a different rower, [Yuliya Aleksandrova], to Sydney.

Rutschow-Stomporowski had the fastest time in the opening round, in a heat that included Aleksandrova, while Karsten, Neykova, and New Zealand’s [Sonia Waddell] won the other heats. Brandin, meanwhile, was eliminated in Neykova’s semi-final, which included Waddell and Australian [Gina Douglas], while Germany, Belarus, and Russia all advanced in the other heat. In the medal round, the final section of the course played host to an extremely exciting conclusion, with the three front runners finishing within a second of each other and over seven seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Neykova and Karsten seemed dead even as they crossed the finish line, but a photo finish demonstrated that the latter had defended her gold medal by the slimmest of margins: 0.01 seconds. Rutschow-Stomporowski arrived very shortly thereafter, but still only in time for bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yekaterina Khodatovich-Karsten 28 Belarus BLR Gold
2 Rumyana Dzhadzharova-Neykova 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski 25 Germany GER Bronze
4 Yuliya Aleksandrova 21 Russia RUS
5 Gina Douglas 27 Australia AUS
6 Sonia Waddell 27 New Zealand NZL
7 Mayra González 32 Cuba CUB
8 Agnieszka Tomczak 25 Poland POL
9 Sophie Balmary 21 France FRA
10 Alison Mowbray 29 Great Britain GBR
11 Maria Brandin 37 Sweden SWE
12 Monica Tranel Michini 34 United States USA
13 Soraya Jadué 25 Chile CHI
14 Kristen Wall 24 Canada CAN
15 Paola López 26 Argentina ARG
16 Fenella Ng 32 Hong Kong HKG
17 Samia Hireche 24 Algeria ALG
3 h1 r3/4 Ibtissem Trimèch 18 Tunisia TUN 3h1r3/4
4 h2 r3/4 Phuttharaksa Nikree 26 Thailand THA 4h2r3/4