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.