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Rob Waddell, Sydney, 2000 (1st of 3)

Rob Waddell, Sydney, 2000

Rob Waddell celebrates after winning the single-sculls final at Penrith Lakes during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Waddell won New Zealand's only gold medal at Sydney. His victory was clear-cut, as he crossed the line 8 metres ahead of second-placegetter Xeno Muller of Switzerland. Waddell's achievement was particularly significant as in 1995 he discovered that he suffered from a heart condition, atrial fibrillation.

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Joseph Romanos, 'Olympic and Commonwealth games - The early 21st century at the Olympics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37918/rob-waddell-sydney-2000 (accessed 8 July 2020)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 16 Sep 2016