Rowing at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's eight

The men's eight was one of the competitions in the Rowing at the 1900 Summer Olympics events in Paris. It was held on 25 and 26 August 1900. 5 boats, involving 46 rowers from 5 nations, competed.[1] The event was won by the United States, represented by the Vesper Boat Club. Silver went to the Royal Club Nautique de Gand of Belgium, with bronze to Minerva Amsterdam from the Netherlands.

Men's eight
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Rowing mens eight USA 1900.jpg
United States men's eight team at the 1900 Games
VenueSeine
DatesAugust 25–26
Competitors46 from 5 nations
Winning time6:07.8
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Vesper Boat Club
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Royal Club Nautique de Gand
 Belgium
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Minerva Amsterdam
 Netherlands
1904 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the first appearance of the event. Rowing had been on the programme in 1896 but was cancelled due to bad weather. The eight has been held every time that rowing has been contested, beginning in 1900.[2]

Competition formatEdit

The "eight" event featured nine-person boats, with eight rowers and a coxswain. It was a sweep rowing event, with the rowers each having one oar (and thus each rowing on one side). The distance for each race was 1750 metres, rather than the 2000 metres which was becoming standard even at the time (and has been used in the Olympics since 1912, except in 1948).[3]

The tournament featured two rounds: semifinals and a final.

  • Semifinals: Two heats of 2 or 3 boats each. It was intended that the top 2 boats from each heat would advance to a 4-boat final, but when one of the boats in the 2-boat heat did not finish, the 3rd-place boat from the 3-boat heat advanced instead.
  • Final: A single final of 4 boats, determining medals and 4th place.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
Saturday, 25 August 1900 11:00 Semifinals
Sunday, 26 August 1900 17:30 Final

ResultsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

The top two boats in each semifinal were intended to advance to the final. However, only one boat in the second semifinal finished, so the third-place boat in the first semifinal advanced. This meant that of the five boats competing in the semifinal, the only one to not advance was the one that did not finish.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Boat Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Minerva Amsterdam Hermanus Brockmann   Netherlands 4:59.2 Q
2 Royal Club Nautique de Gand Rodolphe Poma   Belgium 5:00.2 Q
3 Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club Alexander Gleichmann   Germany 5:04.8 Q

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Boat Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Vesper Boat Club Louis Abell   United States 5:15.4 Q
Société Nautique de la Marne Unknown   France DNF

FinalEdit

Rank Boat Rowers Coxswain Nation Time
  Vesper Boat Club Louis Abell   United States 6:07.8
  Royal Club Nautique de Gand Rodolphe Poma   Belgium 6:13.8
  Minerva Amsterdam Hermanus Brockmann   Netherlands 6:23.0
4 Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club Unknown   Germany 6:33.0

Results summaryEdit

Rank Boat Rowers Coxswain Nation Semifinals Final
  Vesper Boat Club Louis Abell   United States 5:15.4 6:07.8
  Royal Club Nautique de Gand Rodolphe Poma   Belgium 5:00.2 6:13.8
  Minerva Amsterdam Hermanus Brockmann   Netherlands 4:59.2 6:23.0
4 Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club
  Germany 5:04.8 6:33.0
5 Société Nautique de la Marne Unknown   France DNF Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rowing at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Eight, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Why Do We Race 2000m? The History Behind the Distance". World Rowing. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2021.

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