Rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's single sculls

The men's single sculls competition at the 1936 Summer Olympics took place at Grünau Regatta Course, near Berlin, Germany. The event was held from 11 to 14 August.[1] There were 20 competitors from 20 nations, with each nation limited to a single boat in the event.[2] The event was won by Gustav Schäfer of Germany, the nation's first victory in the event and first medal of any colour in the men's single sculls since 1908. Josef Hasenöhrl took silver, Austria's first medal in the event. Dan Barrow earned bronze, extending the United States' podium streak in the event to five Games; the Americans had taken a medal in each of the six times they competed in the event.

Men's single sculls
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
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German stamp commemorating rowing at the 1936 Olympics
VenueGrünau Regatta Course
Dates11–14 August
Competitors20 from 20 nations
Winning time8:21.5
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gustav Schäfer
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Josef Hasenöhrl
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Dan Barrow
 United States
← 1932
1948 →


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

None of the 5 rowers from the 1932 Games returned. Australia's Cecil Pearce was the cousin of 1928 and 1932 gold medalist Bobby Pearce, who had turned professional after the 1932 Games (and thus was no longer eligible under the amateurism rules in place at the time). The pre-race favorite was Ernst Rufli of Switzerland, the two-time reigning Diamond Challenge Sculls champion. Humphrey Warren of Great Britain, Gustav Schäfer of Germany, and Jiří Zavřel of Czechoslovakia were also significant contenders.[2]

Argentina, Brazil, Estonia, Norway, and Yugoslavia each made their debut in the event. Great Britain made its eighth appearance, most among nations, having missed only the 1904 Games in St. Louis.

Competition formatEdit

Despite having five more rowers than the previous record of 15 at the 1928 Games, the 1932 Games used only 4 rounds (to the 1928 tournament's 7). There were three main rounds and a repechage. The number of boats allowed in individual races was expanded from prior Games, with the final reaching six boats for the first time.

  • Quarterfinals: There were four quarterfinal heats, each with 5 boats. The winner of each race advanced to the semifinals, while all other boats went to the repechage for a second chance. No rowers were eliminated.
  • Repechage: There were again four heats, this time with 4 boats apiece. The winner of each joined the quarterfinal winners in the semifinals. The remaining 12 boats were eliminated.
  • Semifinals: There were two heats, each with 4 boats (2 quarterfinal winners and 2 repechage winners apiece). The top 3 boats in each semifinal advanced to the final, with only the two 4th-place boats eliminated in this round.
  • The final had 6 boats.

The course used the 2000 metres distance that became the Olympic standard in 1912.[3]


Date Time Round
Tuesday, 11 August 1936 17:00 Quarterfinals
Wednesday, 12 August 1936 18:00 Repechage
Thursday, 13 August 1936 19:00 Semifinals
Friday, 14 August 1936 15:30 Final



The first rower in each heat advanced directly to the semifinals. The others competed again in the repechage for remaining spots in the semifinals.

Quarterfinal 1Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Roger Verey   Poland 7:31.2 Q
2 Celestino de Palma   Brazil 7:37.7 R
3 Elmar Korko   Estonia 7:40.4 R
4 Hans ten Houten   Netherlands 7:42.9 R
5 Davor Jelaska   Yugoslavia 8:05.2 R

Quarterfinal 2Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Gustav Schäfer   Germany 7:17.1 Q
2 Josef Hasenöhrl   Austria 7:24.0 R
3 Charles Campbell   Canada 7:25.7 R
4 Cecil Pearce   Australia 7:27.0 R
5 Dan Barrow   United States 7:30.5 R

Quarterfinal 3Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Ernst Rufli   Switzerland 7:19.0 Q
2 Henri Banos   France 7:39.9 R
3 Carl Christiansen   Norway 7:42.9 R
4 László Kozma   Hungary 7:47.0 R
5 Walter Youell   South Africa 7:56.6 R

Quarterfinal 4Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Humphrey Warren   Great Britain 7:27.0 Q
2 Riccardo Steinleitner   Italy 7:30.6 R
3 Antonio Giorgio   Argentina 7:33.0 R
4 Arquímedes Juanicó   Uruguay 7:39.6 R
5 Jiří Zavřel   Czechoslovakia 7:43.0 R


The winner of each race advanced to the semifinals; the other rowers were eliminated.

Repechage heat 1Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Josef Hasenöhrl   Austria 7:27.7 Q
2 Carl Christiansen   Norway 7:32.8
3 Elmar Korko   Estonia 7:44.1
4 László Kozma   Hungary 7:45.9

Repechage heat 2Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Dan Barrow   United States 7:31.3 Q
2 Riccardo Steinleitner   Italy 7:31.4
3 Hans ten Houten   Netherlands 7:48.6
4 Walter Youell   South Africa 8:04.7

Repechage heat 3Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Antonio Giorgio   Argentina 7:38.7 Q
2 Jiří Zavřel   Czechoslovakia 7:45.4
3 Henri Banos   France 7:49.0
4 Davor Jelaska   Yugoslavia DNF

Repechage 4Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Charles Campbell   Canada 7:31.0 Q
2 Cecil Pearce   Australia 7:33.2
3 Celestino de Palma   Brazil 7:49.7
4 Arquímedes Juanicó   Uruguay 7:52.4


The first three rowers in each heat advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Gustav Schäfer   Germany 8:04.0 Q
2 Dan Barrow   United States 8:17.9 Q
3 Antonio Giorgio   Argentina 8:18.4 Q
4 Roger Verey   Poland DNF

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Rower Nation Time Notes
1 Ernst Rufli   Switzerland 7:46.9 Q
2 Josef Hasenöhrl   Austria 7:54.6 Q
3 Charles Campbell   Canada 8:02.2 Q
4 Humphrey Warren   Great Britain 8:08.8


Rank Rower Nation Time
  Gustav Schäfer   Germany 8:21.5
  Josef Hasenöhrl   Austria 8:25.8
  Dan Barrow   United States 8:28.0
4 Charles Campbell   Canada 8:35.0
5 Ernst Rufli   Switzerland 8:38.9
6 Antonio Giorgio   Argentina 8:57.5

Results summaryEdit

Rank Rower Nation Quarterfinals Repechage Semifinals Final
  Gustav Schäfer   Germany 7:17.1 Bye 8:04.0 8:21.5
  Josef Hasenöhrl   Austria 7:24.0 7:27.7 7:54.6 8:25.8
  Dan Barrow   United States 7:30.5 7:31.3 8:17.9 8:28.0
4 Charles Campbell   Canada 7:25.7 7:31.0 8:02.2 8:35.0
5 Ernst Rufli   Switzerland 7:19.0 Bye 7:46.9 8:38.9
6 Antonio Giorgio   Argentina 7:33.0 7:38.7 8:18.4 8:57.5
7 Humphrey Warren   Great Britain 7:27.0 Bye 8:08.8 Did not advance
8 Roger Verey   Poland 7:31.2 Bye DNF
9 Riccardo Steinleitner   Italy 7:30.6 7:31.4 Did not advance
10 Carl Christiansen   Norway 7:42.9 7:32.8
11 Cecil Pearce   Australia 7:27.0 7:33.2
12 Elmar Korko   Estonia 7:40.4 7:44.1
13 Jiří Zavřel   Czechoslovakia 7:43.0 7:45.4
14 László Kozma   Hungary 7:47.0 7:45.9
15 Hans ten Houten   Netherlands 7:42.9 7:48.6
16 Henri Banos   France 7:39.9 7:49.0
17 Celestino de Palma   Brazil 7:37.7 7:49.7
18 Arquímedes Juanicó   Uruguay 7:39.6 7:52.4
19 Walter Youell   South Africa 7:56.6 8:04.7
20 Davor Jelaska   Yugoslavia 8:05.2 DNF


  1. ^ "Rowing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's Single Sculls". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Single Sculls, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Why Do We Race 2000m? The History Behind the Distance". World Rowing. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2021.

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