Rowing at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's coxed four

The men's coxed four competition at the 1952 Summer Olympics took place at Mei Bay, Helsinki, Finland. It was held from 20 to 23 August and was won by the team from Czechoslovakia.[1]

Men's coxed four
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
VenueMei Bay, Helsinki
Date20–23 August 1952
Competitors85 from 17 nations
Teams17
Winning time7:33.4
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Karel Mejta
Jiří Havlis
Jan Jindra
Stanislav Lusk
Miroslav Koranda
 Czechoslovakia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Rico Bianchi
Karl Weidmann
Heini Scheller
Émile Ess
Walter Leiser
 Switzerland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Carl Lovsted
Al Ulbrickson
Richard Wahlstrom
Matt Leanderson
Al Rossi
 United States
← 1948
1956 →

BackgroundEdit

The Italian team was regarded as the slight favourite for the event; they had won gold at the European Rowing Championships in 1949, silver in 1950, and gold again in 1951, with the team having changed between competitions. Of the New Zealand team that had won the 1950 British Empire Games, three rowers were in the 1952 Olympic event: Ted Johnson, John O'Brien, and Colin Johnstone. The Danish team was made up of the 1950 European Rowing Championships winners: Niels Kristensen, Ove Nielsen, Peter Hansen, Bent Blach Petersen, and Eivin Kristensen. The New Zealand and Italian team met in the repechage and New Zealand was eliminated. The Czechoslovakian team dominated the competition and won every round. In the final, they defeated the Swizz quad, while the team from the USA—the winners of the 1948 Olympic competition—won bronze.[1]

Based on a previous decision, each boat raced a minimum of two races before it could be eliminated.[2]

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Four heats were rowed on 20 July.[3] Three of the heats had four teams and one had five teams, with the first two teams to qualify for the semi-final, and the remaining teams progressing to the round one repechage.[4]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 André Goursolle
Robert Texier
Guy Nosbaum
Claude Martin
Didier Moureau
  France 7:18.4 SF
2 Kirill Putyrsky
Yevgeny Tretnikov
Georgy Gushchenko
Boris Fyodorov
Boris Brechko
  Soviet Union 7:19.9 SF
3 Albino Trevisan
Amadeo Scarpi
Abbondio Smerghetto
Tarquinio Angiolin
Domenico Cambieri
  Italy 7:20.5 R
4 Salvador Costa
Miguel Palau
Francisco Gironella
Pedro Massana
Luis Omedes
  Spain 7:25.5 R
5 Kurt Grönholm
Paul Stråhlman
Birger Karlsson
Karl-Erik Johansson
Antero Tukiainen
  Finland DNF[3] R

Heat 2Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Carl Lovsted
Al Ulbrickson
Richard Wahlstrom
Matt Leanderson
Al Rossi
  United States 7:17.9 SF
2 John MacMillan
Graham Fisk
Laurence Guest
Peter de Giles
Paul Massey
  Great Britain 7:18.3 SF
3 Niels Kristensen
Ove Nielsen
Peter Hansen
Bent Blach Petersen
Eivin Kristensen
  Denmark 7:33.9 R
4 Ibrahim El-Attar
Mohamed El-Sahrawi
Mamdooh El-Attar
Mohamed El-Sayed
Albert Selim El-Mankabadi
  Egypt 7:52.8 R

Heat 3Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Karel Mejta
Jiří Havlis
Jan Jindra
Stanislav Lusk
Miroslav Koranda
  Czechoslovakia 7:16.6 SF
2 Bjørn Christoffersen
Arnfinn Larsen
Wilhelm Hayden
Thor Nilsen
Leif Andersen
  Norway 7:21.6 SF
3 Ton Fontani
Han Heijenbrock
Jan Willem Pennink
Jaap Beije
Hans Caro
  Netherlands 7:24.9 R
4 Kosuke Matsuo
Ryuji Goto
Kazuo Kanda
Toshiya Takeuchi
Tamatsu Kogure
  Japan 7:29.8 R

Heat 4Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Rico Bianchi
Karl Weidmann
Heini Scheller
Émile Ess
Walter Leiser
  Switzerland 7:20.7 SF
2 Juan Ecker
Roberto Suárez
Alfredo Czerner
Jorge Schneider
Jorge Arripe
  Argentina 7:24.4 SF
3 Günter Twiesselmann
Klaus Schulze
Heinz Beyer
Gerd Vogeley
Hans Joachim Wiemken
  Germany 7:24.8 R
4 Ted Johnson
John O'Brien
Kerry Ashby
Bill Tinnock
Colin Johnstone
  New Zealand 7:25.2 R

Round one repechageEdit

Three heats were rowed in the round one repechage on 21 July,[5] with the first team to qualify for the semi-final repechage.[6]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Albino Trevisan
Amadeo Scarpi
Abbondio Smerghetto
Tarquinio Angiolin
Domenico Cambieri
  Italy 7:06.0 SF-R
2 Ted Johnson
John O'Brien
Kerry Ashby
Bill Tinnock
Colin Johnstone
  New Zealand 7:07.3
3 Kosuke Matsuo
Ryuji Goto
Kazuo Kanda
Toshiya Takeuchi
Tamatsu Kogure
  Japan 7:13.9

Heat 2Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Niels Kristensen
Ove Nielsen
Peter Hansen
Bent Blach Petersen
Eivin Kristensen
  Denmark 7:03.4 SF-R
2 Günter Twiesselmann
Klaus Schulze
Heinz Beyer
Gerd Vogeley
Hans Joachim Wiemken
  Germany 7:04.6
3 Salvador Costa
Miguel Palau
Francisco Gironella
Pedro Massana
Luis Omedes
  Spain 7:06.9

Heat 3Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Kurt Grönholm
Paul Stråhlman
Birger Karlsson
Karl-Erik Johansson
Antero Tukiainen
  Finland 7:00.7 SF-R
2 Ton Fontani
Han Heijenbrock
Jan Willem Pennink
Jaap Beije
Hans Caro
  Netherlands 7:04.2
3 Ibrahim El-Attar
Mohamed El-Sahrawi
Mamdooh El-Attar
Mohamed El-Sayed
Albert Selim El-Mankabadi
  Egypt 7:21.0

Semi-finalsEdit

Two heats were rowed in the semi-finals on 21 July,[5] with the first team to qualify for the final, and all other teams to progress to the semi-final repechage.[7][8]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Carl Lovsted
Al Ulbrickson
Richard Wahlstrom
Matt Leanderson
Al Rossi
  United States 7:07.6 F
2 André Goursolle
Robert Texier
Guy Nosbaum
Claude Martin
Didier Moureau
  France 7:11.2 SF-R
3 Bjørn Christoffersen
Arnfinn Larsen
Wilhelm Hayden
Thor Nilsen
Leif Andersen
  Norway 7:12.6 SF-R
4 Juan Ecker
Roberto Suárez
Alfredo Czerner
Jorge Schneider
Jorge Arripe
  Argentina 7:14.6 SF-R

Heat 2Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Karel Mejta
Jiří Havlis
Jan Jindra
Stanislav Lusk
Miroslav Koranda
  Czechoslovakia 6:58.5 F
2 Rico Bianchi
Karl Weidmann
Heini Scheller
Émile Ess
Walter Leiser
  Switzerland 6:59.2 SF-R
3 John MacMillan
Graham Fisk
Laurence Guest
Peter de Giles
Paul Massey
  Great Britain 7:04.1 SF-R
4 Kirill Putyrsky
Yevgeny Tretnikov
Georgy Gushchenko
Boris Fyodorov
Boris Brechko
  Soviet Union 7:11.6 SF-R

Semi-finals repechageEdit

Three heats were rowed in the semi-finals repechage on 22 July,[5] with the winning teams progressing to the final.[8]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Kurt Grönholm
Paul Stråhlman
Birger Karlsson
Karl-Erik Johansson
Antero Tukiainen
  Finland 7:03.5 F
2 Kirill Putyrsky
Yevgeny Tretnikov
Georgy Gushchenko
Boris Fyodorov
Boris Brechko
  Soviet Union 7:05.1
3 André Goursolle
Robert Texier
Guy Nosbaum
Claude Martin
Didier Moureau
  France 7:09.4

Heat 2Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Rico Bianchi
Karl Weidmann
Heini Scheller
Émile Ess
Walter Leiser
  Switzerland 7:02.3 F
2 Albino Trevisan
Amadeo Scarpi
Abbondio Smerghetto
Tarquinio Angiolin
Domenico Cambieri
  Italy 7:06.0
3 Juan Ecker
Roberto Suárez
Alfredo Czerner
Jorge Schneider
Jorge Arripe
  Argentina 7:14.8

Heat 3Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 John MacMillan
Graham Fisk
Laurence Guest
Peter de Giles
Paul Massey
  Great Britain 7:02.3 F
2 Bjørn Christoffersen
Arnfinn Larsen
Wilhelm Hayden
Thor Nilsen
Leif Andersen
  Norway 7:06.6
3 Niels Kristensen
Ove Nielsen
Peter Hansen
Bent Blach Petersen
Eivin Kristensen
  Denmark 7:08.6

FinalEdit

 
Jiri Havlis of the Czech team with his gold medal

Five teams reached the final, which was decided in one race held on 23 July.[5][9] While conditions had been favourable on the first three days of racing, the day the finals were held saw wind at considerable force. This wind died down later, but the coxed four was the first race of the day and the results were affected by the strong wind.[2]

Rank Rower Country Time
  Karel Mejta
Jiří Havlis
Jan Jindra
Stanislav Lusk
Miroslav Koranda
  Czechoslovakia 7:33.4
  Rico Bianchi
Karl Weidmann
Heini Scheller
Émile Ess
Walter Leiser
  Switzerland 7:36.5
  Carl Lovsted
Al Ulbrickson
Richard Wahlstrom
Matt Leanderson
Al Rossi
  United States 7:37.0
4 John MacMillan
Graham Fisk
Laurence Guest
Peter de Giles
Paul Massey
  Great Britain 7:41.2
5 Kurt Grönholm
Paul Stråhlman
Birger Karlsson
Karl-Erik Johansson
Antero Tukiainen
  Finland 7:43.8

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Official Report of the Organising Committee 1955, p. 606.
  3. ^ a b Official Report of the Organising Committee 1955, p. 618.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Official Report of the Organising Committee 1955, p. 619.
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours Round One Repêchage". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  7. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours Semi-Finals". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours Semi-Finals Repêchage". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  9. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours Final Round". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 October 2016.

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