Rowing at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Men's coxed four

The men's coxed four competition at the 1960 Summer Olympics took place at Lake Albano, Italy.[1] It was held from 31 August to 3 September.[2] There were 21 boats (105 competitors) from 21 nations, with each nation limited to a single boat in the competition.[2] The event was won by the United Team of Germany in its debut in the event (the rowers were from West Germany; Germany had previously won four times). Silver went to the French crew, the nation's first medal in the event since 1936. The defending champions Italy received bronze this time. In an event which saw constant turnover even from consistently strong nations, three members of the Italian team returned from the 1956 gold-medal crew to earn a second medal this Games: Romano Sgheiz, Ivo Stefanoni, and Franco Trincavelli were only the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th men to earn multiple medals in the coxed four.

Men's coxed four
at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
Horst Effertz (1964), a member of the gold medal team
VenueLake Albano
Dates31 August – 3 September
Competitors105 from 21 nations
Winning time6:39.12
1st place, gold medalist(s)  United Team of Germany
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Italy
← 1956
1964 →



This was the 11th appearance of the event. Rowing had been on the programme in 1896 but was cancelled due to bad weather. The coxed four was one of the four initial events introduced in 1900. It was not held in 1904 or 1908, but was held at every Games from 1912 to 1992 when it (along with the men's coxed pair) was replaced with the men's lightweight double sculls and men's lightweight coxless four.[2]

German teams had won the last three European championships since the 1956 Games (East Germany in 1957, West Germany in 1958 and 1959). The Olympic team for the United Team of Germany was a West German crew, including three of the members of the 1959 European champion team; it was heavily favoured. Italy, the reigning champions and 1960 Olympic hosts, returned three members of their crew but had not found success since their victory in Melbourne.[2]

Romania made its debut in the event; East and West Germany competed together as the United Team of Germany for the first time. The United States made its ninth appearance, most among nations to that point.

Competition format


The coxed four event featured five-person boats, with four 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 competition used the 2000 metres distance that became standard at the 1912 Olympics and which has been used ever since except at the 1948 Games.[3]

This rowing competition consisted of three main rounds (heats, semifinals, and final), as well as a repechage round that allowed teams that did not win their heats to advance to the semifinals.

  • Quarterfinals: Four heats. With 21 boats entered, there were to be five boats per heat except the last heat, which had six. The winner of each heat advanced directly to the semifinals, all other boats went to the repechage.
  • Repechage: Four heats. With 17 boats racing in but not winning their initial heats, there were four or five boats per repechage heat. The top two boats in each repechage heat advanced to the semifinals, with the remaining boats eliminated.
  • Semifinals: A total of 12 boats reached the semifinals (4 from the heats, 8 from the repechage). They were divided into two semifinals of six boats each. The top three boats in each semifinal advanced to the final, the fourth through sixth place boats were eliminated.
  • Final: The final consisted of the remaining six boats.



All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 30 August 1960 15:00 Quarterfinals
Wednesday, 31 August 1960 17:00 Repechage
Friday, 2 September 1960 15:00 Semifinals
Saturday, 3 September 1960 15:00 Final





Quarterfinal 1

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Ivo Stefanoni   Italy 6:40.10 Q
2 Lionel Robberds   Australia 6:47.23 R
3 Mircea Roger   Romania 6:47.71 R
4 Reijo Sundén   Finland 6:56.70 R
5 Ioannis Theodorakeas   Greece 7:01.25 R
6 Armando González   Spain 7:07.23 R

Quarterfinal 2

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Michael Obst   United Team of Germany 6:34.55 Q
2 Gyula Lengyel   Hungary 6:40.01 R
3 Ejgo Vejby Nielsen   Denmark 6:47.37 R
4 Rui Valença   Portugal 6:50.94 R
5 Waldemar Scovino   Brazil 6:57.48 R

Quarterfinal 3

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Miroslav Koníček   Czechoslovakia 6:47.03 Q
2 Kurt Seiffert   United States 6:49.62 R
3 Marius Klumperbeek   Netherlands 6:50.48 R
4 Terrence Rosslyn-Smith   Great Britain 6:51.00 R
5 Osamu Saito   Japan 7:05.51 R

Quarterfinal 4

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Igor Rudakov   Soviet Union 6:38.76 Q
2 Wolfdietrich Traugott   Austria 6:42.33 R
3 Jean Klein   France 6:46.75 R
4 Nikola Stipanicev   Yugoslavia 6:56.91 R
5 Owe Lostad   Sweden 8:25.34 R



Repechage heat 1

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Jean Klein   France 6:47.11 Q
2 Lionel Robberds   Australia 6:47.31 Q
3 Terrence Rosslyn-Smith   Great Britain 6:48.21
4 Waldemar Scovino   Brazil 7:09.78

Repechage heat 2

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Gyula Lengyel   Hungary 6:51.08 Q
2 Mircea Roger   Romania 6:55.63 Q
3 Nikola Stipanicev   Yugoslavia 7:00.71
4 Osamu Saito   Japan 7:10.50

Repechage heat 3

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Kurt Seiffert   United States 6:49.78 Q
2 Reijo Sundén   Finland 6:51.14 Q
3 Ejgo Vejby Nielsen   Denmark 6:51.70
4 Owe Lostad   Sweden 7:05.90

Repechage heat 4

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Wolfdietrich Traugott   Austria 6:41.09 Q
2 Marius Klumperbeek   Netherlands 6:41.43 Q
3 Rui Valença   Portugal 6:57.87
4 Ioannis Theodorakeas   Greece 6:57.98
5 Armando González   Spain 7:07.50



Semifinal 1

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Ivo Stefanoni   Italy 7:02.86 Q
2 Lionel Robberds   Australia 7:05.04 Q
3 Gyula Lengyel   Hungary 7:05.84 Q
4 Wolfdietrich Traugott   Austria 7:06.85
5 Reijo Sundén   Finland 7:15.12
6 Miroslav Koníček   Czechoslovakia 7:19.71

Semifinal 2

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Michael Obst   United Team of Germany 7:00.47 Q
2 Jean Klein   France 7:02.95 Q
3 Igor Rudakov   Soviet Union 7:03.26 Q
4 Kurt Seiffert   United States 7:06.25
5 Mircea Roger   Romania 7:10.58
6 Marius Klumperbeek   Netherlands 7:12.02


Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time
  Michael Obst   United Team of Germany 6:39.12
  Jean Klein   France 6:41.62
  Ivo Stefanoni   Italy 6:43.72
4 Igor Rudakov   Soviet Union 6:45.67
5 Lionel Robberds   Australia 6:45.80
6 Gyula Lengyel   Hungary 6:51.65


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  2. ^ a b c d "Coxed Fours, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Why Do We Race 2000m? The History Behind the Distance". World Rowing. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2021.