Rowing at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's coxed pair

The men's coxed pair event was a rowing event conducted as part of the 1964 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was held from 11 to 15 October.[2] There were 16 boats (48 competitors) from 16 nations, with each nation limited to a single boat in the event.[2] The event was won by American crew Edward Ferry, Conn Findlay, and coxswain Kent Mitchell. Findlay had been on the United States gold medal crew in 1956 and bronze medal crew in 1960; he was the first man to earn two gold medals in the event, as well as the first man to win three medals of any color in the event. Mitchell had also been on the 1960 crew, and was the seventh man to earn multiple medals in the coxed pair. Jacques Morel, Georges Morel, and cox Jean-Claude Darouy took silver to earn France's first medal in the event since 1952 (the last time a French team had competed). Herman Rouwé, Erik Hartsuiker, Jan Just Bos earned what was formally the Netherlands' first medal in the event; a pair of Dutch rowers had won the first edition in 1900, but had jettisoned their cox in favor of a local French boy between rounds and thus that medal was a "mixed team" medal.

Men's coxed pair
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Kent Mitchell 1960.jpg
Gold medal coxswain Kent Mitchell (1960)
VenueToda Rowing Course
Dates11–15 October
Competitors48 from 16 nations
Winning time8:21.23
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Edward Ferry
Conn Findlay
Kent Mitchell (cox)
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Jacques Morel
Georges Morel
Jean-Claude Darouy (cox)
 France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Herman Rouwé
Erik Hartsuiker
Jan Just Bos (cox)
 Netherlands
← 1960
1968 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the 11th appearance of the event. Rowing had been on the programme in 1896 but was cancelled due to bad weather. The men's coxed pair was one of the original four events in 1900, but was not held in 1904, 1908, or 1912. It returned to the programme after World War I and was held every Games from 1924 to 1992, when it (along with the men's coxed four) was replaced with the men's lightweight double sculls and men's lightweight coxless four.[2]

Six of the 18 competitors from the 1960 coxed pair final returned: Igor Rudakov, the coxswain from the silver medal Soviet Union team; Conn Findlay and Kent Mitchell, rower and coxswain from the bronze medal United States team (Findlay had also won gold in 1956); Jens Berendt Jensen and Knud Nielsen, rowers from the fourth-place Denmark team; and Gheorghe Riffelt, a rower from the sixth-place Romania team. The United Team of Germany sent an East German crew that had won the European championships instead of a West German crew that had won the inaugural World Championship. The American crew had won the 1963 Pan American Games.[2]

Argentina's crew included coxswain Oscar Rompani, at age 60 the oldest Olympic rower.[2]

No nations made their debut in the event. France and the United States each made their ninth appearance, tied for most among nations to that point.

Competition formatEdit

The coxed pair event featured three-person boats, with two 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 course used the 2000 metres distance that became the Olympic standard in 1912 (with the exception of 1948).[3]

This rowing competition consisted of two main rounds (semifinals and finals), as well as a repechage round that allowed teams that did not win their semifinal heats to advance to the main final. The competition introduced the "B" or "consolation" final, which ranked boats 7 through 12.

  • Semifinals: Three heats. With 16 boats entered, there were five or six boats per heat. The winner of each heat advanced directly to the final; all other boats went to the repechage.
  • Repechage: Three heats. With 13 boats racing in but not winning their initial heats, there were four or five boats per repechage heat. The top boat in each repechage heat advanced to the "A" final, the second and third place boats in each heat went to the "B" final, and the fourth and (where applicable) fifth place boats were eliminated.
  • Finals: The "A" final consisted of the six boats that had won either the preliminary heats or the repechage heats; the "B" final was a ranking final for the 7th through 12th place boats (which had placed 2nd or 3rd in their repechage heats).

ScheduleEdit

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 11 October 1964 15:00 Semifinals
Tuesday, 13 October 1964 10:00 Repechage
Wednesday, 14 October 1964 15:00 Final B
Thursday, 15 October 1964 15:00 Final A

ResultsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

The top crew in each heat advanced to the final, with all others sent to the repechages.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Ed Ferry
Conn Findlay
Kent Mitchell   United States 7:53.17 QA
2 Herman Rouwé
Erik Hartsuiker
Jan-Just Bos   Netherlands 7:56.80 R
3 Václav Chalupa Sr.
Jiří Palko
Zdeněk Mejstřík   Czechoslovakia 8:00.07 R
4 Alfred Sageder
Josef Kloimstein
Peter Salzbacher   Austria 8:01.22 R
5 Günter Bergau
Peter Gorny
Karl-Heinz Danielowski   United Team of Germany 8:02.99 R
6 Hugo Waser
Adolf Waser
Werner Ehrensperger   Switzerland 8:09.16 R

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Jacques Morel
Georges Morel
Jean-Claude Darouy   France 7:53.14 QA
2 Nikolay Safronov
Leonid Rakovshchik
Igor Rudakov   Soviet Union 7:53.15 R
3 Bruce Richardson
Neil Lodding
Wayne Gammon   Australia 8:09.15 R
4 Ante Guberina
Slavko Janjušević
Zdenko Balaš   Yugoslavia 8:20.33 R
5 Mohamed El-Halawani
Mahmoud Nasser
Abdullah Ali   Egypt 8:22.99 R

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Kazimierz Naskręcki
Marian Siejkowski
Stanisław Kozera   Poland 7:55.79 QA
2 Gheorghe Riffelt
Ionel Petrov
Oprea Păunescu   Romania 8:02.34 R
3 Jens Berendt Jensen
Knud Nielsen
Niels Olsen   Denmark 8:08.98 R
4 Natalio Rossi
Juan Pedro Lier
Oscar Rompani   Argentina 8:19.63 R
5 Toshihiro Hamada
Katsuhiko Ihara
Masahiro Takatsuki   Japan 8:32.51 R

RepechageEdit

The top finisher in each of the three repechages joined the finalists. The second and third place finishers competed in a consolation final for 7th to 12th places. All other crews were eliminated.

Repechage heat 1Edit

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Nikolay Safronov
Leonid Rakovshchik
Igor Rudakov   Soviet Union 7:19.64 QA
2 Günter Bergau
Peter Gorny
Karl-Heinz Danielowski   United Team of Germany 7:22.96 QB
3 Alfred Sageder
Josef Kloimstein
Peter Salzbacher   Austria 7:30.72 QB
4 Jens Berendt Jensen
Knud Nielsen
Niels Olsen   Denmark 7:39.39

Repechage 2Edit

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Václav Chalupa Sr.
Jiří Palko
Zdeněk Mejstřík   Czechoslovakia 7:28.61 QA
2 Hugo Waser
Adolf Waser
Werner Ehrensperger   Switzerland 7:30.60 QB
3 Gheorghe Riffelt
Ionel Petrov
Oprea Păunescu   Romania 7:38.36 QB
4 Ante Guberina
Slavko Janjušević
Zdenko Balaš   Yugoslavia 7:40.89
5 Mohamed El-Halawani
Mahmoud Nasser
Abdullah Ali   Egypt 7:43.54

Repechage 3Edit

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time Notes
1 Herman Rouwé
Erik Hartsuiker
Jan-Just Bos   Netherlands 7:28.58 QA
2 Bruce Richardson
Neil Lodding
Wayne Gammon   Australia 7:37.53 QB
3 Natalio Rossi
Juan Pedro Lier
Oscar Rompani   Argentina 7:44.62 QB
4 Toshihiro Hamada
Katsuhiko Ihara
Masahiro Takatsuki   Japan 8:05.30

FinalsEdit

Final BEdit

The consolation final determined places from 7th to 12th.

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time
7 Günter Bergau
Peter Gorny
Karl-Heinz Danielowski   United Team of Germany 7:27.98
8 Alfred Sageder
Josef Kloimstein
Peter Salzbacher   Austria 7:31.65
9 Bruce Richardson
Neil Lodding
Wayne Gammon   Australia 7:32.54
10 Gheorghe Riffelt
Ionel Petrov
Oprea Păunescu   Romania 7:35.74
11 Hugo Waser
Adolf Waser
Werner Ehrensperger   Switzerland 7:36.03
12 Natalio Rossi
Juan Pedro Lier
Oscar Rompani   Argentina DNS

Final AEdit

Rank Rowers Coxswain Nation Time
  Ed Ferry
Conn Findlay
Kent Mitchell   United States 8:21.33
  Jacques Morel
Georges Morel
Jean-Claude Darouy   France 8:23.15
  Herman Rouwé
Erik Hartsuiker
Jan-Just Bos   Netherlands 8:23.42
4 Nikolay Safronov
Leonid Rakovshchik
Igor Rudakov   Soviet Union 8:24.85
5 Václav Chalupa Sr.
Jiří Palko
Zdeněk Mejstřík   Czechoslovakia 8:36.21
6 Kazimierz Naskręcki
Marian Siejkowski
Stanisław Kozera   Poland 8:40.00

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rowing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Men's Coxed Pairs". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Coxed Pairs, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Why Do We Race 2000m? The History Behind the Distance". World Rowing. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2021.

SourcesEdit

  • Tokyo Organizing Committee (1964). The Games of the XVIII Olympiad: Tokyo 1964, vol. 2.