Rowing at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's eight
The men's eight competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics took place at Virgilio Uribe Rowing and Canoeing Course, Mexico City, Mexico. It was held from 13 to 19 October and was won by the team from West Germany, with the teams from Australia and the Soviet Union claiming silver and bronze respectively. It was West Germany's first appearance as a separate nation, though the United Team of Germany had won gold in 1960 and silver in 1964, with West Germans making up those teams. The silver medal was Australia's best result yet in the event; the nation had previously taken bronze in 1952 and 1956. The Soviet Union reached the podium in the men's eight for the first time since earning silver in 1952. Twelve teams from 12 nations attended the competition. Five of the teams replaced a total of five rowers during the competition, making for a total of 113 rowers who participated in the races.
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
|Venue||Virgilio Uribe Rowing and Canoeing Course|
|Competitors||113 from 12 nations|
This was the 15th appearance of the event. Rowing had been on the programme in 1896 but was cancelled due to bad weather. The men's eight has been held every time that rowing has been contested, beginning in 1900.
The United States had won this event at eight of the last nine Olympics, only missing out in 1960. West Germany was one of the favourites, as they had won the last four European Championships and the last two World Championships (in 1962 and 1966). The Soviet Union had a number of silver medal placings at recent events and were also among the favourites.
Mexico made its debut in the event; East and West Germany competed separately for the first time. Canada and the United States each made their 13th appearance, tied for most among nations to that point.
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). 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 heats to advance to the final. The course used the 2000 metres distance that became the Olympic standard in 1912 (with the exception of 1948). Races were held in up to six lanes.
- Semifinals: Two heats. With 12 boats entered, there were six boats per heat. The winner of each heat (2 boats) advanced directly to the "A" final; all other boats (10 total) went to the repechage.
- Repechage: Two heats. With 10 boats racing in but not winning their initial heats, there were five boats per repechage heat. The top two boats in each repechage heat (4 boats total) advanced to the "A" final, while all remaining boats (3rd, 4th, and 5th place in each heat, for a total of 6 boats) went to the "B" final (out of medal contention).
- Finals: The "A" final consisted of the six boats that had won either the semifinal heats or the repechage heats, competing for the medals and 4th through 6th place. The "B" final had the 2nd and 3rd place finishers from the repechage heats; they competed for 7th through 12th place.
|Sunday, 13 October 1968||13:15||Semifinals|
|Tuesday, 15 October 1968||11:30||Repechage|
|Friday, 18 October 1968||13:00||Final B|
|Saturday, 19 October 1968||14:00||Final A|
Rowers are shown as per the seats occupied in the official results book published by the Organizing Committee of the Games of the XIX Olympiad.
|1||Gunther Tiersch||West Germany||6:04.22||QA|
The Official Report of the Organising Committee lists Michael Livingston in seat 7 of the United States boat, but this is incorrect, as he travelled to the 1968 Games as a reserve only. It was his elder brother, Cleve Livingston, who sat in seat 7 for the heat and final.
|1||Robert Page||New Zealand||6:05.62||QA|
|2||Karl-Heinz Danielowski||East Germany||6:09.48||R|
|3||Yuriy Lorentsson||Soviet Union||6:09.65||R|
|5||Paul Hoffman||United States||6:15.42||R|
|6||Timothy Kirk||Great Britain||6:22.20||R|
Repechage heat 1Edit
In the boat of the United States, Jake Fiechter in seat 6 replaced Cleve Livingston, who had taken seat 7 in the first round. Steve Brooks displaced Arthur Evans as stroke, with the latter moving to seat 7.
|2||Paul Hoffman||United States||6:19.81||QA|
|3||Karl-Heinz Danielowski||East Germany||6:21.71||QB|
|5||Timothy Kirk||Great Britain||6:43.55||QB|
Repechage heat 2Edit
|2||Yuriy Lorentsson||Soviet Union||6:12.12||QA|
The small final (now termed B final) was raced on 18 October. Great Britain replaced Malcolm Malpass in seat 5 with John Mullard in this race, and Canada replaced John Richardson in seat 5 with Daryl Sturdy. Mexico changed the seats for all rowers apart from the cox, and East Germany changed four of the seats. The Netherlands changed all seats apart from the stroke and the cox.
|7||Karl-Heinz Danielowski||East Germany||6:11.69|
|10||Timothy Kirk||Great Britain||6:29.23|
The final (now termed A final) was raced on 19 October. On the morning of the race, the West German team replaced Roland Böse—who was suffering from angina pectoris and had developed a fever—with Niko Ott in seat 8. The team from Czechoslovakia replaced Milan Hurtala (seat 2) with Karel Kolesa (seat 4), and all the remaining rowers apart from the cox took different seats in the final compared to the two previous races. The team from the United States replaced Arthur Evans with Cleve Livingston in seat 7.
After the medal ceremony, Ott gave his gold medal to Böse, but another medal was later minted for Ott. As per convention, the Olympic results database lists Böse as a medallist based on the fact that he competed in the qualifying race.
|Gunther Tiersch||West Germany||6:07.00|
|Yuriy Lorentsson||Soviet Union||6:09.11|
|4||Robert Page||New Zealand||6:10.43|
|6||Paul Hoffman||United States||6:14.34|
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