Rowing at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's eight

The men's eight competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics, also referred to as men's coxed eight (M8+), took place at the rowing basin on Notre Dame Island in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was held from 18 to 25 July and was won by the team from East Germany.

Men's eight
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic basin at Notre Dame Island
Date18–25 July
Competitors100 from 11 nations
Teams11
Winning time5:58.29
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Bernd Baumgart
Gottfried Döhn
Werner Klatt
Hans-Joachim Lück
Dieter Wendisch
Roland Kostulski
Ulrich Karnatz
Karl-Heinz Prudöhl
Karl-Heinz Danielowski (cox)
 East Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Richard Lester
John Yallop
Timothy Crooks
Hugh Matheson
David Maxwell
Jim Clark
Frederick Smallbone
Lenny Robertson
Patrick Sweeney (cox)
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ivan Sutherland
Trevor Coker
Peter Dignan
Lindsay Wilson
Joe Earl
Dave Rodger
Alec McLean
Tony Hurt
Simon Dickie (cox)
 New Zealand
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BackgroundEdit

Whilst the East German team was considered to be the favourite, the event was wide open and many teams could have won it.[1] The United States had in the past dominated the event and up until and including the 1964 Summer Olympics, they had won nine out of ten Olympic golds.[2] Whilst their dominance had since waned, they were still considered possible medal contenders, as they had won the 1974 World Rowing Championships. East Germany had won the 1973 European Rowing Championships (the event was discontinued after 1973), and the 1975 World Rowing Championships, and they had won bronze at the 1972 Olympics. The New Zealand team had won the event at the previous Summer Olympics, had won bronze at the last two World Rowing Championships, and four of their 1972 Olympic rowers plus their cox returned to Montreal.[1] Other medallist at these major rowing events were Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain.[3][4]

Previous M8+ competitionsEdit

Competition Gold Silver Bronze
1972 Summer Olympics[5] New Zealand United States East Germany
1973 European Rowing Championships[3] East Germany Czechoslovakia Soviet Union
1974 World Rowing Championships[4] United States Great Britain New Zealand
1975 World Rowing Championships[6] East Germany Soviet Union New Zealand

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Heat 1Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Malcolm Shaw
Ian Clubb
Tim Conrad
Gary Uebergang
Islay Lee
Athol MacDonald
Robert Paver
Brian Richardson
Stuart Carter (cox)
  Australia 5:39.07 FA
2 Trevor Coker
Lindsay Wilson
Peter Dignan
Joe Earl
Tony Hurt
Alec McLean
Dave Rodger
Ivan Sutherland
Simon Dickie (cox)
  New Zealand 5:40.00 R
3 Richard Cashin
Steve Christiansen
John Everett
David Fellows
Michael Hess
Chip Lubsen
Mark Norelius
Alan Shealy
David Weinberg (cox)
  United States 5:42.05 R
4 Luis Alonso
Humberto Dorrego
Israel Gorguet
Francisco Mora
Hermenegildo Palacio
Angel Ramírez
Porfirio Reynoso
Alcides Risco
Jesús Rosello (cox)
  Cuba 5:44.30 R
5 Ron Burak
George Tintor
Patrick Croskerry
Dirk Gidney
James Henniger
Mel LaForme
Alexander Manson
Edgar Smith
Robert Choquette (cox)
  Canada 6:04.83 R
6 Tomiaki Iso
Masanobu Yamamoto
Kenji Kaneyasu
Toshihai Kitaura
Shiro Mataki
Shigeru Miyagawa
Takashi Murayama
Hiroshi Toriba
Akio Kakishita (cox)
  Japan 6:08.11 R

Heat 2Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Bernd Baumgart
Dieter Wendisch
Gottfried Döhn
Ulrich Karnatz
Werner Klatt
Roland Kostulski
Hans-Joachim Lück
Karl-Heinz Prudöhl
Karl-Heinz Danielowski (cox)
  East Germany 5:32.17 FA
2 Jim Clark
Timothy Crooks
Richard Lester
Hugh Matheson
David Maxwell
Lenny Robertson
Frederick Smallbone
John Yallop
Patrick Sweeney (cox)
  Great Britain 5:36.97 R
3 Antanas Čikotas
Anatoly Ivanov
Igor Konnov
Anatoly Nemtyryov
Aleksandr Plyushkin
Vasily Potapov
Aleksandr Shitov
Vladimir Vasilyev
Vladimir Zharov (cox)
  Soviet Union 5:37.79 R
4 Pavel Konvička
Karel Mejta Jr.
Václav Mls
Josef Neštický
Josef Plamínek
Josef Pokorný
Lubomír Zapletal
Miroslav Vraštil Sr.
Jiří Pták (cox)
  Czechoslovakia 5:43.94 R
5 Frithjof Henckel
Otmar Kaufhold
Reinhard Wendemuth
Wolf-Dieter Oschlies
Volker Sauer
Frank Schütze
Wolfram Thiem
Bernd Truschinski
Helmut Latz (cox)
  West Germany 5:48.30 R

RepechageEdit

Heat 1Edit

New Zealand changed seats for seven of its eight rowers. West Germany and Japan changed seats for all eight rowers. The Soviet team changed seats 1 to 7. The team from Cuba changed seats for seven rowers.[7]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Ivan Sutherland
Trevor Coker
Peter Dignan
Lindsay Wilson
Joe Earl
Dave Rodger
Alec McLean
Tony Hurt
Simon Dickie (cox)
  New Zealand 5:37.08 FA
2 Reinhard Wendemuth
Bernd Truschinski
Frank Schütze
Frithjof Henckel
Wolfram Thiem
Volker Sauer
Otmar Kaufhold
Wolf-Dieter Oschlies
Helmut Latz (cox)
  West Germany 5:37.76 FA
3 Aleksandr Shitov
Antanas Čikotas
Vasily Potapov
Aleksandr Plyushkin
Anatoly Nemtyryov
Igor Konnov
Anatoly Ivanov
Vladimir Vasilyev
Vladimir Zharov (cox)
  Soviet Union 5:40.65 FB
4 Israel Gorguet
Francisco Mora
Hermenegildo Palacio
Angel Ramírez
Luis Alonso
Humberto Dorrego
Alcides Risco
Jesús Rosello (cox)
  Cuba 5:47.33 FB
5 Shigeru Miyagawa
Toshihai Kitaura
Masanobu Yamamoto
Takashi Murayama
Hiroshi Toriba
Kenji Kaneyasu
Tomiaki Iso
Shiro Mataki
Akio Kakishita (cox)
  Japan 6:11.06 FB

Heat 2Edit

Great Britain changed five of its seats, including the stroke. Czechoslovakia changed seats 2 to 6. Canada changed seven of the eight seats.[7]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Richard Lester
John Yallop
Timothy Crooks
Hugh Matheson
David Maxwell
Jim Clark
Frederick Smallbone
Lenny Robertson
Patrick Sweeney (cox)
  Great Britain 5:40.00 FA
2 Pavel Konvička
Václav Mls
Josef Plamínek
Josef Pokorný
Karel Mejta Jr.
Josef Neštický
Lubomír Zapletal
Miroslav Vraštil Sr.
Jiří Pták (cox)
  Czechoslovakia 5:43.81 FA
3 Richard Cashin
Steve Christiansen
John Everett
David Fellows
Michael Hess
Chip Lubsen
Mark Norelius
Alan Shealy
David Weinberg (cox)
  United States 5:48.60 FB
4 Edgar Smith
Dirk Gidney
George Tintor
James Henniger
Patrick Croskerry
Mel LaForme
Ron Burak
Alexander Manson
Robert Choquette (cox)
  Canada 5:48.94 FB

FinalsEdit

The two finals were rowed on 25 July.[8] The only team that did not change seats during the competition was the United States.[7]

B finalEdit

Rank Rower Country Time
7 Aleksandr Shitov
Antanas Čikotas
Vasily Potapov
Aleksandr Plyushkin
Anatoly Nemtyryov
Igor Konnov
Anatoly Ivanov
Vladimir Vasilyev
Vladimir Zharov (cox)
  Soviet Union 6:05.88
8 Edgar Smith
Dirk Gidney
George Tintor
James Henniger
Patrick Croskerry
Mel LaForme
Ron Burak
Alexander Manson
Robert Choquette (cox)
  Canada 6:09.03
9 Richard Cashin
Steve Christiansen
John Everett
David Fellows
Michael Hess
Chip Lubsen
Mark Norelius
Alan Shealy
David Weinberg (cox)
  United States 6:11.07
10 Israel Gorguet
Francisco Mora
Hermenegildo Palacio
Angel Ramírez
Luis Alonso
Humberto Dorrego
Alcides Risco
Porfirio Reynoso
Jesús Rosello (cox)
  Cuba 6:14.86
11 Shigeru Miyagawa
Toshihai Kitaura
Masanobu Yamamoto
Takashi Murayama
Hiroshi Toriba
Kenji Kaneyasu
Tomiaki Iso
Shiro Mataki
Akio Kakishita (cox)
  Japan 6:33.33

A finalEdit

East Germany changed five seats for the final.[7] After Malcolm Shaw as stroke injured his back in the elimination race,[9] Australia replaced him with Peter Shakespear for the final.[7]

Rank Rower Country Time
  Bernd Baumgart
Gottfried Döhn
Werner Klatt
Hans-Joachim Lück
Dieter Wendisch
Roland Kostulski
Ulrich Karnatz
Karl-Heinz Prudöhl
Karl-Heinz Danielowski (cox)
  East Germany 5:58.29
  Richard Lester
John Yallop
Timothy Crooks
Hugh Matheson
David Maxwell
Jim Clark
Frederick Smallbone
Lenny Robertson
Patrick Sweeney (cox)
  Great Britain 6:00.82
  Ivan Sutherland
Trevor Coker
Peter Dignan
Lindsay Wilson
Joe Earl
Dave Rodger
Alec McLean
Tony Hurt
Simon Dickie (cox)
  New Zealand 6:03.51
4 Reinhard Wendemuth
Bernd Truschinski
Frank Schütze
Frithjof Henckel
Wolfram Thiem
Volker Sauer
Otmar Kaufhold
Wolf-Dieter Oschlies
Helmut Latz (cox)
  West Germany 6:06.15
5 Islay Lee
Ian Clubb
Tim Conrad
Robert Paver
Gary Uebergang
Athol MacDonald
Peter Shakespear
Brian Richardson
Stuart Carter (cox)
  Australia 6:09.75
6 Pavel Konvička
Václav Mls
Josef Plamínek
Josef Pokorný
Karel Mejta Jr.
Josef Neštický
Lubomír Zapletal
Miroslav Vraštil Sr.
Jiří Pták (cox)
  Czechoslovakia 6:14.29

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "(M8+) Men's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Rudern – Weltmeisterschaften. Achter – Herren" [Rowing – World Championships. Eight – Men]. Sport-Komplett.de (in German). Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  5. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  6. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight - Final - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e Official Report of the Organising Committee 1978, Vol 3, pp. 115–117.
  8. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights Final Round". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Malcolm Shaw". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 October 2016.

ReferencesEdit

  • Proulx, Daniel; Mollitt, J. James (1969). Chantigny, Louis (ed.). The Official Report of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXI Olympiad (PDF). Ottawa, Canada: Organizing Committee of the Games of the XXI Olympiad.