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Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's eight

The men's coxed eight (M8+) competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics took place at Lake Casitas in Ventura County, California, United States. It was held from 31 July to 5 August. New Zealand had won the last two world championships, and the other strong team, East Germany, was absent from the event due to the Eastern Bloc boycott. This made New Zealand the strong favourite. But the final was won by Canada, with the USA and Australia the other medallists, and New Zealand coming a disappointing fourth.[1]

Rowing
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
VenueLake Casitas
Date31 July – 5 August
Competitors63 from 7 nations
Winning time5:41.32
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Blair Horn
Dean Crawford
J. Michael Evans
Paul Steele
Grant Main
Mark Evans
Kevin Neufeld
Pat Turner
Brian McMahon (cox)
 Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s) Chip Lubsen
Andrew Sudduth
John Terwilliger
Chris Penny
Tom Darling
Fred Borchelt
Charles Clapp
Bruce Ibbetson
Bob Jaugstetter (cox)
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Craig Muller
Clyde Hefer
Samuel Patten
Tim Willoughby
Ian Edmunds
James Battersby
Ion Popa
Stephen Evans
Gavin Thredgold (cox)
 Australia
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Contents

BackgroundEdit

East Germany had for many years been the dominating country for this boat class. From the 1976 Summer Olympics to the 1980 Summer Olympics, the country won every gold at Olympic and World Rowing Championships level.[2][3][4][5][6] At the 1981 World Rowing Championships, East Germany came in fourth place, with the Soviet Union winning gold.[7] In 1982 and 1983, the event was won by New Zealand, with East Germany coming second on both occasions.[8][9] With the Eastern Bloc boycott affecting the 1984 Summer Olympics, New Zealand was thus regarded as the strong favourite.[1] Another medal contender was the United States; they had won the 1983 Pan American Games.[1]

Previous M8+ competitionsEdit

Competition Gold Silver Bronze
1976 Summer Olympics[2]   East Germany   Great Britain   New Zealand
1977 World Rowing Championships[3]   East Germany   Soviet Union   West Germany
1978 World Rowing Championships[4]   East Germany   West Germany   New Zealand
1979 World Rowing Championships[5]   East Germany   New Zealand   Soviet Union
1980 Summer Olympics[6]   East Germany   Great Britain   Soviet Union
1981 World Rowing Championships[7]   Soviet Union   Great Britain   United States
1982 World Rowing Championships[8]   New Zealand   East Germany   Russia
1983 World Rowing Championships[9]   New Zealand   East Germany   Australia

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The two heats in round one were rowed on 31 July. The winner of each heat advanced to the final, while the remaining teams went to the repechage.[10]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Nigel Atherfold
Dave Rodger
Roger White-Parsons
George Keys
Greg Johnston
Chris White
Andrew Stevenson
Mike Stanley
Andy Hay (cox)
  New Zealand 5:48.19 FA
2 Blair Horn
Dean Crawford
J. Michael Evans
Paul Steele
Grant Main
Mark Evans
Kevin Neufeld
Pat Turner
Brian McMahon (cox)
  Canada 5:50.44 R
3 Duncan McDougall
Chris Mahoney
Salih Hassan
Clive Roberts
Adam Clift
John Pritchard
Malcolm McGowan
Allan Whitwell
Colin Moynihan (cox)
  Great Britain 5:55.18 R
4 Alain Duprat
Dominique Lecointe
Thierry Louvet
Patrick Vibert-Vichet
Jacques Taborski
Jean-Jacques Martigne
Olivier Pons
Bernard Chevalier
Jean-Pierre Huguet-Balent (cox)
  France 5:59.81 R

Heat 2Edit

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Chip Lubsen
Andrew Sudduth
John Terwilliger
Chris Penny
Tom Darling
Fred Borchelt
Charles Clapp
Bruce Ibbetson
Bob Jaugstetter (cox)
  United States 5:51.95 FA
2 Craig Muller
Clyde Hefer
Samuel Patten
Tim Willoughby
Ian Edmunds
James Battersby
Ion Popa
Stephen Evans
Gavin Thredgold (cox)
  Australia 5:56.61 R
3 Rodrigo Abasolo (cox)[nb 1]
Mario Castro
Víctor Contreras
Zibor Llanos
Rodolfo Pereira
Alejandro Rojas
Marcelo Rojas
Giorgio Vallebuona
Carlos Neyra
  Chile 6:20.71 R

RepechageEdit

One heat was rowed in the repechage on 2 August. All five teams advanced to the final.[12][13]

Rank Rower Country Time Notes
1 Craig Muller
Clyde Hefer
Samuel Patten
Tim Willoughby
Ian Edmunds
James Battersby
Ion Popa
Stephen Evans
Gavin Thredgold (cox)
  Australia 5:51.68 FA
2 Blair Horn
Dean Crawford
J. Michael Evans
Paul Steele
Grant Main
Mark Evans
Kevin Neufeld
Pat Turner
Brian McMahon (cox)
  Canada 5:56.44 FA
3 Duncan McDougall
Chris Mahoney
Salih Hassan
Clive Roberts
Adam Clift
John Pritchard
Malcolm McGowan
Allan Whitwell
Colin Moynihan (cox)
  Great Britain 6:00.45 FA
4 Mario Castro
Carlos Neyra
Zibor Llanos
Giorgio Vallebuona
Alejandro Rojas
Víctor Contreras
Rodolfo Pereira
Marcelo Rojas
Rodrigo Abasolo (cox)
  Chile 6:10.98 FA
5 Alain Duprat
Dominique Lecointe
Thierry Louvet
Patrick Vibert-Vichet
Jacques Taborski
Jean-Jacques Martigne
Olivier Pons
Bernard Chevalier
Jean-Pierre Huguet-Balent (cox)
  France 6:18.71 FA

FinalEdit

All seven teams that entered the competition rowed in a single final on 5 August.[14]

Rank Rower Country Time
  Blair Horn
Dean Crawford
J. Michael Evans
Paul Steele
Grant Main
Mark Evans
Kevin Neufeld
Pat Turner
Brian McMahon (cox)
  Canada 5:41.32
  Chip Lubsen
Andrew Sudduth
John Terwilliger
Chris Penny
Tom Darling
Fred Borchelt
Charles Clapp
Bruce Ibbetson
Bob Jaugstetter (cox)
  United States 5:41.74
  Craig Muller
Clyde Hefer
Samuel Patten
Tim Willoughby
Ian Edmunds
James Battersby
Ion Popa
Stephen Evans
Gavin Thredgold (cox)
  Australia 5:43.40
4 Nigel Atherfold
Dave Rodger
Roger White-Parsons
George Keys
Greg Johnston
Chris White
Andrew Stevenson
Mike Stanley
Andy Hay (cox)
  New Zealand 5:44.14
5 Duncan McDougall
Chris Mahoney
Salih Hassan
Clive Roberts
Adam Clift
John Pritchard
Malcolm McGowan
Allan Whitwell
Colin Moynihan (cox)
  Great Britain 5:47.01
6 Alain Duprat
Dominique Lecointe
Thierry Louvet
Patrick Vibert-Vichet
Jacques Taborski
Jean-Jacques Martigne
Olivier Pons
Bernard Chevalier
Jean-Pierre Huguet-Balent (cox)
  France 5:49.52
7 Mario Castro
Carlos Neyra
Zibor Llanos
Giorgio Vallebuona
Alejandro Rojas
Víctor Contreras
Rodolfo Pereira
Marcelo Rojas
Rodrigo Abasolo (cox)
  Chile 6:07.03

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The Chilean rowers are listed as per the official Olympic record, but the listing is wrong, as it has the cox in seat one, when he should be listed for seat nine[11]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ 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 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b "1977 World Rowing Championships: (M8+) Men's Eight - Final". WorldRowing.com. International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "1978 World Rowing Championships: (M8+) Men's Eight - Final". WorldRowing.com. International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b "1979 World Rowing Championships: (M8+) Men's Eight - Final". WorldRowing.com. International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b "1981 World Rowing Championships: (M8+) Men's Eight - Final". WorldRowing.com. International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b "1982 World Rowing Championships: (M8+) Men's Eight - Final". WorldRowing.com. International Rowing Federation. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  9. ^ a b "1983 World Rowing Championships: (M8+) Men's Eight - Final". WorldRowing.com. International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  10. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  11. ^ Perelman 1985b, p. 529.
  12. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights Round One Repêchage". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  13. ^ Perelman 1985b, p. 530.
  14. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Rowing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's Coxed Eights Final Round". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 November 2016.

ReferencesEdit

  • Perelman, Richard B., ed. (1985). Official Report Los Angeles 1984, Volume 1: Organization and Planning. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.
  • Perelman, Richard B., ed. (1985). Official Report Los Angeles 1984, Volume 2: Competition and Summary and Results. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.