Rowing at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's double sculls

Men's double sculls was an event in Rowing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. The event was held at Lake Lanier between July 21 and July 27, 1996.[1]

Men's double sculls
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
VenueLake Lanier
DateJuly 21 – July 27
Competitors39 from 19 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Davide Tizzano
Agostino Abbagnale
 Italy
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Kjetil Undset
Steffen Størseth
 Norway
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Frédéric Kowal
Samuel Barathay
 France
← 1992
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France, Norway, and Germany had won 11 of the last 12 World Championship medals and were represented at the 1996 Summer Olympics by Frédéric Kowal and Samuel Barathay, Kjetil Undset and Steffen Størseth, and Sebastian Mayer and Roland Opfer respectively. France, represented in part by Barathay, was the 1993 World Champion and 1994 bronze medalist. Norway was the 1994 World Champion and 1993 runner-up and, with its Olympic duo, the 1995 bronze medalist, while Undset was also an Olympic silver medalist from the 1992 quadruple sculls. Germany had been runner-up at the last two editions of the World Championships and a bronze medalist in 1993. The lone exception to the dominance of these three nations was Denmark, who won the 1995 World Championships with Lars Christensen and Martin Haldbo Hansen. Australia, meanwhile, sent one of its defending Olympic champions, Peter Antonie, to Atlanta with a new partner, Jason Day. Antoine was also one half of the winning crew at the 1995 Double Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta. Hungary's Zsolt Dani and Gábor Mitring were the 1994 winners of that tournament.

In the opening round, Norway posted the fastest time by nearly five seconds, while the other heats were won by Denmark and the Italian duo of Davide Tizzano and Agostino Abbagnale, both of whom were Olympic champions in the quadruple sculls from 1988. The Hungarians, meanwhile, were eliminated in the repêchage. In the semi-finals it was France who eliminated the Australians with the fastest time in the round, nearly three seconds ahead of its closest competition, while Italy won the other heat. The race in the final was closer, but Italy, Norway, and France were all ahead of the pack and crossed the finish line in that order. Denmark, the reigning World Champions, came in fourth nearly five seconds later.[1]

MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Italy (ITA)
Davide Tizzano
Agostino Abbagnale
  Norway (NOR)
Kjetil Undset
Steffen Størseth
  France (FRA)
Frédéric Kowal
Samuel Barathay

HeatsEdit

  • SA/B denotes qualification to Semifinal A/B.
  • R denotes qualification to Repechage.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Kjetil Undset, Steffen Størseth   Norway 6:43.35 SA/B
2 Kajetan Broniewski, Adam Korol   Poland 6:48.13 R
3 Peter Antonie, Jason Day   Australia 6:50.15 R
4 Ondrej Hambálek, Ján Žiška   Slovakia 6:55.87 R
5 Lee In-su, Lee Ho   South Korea 7:11.56 R

Heat 2Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Lars Christensen, Martin Haldbo Hansen   Denmark 6:48.75 SA/B
2 Sebastian Mayer, Roland Opfer   Germany 6:51.41 R
3 Tom Symoens, Björn Hendrickx   Belgium 6:54.80 R
4 Erik Tul, Luka Špik   Slovenia 7:02.48 R
5 Melquiades Verduras, José Antonio Merín   Spain 7:13.99 R

Heat 3Edit

James Cracknell was one of the nominated British scullers but he was suffering from tonsillitis; Guy Pooley as backup rower replaced him.[2][3]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Davide Tizzano, Agostino Abbagnale   Italy 6:48.22 SA/B
2 Uģis Lasmanis, Andris Reinholds   Latvia 6:52.80 R
3 Hrvoje Telišman, Danijel Bajlo   Croatia 6:55.40 R
4 Arnold Jonke, Christoph Zerbst   Austria 6:56.55 R
5 Guy Pooley, Robert Thatcher   Great Britain 7:00.74 R

Heat 4Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Frédéric Kowal, Samuel Barathay   France 6:44.01 SA/B
2 Michael Forgeron, Todd Hallett   Canada 6:48.03 R
3 Marcelus dos Santos, Dirceu Marinho   Brazil 6:49.92 R
4 Zsolt Dani, Gábor Mitring   Hungary 6:57.63 R

RepechageEdit

  • SA/B denotes qualification to Semifinal A/B.
  • RR denotes qualification to Rerace

Repechage 1Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Arnold Jonke, Christoph Zerbst   Austria 6:43.52 SA/B
2 Tom Symoens, Björn Hendrickx   Belgium 6:48.45 SA/B
3 Kajetan Broniewski, Adam Korol   Poland 6:53.21 RR

Repechage 2Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Sebastian Mayer, Roland Opfer   Germany 6:43.52 SA/B
2 Hrvoje Telišman, Danijel Bajlo   Croatia 6:48.02 SA/B
3 Zsolt Dani, Gábor Mitring   Hungary 6:50.02 RR
4 Lee In-su, Lee Ho   South Korea 7:09.71 RR

Repechage 3Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Uģis Lasmanis, Andris Reinholds   Latvia 6:51.19 SA/B
2 Ondrej Hambálek, Ján Žiška   Slovakia 6:53.54 SA/B
3 Marcelus dos Santos, Dirceu Marinho   Brazil 6:56.93 RR
4 Melquiades Verduras, José Antonio Merín   Spain 6:59.57 RR

Repechage 4Edit

The British replacement rower Pooley also replaced Cracknell in the repechage.[2][3]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Michael Forgeron, Todd Hallett   Canada 6:51.93 SA/B
2 Peter Antonie, Jason Day   Australia 6:51.98 SA/B
3 Guy Pooley, Robert Thatcher   Great Britain 7:00.81 RR
4 Erik Tul, Luka Špik   Slovenia 7:06.06 RR

ReraceEdit

  • FC denotes qualification to Final C
  • E denotes eliminated from competition

Rerace 1Edit

The British rower Cracknell had by now recovered from his tonsillitis and took over from the replacement rower Pooley.[2][3]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Zsolt Dani, Gábor Mitring   Hungary 6:47.77 C
2 James Cracknell, Robert Thatcher   Great Britain 6:51.22 C
3 Melquiades Verduras, José Antonio Merín   Spain 6:55.00 E

Rerace 2Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Kajetan Broniewski, Adam Korol   Poland 6:48.53 C
2 Marcelus dos Santos, Dirceu Marinho   Brazil 6:52.73 C
3 Erik Tul, Luka Špik   Slovenia 6:56.43 C
4 Lee In-su, Lee Ho   South Korea 7:05.08 E

Semi-FinalsEdit

  • F/A denotes qualification to Final A.
  • F/B denotes qualification to Final B.

Semi-Final 1Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Davide Tizzano, Agostino Abbagnale   Italy 6:37.39 F/A
2 Kjetil Undset, Steffen Størseth   Norway 6:40.15 F/A
3 Sebastian Mayer, Roland Opfer   Germany 6:42.57 F/A
4 Michael Forgeron, Todd Hallett   Canada 6:46.35 F/B
5 Tom Symoens, Björn Hendrickx   Belgium 6:48.13 F/B
6 Ondrej Hambálek, Ján Žiška   Slovakia 6:55.73 F/B

Semi-Final 2Edit

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Frédéric Kowal, Samuel Barathay   France 6:32.86 F/A
2 Arnold Jonke, Christoph Zerbst   Austria 6:35.76 F/A
3 Lars Christensen, Martin Haldbo Hansen   Denmark 6:37.10 F/A
4 Peter Antonie, Jason Day   Australia 6:39.49 F/B
5 Uģis Lasmanis, Andris Reinholds   Latvia 6:40.68 F/B
6 Hrvoje Telišman, Danijel Bajlo   Croatia 7:03.53 F/B

FinalsEdit

Final CEdit

Rank Rowers Country Time
1 Kajetan Broniewski, Adam Korol   Poland 6:40.62
2 Erik Tul, Luka Špik   Slovenia 6:43.55
3 Marcelus dos Santos, Dirceu Marinho   Brazil 6:47.12
4 Zsolt Dani, Gábor Mitring   Hungary 6:50.90
5 James Cracknell, Robert Thatcher   Great Britain 6:51.41

Final BEdit

Rank Rowers Country Time
1 Michael Forgeron, Todd Hallett   Canada 6:18.37
2 Peter Antonie, Jason Day   Australia 6:19.25
3 Uģis Lasmanis, Andris Reinholds   Latvia 6:20.82
4 Tom Symoens, Björn Hendrickx   Belgium 6:21.89
5 Ondrej Hambálek, Ján Žiška   Slovakia 6:26.51
6 Hrvoje Telišman, Danijel Bajlo   Croatia 6:26.84

Final AEdit

Rank Rowers Country Time
1 Davide Tizzano, Agostino Abbagnale   Italy 6:16.68
2 Kjetil Undset, Steffen Størseth   Norway 6:18.42
3 Frédéric Kowal, Samuel Barathay   France 6:19.85
4 Lars Christensen, Martin Haldbo Hansen   Denmark 6:24.77
5 Arnold Jonke, Christoph Zerbst   Austria 6:25.17
6 Sebastian Mayer, Roland Opfer   Germany 6:29.32

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rowing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's Double Sculls". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "James Cracknell". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Guy Pooley". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ *The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games Volume Three ˗ The Competition Results (PDF) (PDF). p. 322. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27.