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Coxless Fours, Men1

Date20 – 23 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationMeilahti, Helsinki
Participants68 from 17 countries

Looking at recent major international tournaments in the coxless fours, it would have been difficult to determine a favourite for the event at the 1952 Summer Olympics. The defending Olympic champions from Italy, Giuseppe Moioli, Elio Morille, Giovanni Invernizzi, and Francesco Faggi, returned and looked somewhat strong, having won the 1947, 1949, and 1950 European Championships. In 1951, however, they had not factored into the podium, being replaced at the top by Belgium’s Charles Van Antwerpen, Jos Rosa, Harry Elzendoorn, and Florent Caers. The 1951 and 1952 Stewards’ Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, which was considered the equivalent of a World Championship at the time, had been won by the Thames Rowing Club, but Britain’s quartet was a hodgepodge of rowers that included Harry Almond, John Jones, James Crowden, and Adrian Cadbury. Denmark factored into all of these events, having been the runner-up at the last three European Championships and, with the Hellerup Roklubb, winner of the 1952 Stewards’ Challenge Cup. Three among their entry, Carl Nielsen, Harry Nielsen, and Paul Locht had taken part in the 1951 Europeans, and they were augmented by Knud Bruun Jensen.

Among these nations, however, only Great Britain would factor into the final. Denmark was eliminated after the round one repêchage, while Belgium and Italy fell in the semi-finals. The opening heats were dominated by the French and Yugoslavian quartets, who both won the semi-finals convincingly, if not as thoroughly: Norway came second in France’s heat with a time 0.1 seconds faster than Yugoslavia’s, although Great Britain eliminated them in the semi-final repêchage. It was Yugoslavia, however, who reigned supreme in the final: its quartet of Duje Bonačić, Velimir Valenta, Mate Trojanović, and Petar Šegvić took gold ahead of France’s Pierre Blondiaux, Jean-Jacques Guissart, Marc Bouissou, and Roger Gautier. It was the former nation’s first Olympic medal in rowing and its only gold. Finland’s crew, consisting of Kauko Wahlsten, Lauri Nevalainen , and cousins Veikko and Oiva Lommi, edged out the British squad to win their nation’s first Olympic rowing medal as well, while Poland rounded out the final with a fifth-place finish.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepSFSemi-Finals RepêchageFinal
1YugoslaviaYUG6:34.4 (1 h2)7:01.1 (1 h2)7:16.0 (1)Gold
Duje BonačićVelimir ValentaMate TrojanovićPetar Šegvić
2FranceFRA6:35.7 (1 h1)6:59.1 (1 h1)7:18.9 (2)Silver
Pierre BlondiauxJean-Jacques GuissartMarc BouissouRoger Gautier
3FinlandFIN6:42.7 (2 h2)7:06.8 (4 h1)6:48.5 (1 h2)7:23.3 (3)Bronze
Veikko LommiKauko WahlstenOiva LommiLauri Nevalainen
4Great BritainGBR6:39.2 (3 h1)6:42.8 (1 h1)6:37.9 (1 h1)7:25.2 (4)
Harry AlmondJohn JonesJames CrowdenAdrian Cadbury
5PolandPOL6:43.0 (3 h2)6:45.9 (1 h2)6:43.0 (1 h3)7:28.2 (5)
Edward SchwarzerZbigniew SchwarzerHenryk JagodzińskiZbigniew Żarnowiecki
2 h1 r4/5Soviet UnionURS6:37.8 (2 h1)7:32.3 (4 h2)6:38.5 (2 h1)
Roman ZakharovYury RogozovIvan MakarovVladimir Kirsanov
2 h2 r4/5ItalyITA6:50.4 (3 h3)6:46.8 (1 h3)6:49.2 (2 h2)
Giuseppe MoioliElio MorilleGiovanni InvernizziFranco Faggi
2 h3 r4/5SaarSAA6:40.8 (1 h3)7:10.4 (3 h2)6:47.2 (2 h3)
Werner BielHans Krause-WichmannAchim Krause-WichmannHanns Peters
3 h1 r4/5NorwayNOR6:42.4 (2 h3)7:01.0 (2 h1)6:48.4 (3 h1)
Sverre KråkenesKristoffer LepsøeTorstein KråkenesHarald Kråkenes
3 h2 r4/5United StatesUSA6:40.9 (1 h4)7:08.8 (2 h2)6:57.8 (3 h2)
Louis McMillanDempster JacksonJohn DavisJames Welsh
3 h3 r4/5AustriaAUT6:44.1 (2 h4)7:02.4 (3 h1)6:48.5 (3 h3)
Kurt MarzAlexander MitterhuberAdolf ScheithauerJohann Geiszler
4 h1 r4/5BelgiumBEL6:49.8 (5 h1)rowover (1 h4)6:54.2 (4 h1)
Charles Van AntwerpenJos RosaHarry ElzendoornFlorent Caers
2 h1 r2/5DenmarkDEN6:50.5 (4 h4)6:51.9 (2 h1)
Knud Bruun JensenCarl NielsenHarry NielsenPaul Locht
2 h2 r2/5HungaryHUN6:45.4 (4 h1)6:50.3 (2 h2)
László DeckerImre KaffkaJános HollósiImre Kemény
2 h3 r2/5NetherlandsNED6:56.9 (4 h2)6:50.3 (2 h3)
Frits de VoogtRuud Sesink CleeJan op den VeldeKees van Vugt
3 h1 r2/5South AfricaRSA6:53.3 (4 h3)7:00.4 (3 h1)
Don Dyke-WellsDamian NicholJohn WebbChristopher Veitch
3 h2 r2/5CanadaCAN6:49.7 (3 h4)6:51.3 (3 h2)
Ron CameronLloyd MontourJack ZwirewichArt Griffiths
DNSNew ZealandNZL– (DNS h2)2

Round One3 (20 July 1952)

Winner and runner-up in each heat advanced to semi-finals. All others advanced to repêchage.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FranceFRA6:35.7Q
Pierre BlondiauxJean-Jacques GuissartMarc BouissouRoger Gautier
2Soviet UnionURS6:37.8Q
Roman ZakharovYury RogozovIvan MakarovVladimir Kirsanov
3Great BritainGBR6:39.2
Harry AlmondJohn JonesJames CrowdenAdrian Cadbury
4HungaryHUN6:45.4
László DeckerImre KaffkaJános HollósiImre Kemény
5BelgiumBEL6:49.8
Charles Van AntwerpenJos RosaHarry ElzendoornFlorent Caers

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1YugoslaviaYUG6:34.4Q
Duje BonačićVelimir ValentaMate TrojanovićPetar Šegvić
2FinlandFIN6:42.7Q
Veikko LommiKauko WahlstenOiva LommiLauri Nevalainen
3PolandPOL6:43.0
Edward SchwarzerZbigniew SchwarzerHenryk JagodzińskiZbigniew Żarnowiecki
4NetherlandsNED6:56.9
Frits de VoogtRuud Sesink CleeJan op den VeldeKees van Vugt
DNSNew ZealandNZL4

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1SaarSAA6:40.8Q
Werner BielHans Krause-WichmannAchim Krause-WichmannHanns Peters
2NorwayNOR6:42.4Q
Sverre KråkenesKristoffer LepsøeTorstein KråkenesHarald Kråkenes
3ItalyITA6:50.4
Giuseppe MoioliElio MorilleGiovanni InvernizziFranco Faggi
4South AfricaRSA6:53.3
Don Dyke-WellsDamian NicholJohn WebbChristopher Veitch

Heat Four

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1United StatesUSA6:40.9Q
Louis McMillanDempster JacksonJohn DavisJames Welsh
2AustriaAUT6:44.1Q
Kurt MarzAlexander MitterhuberAdolf ScheithauerJohann Geiszler
3CanadaCAN6:49.7
Ron CameronLloyd MontourJack ZwirewichArt Griffiths
4DenmarkDEN6:50.5
Knud Bruun JensenCarl NielsenHarry NielsenPaul Locht

Round One Repêchage5 (21 July 1952 — 9:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to semi-final repêchage.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR6:42.8Q
Harry AlmondJohn JonesJames CrowdenAdrian Cadbury
2DenmarkDEN6:51.9
Knud Bruun JensenCarl NielsenHarry NielsenPaul Locht
3South AfricaRSA7:00.4
Don Dyke-WellsDamian NicholJohn WebbChristopher Veitch

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1PolandPOL6:45.9Q
Edward SchwarzerZbigniew SchwarzerHenryk JagodzińskiZbigniew Żarnowiecki
2HungaryHUN6:50.3
László DeckerImre KaffkaJános HollósiImre Kemény
3CanadaCAN6:51.3
Ron CameronLloyd MontourJack ZwirewichArt Griffiths

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1ItalyITA6:46.8Q
Giuseppe MoioliElio MorilleGiovanni InvernizziFranco Faggi
2NetherlandsNED6:50.3
Frits de VoogtRuud Sesink CleeJan op den VeldeKees van Vugt

Heat Four

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1BelgiumBELrowoverQ walkover
Charles Van AntwerpenJos RosaHarry ElzendoornFlorent Caers

Semi-Finals6 (21 July 1952 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to final. All others advanced to semi-final repêchage.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FranceFRA6:59.1Q
Pierre BlondiauxJean-Jacques GuissartMarc BouissouRoger Gautier
2NorwayNOR7:01.0
Sverre KråkenesKristoffer LepsøeTorstein KråkenesHarald Kråkenes
3AustriaAUT7:02.4
Kurt MarzAlexander MitterhuberAdolf ScheithauerJohann Geiszler
4FinlandFIN7:06.8
Veikko LommiKauko WahlstenOiva LommiLauri Nevalainen

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1YugoslaviaYUG7:01.1Q
Duje BonačićVelimir ValentaMate TrojanovićPetar Šegvić
2United StatesUSA7:08.8
Louis McMillanDempster JacksonJohn DavisJames Welsh
3SaarSAA7:10.4
Werner BielHans Krause-WichmannAchim Krause-WichmannHanns Peters
4Soviet UnionURS7:32.3
Roman ZakharovYury RogozovIvan MakarovVladimir Kirsanov

Semi-Finals Repêchage7 (22 July 1952 — 9:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to final

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR6:37.9Q
Harry AlmondJohn JonesJames CrowdenAdrian Cadbury
2Soviet UnionURS6:38.5
Roman ZakharovYury RogozovIvan MakarovVladimir Kirsanov
3NorwayNOR6:48.4
Sverre KråkenesKristoffer LepsøeTorstein KråkenesHarald Kråkenes
4BelgiumBEL6:54.2
Charles Van AntwerpenJos RosaHarry ElzendoornFlorent Caers

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FinlandFIN6:48.5Q
Veikko LommiKauko WahlstenOiva LommiLauri Nevalainen
2ItalyITA6:49.2
Giuseppe MoioliElio MorilleGiovanni InvernizziFranco Faggi
3United StatesUSA6:57.8
Louis McMillanDempster JacksonJohn DavisJames Welsh

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1PolandPOL6:43.0Q
Edward SchwarzerZbigniew SchwarzerHenryk JagodzińskiZbigniew Żarnowiecki
2SaarSAA6:47.2
Werner BielHans Krause-WichmannAchim Krause-WichmannHanns Peters
3AustriaAUT6:48.5
Kurt MarzAlexander MitterhuberAdolf ScheithauerJohann Geiszler

Final Round8 (23 July 1952 — 16:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1YugoslaviaYUG7:16.0
Duje BonačićVelimir ValentaMate TrojanovićPetar Šegvić
2FranceFRA7:18.9
Pierre BlondiauxJean-Jacques GuissartMarc BouissouRoger Gautier
3FinlandFIN7:23.3
Veikko LommiKauko WahlstenOiva LommiLauri Nevalainen
4Great BritainGBR7:25.2
Harry AlmondJohn JonesJames CrowdenAdrian Cadbury
5PolandPOL7:28.2
Edward SchwarzerZbigniew SchwarzerHenryk JagodzińskiZbigniew Żarnowiecki