|
| Event type

Coxless Fours, Men

Date11 – 15 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationToda Rowing Course, Toda, Saitama
Participants57 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 6:22.5 / Germany GER / 12 August 1936

The United States was the reigning Olympic and Pan American champion in the coxless fours. In addition to veteran Olympian Ted Nash, they also sent Geoffrey Picard, Dick Lyon, Ted Mittet, and Philip Durbrow. Germany, meanwhile, had won the last two European Championships and the inaugural World Championships, and sent their reigning European champions, Günter Schrörs, 1960 Olympic champion in the coxed fours Horst Effertz, Albrecht Müller, and Manfred Misselhorn to Tokyo. England had been the victors at the most recent British Empire and Commonwealth Games and, although Great Britain sent a different squad to the 1964 Summer Games, they were considered a medal contender in the coxless fours.

Germany had the most impressive run in the opening round, while Great Britain and Denmark won the other heats. Denmark was represented by the most recent European silver medalists: John Ørsted Hansen, Erik Petersen, Kurt Helmudt, and Bjørn Borgen Hasløv. The Americans advanced to the finals through the repêchage, but did not look strong compared to the other heat winners, Italy and the Netherlands. Three of Italy’s rowers, Romano Sgheiz, Fulvio Balatti, and Giovanni Zucchi, were bronze medalists from the 1960 Olympic coxed fours event (and Sgheiz was a champion from the same event in 1956) and, with Luciano Sgheiz, had won silver and bronze at the 1963 and 1964 European Championships respectively. The race for podium spots was close and exciting: just over two seconds separated the surprise gold medalists, Denmark, from the bronze medal-winning Americans, with the Britons sandwiched in-between with silver. This was the former rowing power of Great Britain’s first Olympic medal since 1948, as well as Denmark’s first gold medal since then.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepFinal
1DenmarkDEN6:51.78 (1 h1)6:59.30 (1 h1)Gold
John Ørsted HansenErik PetersenKurt HelmudtBjørn Borgen Hasløv
2Great BritainGBR6:47.04 (1 h2)7:00.47 (2 h1)Silver
John M. RussellHugh Wardell-YerburghWilliam BarryJohn James
3United StatesUSA6:56.40 (2 h2)6:38.93 (1 h1)7:01.37 (3 h1)Bronze
Geoffrey PicardDick LyonTed NashTed MittetPhil Durbrow
4NetherlandsNED7:01.51 (3 h2)6:29.42 (1 h3)7:09.98 (4 h1)
Sjoerd WartenaJim EntersHerman BoelenSipke Castelein
5ItalyITA7:11.65 (5 h2)6:34.61 (1 h2)7:10.05 (5 h1)
Romano SgheizFulvio BalattiGiovanni ZucchiLuciano Sgheiz
6Unified Team of GermanyGER6:37.83 (1 h3)7:10.33 (6 h1)
Günter SchroersHorst EffertzAlbrecht MüllerManfred Misselhorn
7Soviet UnionURS6:40.12 (2 h3)6:37.86 (2 h2)6:22.03 (1 h2)
Celestinas JucysEugenijus LevickasJonas MotiejūnasAnatoly Sass
8AustriaAUT6:48.18 (4 h3)7:25.83 (3 h3)6:24.15 (2 h2)
Dieter EbnerHorst KuttelwascherDieter LosertManfred Krausbar
9RomaniaROU6:57.35 (2 h1)6:30.37 (2 h3)6:27.28 (3 h2)
Ștefan PongratzLudovic Covaci-BorbelyCarol VereșNichifor Tarara
10FranceFRA6:45.95 (3 h3)6:42.85 (2 h1)6:38.32 (4 h2)
Jean-Pierre DrivetRoger ChatelainPhilippe MalivoirÉmile Clerc
11CanadaCAN7:01.97 (3 h1)6:53.38 (3 h2)6:45.50 (5 h2)
Daryl MacDonaldRobert BrooksonNeil CampbellChris Leach
12JapanJPN7:24.35 (5 h1)7:00.29 (3 h1)6:51.60 (6 h2)
Shunsuke MikiKoju TsukamotoYasuji HonmaBunzo Kimura
4 h1 r2/3AustraliaAUS7:03.40 (4 h1)7:01.07 (4 h1)
Richard GarrardPeter GillonSimon NewcombeAnthony Walker
4 h2 r2/3ArgentinaARG7:08.60 (4 h2)7:07.83 (4 h2)
Juan Francisco ZanassiAtilio KesunzaJorge MeanaJuan Alberto Iannuzzi

Round One (11 October 1964)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final. All others advanced to repˆchage

Heat One (16:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1DenmarkDEN6:51.78Q
John Ørsted HansenErik PetersenKurt HelmudtBjørn Borgen Hasløv
2RomaniaROU6:57.35
Ștefan PongratzLudovic Covaci-BorbelyCarol VereșNichifor Tarara
3CanadaCAN7:01.97
Daryl MacDonaldRobert BrooksonNeil CampbellChris Leach
4AustraliaAUS7:03.40
Anthony WalkerRichard GarrardSimon NewcombePeter Gillon
5JapanJPN7:24.35
Shunsuke MikiKoju TsukamotoYasuji HonmaBunzo Kimura

Heat Two (16:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR6:47.04Q
John M. RussellHugh Wardell-YerburghWilliam BarryJohn James
2United StatesUSA6:56.40
Ted MittetDick LyonPhil DurbrowTed Nash
3NetherlandsNED7:01.51
Sjoerd WartenaJim EntersHerman BoelenSipke Castelein
4ArgentinaARG7:08.60
Juan Francisco ZanassiAtilio KesunzaJorge MeanaJuan Alberto Iannuzzi
5ItalyITA7:11.65
Romano SgheizFulvio BalattiGiovanni ZucchiLuciano Sgheiz

Heat Three (16:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Unified Team of GermanyGER6:37.83Q
Günter SchroersHorst EffertzAlbrecht MüllerManfred Misselhorn
2Soviet UnionURS6:40.12
Celestinas JucysEugenijus LevickasJonas MotiejūnasAnatoly Sass
3FranceFRA6:45.95
Jean-Pierre DrivetRoger ChatelainPhilippe MalivoirÉmile Clerc
4AustriaAUT6:48.18
Dieter EbnerHorst KuttelwascherDieter LosertManfred Krausbar

Round One Repêchage (13 October 1964)

Winner of each heat advanced to the A Final. 2nd- and 3rd-place finishers advanced to the B Final

Heat One (11:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1United StatesUSA6:38.93Q
Ted MittetDick LyonGeoffrey PicardTed Nash
2FranceFRA6:42.85
Jean-Pierre DrivetRoger ChatelainPhilippe MalivoirÉmile Clerc
3JapanJPN7:00.29
Shunsuke MikiKoju TsukamotoYasuji HonmaBunzo Kimura
4AustraliaAUS7:01.07
Anthony WalkerRichard GarrardSimon NewcombePeter Gillon

Heat Two (11:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1ItalyITA6:34.61Q
Romano SgheizFulvio BalattiGiovanni ZucchiLuciano Sgheiz
2Soviet UnionURS6:37.86
Celestinas JucysEugenijus LevickasJonas MotiejūnasAnatoly Sass
3CanadaCAN6:53.38
Daryl MacDonaldRobert BrooksonNeil CampbellChris Leach
4ArgentinaARG7:07.83
Juan Francisco ZanassiAtilio KesunzaJorge MeanaJuan Alberto Iannuzzi

Heat Three (11:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1NetherlandsNED6:29.42Q
Sjoerd WartenaJim EntersHerman BoelenSipke Castelein
2RomaniaROU6:30.37
Ștefan PongratzLudovic Covaci-BorbelyCarol VereșNichifor Tarara
3AustriaAUT7:25.83
Dieter EbnerHorst KuttelwascherDieter LosertManfred Krausbar

Final Round (14 – 15 October 1964)

A Final (15 October 1964 — 15:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
12DenmarkDEN6:59.301:40.48 (2)
1:47.99 (2)
3:28.47 (2)
1:46.20 (1)
5:14.67 (1)
1:44.63 (3)
John Ørsted HansenErik PetersenKurt HelmudtBjørn Borgen Hasløv
24Great BritainGBR7:00.471:40.70 (3)
1:49.11 (6)
3:29.81 (3)
1:47.91 (3)
5:17.72 (3)
1:42.75 (1)
John M. RussellHugh Wardell-YerburghWilliam BarryJohn James
31United StatesUSA7:01.371:42.93 (5)
1:47.95 (1)
3:30.88 (5)
1:46.62 (2)
5:17.50 (2)
1:43.87 (2)
Ted MittetDick LyonGeoffrey PicardTed Nash
46NetherlandsNED7:09.981:39.11 (1)
1:48.75 (5)
3:27.86 (1)
1:50.99 (6)
5:18.85 (4)
1:51.13 (6)
Sjoerd WartenaJim EntersHerman BoelenSipke Castelein
53ItalyITA7:10.051:44.19 (6)
1:48.10 (3)
3:32.29 (6)
1:48.93 (4)
5:21.22 (6)
1:48.83 (4)
Romano SgheizFulvio BalattiGiovanni ZucchiLuciano Sgheiz
65Unified Team of GermanyGER7:10.331:41.28 (4)
1:48.64 (4)
3:29.92 (4)
1:50.43 (5)
5:20.35 (5)
1:49.98 (5)
Günter SchroersHorst EffertzAlbrecht MüllerManfred Misselhorn

B Final (14 October 1964 — 15:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
11Soviet UnionURS6:22.031:30.14 (1)
1:35.93 (1)
3:06.07 (1)
1:38.01 (1)
4:44.08 (1)
1:37.95 (3)
OB
Celestinas JucysEugenijus LevickasJonas MotiejūnasAnatoly Sass
22AustriaAUT6:24.151:30.17 (2)
1:36.12 (2)
3:06.29 (2)
1:41.16 (3)
4:47.45 (2)
1:36.70 (1)
Dieter EbnerHorst KuttelwascherDieter LosertManfred Krausbar
33RomaniaROU6:27.281:31.75 (4)
1:38.71 (3)
3:10.46 (3)
1:39.09 (2)
4:49.55 (3)
1:37.73 (2)
Ștefan PongratzLudovic Covaci-BorbelyCarol VereșNichifor Tarara
46FranceFRA6:38.321:31.27 (3)
1:40.83 (4)
3:12.10 (4)
1:44.04 (4)
4:56.14 (4)
1:42.18 (4)
Jean-Pierre DrivetRoger ChatelainPhilippe MalivoirÉmile Clerc
55CanadaCAN6:45.501:35.20 (5)
1:42.37 (5)
3:17.57 (5)
1:44.09 (5)
5:01.66 (5)
1:43.84 (5)
Daryl MacDonaldRobert BrooksonNeil CampbellChris Leach
64JapanJPN6:51.601:36.72 (6)
1:43.55 (6)
3:20.27 (6)
1:44.61 (6)
5:04.88 (6)
1:46.72 (6)
Shunsuke MikiKoju TsukamotoYasuji HonmaBunzo Kimura