Rowing at the 1928 Summer Olympics

Dates 2 – 10 August 1928
Medal Events 7

Rowing at the 1928 Summer Olympics took place in Ringvaart of the Haarlemmermeer Polder, a canal in a village called Sloten in North Holland that would later become home to the 100 kilometer (62 mile) OC&C Ringvaart Regatta. The canal was small enough that the races, held near the picturesque village of Sloten, could only be run two boats at a time. The 1928 program remained that same as it had been in 1924 and would continue to be until 1976, when the program was expanded to include women. The United States fared slightly better than they had in 1924 and were the only nation to earn more than gold medal. Three countries, Japan, Monaco, and South Africa, sent rowers to compete in the Olympics for the first time, although none went home with a medal. Australia, Austria, and Poland, however, each won their first Olympic rowing medal (Australia’s was gold, thanks to the single sculling prowess of Bobby Pearce). There were no multiple medalists in Amsterdam and, in fact, only two participants competed in more than one event: Canadian Joe Wright, Jr. and Belgian Georges Anthony.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Single Sculls, Men Olympic 3 – 10 August 1928 15 15
Double Sculls, Men Olympic 3 – 10 August 1928 20 10
Coxless Pairs, Men Olympic 2 – 10 August 1928 16 8
Coxed Pairs, Men Olympic 3 – 10 August 1928 18 6
Coxless Fours, Men Olympic 3 – 10 August 1928 24 6
Coxed Fours, Men Olympic 3 – 10 August 1928 55 11
Eights, Men Olympic 2 – 10 August 1928 99 11
244 (244/0) 19 (19/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single Sculls, Men Bobby PearceAUS Ken MyersUSA David ColletGBR
Double Sculls, Men United StatesUSA CanadaCAN AustriaAUT
Coxless Pairs, Men GermanyGER Great BritainGBR United StatesUSA
Coxed Pairs, Men SwitzerlandSUI FranceFRA BelgiumBEL
Coxless Fours, Men Great BritainGBR United StatesUSA ItalyITA
Coxed Fours, Men ItalyITA SwitzerlandSUI PolandPOL
Eights, Men United StatesUSA Great BritainGBR CanadaCAN

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 2 2 1 5
Great Britain GBR 1 2 1 4
Switzerland SUI 1 1 0 2
Italy ITA 1 0 1 2
Australia AUS 1 0 0 1
Germany GER 1 0 0 1
Canada CAN 0 1 1 2
France FRA 0 1 0 1
Austria AUT 0 0 1 1
Belgium BEL 0 0 1 1
Poland POL 0 0 1 1