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Single Sculls, Men

Date17 – 19 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationDjurgårdsbrunnsviken, Stockholm
Participants13 from 11 countries
Format2,000 metres

Other than Cecil McVilly of Australia and Everard Butler of Canada, all the scullers were European. Butler was the top North American sculler, being superior to any of the United States’ men of the time. He had won the 1911 and 1912 championship of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen in the single sculls.

The top European sculler was likely William Kinnear, who had won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1910 and 1911. But Kinnear lost at Henley early in 1912 to A. A. Stuart, who had also won the same event in 1909. The European championships were held later in 1912 and would be won by Belgium’s Polydore Veirman.

Kinnear, Butler, and Veirman made it through to the semi-finals. The biggest early casualty was McVilly, who was disqualified in the first round for colliding with Martin Stahnke’s (GER) boat. In the semi-finals, Veirman defeated Hugo Maximilian Kusick of Russia. The other semi was closely fought with Kinnear holding off Butler by one length. This set up a final between Kinnear and Veirman, probably the two favorites. In the final, Veirman led from the start, and was up by ½ length at 500 metres. But Kinnear pulled even at the halfway mark and pulled away to win by one length.

PosNrBoatNOCR1QFSFFinal
1Wally KinnearGBR7:44.0 (1 h5)7:49.9 (1 h4)7:37.0 (1 h2)7:47.3 (1)Gold
2Polydore VeirmanBEL7:59.2 (1 h9)– (AC h1)7:41.0 (1 h1)7:56.0 (2)Silver
=3Mart KuusikRUS7:46.0 (1 h1)7:45.2 (1 h5)– (2 h1)Bronze
=3Everard ButlerCAN7:55.6 (1 h4)7:39.9 (1 h3)7:41.0 (2 h2)Bronze
1 h1 r2/4József MészárosHUN8:29 (1 h6)8:23.0 (1 h1)
2 h3 r2/4Martin StahnkeGER8:28.8 (1 h3)7:58.8 (2 h4)
2 h4 r2/4Károly LevitzkyHUN8:04.0 (1 h8)– (2 h5)
DNS h2 r2/4Mikael SimonsenDEN8:14.0 (1 h7)
2 h3 r1/4Axel Matias HaglundFIN– (2 h4)
2 h4 r1/4Kurt HoffmannGER– (2 h5)
AC h6 r1/4Jan ŠourekBOH– (AC h7)DNF
AC h1 r1/4Alfred HeinrichAUT– (2 h1)DQ
AC h2 r1/4Cecil McVillyANZ8:11.0 (AC h3)DQ

Round One (17 – 18 July 1912)

Heat One (17 July 1912 — 15:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Mart KuusikRUS7:46.0Q1
2Alfred HeinrichAUT2

Heat One Re-race (18 July 1912 — 11:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Mart KuusikRUS7:45.2Q3
ACAlfred HeinrichAUTDQ4

Heat Two (17 July 1912 — 15:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Martin StahnkeGER8:28.8Q OB
ACCecil McVillyANZ8:11.0DQ

Heat Three (17 July 1912 — 15:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Everard ButlerCAN7:55.6Q OB
2Axel Matias HaglundFIN

Heat Four (17 July 1912 — 16:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Wally KinnearGBR7:44.0Q OB
2Kurt HoffmannGER

Heat Five (17 July 1912 — 16:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1József MészárosHUN8:29Q walkover

Heat Six (17 July 1912 — 16:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Mikael SimonsenDEN8:14.0Q
ACJan ŠourekBOHDNF

Heat Seven (17 July 1912 — 17:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Károly LevitzkyHUN8:04.0Q

Heat Eight (17 July 1912 — 17:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Polydore VeirmanBEL7:59.2Q

Quarter-Finals (18 July 1912)

Heat One (11:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1József MészárosHUN8:23.05
ACPolydore VeirmanBELDNF6

Heat One Re-race (19:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Polydore VeirmanBEL7:52.0Q7
2József MészárosHUN8

Heat Two (11:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Everard ButlerCAN7:39.9Q OB

Heat Three (12:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Wally KinnearGBR7:49.9Q
2Martin StahnkeGER7:58.8

Heat Four (12:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Mart KuusikRUS7:45.2Q
2Károly LevitzkyHUN

Semi-Finals (19 July 1912)

Heat One (12:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Polydore VeirmanBEL7:41.0Q
2Mart KuusikRUS

Heat Two (13:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Wally KinnearGBR7:37.0Q OB
2Everard ButlerCAN7:41.0

Final Round (19 July 1912 — 17:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Wally KinnearGBR7:47.3
2Polydore VeirmanBEL7:56.0