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Coxed Eights, Men

Date17 – 19 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationDjurgårdsbrunnsviken, Stockholm
Participants99 from 8 countries
Format2,000 metres

The last four European Championships had been won by France, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland. The Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Regatta had been won in 1910 and 1911 by a Magdalen College (Oxford) crew. In 1909 that title had been won by the Belgian crew from the Royal Club Nautique de Gand. Unfortunately the Gand crew was not at Stockholm, nor was Magdalen College. The British were represented by New College (Oxford), and the Leander Club, although most of the Leander rowers were from Magdalen College (Oxford). Canada did send a Toronto Argonauts eight, which had won the 1911 championships at the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen.

In a bad draw, Leander and the Argonauts were drawn against each other in round one, with Leander narrowly defeating the Toronto crew. Leander also survived close races against Australasia in the quarters (by less than a boat length) and Germany in the semis. On the other hand, the New College crew had a relatively easy time of it, winning the first two rounds handily against Norway and Sweden, and receiving a bye in the semi-finals.

The final was closely fought. The two boats were even for 1,000 metres, when Leander pulled ahead before the series of turns. They were never caught, eventually winning by about one length. Leander was awarded possession of the Challenge Trophy for the coxed eights event, which had been donated in 1908 by the Italian Count and IOC Member, Eugenio Brunetta d’Usseaux.

The final was noteworthy for a controversy that developed in the choice of lanes, which has engendered a tradition at New College Boat Club to this day. The finalists’ captains were to toss to choose lanes, which was won by New College. Tradition had it that they were to offer the choice of lanes to Leander, who, by tradition, were supposed to refuse the offer, allowing New College to have their choice. However, the Leander/Magdalen captain accepted the offer, choosing the better lane.

At the medal ceremony, Sweden’s King Gustav V expressed his dismay over the ungentlemanly conduct by Leander/Magdalen, and presented his colors to New College. Since that time, New College Boat Club has raced in purple and gold, the colors of Sweden’s Royal House. New College has also adopted the tradition of toasting to “God damn bloody Magdalen,” which the 1912 New College stroke, Robert Bourne, supposedly said as the crossed the line in Stockholm in second pace. On the letterhead of the New College Boat Club, into the 21st century, can be found the abbreviaton “GDBM”.

PosNrBoatNOCR1QFSFFinal
1Leander ClubGBR6:22.2 (1 h5)6:10.2 (1 h3)6:16.2 (1 h2)6:15.7 (1)Gold
Edgar BurgessSidney SwannLeslie WormaldEwart HorsfallAngus GillanStanley GartonAlister KirbyPhilip FlemingHenry Wells
2New College, OxfordGBR6:42.5 (1 h4)6:19.0 (1 h1)7:22.4 (1 h1)6:19.2 (2)Silver
William FisonWilliam ParkerThomas GillespieBeaufort BurdekinFrederick PitmanArthur WigginsCharles LittlejohnRobert BourneJohn Walker
3Berliner Ruderverein von 1876GER6:32.0 (1 h3)6:22.2 (1 h2)6:18.6 (2 h2)Bronze
Otto LiebingMax BröskeMax VetterWilli BartholomaeFritz BartholomaeWerner DehnRudolf ReicheltHans MatthiaeKurt Runge
2 h1 r2/4Roddklubben af 1912SWE7:05.2 (1 h6)– (2 h1)
Gustaf BrunkmanPer MattsonSebastian TammTed WachtmeisterKonrad BrunkmanWilliam Bruhn-MöllerTure RosvallHerman DahlbäckLeo Wilkens
2 h2 r2/4Berliner Ruderclub Sport-BorussiaGER6:45.0 (1 h1)– (2 h2)
Carl EichhornLudwig WeinachtRichard FriesickeAndreas WegenerFritz EggebrechtHeinrich LandrockEgbert ReimsfeldGottfried GelfortOtto Charlet
2 h3 r2/4Sydney Rowing ClubANZ6:57.0 (1 h2)– (2 h3)
Jack RyrieSimon FraserHugh WardThomas ParkerHarry HauensteinSyd MiddletonHarry Ross-SodenRoger FitzhardingeRobert Waley
2 h1 r1/4Société Nautique de BayonneFRA– (2 h1)
Jean ArnéGabriel St. LaurentMarius LejeuneLouis LafiteJean ElichagarayJoseph CampotÉtienne LesbatsPierre AlvarezFrançois Elichagaray
2 h2 r1/4Göteborgs RoddklubbSWE– (2 h2)
Birger AmundinRagnar BergstedtGustaf BrobergSimeon EricssonIvar RybergAnders AlmqvistArvid SvendelLeif SörvikGillis Ahlberg
2 h3 r1/4Hungaria Evezős EgyletHUN– (2 h3)
István SzebenyArtúr BajánMiltiades MannoIstván JeneyLajos GráfMiklós SzebenyAntal SzebenyGyörgy SzebenyKálmán Vaskó
2 h4 r1/4Kristiania RoklubNOR– (2 h4)
Einar SommerfeldtThomas HøieHarald HerlofsonOlaf SolbergGustav HæhreHannibal FegthGunnar GrantzOtto KroghJohn Bjørnstad
2 h5 r1/4Toronto ArgonautsCAN– (2 h5)
Charles RiddyPhil BoydAlbert KentWilliam MurphyAlex SinclairBecher GaleRichard GregoryGeoffrey TaylorWinslow McCleary

Round One (17 July 1912)

Heat One (12:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Berliner Ruderclub Sport-BorussiaGER6:45.0Q OB
Carl EichhornLudwig WeinachtRichard FriesickeAndreas WegenerFritz EggebrechtHeinrich LandrockEgbert ReimsfeldGottfried GelfortOtto Charlet
2Société Nautique de BayonneFRA
Jean ArnéGabriel St. LaurentMarius LejeuneLouis LafiteJean ElichagarayJoseph CampotÉtienne LesbatsPierre AlvarezFrançois Elichagaray

Heat Two (12:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Sydney Rowing ClubANZ6:57.0Q
Jack RyrieSimon FraserHugh WardThomas ParkerHarry HauensteinSyd MiddletonHarry Ross-SodenRoger FitzhardingeRobert Waley
2Göteborgs RoddklubbSWE
Birger AmundinRagnar BergstedtGustaf BrobergSimeon EricssonIvar RybergAnders AlmqvistArvid SvendelLeif SörvikGillis Ahlberg

Heat Three (12:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Berliner RudervereinGER6:32.0Q OB
Otto LiebingMax BröskeMax VetterWilli BartholomaeFritz BartholomaeWerner DehnRudolf ReicheltHans MatthiaeKurt Runge
2Hungaria Evezős EgyletHUN
István SzebenyArtúr BajánMiltiades MannoIstván JeneyLajos GráfMiklós SzebenyAntal SzebenyGyörgy SzebenyKálmán Vaskó

Heat Four (13:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1New College, OxfordGBR6:42.5Q
William FisonWilliam ParkerThomas GillespieBeaufort BurdekinFrederick PitmanArthur WigginsCharles LittlejohnRobert BourneJohn Walker
2Kristiania RoklubNOR
Einar SommerfeldtThomas HøieHarald HerlofsonOlaf SolbergGustav HæhreHannibal FegthGunnar GrantzOtto KroghJohn Bjørnstad

Heat Five (13:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Leander ClubGBR6:22.2Q OB
Edgar BurgessSidney SwannLeslie WormaldEwart HorsfallAngus GillanStanley GartonAlister KirbyPhilip FlemingHenry Wells
2Toronto ArgonautsCAN
Charles RiddyPhil BoydAlbert KentWilliam MurphyAlex SinclairBecher GaleRichard GregoryGeoffrey TaylorWinslow McCleary

Heat Six (13:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Roddklubben af 1912SWE7:05.2Q
Gustaf BrunkmanPer MattsonSebastian TammTed WachtmeisterKonrad BrunkmanWilliam Bruhn-MöllerTure RosvallHerman DahlbäckLeo Wilkens

Quarter-Finals (18 July 1912)

Heat One (15:40)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1New College, OxfordGBR6:19.0Q OB
William FisonWilliam ParkerThomas GillespieBeaufort BurdekinFrederick PitmanArthur WigginsCharles LittlejohnRobert BourneJohn Walker
2Roddklubben af 1912SWE
Gustaf BrunkmanPer MattsonSebastian TammTed WachtmeisterKonrad BrunkmanWilliam Bruhn-MöllerTure RosvallHerman DahlbäckLeo Wilkens

Heat Two (16:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Berliner Ruderverein von 1876GER6:22.2Q
Otto LiebingMax BröskeMax VetterWilli BartholomaeFritz BartholomaeWerner DehnRudolf ReicheltHans MatthiaeKurt Runge
2Berliner Ruderclub Sport-BorussiaGER
Carl EichhornLudwig WeinachtRichard FriesickeAndreas WegenerFritz EggebrechtHeinrich LandrockEgbert ReimsfeldGottfried GelfortOtto Charlet

Heat Three (16:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Leander ClubGBR6:10.2Q OB
Edgar BurgessSidney SwannLeslie WormaldEwart HorsfallAngus GillanStanley GartonAlister KirbyPhilip FlemingHenry Wells
2Sydney Rowing ClubANZ
Jack RyrieSimon FraserHugh WardThomas ParkerHarry HauensteinSyd MiddletonHarry Ross-SodenRoger FitzhardingeRobert Waley

Semi-Finals (19 July 1912)

Heat One (11:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1New College, OxfordGBR7:22.4Q
William FisonWilliam ParkerThomas GillespieBeaufort BurdekinFrederick PitmanArthur WigginsCharles LittlejohnRobert BourneJohn Walker

Heat Two (12:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Leander ClubGBR6:16.2Q
Edgar BurgessSidney SwannLeslie WormaldEwart HorsfallAngus GillanStanley GartonAlister KirbyPhilip FlemingHenry Wells
2Berliner Ruderverein von 1876GER6:18.6
Otto LiebingMax BröskeMax VetterWilli BartholomaeFritz BartholomaeWerner DehnRudolf ReicheltHans MatthiaeKurt Runge

Final Round (19 July 1912 — 18:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Leander ClubGBR6:15.7
Edgar BurgessSidney SwannLeslie WormaldEwart HorsfallAngus GillanStanley GartonAlister KirbyPhilip FlemingHenry Wells
2New College, OxfordGBR6:19.2
William FisonWilliam ParkerThomas GillespieBeaufort BurdekinFrederick PitmanArthur WigginsCharles LittlejohnRobert BourneJohn Walker