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Single Sculls, Men

Date14 – 17 July 1924
LocationBassin d'Argenteuil, Paris
Participants8 from 8 countries

The favourite in the single sculls in Paris was definitely Jack Beresford, Jr. of Great Britain, the runner-up in the event at the 1920 Summer Olympics and winner of the Diamond Sculls, then equivalent to a World Championship, in 1920 and 1924. In the opening round, however, he was handily defeated by Garrett Gilmore of the United States, who advanced to the final alongside Switzerland’s Josef Schneider and Australia’s Ted Bull. Gilmore was perhaps the best single sculler North America had to offer, having won numerous national and international titles since his debut in 1919, and his position was strengthened when the only other North American in the event, Arthur Belyea of Canada, contracted neuritis in his hip prior to the Games. Schneider, meanwhile, was European champion in the event in 1924 and 1926.

Beresford easily bested Constant Pieterse of the Netherlands and France’s Marc Detton in the repêchage, however, to earn the fourth spot in the final. At the beginning, the race could have gone to either Gilmore or Beresford, but the latter pulled ahead quickly and, by the 1,000 metre mark, was untouchable. Beresford finished nearly five seconds ahead of Gilmore to win the gold, while the American settled for silver and Schneider came in third, after Bull dropped out 300 metres before the finish.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepFinal
1Jack BeresfordGBR7:07.4 (2 h3)8:00.5 (1 h1)7:49.2 (1)Gold
2Garrett GilmoreUSA7:03.2 (1 h3)7:54.0 (2)Silver
3Josef SchneiderSUI7:15.6 (1 h2)8:01.1 (3)Bronze
AC r3/3Ted BullAUS7:19.0 (1 h1)– (DNF)
2 h1 r2/3Constant PieterseNED7:17.8 (2 h2)8:09.4 (2 h1)
AC h1 r2/3Marc DettonFRA7:19.2 (2 h1)– (DNF h1)
3 h1 r1/3Andrzej Osiecimski-CzapskiPOL– (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3Arthur BelyeaCANat 1 length to 2nd (3 h2)
DNSP. GrobertFRA
DNSPaul RobineauFRA
DNSBéla SzendeyHUN
DNSV. ColomboITA
DNSStefan WróbelPOL
DNSRudolf BosshardSUI
DNSGustav ZinkeTCH
DNSPaul CostelloUSA

Round One (14 July 1924)

Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

1Ted BullAUS7:19.0Q OB
2Marc DettonFRA7:19.2
3Andrzej Osiecimski-CzapskiPOL

Heat Two

1Josef SchneiderSUI7:15.6Q OB
2Constant PieterseNED7:17.8
3Arthur BelyeaCANat 1 length to 2nd

Heat Three

1Garrett GilmoreUSA7:03.2Q OB
2Jack BeresfordGBR7:07.4

Round One Repêchage (14 July 1924)

Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

1Jack BeresfordGBR8:00.5Q
2Constant PieterseNED8:09.4
DNFMarc DettonFRA1

Final Round (17 July 1924)

1Jack BeresfordGBR7:49.2
2Garrett GilmoreUSA7:54.0
3Josef SchneiderSUI8:01.1