| Event type

Double Sculls, Men

Date15 – 17 July 1924
LocationBassin d'Argenteuil, Paris
Participants10 from 5 countries
Olympic Record 7:09.0 / Jack Kelly, Sr. / Paul Costello USA / 29 August 1920

Belgium and Italy withdrew from the double sculls event prior to its start, leaving five nations to compete. The favorite was the United States, who had sent their 1920 Olympic Champions, Jack Kelly, Sr. and Paul Costello, to defend their crown. This duo dominated the opening round, earning the fastest time in the heats by 18 seconds. The final, for which every country except Hungary qualified, was more closely fought, and the French pair of Marc Detton and Jean-Pierre Stock actually led for the first 1,500 metres or so. The Americans eventually pulled away, however, and won by a comfortable margin of four seconds. The Swiss team, Rudolf Bosshard and Heini Thoma (the 1923 and 1924 European champions), edged out the Brazilians for the bronze medal, but were still ten lengths behind runner-up France. This would be Kelly’s last Olympics, but Costello would win the double sculls title a third time, in 1928, alongside Charley McIlvaine.

1United StatesUSA6:34.0 (1 h1)6:34.0 (1)Gold
Jack Kelly, Sr.Paul CostelloWilliam Hapgood (DNS)
2FranceFRA6:52.0 (2 h1)6:38.0 (2)Silver
Marc DettonJean-Pierre StockAlfred Plé (DNS)
3Rudolf Bosshard / Heini ThomaSUI6:55.0 (1 h2)at 10 lengths to 2nd (3)Bronze
4Edmundo Branco / Carlos BrancoBRA7:04.0 (2 h2)– (4)
3 h1 r1/2Ervin Mórich / Béla SzendeyHUN– (3 h1)
DNSE. Andena / Attilio MercantiITA

Round One (15 July 1924)

First two of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

1Jack Kelly, Sr. / Paul CostelloUSA6:34.0Q
2Marc Detton / Jean-Pierre StockFRA6:52.0Q
3Ervin Mórich / Béla SzendeyHUN

Heat Two

1Rudolf Bosshard / Heini ThomaSUI6:55.0Q
2Edmundo Branco / Carlos BrancoBRA7:04.0Q

Final Round (17 July 1924)

1Jack Kelly, Sr. / Paul CostelloUSA6:34.0OB
2Marc Detton / Jean-Pierre StockFRA6:38.0
3Rudolf Bosshard / Heini ThomaSUIat 10 lengths to 2nd
4Edmundo Branco / Carlos BrancoBRA