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Coxless Fours, Men

Date14 – 17 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationBassin d'Argenteuil, Paris
Participants16 from 4 countries

The British quartet of Maxwell Eley, James Macnabb, Robert Morrison, and Terence Sanders were undefeated in the coxless fours since their 1922 victory in the Stewards’ Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, then the equivalent of a World Championship in the event. Entering London, they were coming off their third of four consecutive victories in the event and were the overwhelming favorites in Paris. In the opening round, however, the best times actually went to the Canadians and the Swiss, although they were in a different heat than the Britons, who were able to conserve their energy in an easy race against France. As there were only four entrants, every nation competed in the final, which Britain led the entire way. The Canadians came close to catching the Britons at the midway point, but the latter was able to win the gold medal with a comfortable margin of almost 4.5 seconds. Canada took home silver and Switzerland, four lengths behind, earned bronze. With mostly different crew members, Switzerland would go on to win the inaugural European championships in the event in 1925 and 1926.

PosNrBoatNOCR1Final
1Great BritainGBR6:43.0 (1 h1)7:08.6 (1)Gold
Maxwell EleyJames MacnabbRobert MorrisonTerence Sanders
2CanadaCAN6:31.0 (1 h2)7:13.0 (2)Silver
Colin FinlaysonArchie BlackGeorge MacKayBill Wood
3SwitzerlandSUI6:38.2 (2 h2)at 4 lengths to 2nd (3)Bronze
Émile AlbrechtAlfred ProbstEugen SiggHans Walter
4FranceFRA7:01.8 (2 h1)at 2 lengths to 3rd (4)
Théo CremnitzJean CamusetHenri BonzanoAlbert BonzanoJacques Demaré (DNS)

Round One (14 July 1924)

First two of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR6:43.0Q OB
Maxwell EleyJames MacnabbRobert MorrisonTerence Sanders
2FranceFRA7:01.8Q
Théo CremnitzJean CamusetHenri BonzanoAlbert Bonzano

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1CanadaCAN6:31.0Q OB
Colin FinlaysonArchie BlackGeorge MacKayBill Wood
2SwitzerlandSUI6:38.2Q
Émile AlbrechtAlfred ProbstEugen SiggHans Walter

Final Round (17 July 1924)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR7:08.6OB
Maxwell EleyJames MacnabbRobert MorrisonTerence Sanders
2CanadaCAN7:13.0
Colin FinlaysonArchie BlackGeorge MacKayBill Wood
3SwitzerlandSUIat 4 lengths to 2nd
Émile AlbrechtAlfred ProbstEugen SiggHans Walter
4FranceFRAat 2 lengths to 3rd
Théo CremnitzJean CamusetHenri BonzanoAlbert Bonzano