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Coxless Pairs, Men

Date2 – 10 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationRingvaart, Sloten
Participants16 from 8 countries
Olympic Record 8:19.4 / Teun Beijnen / Willy Rösingh NED / 17 July 1924

Having won the 1927 Henley Royal Regatta’s Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup, Great Britain’s Terence O’Brien and Archie Nisbet were somewhat favored to win the coxless pairs event in Amsterdam, but the field was otherwise wide open. The British duo were at least 10 seconds faster than every other nation in the opening round, with the exception of Alois Reinhard (half of the 1924-1926 European Championship-winning crew) and Willy Müller of Switzerland, who lost their heat against the Britons by two seconds. In the quarterfinals, however, O’Brien and Nisbet were dealt a surprising defeat by Americans John Schmitt and Paul McDowell, although they advanced to the semifinals by virtue of having the fastest time of the three losers. The Britons then overcame Romeo Sisti and Nino Bolzoni of Italy (later 1929 European Champions) to meet Germany’s Bruno Müller and Kurt Moeschter in the final, where they lost by 2.4 seconds and settled for a silver medal. In the third place race, the Americans vanquished the Italians to take home bronze.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepQFSFFinal
1Bruno Müller / Kurt MoeschterGER8:14.2 (1 h1)7:19.4 (1 h3)7:08.2 (1 h1)7:06.4 (1 h1)Gold
2Terence O'Brien / Archie NisbetGBR7:56.2 (1 h3)7:14.2 (2 h2)7:08.6 (1 h2)7:08.8 (2 h1)Silver
3Paul McDowell / John SchmittUSA8:06.4 (1 h2)7:12.0 (1 h2)7:15.6 (2 h1)7:20.4 (1 h2)Bronze
4Romeo Sisti / Nino BolzoniITA8:12.2 (1 h4)7:21.4 (1 h1)7:16.8 (2 h2)7:24.4 (2 h2)
2 h1 r3/5SwitzerlandSUI7:58.4 (2 h3)8:17.8 (1 h1)7:29.2 (2 h1)
Alois ReinhardWilly MüllerG. Schnieper (DNS)
2 h3 r3/5Carel van Wankum / Hein van SuylekomNED8:30.0 (2 h4)8:18.4 (1 h2)7:30.2 (2 h3)
2 h1 r2/5FranceFRA8:31.0 (2 h1)9:01.8 (2 h1)
André PactatRobert GuelpaAlbert Bonzano (DNS)
2 h2 r2/5Philippe Van Volckxsom / Carlos Van den DriesscheBEL8:15.0 (2 h2)8:36.4 (2 h2)
DNSArgentinaARG
Irving BondGuillermo DiddenLeonel Sutton

Round One (2 August 1928)

Winner of each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Bruno Müller / Kurt MoeschterGER8:14.2Q OB
2André Pactat / Robert GuelpaFRA8:31.0

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1John Schmitt / Paul McDowellUSA8:06.4Q OB
2Philippe Van Volckxsom / Carlos Van den DriesscheBEL8:15.0

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Terence O'Brien / Archie NisbetGBR7:56.2Q OB
2Alois Reinhard / Willy MüllerSUI7:58.4

Heat Four

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Romeo Sisti / Nino BolzoniITA8:12.2Q
2Carel van Wankum / Hein van SuylekomNED8:30.0

Round One Repêchage (4 August 1928)

Winner of each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Alois Reinhard / Willy MüllerSUI8:17.8Q
2André Pactat / Robert GuelpaFRA9:01.8

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Carel van Wankum / Hein van SuylekomNED8:18.4Q
2Philippe Van Volckxsom / Carlos Van den DriesscheBEL8:36.4

Quarter-Finals (6 August 1928 — 10:40)

Winner of each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Romeo Sisti / Nino BolzoniITA7:21.4Q OB
2Alois Reinhard / Willy MüllerSUI7:29.2

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1John Schmitt / Paul McDowellUSA7:12.0Q OB
2Terence O'Brien / Archie NisbetGBR7:14.2q

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Bruno Müller / Kurt MoeschterGER7:19.4Q
2Carel van Wankum / Hein van SuylekomNED7:30.2

Semi-Finals (8 August 1928)

Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Bruno Müller / Kurt MoeschterGER7:08.2Q OB
2John Schmitt / Paul McDowellUSA7:15.6

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Terence O'Brien / Archie NisbetGBR7:08.6Q
2Romeo Sisti / Nino BolzoniITA7:16.8

Final Round (10 August 1928)

A Final

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Bruno Müller / Kurt MoeschterGER7:06.4OB
2Terence O'Brien / Archie NisbetGBR7:08.8

B Final

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1John Schmitt / Paul McDowellUSA7:20.4
2Romeo Sisti / Nino BolzoniITA7:24.4