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Coxless Fours, Men

Date3 – 10 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationRingvaart, Sloten
Participants24 from 6 countries
Olympic Record 6:31.0 / Canada CAN / 14 July 1924

Great Britain had long been the international leader in the coxless fours and its crew for the event in Amsterdam, Richard Beesly, Edward Bevan, John Lander , and Michael Warriner, were considered strong favorites. The only other nation that came anywhere close to matching Britain’s prowess in the discipline, Canada, did not enter a team. In the opening round, however, the Britons had the second-slowest time (although they still won their heat) as they conserved their strength against a weak French crew. Meanwhile the Americans, Ernest Bayer, George Healis, Charles Karle, and Bill Miller, were at least four seconds faster than anyone else. In the quarterfinals, the Britons were barely able to stave off the Germans, while the Americans essentially had a walkover when France failed to show up for their race. In the semifinals, however, it was Great Britain that got to rest, while the Americans fought off the Italians who, by virtue of having no one left to compete against, earned a bronze medal. In the final the United States put forth a strong effort, but was unable to match the advantage of Great Britain’s strength reserve: the British crew defended their crown in the last stretch of the course, while the Americans settled for silver. The Italians, who had been 1927 European Champions with a different crew, would go on to defend that crown in 1929 and 1930 with their Olympic quartet.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepQFSFFinal
1Great BritainGBR7:44.2 (1 h3)6:42.4 (1 h1)6:50.4 (1 h2)6:36.0 (1)Gold
John LanderMichael WarrinerRichard BeeslyEdward BevanJames Beale (DNS)
2United StatesUSA7:16.8 (1 h2)7:12.6 (1 h2)6:29.4 (1 h1)6:37.0 (2)Silver
Charles KarleBill MillerGeorge HealisErnest BayerAnthony Smith (DNS)
3ItalyITA7:24.6 (1 h1)7:01.6 (1 h3)6:31.6 (2 h1)Bronze
Cesare RossiPietro FreschiUmberto BonadèPaolo Gennari
2 h1 r3/5GermanyGER7:21.0 (2 h2)7:21.4 (1 h1)6:42.4 (2 h1)
Heinrich ZänkerWolfgang GoedeckeGünther RollWerner Zschiesche
DNS h2 r3/5FranceFRA7:58.2 (2 h3)7:52.0 (1 h2)
Émile LecuirotLouis DevilliéAlbert BonzanoHenri BonzanoRobert Guelpa (DNS)André Pactat (DNS)
2 h1 r2/5NetherlandsNED7:35.8 (2 h1)7:30.2 (2 h1)
Simon BonEgbertus WallerAnsco DokkumPaul MaaslandRoelof Hommema (DNS)Otto Lohmann (DNS)

Round One (3 August 1928)

Winner of each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1ItalyITA7:24.6Q
Cesare RossiPietro FreschiUmberto BonadèPaolo Gennari
2NetherlandsNED7:35.8
Simon BonEgbertus WallerAnsco DokkumPaul Maasland

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1United StatesUSA7:16.8Q
Ernest BayerGeorge HealisBill MillerCharles Karle
2GermanyGER7:21.0
Heinrich ZänkerWolfgang GoedeckeGünther RollWerner Zschiesche

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR7:44.2Q
John LanderMichael WarrinerRichard BeeslyEdward Bevan
2FranceFRA7:58.2
Émile LecuirotLouis DevilliéAlbert BonzanoHenri Bonzano

Round One Repêchage (4 August 1928)

Winner of each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1GermanyGER7:21.4Q
Heinrich ZänkerWolfgang GoedeckeGünther RollWerner Zschiesche
2NetherlandsNED7:30.2
Simon BonEgbertus WallerAnsco DokkumPaul Maasland

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FranceFRA7:52.0Q
Émile LecuirotLouis DevilliéAlbert BonzanoHenri Bonzano

Quarter-Finals (6 August 1928)

Winner of each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR6:42.4Q OB
John LanderMichael WarrinerRichard BeeslyEdward Bevan
2GermanyGER6:42.4
Heinrich ZänkerWolfgang GoedeckeGünther RollWerner Zschiesche

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1United StatesUSA7:12.6Q
Ernest BayerGeorge HealisBill MillerCharles Karle

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1ItalyITA7:01.6Q
Cesare RossiPietro FreschiUmberto BonadèPaolo Gennari

Semi-Finals (8 August 1928)

Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1United StatesUSA6:29.4Q OB
Ernest BayerGeorge HealisBill MillerCharles Karle
2ItalyITA6:31.6
Cesare RossiPietro FreschiUmberto BonadèPaolo Gennari

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR6:50.4Q
John LanderMichael WarrinerRichard BeeslyEdward Bevan

Final Round (10 August 1928)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Great BritainGBR6:36.0
John LanderMichael WarrinerRichard BeeslyEdward Bevan
2United StatesUSA6:37.0
Ernest BayerGeorge HealisBill MillerCharles Karle