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Coxed Fours, Men

Date10 – 13 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationLong Beach Marine Stadium, Long Beach, California
Participants35 from 7 countries

Switzerland, traditionally strong in the coxed fours, did not send a team to compete in Los Angeles, leaving the last edition’s gold medalists (and the European Champions every year from 1925 through 1934, except 1930), the Italians, as the favorites for the event at the 1932 Games. In the opening round, however, it was the Polish team who had the fastest time, facing stiffer competition in their heat against the Americans than the Italians had with the Germans. It was Germany, however, who, along with New Zealand, would escape the repêchage, while the United States was eliminated. The final was a close race between Germany and Italy, but the Germans managed to take the lead right at the end and claim victory by a mere 0.2 seconds, leaving Italy with silver. Poland, meanwhile, finished comfortably ahead of New Zealand to claim bronze.

Gold medalist Horst Hoeck died in 1969. In 2015 his gold medal from this race was found inside a safe in a German day-care center. Hoeck had lived in that buliding from 1945-49, well before it was used for day-care.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepFinal
1GermanyGER7:09.2 (2 h1)7:38.8 (2 h1)7:19.0 (1)Gold
Hans EllerHorst HoeckWalter MeyerJoachim SprembergCarlheinz Neumann
2ItalyITA7:06.0 (1 h1)7:19.2 (2)Silver
Bruno VattovazGiovanni PlazzerRiccardo DivoraBruno ParovelGiovanni Scher
3PolandPOL7:04.2 (1 h2)7:26.8 (3)Bronze
Jerzy BraunJanusz ŚlązakStanisław UrbanEdward KobylińskiJerzy Skolimowski
4New ZealandNZL7:19.6 (3 h1)7:38.2 (1 h1)7:32.4 (4)
Noel PopeSomers CoxCharley SaundersJohn SolomonDelmont Gullery
3 h1 r2/3United StatesUSA7:06.6 (2 h2)7:41.6 (3 h1)
Francis EnglishHarry GrossmillerCharles DruedingEdward MarshallThomas Mack, Jr.Ed Jennings (DNS)Emanuel McGreal (DNS)Alfred Vogt (DNS)
4 h1 r2/3JapanJPN7:16.8 (3 h2)7:47.0 (4 h1)
Rokuro TakahashiNorio BanUmetaro ShibataDaikichi SuzukiShokichi NanbaYoshio Kamoshita (DNS)Shiro Kono (DNS)Matayoshi Murayama (DNS)Mitsuo Saito (DNS)
3 h1 r1/3BrazilBRA7:29.4 (4 h1)
Osório PereiraOlivério PopovitchDurval LimaJoão Francisco de CastroAmérico FernandesFrancisco Bricio (DNS)Cláudionor Provenzano (DNS)

Round One (10 August 1932 — 15:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1ItalyITA7:06.0Q
Bruno ParovelRiccardo DivoraGiovanni PlazzerBruno VattovazGiovanni Scher
2GermanyGER7:09.2
Joachim SprembergWalter MeyerHorst HoeckHans EllerCarlheinz Neumann
3New ZealandNZL7:19.6
John SolomonCharley SaundersSomers CoxNoel PopeDelmont Gullery
4BrazilBRA7:29.4
João Francisco de CastroDurval LimaOlivério PopovitchOsório PereiraAmérico Fernandes

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1PolandPOL7:04.2Q
Edward KobylińskiStanisław UrbanJanusz ŚlązakJerzy BraunJerzy Skolimowski
2United StatesUSA7:06.6
Edward MarshallCharles DruedingHarry GrossmillerFrancis EnglishThomas Mack, Jr.
3JapanJPN7:16.8
Daikichi SuzukiUmetaro ShibataNorio BanRokuro TakahashiShokichi Nanba

Round One Repêchage (11 August 1932)

Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1New ZealandNZL7:38.2Q
John SolomonCharley SaundersSomers CoxNoel PopeDelmont Gullery
2GermanyGER7:38.8Q
Joachim SprembergWalter MeyerHorst HoeckHans EllerCarlheinz Neumann
3United StatesUSA7:41.6
Edward MarshallCharles DruedingHarry GrossmillerFrancis EnglishThomas Mack, Jr.
4JapanJPN7:47.0
Daikichi SuzukiUmetaro ShibataNorio BanRokuro TakahashiShokichi Nanba

Final Round (13 August 1932 — 15:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1GermanyGER7:19.0
Joachim SprembergWalter MeyerHorst HoeckHans EllerCarlheinz Neumann
2ItalyITA7:19.2
Bruno ParovelRiccardo DivoraGiovanni PlazzerBruno VattovazGiovanni Scher
3PolandPOL7:26.8
Edward KobylińskiStanisław UrbanJanusz ŚlązakJerzy BraunJerzy Skolimowski
4New ZealandNZL7:32.4
John SolomonCharley SaundersSomers CoxNoel PopeDelmont Gullery