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Coxed Pairs, Men1

Date20 – 23 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationMeilahti, Helsinki
Participants45 from 15 countries

The Italian trio of Giuseppe Ramani, Aldo Tarlao (a 1948 Olympic silver medalist), and Luciano Marion had won the last three European Championships in the coxed pairs and, in the absence of many other metrics, were considered the favorites to win the event at the 1952 Games. Their greatest challengers were the Swiss, whose trio of Walter Lüchinger, Alex Siebenhaar, and Walter Ludin, were runners-up in the last two European Championships. Other more distant threats were Belgium’s Hippolyte Mattelé and Eugeen Jacobs, part of the 1949 and 1950 European bronze medal-winning crews, who brought Kamiel Van Dooren with them to Helsinki, and Denmark’s Svend Pedersen, Poul Svendsen, and Jørgen Frantzen, who represented a recent strong national tradition in this event.

Switzerland’s failure to advance beyond the opening round was a surprise, almost as much as the strength of France, Germany, and the United States who, along with Italy, were the winners of the four heats. The Americans and the Belgians were eliminated in the semi-finals, with France’s trio of Raymond Salles, Gaston Mercier, and Bernard Malivoire posting the fastest time. They repeated this feat in the final, earning a gold medal and Malivoire the distinction, at age 14, of being the youngest gold medalist at the Games. Germany’s trio of Heinz Manchen, Helmut Heinhold, and Helmut Noll earned a surprise silver, while Denmark settled for bronze and Italy missed the podium entirely.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepSFSemi-Finals RepêchageFinal
1FranceFRA7:57.7 (1 h2)8:07.5 (1 h1)8:28.6 (1)Gold
Raymond SallesGaston MercierBernard Malivoir
2Unified Team of GermanyGER8:02.3 (1 h1)8:12.9 (2 h1)7:54.7 (1 h1)8:32.1 (2)Silver
Heinz ManchenHelmut HeinholdHelmut Noll
3DenmarkDEN8:02.7 (2 h4)8:18.7 (3 h1)7:51.2 (1 h3)8:34.9 (3)Bronze
Svend PedersenPoul SvendsenJørgen Frantzen
4ItalyITA7:59.9 (1 h4)8:07.6 (1 h2)8:38.4 (4)
Giuseppe RamaniAldo TarlaoLuciano Marion
5FinlandFIN8:06.6 (3 h1)7:55.0 (1 h1)8:01.8 (1 h2)8:40.8 (5)
Veijo MikkolainenToimi PitkänenErkki Lyijynen
2 h1 r4/5United StatesUSA8:02.1 (1 h3)8:13.0 (4 h2)7:55.5 (2 h1)
Jim FiferDuvall HechtJames Beggs
2 h2 r4/5BelgiumBEL8:05.3 (2 h1)8:11.4 (2 h2)8:03.7 (2 h2)
Hippolyte MatteléEugeen JacobsKamiel Van Dooren
2 h3 r4/5PolandPOL7:59.8 (2 h2)8:12.1 (3 h2)8:00.9 (2 h3)
Czesław LorencRomuald ThomasZdzisław Michalski
3 h1 r4/5Soviet UnionURS8:05.0 (3 h4)8:03.0 (1 h2)8:08.4 (3 h1)
Yevgeny MorozovViktor ShevchenkoMikhail Prudnikov
3 h2 r4/5HungaryHUN8:04.1 (2 h3)8:43.7 (4 h1)8:16.6 (3 h2)
László HalászJózsef SátoriRóbert Zimonyi
2 h1 r2/5SwitzerlandSUI8:16.4 (3 h2)7:56.8 (2 h1)
Walter LüchingerAlex SiebenhaarWalter Ludin
2 h2 r2/5SwedenSWE8:07.6 (3 h3)8:03.8 (2 h2)
Ove NilssonIngemar SvenssonLars-Erik Larsson
3 h1 r2/5GreeceGRE8:24.1 (4 h4)8:12.9 (3 h1)
Iraklis KlangasNikos NikolaouGrigorios Emmanouil
3 h2 r2/5BrazilBRA8:19.0 (4 h1)8:05.5 (3 h2)
ChiquitoHarry MoséJoão Maio
4 h1 r2/5EgyptEGY8:29.3 (4 h3)8:21.4 (4 h1)
Mohamed AnwarAli Tawfik YoussifAlbert Mankabadi

Round One2 (20 July 1952)

Winner and runner-up in each heat advanced to semi-finals. All others advanced to repêchage.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Unified Team of GermanyGER8:02.3Q
Heinz ManchenHelmut HeinholdHelmut Noll
2BelgiumBEL8:05.3Q
Hippolyte MatteléEugeen JacobsKamiel Van Dooren
3FinlandFIN8:06.6
Veijo MikkolainenToimi PitkänenErkki Lyijynen
4BrazilBRA8:19.0
ChiquitoHarry MoséJoão Maio

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FranceFRA7:57.7Q
Raymond SallesGaston MercierBernard Malivoir
2PolandPOL7:59.8Q
Czesław LorencRomuald ThomasZdzisław Michalski
3SwitzerlandSUI8:16.4
Walter LüchingerAlex SiebenhaarWalter Ludin

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1United StatesUSA8:02.1Q
Jim FiferDuvall HechtJames Beggs
2HungaryHUN8:04.1Q
László HalászJózsef SátoriRóbert Zimonyi
3SwedenSWE8:07.6
Ove NilssonIngemar SvenssonLars-Erik Larsson
4EgyptEGY8:29.3
Mohamed AnwarAli Tawfik YoussifAlbert Mankabadi

Heat Four

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1ItalyITA7:59.9Q
Giuseppe RamaniAldo TarlaoLuciano Marion
2DenmarkDEN8:02.7Q
Svend PedersenPoul SvendsenJørgen Frantzen
3Soviet UnionURS8:05.0
Yevgeny MorozovViktor ShevchenkoMikhail Prudnikov
4GreeceGRE8:24.1
Iraklis KlangasNikos NikolaouGrigorios Emmanouil

Round One Repêchage3 (21 July 1952 — 9:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to semi-final repêchage.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FinlandFIN7:55.0Q
Veijo MikkolainenToimi PitkänenErkki Lyijynen
2SwitzerlandSUI7:56.8
Walter LüchingerAlex SiebenhaarWalter Ludin
3GreeceGRE8:12.9
Iraklis KlangasNikos NikolaouGrigorios Emmanouil
4EgyptEGY8:21.4
Mohamed AnwarAli Tawfik YoussifAlbert Mankabadi

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Soviet UnionURS8:03.0Q
Yevgeny MorozovViktor ShevchenkoMikhail Prudnikov
2SwedenSWE8:03.8
Ove NilssonIngemar SvenssonLars-Erik Larsson
3BrazilBRA8:05.5
ChiquitoHarry MoséJoão Maio

Semi-Finals4 (21 July 1952 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to final. All others advanced to semi-final repêchage.

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FranceFRA8:07.5Q
Raymond SallesGaston MercierBernard Malivoir
2Unified Team of GermanyGER8:12.9
Heinz ManchenHelmut HeinholdHelmut Noll
3DenmarkDEN8:18.7
Svend PedersenPoul SvendsenJørgen Frantzen
4HungaryHUN8:43.7
László HalászJózsef SátoriRóbert Zimonyi

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1ItalyITA8:07.6Q
Giuseppe RamaniAldo TarlaoLuciano Marion
2BelgiumBEL8:11.4
Hippolyte MatteléEugeen JacobsKamiel Van Dooren
3PolandPOL8:12.1
Czesław LorencRomuald ThomasZdzisław Michalski
4United StatesUSA8:13.0
Jim FiferDuvall HechtJames Beggs

Semi-Finals Repêchage5 (22 July 1952 — 9:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to final

Heat One

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1Unified Team of GermanyGER7:54.7Q
Heinz ManchenHelmut HeinholdHelmut Noll
2United StatesUSA7:55.5
Jim FiferDuvall HechtJames Beggs
3Soviet UnionURS8:08.4
Yevgeny MorozovViktor ShevchenkoMikhail Prudnikov

Heat Two

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FinlandFIN8:01.8Q
Veijo MikkolainenToimi PitkänenErkki Lyijynen
2BelgiumBEL8:03.7
Hippolyte MatteléEugeen JacobsKamiel Van Dooren
3HungaryHUN8:16.6
László HalászJózsef SátoriRóbert Zimonyi

Heat Three

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1DenmarkDEN7:51.2Q
Svend PedersenPoul SvendsenJørgen Frantzen
2PolandPOL8:00.9
Czesław LorencRomuald ThomasZdzisław Michalski

Final Round6 (23 July 1952 — 17:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime
1FranceFRA8:28.6
Raymond SallesGaston MercierBernard Malivoir
2Unified Team of GermanyGER8:32.1
Heinz ManchenHelmut HeinholdHelmut Noll
3DenmarkDEN8:34.9
Svend PedersenPoul SvendsenJørgen Frantzen
4ItalyITA8:38.4
Giuseppe RamaniAldo TarlaoLuciano Marion
5FinlandFIN8:40.8
Veijo MikkolainenToimi PitkänenErkki Lyijynen