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Coxless Pairs, Men

Date9 – 16 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi
Participants29 from 14 countries

Picking a favorite for the men’s coxless pairs event at the 2008 Summer Olympics may not have been easy, but it was probably a safe bet to predict that the winner would come from the Anglophone world. Australia’s Drew Ginn and Duncan Free, the 2006 and 2007 World Champions, probably had a slight advantage, as Ginn was also one of the defending Olympic champions. Also in contention were New Zealand’s Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater, the 2005 World Champions and 2006 and 2007 runners-up, and South Africa’s Shaun Keeling and Ramon di Clemente, the 2008 winners of the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. Di Clemente had, with Donnie Cech, also been the 2002 and 2005 World runner-up, the 2001 and 2003 bronze medalist, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, and the 2004, 2005, and 2007 winner of the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup. Great Britain had won the 2006 Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup and a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships, and sent Robin Bourne-Taylor and Tom Solesbury to the 2008 Games. Finally, Canada was the reigning Pan American champion and the 2006 World bronze medalist, and was represented in Beijing by Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen. The only exception to the recent English-speaking dominance of this event was Croatia, whose brothers Siniša and Nikša Skelin were the reigning Olympic silver medalists.

The Australians posted the fastest time in the opening round, but were only half a second ahead of New Zealand, another heat winner. Meanwhile, both the French duo of Erwan Peron and Laurent Cadot and the Italian pair of Giuseppe De Vita and Raffaello Leonardo bested the Canadians in their heat. With different lineups, Italy had been the 2005 World and 2007 European bronze medalists. Canada turned the tables in the semi-finals, however, by recording the fastest time of the round, while the Australians won their heat only 0.27 seconds slower. France, Croatia, and Italy were all eliminated in this round and joined Great Britain, who had failed to advance in the repêchage. The qualification of the American Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron (who helped found ConnectU, the forerunner of Facebook), meant that only one non-English speaking crew, the Germans Tom Lehmann and Felix Drahotta, would compete in the medal round. The final, however, was somewhat anti-climactic, and Australia, Canada, and New Zealand finished in that order with room to breathe.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepSemi-Finals A/BFinal
1Drew Ginn / Duncan FreeAUS6:41.15 (1 h2)6:34.29 (1 h2)6:37.44 (1 h1)Gold
2Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:54.88 (3 h1)6:34.02 (1 h1)6:39.55 (2 h1)Silver
3Nathan Twaddle / George BridgewaterNZL6:41.65 (1 h3)6:36.05 (2 h1)6:44.19 (3 h1)Bronze
4Tom Lehmann / Felix DrahottaGER6:48.60 (3 h2)6:37.26 (3 h2)6:47.40 (4 h1)
5Shaun Keeling / Ramon di ClementeRSA6:45.26 (2 h2)6:37.18 (3 h1)6:47.83 (5 h1)
6Tyler Winklevoss / Cameron WinklevossUSA7:13.64 (5 h1)6:36.87 (1 h1)6:36.65 (2 h2)7:05.58 (6 h1)
7Goran Jagar / Nikola StojićSRB6:46.71 (2 h3)6:38.96 (4 h2)6:49.12 (1 h2)
8Jakub Makovička / Václav Chalupa, Jr.CZE6:52.50 (3 h3)6:37.88 (4 h1)6:52.57 (2 h2)
9Erwan Peron / Laurent CadotFRA6:46.57 (1 h1)6:44.29 (5 h1)6:54.40 (3 h2)
10Morten Nielsen / Thomas LarsenDEN7:17.43 (5 h2)6:38.33 (3 h1)6:48.65 (6 h2)6:55.37 (4 h2)
11ItalyITA6:51.01 (2 h1)6:47.30 (5 h2)7:04.91 (5 h2)
Dario DentaleRaffaello LeonardoGiuseppe De Vita
12Siniša Skelin / Nikša SkelinCRO7:16.35 (4 h3)6:38.30 (2 h1)7:14.50 (6 h1)7:11.19 (6 h2)
13Robin Bourne-Taylor / Tom SolesburyGBR6:59.48 (4 h2)6:41.43 (4 h1)6:46.83 (1 h3)
14Piotr Hojka / Jarosław GodekPOL7:01.90 (4 h1)6:44.19 (5 h1)6:53.68 (2 h3)

Round One (9 August 2008)

Top three in each heat advanced to semi-final; all others to repêchage.

Heat One (16:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Erwan Peron / Laurent CadotFRA6:46.571:37.81 (2)
1:41.94 (3)
3:19.75 (2)
1:43.74 (1)
5:03.49 (2)
1:43.08 (1)
Q
2Giuseppe De Vita / Raffaello LeonardoITA6:51.011:38.54 (4)
1:41.77 (2)
3:20.31 (3)
1:44.17 (2)
5:04.48 (3)
1:46.53 (2)
Q
3Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:54.881:37.55 (1)
1:41.20 (1)
3:18.75 (1)
1:44.38 (3)
5:03.13 (1)
1:51.75 (4)
Q
4Piotr Hojka / Jarosław GodekPOL7:01.901:38.26 (3)
1:45.05 (4)
3:23.31 (4)
1:46.94 (4)
5:10.25 (4)
1:51.65 (3)
5Tyler Winklevoss / Cameron WinklevossUSA7:13.641:41.58 (5)
1:46.41 (5)
3:27.99 (5)
1:47.22 (5)
5:15.21 (5)
1:58.43 (5)

Heat Two (16:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Drew Ginn / Duncan FreeAUS6:41.151:35.19 (2)
1:39.49 (1)
3:14.68 (1)
1:41.82 (1)
4:56.50 (1)
1:44.65 (2)
Q
2Shaun Keeling / Ramon di ClementeRSA6:45.261:34.95 (1)
1:41.62 (2)
3:16.57 (2)
1:44.01 (2)
5:00.58 (2)
1:44.68 (3)
Q
3Tom Lehmann / Felix DrahottaGER6:48.601:38.01 (3)
1:42.98 (3)
3:20.99 (3)
1:46.18 (4)
5:07.17 (3)
1:41.43 (1)
Q
4Robin Bourne-Taylor / Tom SolesburyGBR6:59.481:38.50 (4)
1:43.56 (4)
3:22.06 (4)
1:45.44 (3)
5:07.50 (4)
1:51.98 (4)
5Morten Nielsen / Thomas LarsenDEN7:17.431:39.72 (5)
1:45.84 (5)
3:25.56 (5)
1:53.60 (5)
5:19.16 (5)
1:58.27 (5)

Heat Three (16:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Nathan Twaddle / George BridgewaterNZL6:41.651:37.96 (2)
1:40.17 (1)
3:18.13 (1)
1:39.80 (1)
4:57.93 (1)
1:43.72 (1)
Q
2Goran Jagar / Nikola StojićSRB6:46.711:37.72 (1)
1:41.26 (2)
3:18.98 (2)
1:41.76 (2)
5:00.74 (2)
1:45.97 (2)
Q
3Jakub Makovička / Václav Chalupa, Jr.CZE6:52.501:38.25 (3)
1:41.56 (3)
3:19.81 (3)
1:44.38 (3)
5:04.19 (3)
1:48.31 (3)
Q
4Siniša Skelin / Nikša SkelinCRO7:16.351:39.99 (4)
1:45.83 (4)
3:25.82 (4)
1:53.67 (4)
5:19.49 (4)
1:56.86 (4)

Round One Repêchage (11 August 2008)

Top three to semi-finals A/B.

Heat One (16:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Tyler Winklevoss / Cameron WinklevossUSA6:36.871:36.86 (5)
1:41.27 (1)
3:18.13 (3)
1:40.14 (1)
4:58.27 (3)
1:38.60 (1)
Q
2Siniša Skelin / Nikša SkelinCRO6:38.301:35.06 (1)
1:41.50 (2)
3:16.56 (1)
1:41.15 (3)
4:57.71 (2)
1:40.59 (2)
Q
3Morten Nielsen / Thomas LarsenDEN6:38.331:35.38 (2)
1:41.84 (3)
3:17.22 (2)
1:40.24 (2)
4:57.46 (1)
1:40.87 (3)
Q
4Robin Bourne-Taylor / Tom SolesburyGBR6:41.431:35.71 (3)
1:42.99 (5)
3:18.70 (5)
1:41.55 (4)
5:00.25 (4)
1:41.18 (4)
5Piotr Hojka / Jarosław GodekPOL6:44.191:36.05 (4)
1:42.34 (4)
3:18.39 (4)
1:42.15 (5)
5:00.54 (5)
1:43.65 (5)

Semi-Finals A/B (13 August 2008)

Top three in each heat to A Final.

Heat One (16:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:34.021:34.54 (1)
1:37.85 (1)
3:12.39 (1)
1:39.98 (4)
4:52.37 (1)
1:41.65 (4)
Q
2Nathan Twaddle / George BridgewaterNZL6:36.051:36.90 (4)
1:41.22 (3)
3:18.12 (3)
1:39.17 (1)
4:57.29 (3)
1:38.76 (1)
Q
3Shaun Keeling / Ramon di ClementeRSA6:37.181:37.14 (5)
1:41.41 (4)
3:18.55 (4)
1:39.44 (2)
4:57.99 (4)
1:39.19 (2)
Q
4Jakub Makovička / Václav Chalupa, Jr.CZE6:37.881:36.54 (2)
1:40.55 (2)
3:17.09 (2)
1:39.93 (3)
4:57.02 (2)
1:40.86 (3)
5Erwan Peron / Laurent CadotFRA6:44.291:36.69 (3)
1:42.13 (5)
3:18.82 (5)
1:41.82 (5)
5:00.64 (5)
1:43.65 (5)
6Siniša Skelin / Nikša SkelinCRO7:14.501:38.54 (6)
1:42.78 (6)
3:21.32 (6)
1:50.40 (6)
5:11.72 (6)
2:02.78 (6)

Heat Two (16:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Drew Ginn / Duncan FreeAUS6:34.291:34.15 (1)
1:38.97 (1)
3:13.12 (1)
1:39.82 (1)
4:52.94 (1)
1:41.35 (4)
Q
2Tyler Winklevoss / Cameron WinklevossUSA6:36.651:38.22 (5)
1:42.34 (4)
3:20.56 (5)
1:41.75 (4)
5:02.31 (5)
1:34.34 (1)
Q
3Tom Lehmann / Felix DrahottaGER6:37.261:36.05 (2)
1:42.89 (5)
3:18.94 (4)
1:41.69 (3)
5:00.63 (4)
1:36.63 (2)
Q
4Goran Jagar / Nikola StojićSRB6:38.961:36.30 (3)
1:39.99 (2)
3:16.29 (2)
1:42.26 (5)
4:58.55 (2)
1:40.41 (3)
5Giuseppe De Vita / Raffaello LeonardoITA6:47.301:37.03 (4)
1:41.67 (3)
3:18.70 (3)
1:40.22 (2)
4:58.92 (3)
1:48.38 (6)
6Morten Nielsen / Thomas LarsenDEN6:48.651:38.63 (6)
1:43.92 (6)
3:22.55 (6)
1:44.45 (6)
5:07.00 (6)
1:41.65 (5)

Final Round (13 – 16 August 2008)

A Final (16 August 2008 — 16:30)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Drew Ginn / Duncan FreeAUS6:37.441:35.52 (2)
1:40.50 (1)
3:16.02 (2)
1:40.41 (1)
4:56.43 (1)
1:41.01 (3)
2Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:39.551:35.03 (1)
1:40.77 (2)
3:15.80 (1)
1:42.24 (3)
4:58.04 (2)
1:41.51 (5)
3Nathan Twaddle / George BridgewaterNZL6:44.191:38.04 (3)
1:43.67 (3)
3:21.71 (3)
1:41.42 (2)
5:03.13 (3)
1:41.06 (4)
4Tom Lehmann / Felix DrahottaGER6:47.401:39.58 (4)
1:45.23 (5)
3:24.81 (5)
1:44.90 (4)
5:09.71 (5)
1:37.69 (1)
5Shaun Keeling / Ramon di ClementeRSA6:47.831:39.83 (5)
1:43.88 (4)
3:23.71 (4)
1:45.00 (5)
5:08.71 (4)
1:39.12 (2)
6Tyler Winklevoss / Cameron WinklevossUSA7:05.581:42.30 (6)
1:46.90 (6)
3:29.20 (6)
1:48.63 (6)
5:17.83 (6)
1:47.75 (6)

B Final (15 August 2008 — 17:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Goran Jagar / Nikola StojićSRB6:49.121:39.74 (3)
1:42.72 (1)
3:22.46 (1)
1:43.90 (1)
5:06.36 (1)
1:42.76 (2)
2Jakub Makovička / Václav Chalupa, Jr.CZE6:52.571:39.51 (2)
1:43.70 (2)
3:23.21 (2)
1:44.93 (2)
5:08.14 (2)
1:44.43 (4)
3Erwan Peron / Laurent CadotFRA6:54.401:39.26 (1)
1:45.58 (4)
3:24.84 (3)
1:45.83 (3)
5:10.67 (3)
1:43.73 (3)
4Morten Nielsen / Thomas LarsenDEN6:55.371:40.84 (4)
1:45.64 (5)
3:26.48 (4)
1:46.24 (4)
5:12.72 (4)
1:42.65 (1)
5Dario Dentale / Raffaello LeonardoITA7:04.911:41.92 (6)
1:45.25 (3)
3:27.17 (5)
1:47.62 (5)
5:14.79 (5)
1:50.12 (5)
6Siniša Skelin / Nikša SkelinCRO7:11.191:41.66 (5)
1:46.22 (6)
3:27.88 (6)
1:48.08 (6)
5:15.96 (6)
1:55.23 (6)

C Final (13 August 2008 — 17:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Robin Bourne-Taylor / Tom SolesburyGBR6:46.831:34.79 (1)
1:41.14 (1)
3:15.93 (1)
1:44.50 (1)
5:00.43 (1)
1:46.40 (2)
2Piotr Hojka / Jarosław GodekPOL6:53.681:35.02 (2)
1:44.65 (2)
3:19.67 (2)
1:47.82 (2)
5:07.49 (2)
1:46.19 (1)