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Coxless Pairs, Men

Date28 July – 3 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationEton Dorney, Windsor
Participants26 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 6:20.09 / Steven Redgrave / Matthew Pinsent GBR / 27 July 1996

The New Zealand duo of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond were in a league of their own for the men’s coxless pairs, having been undefeated in the event since 2009. The defending Olympic champions were Australia, but Duncan Free and the three-time Olympic champion Drew Ginn were not in London and the nation was not believed to be in contention for a medal. The only possible challengers to Murray and Bond were believed to be the Canadians Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen. They had been the silver medalists at the 2008 Olympics and had a strong year leading up to the 2012 Olympics, but even they stood little chance against the powerhouse of Murray and Bond.

The New Zealanders held back nothing in the heats, winning theirs with a world record time of 6:08.50. Canada made the finals but, during the earlier rounds, the stronger teams looked to be those from Italy and Great Britain. Italy had Niccolo Mornati and Lorenzo Carboncini, both distinguished rowers who had earned a bronze medal in the event at the most recent World Championships. Britain, meanwhile, had decided to prioritize the men’s four, knowing that they would be unable to beat Murray and Bond. Thus, although Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs-Hodge had been the silver medalists at the 2011 World Championships, they were sent to the men’s four and were replaced by the rookie pair of George Nash and William Satch.

In the final the French team of Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette, not previously believed to be a medal contender, came out in front and remained there for the first half of the course. Beyond that point, however, an incredible drive from Murray and Bond placed them out in front of the pack and, by 1500m, the race for gold was already over as the New Zealanders were around four boat lengths ahead of the competition. The final two spots were much tighter battle, between Italy, France, and Great Britain. The French duo managed an upset when they beat out both of the more heralded teams for the silver medal, leaving Great Britain with bronze. The Canadians finished a disappointing sixth and last.

PosNrBoatNOCR1R1 RepSemi-Finals A/BFinal
1Eric Murray / Hamish BondNZL6:08.50 (1 h1)6:48.11 (1 h1)6:16.65 (1 h1)Gold
2Germain Chardin / Dorian MorteletteFRA6:17.22 (2 h1)6:58.67 (2 h2)6:21.11 (2 h1)Silver
3George Nash / Will SatchGBR6:16.58 (1 h3)6:56.46 (1 h2)6:21.77 (3 h1)Bronze
4Niccolò Mornati / Lorenzo CarbonciniITA6:18.33 (2 h3)6:55.82 (2 h1)6:26.17 (4 h1)
5James Marburg / Brodie BucklandAUS6:24.83 (2 h2)7:02.12 (3 h2)6:29.28 (5 h1)
6Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:23.80 (1 h2)6:56.47 (3 h1)6:30.49 (6 h1)
7Anton Braun / Felix DrahottaGER6:30.42 (4 h3)6:22.76 (1 h1)7:02.16 (5 h1)6:49.93 (1 h2)
8Tom Peszek / Silas StaffordUSA6:26.59 (4 h2)6:27.41 (3 h1)6:58.58 (4 h1)6:53.30 (2 h2)
9Nikos Gointoulas / Apostolos GointoulasGRE6:21.46 (3 h3)7:07.15 (5 h2)6:53.69 (3 h2)
10Wojciech Gutorski / Jarosław GodekPOL6:19.98 (3 h1)7:04.58 (4 h2)6:56.00 (4 h2)
11Nanne Sluis / Meindert KlemNED6:25.90 (3 h2)7:13.77 (6 h1)7:05.12 (5 h2)
12Nenad Beđik / Nikola StojićSRB6:23.87 (4 h1)6:26.61 (2 h1)7:07.78 (6 h2)– (DNS h2)
13Domonkos Széll / Béla SimonHUN6:46.18 (5 h1)6:27.88 (4 h1)

Round One (28 July 2012 — 12:00)

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

Heat One (12:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Eric Murray / Hamish BondNZL6:08.501:30.59 (2)
1:32.42 (1)
3:03.01 (1)
1:33.64 (1)
4:36.65 (1)
1:31.85 (1)
Q
2Germain Chardin / Dorian MorteletteFRA6:17.221:30.20 (1)
1:34.65 (2)
3:04.85 (2)
1:36.37 (3)
4:41.22 (2)
1:36.00 (2)
Q
3Wojciech Gutorski / Jarosław GodekPOL6:19.981:32.01 (3)
1:35.27 (3)
3:07.28 (3)
1:35.86 (2)
4:43.14 (3)
1:36.84 (3)
Q
4Nenad Beđik / Nikola StojićSRB6:23.871:33.44 (4)
1:35.94 (4)
3:09.38 (4)
1:36.89 (4)
4:46.27 (4)
1:37.60 (4)
5Domonkos Széll / Béla SimonHUN6:46.181:34.84 (5)
1:40.97 (5)
3:15.81 (5)
1:44.23 (5)
5:00.04 (5)
1:46.14 (5)

Heat Two (12:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:23.801:33.48 (1)
1:35.33 (1)
3:08.81 (1)
1:36.52 (1)
4:45.33 (1)
1:38.47 (4)
Q
2James Marburg / Brodie BucklandAUS6:24.831:33.74 (2)
1:38.47 (4)
3:12.21 (4)
1:38.92 (4)
4:51.13 (4)
1:33.70 (1)
Q
3Nanne Sluis / Meindert KlemNED6:25.901:34.22 (4)
1:36.85 (2)
3:11.07 (2)
1:38.29 (2)
4:49.36 (2)
1:36.54 (3)
Q
4Tom Peszek / Silas StaffordUSA6:26.591:33.98 (3)
1:37.82 (3)
3:11.80 (3)
1:38.32 (3)
4:50.12 (3)
1:36.47 (2)

Heat Three (12:20)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1George Nash / Will SatchGBR6:16.581:32.42 (2)
1:32.42 (2)
3:07.86 (2)
3:07.86 (2)
4:42.49 (1)
4:42.49 (1)
Q
2Niccolò Mornati / Lorenzo CarbonciniITA6:18.331:33.49 (4)
1:33.49 (4)
3:09.00 (4)
3:09.00 (4)
4:43.96 (3)
4:43.96 (3)
Q
3Nikos Gointoulas / Apostolos GointoulasGRE6:21.461:32.02 (1)
1:35.59 (3)
3:07.61 (1)
1:35.96 (3)
4:43.57 (2)
1:37.89 (3)
Q
4Anton Braun / Felix DrahottaGER6:30.421:32.61 (3)
1:36.19 (4)
3:08.80 (3)
1:37.67 (4)
4:46.47 (4)
1:43.95 (4)

Round One Repêchage (30 July 2012 — 10:10)

Top three to semi-finals A/B.

Heat One (10:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Anton Braun / Felix DrahottaGER6:22.761:33.54 (2)
1:37.73 (3)
3:11.27 (3)
1:35.93 (1)
4:47.20 (1)
1:35.56 (1)
Q
2Nenad Beđik / Nikola StojićSRB6:26.611:34.58 (4)
1:36.47 (1)
3:11.05 (2)
1:37.62 (2)
4:48.67 (2)
1:37.94 (3)
Q
3Tom Peszek / Silas StaffordUSA6:27.411:33.01 (1)
1:37.67 (2)
3:10.68 (1)
1:38.27 (3)
4:48.95 (3)
1:38.46 (4)
Q
4Domonkos Széll / Béla SimonHUN6:27.881:33.91 (3)
1:38.86 (4)
3:12.77 (4)
1:39.15 (4)
4:51.92 (4)
1:35.96 (2)

Semi-Finals A/B (1 August 2012 — 11:00)

Top three in each heat to A Final.

Heat One (11:00)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Eric Murray / Hamish BondNZL6:48.111:39.24 (1)
1:41.74 (1)
3:20.98 (1)
1:43.70 (1)
5:04.68 (1)
1:43.43 (1)
Q
2Niccolò Mornati / Lorenzo CarbonciniITA6:55.821:42.06 (4)
1:43.11 (2)
3:25.17 (2)
1:44.57 (2)
5:09.74 (2)
1:46.08 (4)
Q
3Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:56.471:41.21 (2)
1:44.20 (3)
3:25.41 (3)
1:45.43 (3)
5:10.84 (3)
1:45.63 (3)
Q
4Tom Peszek / Silas StaffordUSA6:58.581:42.31 (5)
1:45.12 (5)
3:27.43 (5)
1:46.95 (4)
5:14.38 (4)
1:44.20 (2)
5Anton Braun / Felix DrahottaGER7:02.161:41.47 (3)
1:45.43 (6)
3:26.90 (4)
1:47.91 (5)
5:14.81 (5)
1:47.35 (5)
6Nanne Sluis / Meindert KlemNED7:13.771:42.88 (6)
1:44.78 (4)
3:27.66 (6)
1:48.89 (6)
5:16.55 (6)
1:57.22 (6)

Heat Two (11:10)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1George Nash / Will SatchGBR6:56.461:40.35 (4)
1:45.02 (1)
3:25.37 (1)
1:46.03 (1)
5:11.40 (1)
1:45.06 (2)
Q
2Germain Chardin / Dorian MorteletteFRA6:58.671:38.84 (1)
1:47.23 (3)
3:26.07 (2)
1:47.66 (4)
5:13.73 (2)
1:44.94 (1)
Q
3James Marburg / Brodie BucklandAUS7:02.121:39.98 (3)
1:47.09 (2)
3:27.07 (3)
1:46.96 (3)
5:14.03 (3)
1:48.09 (3)
Q
4Wojciech Gutorski / Jarosław GodekPOL7:04.581:39.63 (2)
1:47.72 (5)
3:27.35 (4)
1:48.64 (6)
5:15.99 (5)
1:48.59 (4)
5Nikos Gointoulas / Apostolos GointoulasGRE7:07.151:40.81 (5)
1:47.34 (4)
3:28.15 (5)
1:46.38 (2)
5:14.53 (4)
1:52.62 (6)
6Nenad Beđik / Nikola StojićSRB7:07.781:41.23 (6)
1:48.02 (6)
3:29.25 (6)
1:48.16 (5)
5:17.41 (6)
1:50.37 (5)

Final Round (3 August 2012 — 10:50)

A Final (11:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Eric Murray / Hamish BondNZL6:16.651:32.81 (2)
1:34.27 (1)
3:07.08 (1)
1:34.31 (1)
4:41.39 (1)
1:35.26 (3)
2Germain Chardin / Dorian MorteletteFRA6:21.111:32.44 (1)
1:36.15 (2)
3:08.59 (2)
1:38.54 (6)
4:47.13 (3)
1:33.98 (1)
3George Nash / Will SatchGBR6:21.771:34.57 (3)
1:36.80 (4)
3:11.37 (3)
1:35.26 (2)
4:46.63 (2)
1:35.14 (2)
4Niccolò Mornati / Lorenzo CarbonciniITA6:26.171:35.41 (6)
1:36.41 (3)
3:11.82 (4)
1:35.83 (3)
4:47.65 (4)
1:38.52 (5)
5James Marburg / Brodie BucklandAUS6:29.281:34.89 (4)
1:38.77 (6)
3:13.66 (6)
1:37.63 (4)
4:51.29 (6)
1:37.99 (4)
6Dave Calder / Scott FrandsenCAN6:30.491:35.16 (5)
1:37.34 (5)
3:12.50 (5)
1:38.24 (5)
4:50.74 (5)
1:39.75 (6)

B Final (10:50)

PosLaneBoatNOCTime500 m1,000 m1,500 m
1Anton Braun / Felix DrahottaGER6:49.931:38.84 (5)
1:44.14 (2)
3:22.98 (4)
1:46.88 (1)
5:09.86 (1)
1:40.07 (1)
2Tom Peszek / Silas StaffordUSA6:53.301:37.51 (2)
1:45.22 (3)
3:22.73 (3)
1:48.24 (2)
5:10.97 (3)
1:42.33 (2)
3Nikos Gointoulas / Apostolos GointoulasGRE6:53.691:37.78 (3)
1:43.84 (1)
3:21.62 (1)
1:48.59 (3)
5:10.21 (2)
1:43.48 (3)
4Wojciech Gutorski / Jarosław GodekPOL6:56.001:36.66 (1)
1:45.53 (4)
3:22.19 (2)
1:49.39 (4)
5:11.58 (4)
1:44.42 (4)
5Nanne Sluis / Meindert KlemNED7:05.121:38.10 (4)
1:46.92 (5)
3:25.02 (5)
1:52.09 (5)
5:17.11 (5)
1:48.01 (5)
DNSNenad Beđik / Nikola StojićSRB– (–)
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