Rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's single sculls

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Men's single sculls
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue River Thames
Dates July 28–31
Competitors 9 from 6 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Germany
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Rowing at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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Single sculls men
Coxless pairs men
Coxless fours men
Eights men

The men's single sculls was one of four rowing events on the Rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme.

Standings[edit]

Place Rower Nation
1 Harry Blackstaffe Great Britain
2 Alexander McCulloch Great Britain
3 Bernhard von Gaza Germany
Károly Levitzky Hungary
5 Walter Bowler Canada
Gino Ciabatti Italy
Joseph Hermans Belgium
Louis Scholes Canada
9 Ernő Killer Hungary

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Von Gaza won easily, and Killer abandoned the race after the German crossed the finish line.

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Bernhard von Gaza Germany 9:35.0
DNF Ernő Killer Hungary -

Quarterfinals[edit]

Quarterfinal 1[edit]

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Bernhard von Gaza Germany 9:47.0
2 Louis Scholes Canada Unknown

Quarterfinal 2[edit]

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Károly Levitzky Hungary 10:08.0
2 Gino Ciabatti Italy Unknown

Quarterfinal 3[edit]

Bowler capsized, leaving Blackstaffe with the win.

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Harry Blackstaffe Great Britain 10:03.0
DNF Walter Bowler Canada -

Quarterfinal 4[edit]

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Alexander McCulloch Great Britain 10:08.0
2 Joseph Hermans Belgium Unknown

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Alexander McCulloch Great Britain 10:22.0
2 Károly Levitzky Hungary Unknown

Semifinal 2[edit]

von Gaza fell ill at the 1500m mark, leaving Blackstaffe to ease off and win.

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Harry Blackstaffe Great Britain 10:14.0
- Bernhard von Gaza Germany DNF

Final[edit]

McCulloch took the early lead, but started by pulling fewer strokes than Blackstaffe. McCulloch opened up by a length and led through 1200 yards before being caught by Blackstaffe. At 1 mile, Blackstaffe pulled ahead by ¾ of a length and held this lead to the finish.

Place Rower Nation Time
1 Harry Blackstaffe Great Britain 9:26.0
2 Alexander McCulloch Great Britain (9:27.5)

Sources[edit]

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Rowing 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 6 May 2006.