Rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless pair

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Men's coxless pair competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

This rowing event was a sweep event, meaning that each rower has one oar and rows on only one side. Two rowers crewed each boat, with no coxswain. The competition consists of multiple rounds. Finals were held to determine the placing of each boat; these finals were given letters with those nearer to the beginning of the alphabet meaning a better ranking. Semifinals were named based on which finals they fed, with each semifinal having two possible finals.


Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Flag of Australia.svg Australia
Drew Ginn
James Tomkins
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
Siniša Skelin
Nikša Skelin
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Donovan Cech
Ramon di Clemente

Heats[edit]

  • SF denotes qualification to Semifinal.
  • R denotes qualification to Repechage.

Heat 1 (August 14)[edit]

  1. Australia: Drew Ginn, James Tomkins, 6:55.04 -> SF
  2. Serbia and Montenegro: Nikola Stojić, Mladen Stegic, 6:58.11 -> SF
  3. Great Britain: Toby Garbett, Rick Dunn, 6:58.95 -> SF
  4. Argentina: Walter Naneder, Marcos Morales, 7:02.29 -> R
  5. Slovenia: Matija Pavšič, Andrej Hrabar, 7:05.36 -> R

Heat 2 (August 14)[edit]

  1. South Africa: Donovan Cech, Ramon di Clemente, 6:57.06 -> SF
  2. Croatia: Siniša Skelin, Nikša Skelin, 7:01.28 -> SF
  3. United States: Luke Walton, Artour Samsonov, 7:11.81 -> SF
  4. Czech Republic: Adam Michalek, Petr Imre, 7:26.19 -> R

Heat 3 (August 14)[edit]

  1. New Zealand: Nathan Twaddle, George Bridgewater, 6:54.75 -> SF
  2. Canada: Dave Calder, Chris Jarvis, 6:56.23 -> SF
  3. Italy: Giuseppe de Vita, Dario Lari, 7:03.12 -> SF
  4. Germany: Tobias Kuehne, Jan Herzog, 7:14.16 -> R

Repechage[edit]

  • SF denotes qualification to Semifinal.

Repechage 1 (August 17)[edit]

  1. Germany: Tobias Kuehne, Jan Herzog, 6:28.40 -> SF
  2. Argentina: Walter Naneder, Marcos Morales, 6:28.98 -> SF
  3. Slovenia: Matija Pavšič, Andrej Hrabar, 6:30.89 -> SF
  4. Czech Republic: Adam Michalek, Petr Imre, 6:33.24

Semifinals[edit]

  • FA denotes qualification to Final A.
  • FB denotes qualification to Final B.

Semifinal A (August 18)[edit]

  1. Flag of Australia.svg Australia (Drew Ginn, James Tomkins) 6:22.60 FA
  2. Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia (Siniša Skelin, Nikša Skelin) 6:23.57 FA
  3. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Nathan Twaddle, George Bridgewater) 6:24.49 FA
  4. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Toby Garbett, Rick Dunn) 6:25.06 FB
  5. Flag of Italy.svg Italy (Giuseppe de Vita, Dario Lari) 6:31.26 FB
  6. Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina (Walter Naneder, Marcos Morales) 7:19.57 FB

Semifinal B (August 18)[edit]

  1. Flag of Germany.svg Germany (Tobias Kuehne, Jan Herzog) 6:25.47 FA
  2. Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Serbia and Montenegro (Nikola Stojić, Mladen Stegic) 6:27.50 FA
  3. Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa (Donovan Cech, Ramon di Clemente) 6:28.48 FA
  4. Flag of the United States.svg United States (Luke Walton, Artour Samsonov) 6:32.51 FB
  5. Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia (Matija Pavšič, Andrej Hrabar) 6:46.12 FB
  6. Flag of Canada.svg Canada (Dave Calder, Chris Jarvis) Excluded FB

Semifinal B was a close, dramatic race. 100 meters from the finishing line, there were four boats in contention for the 3 available places in the finals. Germany held a small lead followed by Canada, South Africa and Serbia and Montenegro. Canada suddenly veered off course, interfering with South Africa and allowing Serbia to pass it. South Africa protested, and Canada was excluded from the results. Canada requested that they would be allowed into the finals as the seventh boat, but their request was denied. Canada then chose not to participate in the B Finals.

Finals[edit]

Final A (August 21)[edit]

  1. Flag of Australia.svg Australia (Drew Ginn, James Tomkins) 6:30.76
  2. Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia (Siniša Skelin, Nikša Skelin) 6:32.64
  3. Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa (Donovan Cech, Ramon di Clemente) 6:33.40
  4. Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Nathan Twaddle, George Bridgewater) 6:34.24
  5. Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Serbia and Montenegro (Nikola Stojić, Mladen Stegic) 6:39.74
  6. Flag of Germany.svg Germany (Tobias Kuehne, Jan Herzog) 6:46.50

In the finals, Australia's Drew Ginn and James Tomkins established an early lead over the field which they stretched to 2 seconds at the 1000 metre mark (halfway), with Croatia in second and Serbia in third. Over the last 1000 meters, Australia maintained its margin over the rest of the field, Croatia continueed to run second and South Africa rowed through to finish third. For Tomkins, it was his third gold medal and fourth overall, and for Ginn it was his second gold.

Final B (August 19)[edit]

  1. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Toby Garbett, Rick Dunn) 6:22.04
  2. Flag of Italy.svg Italy (Giuseppe de Vita, Dario Lari) 6:22.08
  3. Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia (Matija Pavšič, Andrej Hrabar) 6:27.11
  4. Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina (Walter Naneder, Marcos Morales) 6:27.88
  5. Flag of the United States.svg United States (Luke Walton, Artour Samsonov) 6:30.49
  6. Flag of Canada.svg Canada (Dave Calder, Chris Jarvis) DNS

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