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
1st, gold medalist(s) Harry Blackstaffe  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alexander McCulloch  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bernhard von Gaza  Germany
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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)

References[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.