Rowing at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's single sculls

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Men's single sculls
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
VenueLake Lanier
DateJuly 21 – July 27
Competitors21 from 21 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Xeno Müller  Switzerland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Derek Porter  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Thomas Lange  Germany
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The men's single sculls competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics took place at Lake Lanier, Atlanta, United States of America. The event was held from 21 to 27 July 1996.[1]

The men’s single sculls event at the 1996 Summer Olympics was full of rowing luminaries, but no one candidate stood out as an absolute favorite. The two-time defending Olympic champion, Thomas Lange of Germany, was probably a solid bet, but his only podium finish at the last three World Championships was third in 1993, although he did win the Diamond Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta that year. There were, however, three other World Champions in Atlanta: Slovenia’s Iztok Čop, the reigning World Champion who also had a bronze medal from the 1992 Olympic coxless pairs, Canadian Derek Porter, the 1993 World Champion who was also an Olympic champion from the 1988 coxed eights, and Estonia’s Jüri Jaanson, the 1990 World Champion and 1995 winner of the Diamond Challenge Sculls. Also present were Václav Chalupa, Jr. of the Czech Republic, a four-time World and 1992 Olympic runner-up, Sergio Fernandez of Argentina, the reigning Pan American champion, and Xeno Müller of Switzerland, 1994 World runner-up and winner of that year’s Diamond Challenge Sculls.

Müller posted the fastest time in the opening round by five seconds, with the other heats being won by Porter, Lange, and Chalupa. Jaanson, meanwhile, had a surprisingly poor performance in both round one and the repêchage and was eliminated. Müller was somewhat less dominant in the semi-finals, although he was still over two seconds faster than anyone else, while Lange carried his heat and Fernández was eliminated. Müller capped off his excellent performance by winning the final in Olympic record time and earning Switzerland its first Olympic rowing title since 1928, a feat that was also matched in Atlanta by brothers Markus Gier and Michael Gier in the lightweight double sculls. Porter and Lange, meanwhile, were neck and neck just before the finish line, but the Canadian edged out the two-time Olympic champion by 0.27 seconds to capture the silver medal.[1]

Heats[edit]

The winner in each heat advanced directly to the semi-finals. The remaining rowers must compete in the repechage for the remaining spots in semi-finals.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Xeno Müller  Switzerland (SUI) 7:26.75 SF
2 Iztok Čop  Slovenia (SLO) 7:32.69
3 Horst Nussbaumer  Austria (AUT) 7:36.15
4 Giovanni Calabrese  Italy (ITA) 7:39.90
5 Anton Sema  Russia (RUS) 7:49.94
6 Daisaku Takeda  Japan (JPN) 7:56.93

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Derek Porter  Canada (CAN) 7:31.75 SF
2 László Szögi  Hungary (HUN) 7:39.31
3 David Cameron  Australia (AUS) 7:53.55
4 Oleksandr Khimich  Ukraine (UKR) 7:57.05
5 Michael Tse  Hong Kong (HKG) 8:11.51

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Thomas Lange  Germany (GER) 7:34.52 SF
2 Sergio Fernandez  Argentina (ARG) 7:37.53
3 Ali Ibrahim  Egypt (EGY) 7:41.17
4 Peter Haining  Great Britain (GBR) 7:42.65
5 Jüri Jaanson  Estonia (EST) 8:10.01

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Václav Chalupa  Czech Republic (CZE) 7:35.48 SF
2 Fredrik Bekken  Norway (NOR) 7:39.36
3 Cyrus Beasley  United States (USA) 7:44.79
4 Rob Waddell  New Zealand (NZL) 7:48.69
5 Tomas Söderblom  Finland (FIN) 7:53.46

Repechage[edit]

First two rowers in each race advanced to Semifinal 1 or 2, the rest went to Semifinal 3 or 4.

Repechage 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Iztok Čop  Slovenia (SLO) 7:41.83
2 Peter Haining  Great Britain (GBR) 7:45.95
3 David Cameron  Australia (AUS) 7:49.24
4 Tomas Soderblom  Finland (FIN) 7:52.52
5 Daisaku Takeda  Japan (JPN) 7:59.77

Repechage 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Rob Waddell  New Zealand (NZL) 7:42.87
2 Ali Ibrahim  Egypt (EGY) 7:45.64
3 Laszlo Szogi  Hungary (HUN) 7:53.04
4 Anton Sema  Russia (RUS) 8:46.71

Repechage 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Sergio Fernandez  Argentina (ARG) 7:42.63
2 Cyrus Beasley  United States (USA) 7:44.36
3 Giovanni Calabrese  Italy (ITA) 7:39.90
4 Michael Tse  Hong Kong (HKG) 8:31.41

Repechage 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Fredrik Bekken  Norway (NOR) 7:47.31
2 Horst Nussbaumer  Austria (AUT) 7:49.79
3 Oleksandr Khimich  Ukraine (UKR) 7:56.15
4 Jüri Jaanson  Estonia (EST) 8:15.25

Semifinal[edit]

Rowers competing in Semifinal 1 and 2 are the rowers who still have chance to win medal in Final A. First three rowers from each semifinal advanced to Final A, while the others advanced to Final B. In other hand, rowers competing in Semifinal 3 and 4 are the rowers who were already eliminated from the medal race, first three rowers from these semifinals advanced to Final C and the others to Final D.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Xeno Müller  Switzerland (SUI) 7:10.07 FA
2 Derek Porter  Canada (CAN) 7:14.91 FA
3 Fredrik Bekken  Norway (NOR) 7:19.92 FA
4 Ali Ibrahim  Egypt (EGY) 7:22.43 FB
5 Sergio Fernandez  Argentina (ARG) 7:23.70 FB
6 Peter Haining  Great Britain (GBR) 7:30.47 FB

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Thomas Lange  Germany (GER) 7:12.30 FA
2 Iztok Čop  Slovenia (SLO) 7:15.07 FA
3 Václav Chalupa  Czech Republic (CZE) 7:16.97 FA
4 Rob Waddell  New Zealand (NZL) 7:18.52 FB
5 Cyrus Beasley  United States (USA) 7:31.49 FB
6 Horst Nussbaumer  Austria (AUT) 7:35.52 FB

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 David Cameron  Australia (AUS) 7:25.38 FC
2 Laszlo Szogi  Hungary (HUN) 7:27.92 FC
3 Jüri Jaanson  Estonia (EST) 7:28.89 FC
4 Daisaku Takeda  Japan (JPN) 7:32.63 FD
5 Michael Tse  Hong Kong (HKG) 7:51.15 FD

Semifinal 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Giovanni Calabrese  Italy (ITA) 7:23.59 FC
2 Tomas Soderblom  Finland (FIN) 7:23.88 FC
3 Anton Sema  Russia (RUS) 7:28.44 FC
4 Oleksandr Khimich  Ukraine (UKR) 7:31.24 FD

Final[edit]

Final A[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Xeno Müller  Switzerland (SUI) 6:44.85
2nd, silver medalist(s) Derek Porter  Canada (CAN) 6:47.45
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Thomas Lange  Germany (GER) 6:47.72
4 Iztok Čop  Slovenia (SLO) 6:51.71
5 Václav Chalupa  Czech Republic (CZE) 6:55.65
6 Fredrik Bekken  Norway (NOR) 6:59.51

Final B[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Rob Waddell  New Zealand (NZL) 6:49.55
2 Ali Ibrahim  Egypt (EGY) 6:52.11
3 Horst Nussbaumer  Austria (AUT) 6:53.20
4 Cyrus Beasley  United States (USA) 6:54.17
5 Peter Haining  Great Britain (GBR) 6:55.06
6 Sergio Fernandez  Argentina (ARG) 6:56.97

Final C[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 David Cameron  Australia (AUS) 7:30.55
2 Tomas Soderblom  Finland (FIN) 7:32.98
3 Laszlo Szogi  Hungary (HUN) 7:34.23
4 Anton Sema  Russia (RUS) 7:44.93
5 Giovanni Calabrese  Italy (ITA) 7:48.63
6 Jüri Jaanson  Estonia (EST) 8:33.53

Final D[edit]

Rank Athlete Name Country Time Notes
1 Oleksandr Khimich  Ukraine (UKR) 7:40.54
2 Daisaku Takeda  Japan (JPN) 7:45.23
3 Michael Tse  Hong Kong (HKG) 8:06.43

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rowing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's Single Sculls". Sports Reference. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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