Rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless four

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Men's coxless four competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held between August 9 and 16, at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

This rowing event is a sweep rowing event, meaning that each rower has one oar and rows on only one side. Four rowers crew each boat, and no coxswain is used. 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.

During the first round three heats were held. The top three boats in each heat advanced to the A/B semifinals, with the remaining boats going to the repechage. A single repechage heat was held, with the top three boats from that heat also advancing to the A/B semifinal. The lone remaining boat, placing fourth in the repechage, received a final rank of 13th of the 13 boats competing.

Only A/B semifinals were held. For each of the two semifinal races, the top three boats moved on to the better of the two finals (the A final), while the bottom three boats went to the lesser of the two finals (the B final).

The third and final round was the Finals. Each final determined a set of rankings. The A final determined the medals, along with the rest of the places through 6th. The B final gave rankings from 7th to 12th.

Schedule[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Saturday, August 9, 2008 17:30-18:00 Heats
Monday, August 11, 2008 17:30-17:40 Repechage
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 16:50-17:10 Semifinals A/B
Friday, August 15, 2008 17:50-18:00 Final B
Saturday, August 16, 2008 17:30-17:40 Final A

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Great Britain (GBR)
Tom James
Steve Williams
Pete Reed
Andrew Triggs Hodge
 Australia (AUS)
Matt Ryan
James Marburg
Cameron McKenzie
Francis Hegerty
 France (FRA)
Julien Desprès
Benjamin Rondeau
Germain Chardin
Dorian Mortelette

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification Rules: 1-3->SA/B, 4..->R

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 James, Williams, Reed, Triggs Hodge  Great Britain 6:00.59 SA/B
2 C. Mornati, Sartori, N. Mornati, Carboncini  Italy 6:02.84 SA/B
3 Banks, Teti, Lanzone, Newlin  United States 6:03.96 SA/B
4 Zhang, Zhao, Guo, Song  China 6:09.64 R
5 Dzemyanenka, Lialin, Nosau, Kazubouski  Belarus 6:12.63 R

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Cirkel, Vellenga, Gabriels, Vermeulen  Netherlands 6:00.50 SA/B
2 Meyer, Dallinger, Murray, Bond  New Zealand 6:00.73 SA/B
3 T. Pirih, Rozman, Kolander, M. Pirih  Slovenia 6:03.78 SA/B
4 Gruber, Horvath, Bruncvik, Neffe  Czech Republic 6:10.36 R

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Ryan, Marburg, McKenzie, Hegerty  Australia 6:00.40 SA/B
2 Hauffe, Seifert, Kaeufer, Adamski  Germany 6:00.95 SA/B
3 Folan, Casey, Devlin, O'Neill  Ireland 6:02.85 SA/B
4 Desprès, Rondeau, Chardin, Mortelette  France 6:05.00 R

Repechage[edit]

Qualification Rules: 1-3->SA/B

Rank Rowers Country Time Notes
1 Gruber, Horvath, Bruncvik, Neffe  Czech Republic 5:58.69 SA/B
2 Desprès, Rondeau, Chardin, Mortelette  France 6:00.01 SA/B
3 Dzemyanenka, Lialin, Nosau, Kazubouski  Belarus 6:00.44 SA/B
4 Zhang, Zhao, Guo, Song  China 6:02.37

Semifinals A/B[edit]

Qualification Rules: 1-3->FA, 4..->FB

Semifinal A/B 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 James, Williams, Reed, Triggs Hodge  Great Britain 5:54.77 FA
2 Ryan, Marburg, McKenzie, Hegerty  Australia 5:56.20 FA
3 Desprès, Rondeau, Chardin, Mortelette  France 5:56.73 FA
4 Meyer, Dallinger, Murray, Bond  New Zealand 5:57.31 FB
5 Banks, Teti, Lanzone, Newlin  United States 5:57.52 FB
6 Folan, Casey, Devlin, O'Neill  Ireland 5:58.14 FB

Semifinal A/B 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 T. Pirih, Rozman, Kolander, M. Pirih  Slovenia 5:56.08 FA
2 Gruber, Horvath, Bruncvik, Neffe  Czech Republic 5:58.02 FA
3 Hauffe, Seifert, Kaeufer, Adamski  Germany 5:58.72 FA
4 Cirkel, Vellenga, Gabriels, Vermeulen  Netherlands 6:02.46 FB
5 Dzemyanenka, Lialin, Nosau, Kazubouski  Belarus 6:02.79 FB
6 C. Mornati, Sartori, N. Mornati, Carboncini  Italy 6:05.21 FB

Final B[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Meyer, Dallinger, Murray, Bond  New Zealand 6:06.30
2 Cirkel, Vellenga, Gabriels, Vermeulen  Netherlands 6:06.37
3 Banks, Teti, Lanzone, Newlin  United States 6:07.17
4 Folan, Casey, Devlin, O'Neill  Ireland 6:07.97
5 C. Mornati, Sartori, N. Mornati, Carboncini  Italy 6:08.77
6 Dzemyanenka, Lialin, Nosau, Kazubouski  Belarus 6:12.54

Final A[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
Gold medal icon.svg James, Williams, Reed, Triggs Hodge  Great Britain 6:06.57
Silver medal icon.svg Ryan, Marburg, McKenzie, Hegerty  Australia 6:07.85
Bronze medal icon.svg Desprès, Rondeau, Chardin, Mortelette  France 6:09.31
4 T. Pirih, Rozman, Kolander, M. Pirih  Slovenia 6:11.62
5 Gruber, Horvath, Bruncvik, Neffe  Czech Republic 6:16.56
6 Urban, Schmidt, Kaeufer, Hauffe  Germany 6:19.63

Australia took out an early lead and had were leading by about one boat length at the 500 m to go mark. At that point the favored British crew began to take back ground and took the lead with about 200 m to go, eventually winning by half a length. France came back from last at one point to grab the bronze.

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