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Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Djurgården Bay, Stockholm
Date Started: July 17, 1912
Date Finished: July 19, 1912
Format: 2,000 metres

Gold: GBR Wally Kinnear
Silver: BEL Polydore Veirman
Bronze: CAN Everard Butler
RUS Mart Kuusik

Summary

Other than Cecil McVilly of Australia and Everard Butler of Canada, all the scullers were European. Butler was the top North American sculler, being superior to any of the United States’ men of the time. He had won the 1911 and 1912 championship of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen in the single sculls.

The top European sculler was likely William Kinnear, who had won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1910 and 1911. But Kinnear lost at Henley early in 1912 to A. A. Stuart, who had also won the same event in 1909. The European championships were held later in 1912 and would be won by Belgium’s Polydore Veirman.

Kinnear, Butler, and Veirman made it through to the semi-finals. The biggest early casualty was McVilly, who was disqualified in the first round for colliding with Martin Stahnke’s (GER) boat. In the semi-finals, Veirman defeated Hugo Maximilian Kusick of Russia. The other semi was closely fought with Kinnear holding off Butler by one length. This set up a final between Kinnear and Veirman, probably the two favorites. In the final, Veirman led from the start, and was up by ½ length at 500 metres. But Kinnear pulled even at the halfway mark and pulled away to win by one length.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wally Kinnear 31 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Polydore Veirman 31 Belgium BEL Silver
3T Mart Kuusik 34 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Everard Butler 27 Canada CAN Bronze
1 h1 r2/4 József Mészáros 27 Hungary HUN
2 h3 r2/4 Martin Stahnke 23 Germany GER
2 h4 r2/4 Károly Levitzky 27 Hungary HUN
DNS h2 r2/4 Mikael Simonsen 29 Denmark DEN
2 h3 r1/4 Axel Matias Haglund 27 Finland FIN
2 h4 r1/4 Kurt Hoffmann 21 Germany GER
AC h6 r1/4 Jan Šourek 24 Bohemia BOH DNF
AC h1 r1/4 Alfred Heinrich 32 Austria AUT DQ
AC h2 r1/4 Cecil McVilly 21 Australasia ANZ DQ