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Rowing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Coxed Fours

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Willebroek Channel, Vilvoorde
Date Started: August 28, 1920
Date Finished: August 29, 1920

Gold: SUI Switzerland
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: NOR Norway

Summary

In the fours with coxswain, Canada brought a powerful crew to the competition. However, their boat did not arrive in Antwerp and they were forced to borrow one. Shortly before their heat in the semi-finals, one of their riggers cracked. They tried to alert the starter but he let the race start despite this. The Canadians managed to start and were briefly in the lead but the other shoulder of the rigger failed and they were forced to row with only three oars. The Swiss won the finals over the United States. Switzerland had won the 1920 European Championship, and prior to the War, had won that title in 1911-1913. France had won this event at the 1919 Inter-Allied Games, but no French crew competed in the coxed fours at Antwerp.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 United States USA Silver
3 Norway NOR Bronze
2 h1 r1/2 Sweden SWE
2 h2 r1/2 Belgium BEL
2 h3 r1/2 Brazil BRA
3 h1 r1/2 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/2 Czechoslovakia TCH