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Rowing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Coxed Fours

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Henley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Date Started: August 5, 1948
Date Finished: August 9, 1948
Format: 1,929 metres

Gold: USA United States
Silver: SUI Switzerland
Bronze: DEN Denmark

Summary

A record 16 nations competed in the coxed fours tournament at the 1948 Summer Olympics, making it the largest rowing event in terms of national participation. Three members of France’s entry, Jean Pieddeloup, Gaston Maquat, and Marcel Boigegrain, had been part of the reigning European championship squad. Italy’s lineup, meanwhile, was the same as when they had been runners-up at the 1947 Europeans, and both nations were considered to be strong contenders for the Olympic title. It was the Americans, however, who had the most impressive performance in the opening round, and all three advanced easily to the semifinals. At this juncture, however, the United States took out France by a margin of nearly seven seconds, while the Italians suffered a surprising defeat by almost 11 seconds against Switzerland. The coxed fours were the first rowing final to be contested in London and it did not disappoint: the Swiss took charge early on while the United States and Denmark fought not only against each other, but to catch up to the front runner. After a close struggle, the United States pulled away near the end to capture the gold medal, leaving Switzerland with silver and Denmark with bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Denmark DEN Bronze
2 h1 r4/5 France FRA
2 h2 r4/5 Hungary HUN
2 h3 r4/5 Italy ITA
2 h1 r3/5 Norway NOR
2 h2 r3/5 Austria AUT
2 h3 r3/5 Finland FIN
2 h4 r3/5 Portugal POR
2 h5 r3/5 Cuba CUB
2 h6 r3/5 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r2/5 Australia AUS
2 h2 r2/5 Yugoslavia YUG
2 h3 r2/5 Greece GRE
2 h4 r2/5 Argentina ARG