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Rowing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Coxed Pairs

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Albano Lake, Castel Gandolfo
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 3, 1960

Gold: GER Germany
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: USA United States

Summary

In what was normally a less predictable event, Germany had won the last four European Championships in the coxed pairs, in addition to a silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Although they sent a new lineup consisting of Bernhard Knubel, Heinz Renneberg, and 13 year-old Klaus Zerta, they were still considered the favorites for the event at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Indeed, this trio saw little in the way of challenge during the tournament, winning their heat with ease and finishing safely ahead of Antanas Bagdonavičius, Zigmas Jukna, and Igor Rudakov of the USSR in the final. This victory also earned Zerta a distinction as the youngest medalist of any kind at the Games. The Soviets earned silver by finishing well before the Americans, who in turn captured the bronze medal a good distance ahead of Denmark. The United States’ team was then mostly unheralded, and only advanced to the final by winning the repêchage, but included Conn Findlay, one of the defending Olympic champions.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Germany GER Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4 Denmark DEN
5 Italy ITA
6 Romania ROU
2 h1 r2/3 Uruguay URU
2 h2 r2/3 Czechoslovakia TCH
2 h3 r2/3 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h1 r2/3 Argentina ARG
3 h2 r2/3 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r2/3 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Spain ESP
4 h2 r2/3 Australia AUS
4 h3 r2/3 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Belgium BEL
5 h2 r2/3 Greece GRE
5 h3 r2/3 Hungary HUN