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Rowing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Coxless Pairs

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Albano Lake, Castel Gandolfo
Date Started: August 30, 1960
Date Finished: September 3, 1960

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: AUT Austria
Bronze: FIN Finland

Summary

There was no particularly strong favorite for the coxless pairs event at the 1960 Summer Olympics: none of the most recent victors from the European Championships, British Empire and Commonwealth Games, or the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta (then considered the equivalent of a World Championship) were present in Rome. Nor did the previous Olympic champions and runners-up, the United States and the Soviet Union, return with their victorious members. The Americans sent [Ted Frost] and [Robert Rogers] of Seattle’s Lake Washington Rowing Club, because they had won the event at the 1959 Pan American Games. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, sent 1959 European runners-up [Valentin Boreyko] and [Oleg Golovanov]. The 1956 Olympic bronze medalists from Austria, [Alfred Sageder] and [Josef Kloimstein], returned in another bid to capture gold. They were also the most recent European bronze medalists. Canadian [Lorne Loomer], a 1956 Olympic champion in the coxless fours, was replaced by [David Anderson] in the coxed eights crew that would go on to win silver in that event, and sent to assist [Keith Donald].

Of these nations, however, only the Soviet Union managed to win a heat in an opening round that saw strong performances from Germany, Italy, and Finland. The Americans and the Austrians survived to the semi-finals after the repêchage, however, with the latter winning a heat shared with the two global superpowers. The USSR regained its dominance in the final and won a convincing victory over the Austrians, who duked it out for silver with the Finns and emerged victorious by just over a tenth of a second, leaving Finland to settle for bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Austria AUT Silver
3 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 United States USA
6 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h1 r3/4 Mexico MEX
4 h2 r3/4 Italy ITA
5 h1 r3/4 Australia AUS
5 h2 r3/4 Switzerland SUI
6 h2 r3/4 Argentina ARG
AC h1 r3/4 Denmark DEN DNF
3 h1 r2/4 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/4 Peru PER
3 h3 r2/4 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r2/4 Canada CAN
4 h4 r2/4 Romania ROU
5 h2 r1/4 Sweden SWE