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Rowing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Coxed Fours

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Toda Rowing Course, Toda, Saitama
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964

Gold: GER Germany
Silver: ITA Italy
Bronze: NED Netherlands

Summary

With different lineups, Germany was the reigning Olympic and World Champion in the coxed fours and thus a heavy favorite in the event at the 1964 Summer Olympics. They had also won two of the last three European Championships, but had to settle for silver at the most recent one after being dethroned by the Soviet Union, who sent its victorious squad to Tokyo. The reigning British Empire and Commonwealth champion New Zealand sent a different crew to the 1964 Games, while Argentina, the Pan American champion, did not even participate. While the Soviets and the Italians put forth a valiant effort, neither could quite outclass the Germans, who took the gold medal by a margin of over two seconds. Italy, the most recent European and Olympic bronze medalists, settled for silver, while an enervated Soviet squad fell well behind and surrendered bronze to the Netherlands. The latter won one of their first rowing medals of any color since 1924 (in addition to silver and bronze in the coxless and coxed pairs respectively).

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Germany GER Gold
2 Italy ITA Silver
3 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Soviet Union URS
6 Poland POL
7 United States USA
8 New Zealand NZL
9 Norway NOR
10 Australia AUS
11 Denmark DEN
DNS r3/3 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r2/3 Egypt EGY
4 h2 r2/3 Finland FIN
4 h3 r2/3 Japan JPN
6 h1 r1/3 Cuba CUB