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Rowing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Canoeing and Rowing Basin, Krylatskoye Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980

Gold: FIN Pertti Karppinen
Silver: URS Vasily Yakusha
Bronze: GDR Peter Kersten

Summary

With the absence of many nations due to the American-led boycott, reigning Olympic and World Champion Pertti Karppinen of Finland seemed like a sure bet for the men’s single sculls gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. His greatest rival and strongest challenger, Peter-Michael Kolbe, against whom he usually had the upper hand, was a West German and therefore unable to participate, leaving Karppinen as the only World Champion at the Games. Similarly, the only winner of the Diamond Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta who was present in Moscow was Hugh Matheson of Great Britain. In the opening round, Matheson, Karppinen, and Soviet Vasily Yakusha won their heats, while the semi-finals were taken by Karppinen and East German Peter Kersten. The final was not particularly exciting and Karppinen, Yakusha, and Kersten, the gold, silver, and bronze medalists respectively, were all spaced out by at least two seconds ahead of their nearest competitor.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pertti Karppinen 27 Finland FIN Gold
2 Vasily Yakusha 22 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Peter Kersten 22 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Vladek Lacina 31 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Hans Svensson 24 Sweden SWE
6 Hugh Matheson 31 Great Britain GBR
7 Bernard Destraz 25 Switzerland SUI
8 Kostas Kontomanolis 22 Greece GRE
9 Lajos Ódor 20 Hungary HUN
10 Chavdar Radev 21 Bulgaria BUL
11 Raimund Schmidt 20 Austria AUT
12 Paulo César Dworakowski 23 Brazil BRA
4 h1 r2/4 Didier Gallet 34 France FRA
5 h1 r2/4 Arturo Salfran 21 Cuba CUB