Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Lake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Date Started: July 31, 1984
Date Finished: August 5, 1984
Due to the Soviet-led boycott, the reigning Olympic and World Champion in the coxed pairs, East Germany, was not present at the 1984 Summer Olympics. This meant that the favorites in the event, the two-time World Championship-winning Italians Giuseppe Di Capua and brothers Carmine and Giuseppe Abbagnale, were likely to go unchallenged in Los Angeles. The only other World Championship medalist from the past three years at the Games was Great Britain, bronze medalists in 1981, and they sent a new lineup consisting of Adrian Genziani, Bill Lang, and Alan Inns.
The Italians won their heat with ease in the opening round, but were actually slightly slower than the other heat winners, Romanians Dimitrie Popescu, Vasile Tomoiagă, and Dumitru Răducanu, who had been tapped as having an advantage in the rowing events with the absence of the Eastern Bloc. In the final, however, Italy was unquestionably dominant, winning gold by a margin of over five seconds over Romania, who settled for silver. The United States, meanwhile, represented by Kevin Still, Robert Espeseth, Jr., and Doug Herland, took bronze by almost the same margin over the Brazilians.