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Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Lake Banyoles, Bañolas
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: August 1, 1992

Gold: GER Thomas Lange
Silver: TCH Václav Chalupa, Jr.
Bronze: POL Kajetan Broniewski

Summary

Thomas Lange, now competing for a unified Germany, was the reigning Olympic champion and winner of two of the last three World Championships, which made him a strong favorite to defend his crown in the men’s single sculls at the 1992 Summer Olympics. His great rival was probably Václav Chalupa, Jr. of Czechoslovakia, runner-up at the last three World Championships and winner of the 1989 Diamond Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta. Other contenders included Joaquín Gómez of Mexico, the reigning Pan American champion, New Zealand’s Eric Verdonk, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and 1990 Diamond Challenge Sculls winner, Finland’s Pertti Karppinen, Olympic champion in 1976, 1980, and 1984, and Jüri Jaanson, who had won the 1990 World Championship for the Soviet Union and was now competing for an independent Estonia.

Harald Faderbauer of Austria had the fastest time in the opening round, with the other heats being won by Lange, Chalupa, and Argentina’s Sergio Fernández, the most recent Pan American runner-up. In the semi-finals, Lange defeated Chalupa in a heat that saw Poland’s Kajetan Broniewski, the 1991 World bronze medalist, earn a spot as the third qualifier. Karppinen finished fourth and, as in the previous Olympics, failed to survive until the final. Fernández, meanwhile, won the other heat, ahead of Jaanson and Verdonk. The final came down to a race to the finish between Lange and Chalupa, but the former pulled away near the end to successfully defend his crown. Chalupa came in second and, nearly four seconds later, Broniewski beat out Verdonk to claim the final podium spot.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Thomas Lange 28 Germany GER Gold
2 Václav Chalupa, Jr. 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Kajetan Broniewski 29 Poland POL Bronze
4 Eric Verdonk 33 New Zealand NZL
5 Jüri Jaanson 26 Estonia EST
6 Sergio Fernández 25 Argentina ARG
7 Joaquín Gómez 25 Mexico MEX
8 Harald Faderbauer 26 Austria AUT
9 Uģis Lasmanis 24 Latvia LAT
10 Pertti Karppinen 39 Finland FIN
11 Konstantinos Kariotis 20 Greece GRE
12 Xeno Müller 19 Switzerland SUI
13 Massimo Marconcini 24 Italy ITA
14 Wade Hall-Craggs 26 Great Britain GBR
15 Gábor Mitring 25 Hungary HUN
16 Frans Göbel 33 Netherlands NED
17 Ihor Mohylniy 21 Unified Team EUN
18 Jesús Posse 26 Uruguay URU
19 Greg Walker 28 United States USA
20 Ali Rıza Bilal 26 Turkey TUR
21 Niall O'Toole 22 Ireland IRL
22 Christian Francis 23 Lebanon LIB