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Rowing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Coxless Pairs

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

Steven Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent were the defending Olympic champions in the men’s coxless pairs, gold medalists at the last four World Championships, and winners of four of the last six Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cups at the Henley Royal Regatta. They were the overwhelming favorites for the event at the 1996 Summer Olympics, although they were not absolutely dominant at the Games. The duo won their heats in both the opening round and the semi-finals, but with times slower than the other heat winners, which was a likely a tactic to conserve their strength. In the final, they met legitimate challenges from Australians David Weightman and Robert Scott, World bronze and silver medalists in 1995 and 1994 respectively, and France’s Michel Andrieux and Jean-Christophe Rolland, the 1995 third-place finishers, but in the end were the superior rowers and successfully defended their crown. Australia and France finished second and third respectively, far ahead of the rest of the field.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Australia AUS Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5 New Zealand NZL
6 Croatia CRO
7 United States USA
8 Belgium BEL
9 Bulgaria BUL
10 Lithuania LTU
11 Austria AUT
12 Argentina ARG
13 Romania ROU
14 Belarus BLR
15 Germany GER
16 South Africa RSA
17 Netherlands NED
18 Japan JPN