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Rowing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight Double Sculls

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, Schinias National Park
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 22, 2004

Gold: POL Poland
Silver: FRA France
Bronze: GRE Greece

Summary

Tomasz Kucharski and Robert Sycz of Poland were the defending Olympic champions, but they had been runners-up at the last three World Championships, losing every time to Italy’s Elia Luini and Leonardo Pettinari, the 2000 Olympic silver medalists. Although these two nations were favored at the 2004 edition, both lost their opening round heats, Italy to the Greek duo of Vasilios Polymeros and Nikos Skiathitis and Poland to Danes Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist, the 2002 World bronze medalists. The other heats went to Ireland’s Sam Lynch and Gearóid Towey, the 2003 World bronze medalists, and France’s Frédéric Dufour and Pascal Touron, the latter of whom was a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist and both of whom posted the fastest time of the round. A big surprise came in the finals when Italy struggled in a heat won by France and finished fifth behind Ireland, leading to its elimination. Poland won its heat easily and, with its strongest challenger gone, was able to claim the gold medal in the final, although it faced a surprisingly strong challenge from France, who came in for silver just over half a second later. The Greeks, meanwhile, battled the Danes for the final podium spot and came out on top by a margin of only 0.69 seconds to win their nation its first Olympic rowing medal, if one discounts those earned in the odd 6- and 17-man naval rowing boats events at the 1906 Intercalated Games.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Poland POL Gold
2 France FRA Silver
3 Greece GRE Bronze
4 Denmark DEN
5 Hungary HUN
6 Japan JPN
7 United States USA
8 Spain ESP
9 Czech Republic CZE
10 Ireland IRL
11 Slovakia SVK
12 Italy ITA
13 Germany GER
14 Cuba CUB
15 Belgium BEL
16 Australia AUS
17 China CHN
18 Uruguay URU
2 h2 r3/4 Uzbekistan UZB
4 h2 r3/4 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r3/4 Hong Kong HKG