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Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, Schinias National Park
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004

Gold: NOR Olaf Tufte
Silver: EST Jüri Jaanson
Bronze: BUL Ivo Yanakiev

Summary

Olaf Tufte of Norway, Marcel Hacker of Germany, and Iztok Čop of Slovenia had won 11 of the last 12 World Championship medals in the men’s single sculls. Tufte was the 2001 and 2003 champion and the 2002 bronze medalist, Hacker was the 2002 champion and the 2003 runner-up (as well as the 2000 Olympic bronze medalist and winner of the 1999 and 2004 Diamond Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta), and Čop was the 2001 and 2002 runner-up and the 2003 bronze medalist. The odd one out was Václav Chalupa, Jr., bronze medalist in 2001 and Olympic runner-up in 1992. Čop elected to try and defend his title in the double sculls in Athens, leaving Davor Mizerit to represent his nation in the singles. Meanwhile, defending Olympic champion Rob Waddell of New Zealand had retired from rowing to try his hand at sailing, while 1996 Olympic champion and 2000 runner-up Xeno Müller of Switzerland had retired, leaving Tufte and Hacker as the favorites at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

The opening heats were won by Tufte (who posted the fastest time of the round), Chalupa, Belgium’s Tim Maeyens, and Santiago Fernández of Argentina, the latter of whom was the reigning Pan American runner-up. The semi-finals, meanwhile, were taken by Chalupa, Tufte, and Estonia’s Jüri Jaanson, while Mizerit and Hacker were eliminated in favor of Fernández and Ivo Yanakiev of Bulgaria. Jaanson had been the World Champion in 1990, but had not seen the podium at that tournament since being runner-up in 1995. In the final, he put out an impressive effort, but was unable to outperform Tufte, who won gold comfortably, leaving the Estonian with silver. Yanakiev crossed the finish line shortly thereafter to take the bronze medal. Jaanson’s medal was not only the first for Estonia in rowing, but his first in five editions of the Olympics, as he débuted in 1988 for the Soviet Union.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Olaf Tufte 28 Norway NOR Gold
2 Jüri Jaanson 38 Estonia EST Silver
3 Ivo Yanakiev 28 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Santiago Fernández 27 Argentina ARG
5 Václav Chalupa, Jr. 36 Czech Republic CZE
6 Tim Maeyens 22 Belgium BEL
7 Marcel Hacker 27 Germany GER
8 André Vonarburg 26 Switzerland SUI
9 Davor Mizerit 23 Slovenia SLO
10 Ian Lawson 27 Great Britain GBR
11 Craig Jones 32 Australia AUS
12 Yuleidys Cascaret 25 Cuba CUB
13 Anderson Nocetti 30 Brazil BRA
14 Ali Ibrahim 32 Egypt EGY
15 Su Hui 22 China CHN
16 Dirk Lippits 27 Netherlands NED
17 Raphael Hartl 28 Austria AUT
18 Law Hiu Fung 20 Hong Kong HKG
19 Matteo Stefanini 20 Italy ITA
20 Leandro Salvagno 20 Uruguay URU
21 Gustavo Salcedo 22 Peru PER
22 Ham Jeong-Uk 19 South Korea KOR
23 Óscar Vásquez 17 Chile CHI
24 Vladimir Chernenko 23 Uzbekistan UZB
25 Wang Ming-Hui 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
26 Mohamed Aich 23 Algeria ALG
27 Ibrahim Githaiga 35 Kenya KEN
28 Daniel Sosa 21 Paraguay PAR
29 Paulose Pandari Kunnel 27 India IND