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Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: NOR Olaf Tufte
Silver: CZE Ondřej Synek
Bronze: NZL Mahé Drysdale

Summary

The favorite in the men’s single sculls at the 2008 Summer Olympics was Mahé Drysdale of New Zealand, who had won the event at the last three editions of the World Championships, as well as the 2006 Diamond Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta. His strongest challenger was probably Olaf Tufte of Norway, the defending Olympic champion, 2005 World runner-up, and 2007 World bronze medalist, but there were other contenders as well. Marcel Hacker of Germany was the 2006 World runner-up and the 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, Ondřej Synek of the Czech Republic was the 2005 and 2006 World bronze medalist and the 2007 World runner-up, Argentina’s Santiago Fernández was the reigning Pan American champion, and Alan Campbell was the winner of the 2007 Diamond Challenge Sculls.

Tufte, Campbell, Synek, and Drysdale won four of the heats, while a fifth was taken by Belgium’s Tim Maeyens. Fernández was nearly eliminated in Maeyens’ heat, while Hacker came in second to Lassi Karonen of Sweden. For the first time since 1912, a quarter-final was held, one that allowed all of these rowers to advance except for Fernández, who was relegated to the C/D semi-final. Of these remaining seven, only six could advance to the A Final, and the odd one out was Hacker, who finished fourth in heat one behind Karonen, Tufte, and Maeyens. In the final, Drysdale, Synek, and Tufte had all broken away from the pack by the final stretch and battled each other to capture gold. The Norwegian emerged as the victor, with Synek coming in 0.8 seconds later for silver, leaving bronze for the pre-race favorite from New Zealand.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Olaf Tufte 32 Norway NOR Gold
2 Ondřej Synek 25 Czech Republic CZE Silver
3 Mahé Drysdale 29 New Zealand NZL Bronze
4 Tim Maeyens 26 Belgium BEL
5 Alan Campbell 25 Great Britain GBR
6 Lassi Karonen 32 Sweden SWE
7 Marcel Hacker 31 Germany GER
8 Mindaugas Griškonis 22 Lithuania LTU
9 André Vonarburg 30 Switzerland SUI
10 Ioannis Christou 25 Greece GRE
11 Ken Jurkowski 26 United States USA
12 Peter Hardcastle 30 Australia AUS
13 Sjoerd Hamburger 25 Netherlands NED
14 Anderson Nocetti 34 Brazil BRA
15 Patrick Loliger 23 Mexico MEX
16 Óscar Vásquez 21 Chile CHI
17 Andrei Jämsä 26 Estonia EST
18 Ali Ibrahim 36 Egypt EGY
19 Leandro Salvagno 24 Uruguay URU
20 Law Hiu Fung 24 Hong Kong HKG
21 Bajrang Takhar 27 India IND
22 Mathias Raymond 22 Monaco MON
23 Wang Ming-Hui 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
24 Dhison Hernández 23 Venezuela VEN
25 Mohsen Shadi 20 Iran IRI
26 Ruslan Naurzaliyev 23 Uzbekistan UZB
27 Rodrigo Ideus 21 Colombia COL
28 Paul Etia Ndoumbè 24 Cameroon CMR
29 Chaouki Dries 27 Algeria ALG
30 Matthew Lidaywa Lidaywa 29 Kenya KEN
31 Norberto Bernárdez 21 Honduras HON
6 h4 r2/4 Santiago Fernández 31 Argentina ARG