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Rowing at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Faliron Bay, Peiraias
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 27, 1906
Format: 1,000 metres. Final only.

Gold: FRA Gaston Delaplane
Silver: FRA Joseph Larran


The single sculls event was held over 1000-meters. It is listed in the official program as “Course de Canoë.” However, this only appears to be a Greek difficulty translating French in the official results and the program. There were only two rowers in this event, both from France, and the winner was [Gaston Delaplane]. Pictures in the French sporting magazine, La Vie Au Grand Air show pictures of Delaplane in a standard scull. Interestingly, in the official entry lists, there are no entries listed for the singles event.

The top rowers in this era were considered to be the British, and possibly the Canadians. Britain’s top sculler was Frederick S. Kelly who had won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1902-03 and 1905. In 1904, Canada’s Louis Scholes had defeated Kelly for that title, and he had won several Canadian and American championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Gaston Delaplane 24 France FRA Gold 5:53.4
2 Joseph Larran 29 France FRA Silver 6:07.2