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Rowing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Coxed Pairs

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Willebroek Channel, Vilvoorde
Date Started: August 28, 1920
Date Finished: August 29, 1920

Gold: ITA Italy
Silver: FRA France
Bronze: SUI Switzerland


The pair oars with coxswain was an excellent final, with Italy behind throughout most of the race but they closed quickly on France to win by one second, with Switzerland listed as “very near.” The French bronze medal pair, Alfred Plé and Gaston Giran, had earlier won the 1920 European Championship.France had won the 1920 European Championship. At Antwerp, France fielded a crew that had seen all three members compete at the 1919 Inter-Allied Games. But Italy’s coxed pair was rowed by two oarsmen who had also competed at Paris in 1919, though with less success. The race was very close, as all three boats finished within a few seconds in the final.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Italy ITA Gold
2 France FRA Silver
3 Switzerland SUI Bronze
2 h1 r1/2 Belgium BEL