Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Argenteuil Basin, Paris
Date Started: July 13, 1924
Date Finished: July 17, 1924
Ten nations competed in the coxed fours in Paris and two others, Norway and Czechoslovakia, dropped out prior to the start of the race. Switzerland, who had won the event in 1920 and every European Championship since 1911 (except 1922), and France (the 1922 European champions) were the traditionally strong countries in this discipline; the former brought back one of the gold medalists from the previous edition of the Games, [Hans Walter], to compete in Paris. In the opening round, however, it was the Netherlands who had the fastest time, winning their heat ahead of the Swiss, who had the third-fastest result overall, behind France. The other heat winners were Italy and the United States. Switzerland won the repÃªchage and earned a spot in the final, which was led by the Dutch team until midway through the course, at which point the exhausted nation dropped from the race. The Swiss crew then took the lead and beat out France for the gold medal, with the United States coming in third.