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Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Regatta Course, Grünau, Berlin
Date Started: August 11, 1936
Date Finished: August 14, 1936

Gold: GER Gustav Schäfer
Silver: AUT Josef Hasenöhrl
Bronze: USA Dan Barrow


The single sculls event in Berlin boasted several distinguished rowers, many of whom had competed in the Diamond Sculls. While the 1933 and 1934 winners, [Tom Askwith] of Great Britain and [Herbert Buhtz] of Germany, were not present, their nations were ably represented by [Humphrey Warren] and [Gustav Schäfer], the former of whom had been runner-up at the 1933 Diamond Sculls. Also in contention was Czechoslovakia’s [Jiří Zavřel], the 1935 runner-up. The favorite, however, was probably Switzerland’s [Ernst Rufli], who had won the competition in 1935 and 1936. In the opening round, however, Rufli’s time was second to Schäfer’s, although both won their heats by a substantial margin (nearly 21 seconds in Rufli’s case). Warren and Zavřel were in the same heat, but ended up at opposite ends of the ranking, with Zavřel 16 seconds behind Warren’s winning time. The victor in a weak fourth heat was [Roger Verey] of Poland.

In the semi-finals Schäfer and Rufli again won their heats easily but, despite six of the eight semi-finalists qualifying for the final, Verey and Warren failed to advance; Verey was unable to finish in Schäfer’s heat, while Warren was last in Rufli’s competitive heat, which included Austrian [Josef Hasenöhrl] and Canadian [Charles Campbell]. Warren’s time of 8:08.8, however, would have been good enough for second place in Schäfer’s heat. With Zavřel having been eliminated in the repêchage, it looked as if the final would be a race between Germany and Switzerland, but Rufli struggled and placed only fifth. Schäfer thus had an easy victory, finishing well ahead of silver and bronze medalists [Josef Hasenöhrl] of Austria and [Dan Barrow] of the United States. The following year Hasenöhrl won the Diamond Sculls and was later killed at the end of World War II in Luxembourg. Despite his disappointment in the single sculls, Verey would not go home from Berlin empty-handed\: he and partner [Jerzy Ustupski] claimed bronze in the double sculls.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gustav Schäfer 29 Germany GER Gold
2 Josef Hasenöhrl 21 Austria AUT Silver
3 Dan Barrow 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Charles Campbell 22 Canada CAN
5 Ernst Rufli 26 Switzerland SUI
6 Antonio Giorgio 38 Argentina ARG
4 h2 r3/4 Humphrey Warren 26 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r3/4 Roger Verey 24 Poland POL DNF
2 h1 r2/4 Carl Christiansen 27 Norway NOR
2 h2 r2/4 Riccardo Steinleitner 21 Italy ITA
2 h3 r2/4 Jiří Zavřel 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
2 h4 r2/4 Cecil Pearce 22 Australia AUS
3 h1 r2/4 Elmar Korko 28 Estonia EST
3 h2 r2/4 Hans ten Houten 20 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r2/4 Henri Banos 22 France FRA
3 h4 r2/4 Celestino João de Palma 23 Brazil BRA
4 h1 r2/4 László Kozma 33 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/4 Walter Youell 26 South Africa RSA
4 h4 r2/4 Arquímedes Juanicó 28 Uruguay URU
AC h3 r2/4 Davor Jelaska 28 Yugoslavia YUG DNF