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Men's Coxless Pairs

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Basin, Notre Dame Island, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 18, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976

Gold: GDR East Germany
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: FRG West Germany


East Germany had won the coxless pairs event at the previous two Olympics and the last four editions of the World Championships, making its entry, twins [Jörg] and [Bernd Landvoigt], the heavy favorite in Montreal. The brothers were not bereft of Olympic experience: they had both earned medals as part of the East German coxed eights crew in 1972. In the opening round they won their heat in record time, while the other heat winners, Czechoslovakians [Vojtěch Caska] and [Miroslav Knapek] and Yugoslavians [Zlatko Celent] and [Duško Mrduljaš], were over six and a half seconds slower. The semi-finals, however, were somewhat more thrilling, as East Germany won its heat in Olympic record time, but only 0.21 seconds separated them from the third-place Bulgarians [Georgi Georgiev] and [Valentin Stoev], the 1975 World runners-up, with Czechoslovakia sandwiched in the middle. The other heat was won by Americans [Mike Staines] and [Calvin Coffey], both seasoned internationals. The final was no contest: the Landvoigt brothers cruised to an easy gold medal nearly three and a half seconds ahead of the Americans, who settled for silver. Well behind them were [Peter van Roye] and [Thomas Strauß] of West Germany, who took bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 East Germany GDR Gold
2 United States USA Silver
3 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Yugoslavia YUG
5 Bulgaria BUL
6 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 Soviet Union URS
8 Finland FIN
9 Canada CAN
10 Netherlands NED
11 Poland POL
12 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/4 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/4 Denmark DEN
6 h1 r2/4 Brazil BRA