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Rowing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Coxless Pairs

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Misari Regatta Course, Hanam
Date Started: September 19, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: ROU Romania
Bronze: YUG Yugoslavia


[Andy Holmes] and [Steven Redgrave] were the reigning World and Commonwealth champions in the men’s coxless pairs and favorites to take gold in the event at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Both men were already Olympic champions, having been members of Great Britain’s coxed fours crew at the 1984 Games, and had won the 1986 and 1987 Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cups at the Henley Royal Regatta. Romania, the defending Olympic champion, sent [Dragoş Neagu] and [Dănuţ Dobre], runners-up at the most recent World Championships, to Seoul, while the reigning Pan-American champions, [Ronaldo] and [Ricardo de Carvalho] of Brazil, were also present. Spain, meanwhile, sent [Fernando Climent] and [Luis Lasúrtegui], the defending runners-up and its only Olympic rowing medalists.

The Romanians won their heat in Olympic record time and were joined as victors by the Britons and Yugoslavians [Sadik Mujkič] and [Bojan Prešern], representing a nation that had never seen the podium in this event at the World Championships. Spain, meanwhile, was eliminated in the repêchage. Romania and Great Britain were victorious in the semi-finals and went head to head in the final, but Holmes and Redgrave were the superior duo and the won the gold medal comfortably. Romania settled for silver and Yugoslavia finished well ahead of Belgium to earn a bronze medal. In addition to their triumph in this event, Holmes and Redgrave also captured bronze in the coxed pairs in Seoul.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Romania ROU Silver
3 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
4 Belgium BEL
5 East Germany GDR
6 Soviet Union URS
7 West Germany FRG
8 France FRA
9 United States USA
10 Brazil BRA
11 Finland FIN
12 Austria AUT
4 h1 r2/4 Spain ESP
4 h2 r2/4 Australia AUS
4 h3 r2/4 Argentina ARG
5 h1 r2/4 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/4 Norway NOR
5 h3 r2/4 Japan JPN