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Rowing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight Double Sculls

Rowing at the 1996 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Lake Sidney Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996

Gold: SUI Switzerland
Silver: NED Netherlands
Bronze: AUS Australia


Men’s lightweight rowing events were held for the first time at the Olympics in 1996, but they had been present at the World Championships since 1974. The reigning World Champions in the lightweight double sculls were brothers [Markus] and [Michael Gier] of Switzerland, who were favored to take the inaugural crown in Atlanta. The siblings won their heat in the opening round, but did not post the fastest time; that honor went to the Spanish duo of [José María de Marco] and [José Carlos Sáez]. The other heats were won by the Netherlands, represented by [Maarten van der Linden] and [Pepijn Aardewijn], and Australia, who sent [Anthony Edwards] and [Bruce Hick], the latter of whom had been World Champion in 1992 and 1993 and both of whom had been bronze medalists in 1995. The semi-finals were taken by Switzerland and Sweden, the latter of whom had sent their reigning World runners-up, [Mattias Tichy] and [Anders Christensson]. In the final, Switzerland won gold with ease, just over three seconds ahead of the Dutch, who battled the Australians to the line for silver and captured it with only 0.21 seconds to spare, leaving Australia to settle for bronze. The Swiss’ rowing title was one of its first since 1928, along with [Xeno Müller’s] in the men’s single sculls.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Spain ESP
5 Austria AUT
6 Sweden SWE
7 Poland POL
8 Italy ITA
9 United States USA
10 Greece GRE
11 Germany GER
12 Great Britain GBR
13 Czech Republic CZE
14 Norway NOR
15 Japan JPN
16 Cuba CUB
17 Argentina ARG
3 h1 r3/4 Ireland IRL
4 h2 r3/4 New Zealand NZL