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Men's Single Sculls

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Eton Dorney, Windsor
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012

Gold: NZL Mahé Drysdale
Silver: CZE Ondřej Synek
Bronze: GBR Alan Campbell


As the world record holder, New Zealand’s [Mahé Drysdale] was the favorite to win gold in the men’s single sculls event in London. Although he had only taken home bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics, he was a five-time World Champion, winning the event in every Championship since 2005 except for 2010, making him one of only two rowers with five World titles in the sport, the other being Germany’s [Peter-Michael Kolbe]. Drysdale’s 2010 World Championship loss came at the hands of the Czech Republic’s [Ondřej Synek], the silver medalist from Beijing and the most recent World Championship and a strong contender for the 2012 Olympic title. The defending Olympic champion, Norway’s [Olaf Tufte], had a chance to reach the podium once more, although his form had slipped somewhat from his peak in Beijing. The hometown favorite for Britain was [Alan Campbell], whose first Olympic appearance came in 2004 and who had placed second (2009) and third (2010 and 2011) in recent World Championships.

All four favorites passed through the heats but Tufte failed to advance out of the semi-finals after coming last in a heat won by Drysdale. This left Drysdale, Synek, and Campbell as the most likely finishers on the podium, although Sweden’s [Lassi Karonen], who had placed sixth in 2008, challenged the trio for the first quarter of the race. At the halfway mark, Drysdale and Synek began distancing themselves beyond the reach of the rest of the pack but, by 1500m, Drysdale had clearly established himself as the front runner and easily nabbed the gold, leaving Synek with his second Olympic silver medal. Campbell and Karonen battled for the bronze right to the line but Campbell, certainly invigorated by the cheers of the home crowd, pulled ahead in the final 150m and took the final spot on the podium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mahé Drysdale 33 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Ondřej Synek 29 Czech Republic CZE Silver
3 Alan Campbell 29 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Lassi Karonen 36 Sweden SWE
5 Aleksandr Aleksandrov 22 Azerbaijan AZE
6 Marcel Hacker 35 Germany GER
7 Ángel Fournier 24 Cuba CUB
8 Mindaugas Griškonis 26 Lithuania LTU
9 Olaf Tufte 36 Norway NOR
10 Santiago Fernández 35 Argentina ARG
11 Zhang Liang 25 China CHN
12 Tim Maeyens 30 Belgium BEL
13 Henrik Victor Stephansen 23 Denmark DEN
14 Patrick Loliger 27 Mexico MEX
15 Mario Vekić 29 Croatia CRO
16 Sawarn Singh 22 India IND
17 Michał Słoma 30 Poland POL
18 Mathias Raymond 26 Monaco MON
19 Anderson Nocetti 38 Brazil BRA
20 Nour El Din Hassanein 23 Egypt EGY
21 Kim Dong-Yong 21 South Korea KOR
22 Mohsen Shadi 24 Iran IRI
23 Óscar Vásquez 25 Chile CHI
24 Ken Jurkowski 30 United States USA
25 So Sau Wah 26 Hong Kong HKG
26 Wang Ming-Hui 26 Chinese Taipei TPE
27 Víctor Aspillaga 27 Peru PER
28 Vladislav Yakovlev 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
29 Roberto López 18 El Salvador ESA
30 James Fraser-Mackenzie 19 Zimbabwe ZIM
31 Aymen Mejri 23 Tunisia TUN
32 Paul Etia Ndoumbè 28 Cameroon CMR
33 Hamadou Issaka 35 Niger NIG