Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016
[Eric Murray] and [Hamish Bond] of New Zealand had been undefeated in the Menâs Coxless Pair since 2009 and they continued their streak in Rio as the clear favorites, capturing gold in the event with ease. Serbia had won the event at the European Championships in 2013 and 2014, while Great Britain and Hungary took the title in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Serbiaâs entry of [MiloÅ¡ VasiÄ] and [Nenad BeÄik] were the 2015 bronze medalists, Great Britain had 2016 European runners-up [Alan Sinclair] and [Stewart Innes], and Hungary sent the 2016 European Champions [AdriÃ¡n JuhÃ¡sz] and [BÃ©la Simon].
Both Hungary and Serbia, however, were eliminated in the New Zealandersâ semifinal heat after placing behind Great Britain and the South African duo of [Lawrence Brittain] and [Shaun Keeling], the latter of whom was a 2014 World bronze medalist. The other semifinal was won by [Giovanni Abagnale] and [Marco Di Costanzo] of Italy. The final was relatively spaced out, with Murray and Bond comfortably ahead of the South Africans, who in turn finished just over two seconds ahead of Italy.