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Rowing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Coxless Pairs

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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

Gold: NZL New Zealand
Silver: RSA South Africa
Bronze: ITA Italy


[Eric Murray] and [Hamish Bond] of New Zealand had been undefeated in the Men’s 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. Serbia’s entry of [Miloš Vasić] and [Nenad Beđik] were the 2015 bronze medalists, Great Britain had 2016 European runners-up [Alan Sinclair] and [Stewart Innes], and Hungary sent the 2016 European Champions [Adrián Juhász] and [Béla Simon].

Both Hungary and Serbia, however, were eliminated in the New Zealanders’ 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.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5 France FRA
6 Australia AUS
7 Czech Republic CZE
8 Netherlands NED
9 Hungary HUN
10 Serbia SRB
11 United States USA
12 Romania ROU
13 Spain ESP