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
Defending Olympic champions in the Menâs Double Sculls [Nathan Cohen] and [Joseph Sullivan] of New Zealand had both retired prior to Rio and the nationâs only World Champion podium finish since 2012 had been [Robbie Manson] and [Chris Harrisâ] third in 2015. Croatian brothers [Martin] and [Valent SinkoviÄ] were the new duo to beat, having won the and 2014 and 2015 World and 2016 European Championships, while Lithuaniaâs [Saulius Ritter], partnered in Rio with [Mindaugas GriÅ¡konis], could boast the 2011 and 2013 European titles, silver medals at the 2013 and 2015 World and 2013 European Championships, and a third-place finish at the 2016 Europeans.
It was these three nations that won the preliminary heats, with Croatia and Lithuania taking their respective semifinals. New Zealand, meanwhile, finished a distant fourth in Croatiaâs semifinal and was relegated to Final B. In Final A, Croatia held off Lithuaniaâs challenge to capture gold, while Norwayâs [Kjetil Borch], a 2013 World Champion, and [Olaf Tufte], a six-time Olympian and twice Olympic Champion in the single sculls, took bronze.