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
South Africa had been the surprise winners of the Menâs Lightweight Coxless Fours at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but they were not present in the event in Rio to defend their title. Denmark had long been the strongest nation in this event and, since their bronze medal finish at the 2012 Games, [Kasper Winther JÃ¸rgensen], [Morten JÃ¸rgensen], and [Jacob BarsÃ¸e] had been the 2013 and 2014 World and European Champions, the 2015 World runners-up, and the 2015 European bronze medalists. In Rio they were joined by long-time partner [Jacob Larsen], but faced a serious challenge from the Swiss quartet of [Lucas TramÃ¨r], [Simon SchÃ¼rch], [Simon Niepmann], and [Mario Gyr], who were the 2015 World and 2015 and 2016 European Champions.
Denmark won its heat by over three seconds during the preliminaries, with Switzerland close behind Italy and China in its heat, but still far ahead of fourth-place finisher France. New Zealand, the 2013 and 2014 World runners-up, captured the third heat, before coming in third behind Italy and France in the first semifinal. Switzerland and Denmark, meanwhile, were well ahead of the competition in the second semifinal and would go on to win gold and silver respectively in the final. Third place went to France, the 2015 World bronze medalists and European runners-up, coming in nearly three seconds ahead of Italy.