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Rowing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight Double Sculls

Rowing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Lagoa Stadium, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 12, 2016

Gold: FRA France
Silver: IRL Ireland
Bronze: NOR Norway


France’s [Jérémie Azou] was the world’s leading competitor in Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls going into the 2016 Summer Olympics, having won the 2015 World Championships and the 2013, 2014, and 2015 European Championships with [Stany Delayre]. The duo were also the 2014 World runners-up, behind [John Smith] and [John Thompson], who had been members of South Africa’s gold medal-winning lightweight coxless fours squad at the 2012 Games. In Rio, Azou was partnered with [Pierre Houin] and was expected to face competition from Irish brothers [Gary] and [Paul O'Donovan], the 2016 European Champions, and Norway’s [Kristoffer Brun] and [Are Strandli], the 2013 World Champions and the 2014 and 2015 World and 2014 European bronze medalists. The reigning Olympic champions, Denmark’s [Mads Rasmussen] and [Rasmus Quist], had not earned a major title since London, but did return to Rio to defend their crown.

Ireland, Norway, France, and South Africa all came in first in their preliminary heats, with Denmark coming third behind [Josh Konieczny] and [Andrew Campbell] of the United States in the O’Donovan brothers’ heat. Rasmussen and Quist then won the repêchage, only to be eliminated in a semifinal where South Africa and Norway came first and second. In the other semifinal, France, the United States, and Ireland qualified for the final in that order, where France was able to shoot to the finish line ahead of Ireland to claim gold, leaving Norway to settle for bronze. Ireland’s silver was the nation’s first ever Olympic medal in rowing.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 France FRA Gold
2 Ireland IRL Silver
3 Norway NOR Bronze
4 South Africa RSA
5 United States USA
6 Poland POL
7 Great Britain GBR
8 Italy ITA
9 Germany GER
10 Denmark DEN
11 China CHN
12 Austria AUT
13 Switzerland SUI
14 Brazil BRA
15 Japan JPN
16 Turkey TUR
17 Chile CHI
18 Cuba CUB
19 Hong Kong HKG
20 Angola ANG