Rowing at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's single sculls

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Men's single sculls
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venue Lake Wendouree
Date 23–27 November
Competitors 12 from 12 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Vyacheslav Ivanov  Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stuart MacKenzie  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John B. Kelly Jr.  United States
← 1952
1960 →

The men's single sculls competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics took place at Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Australia. The event was held from 23 to 27 November.[1]

Heats[edit]

Heats were held on 23 November. First two rowers in each heat advanced to semi-finals, while the others to repechage.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1 Vyacheslav Ivanov  Soviet Union (URS) 7:26.1 SF
2 Stuart MacKenzie  Australia (AUS) 7:28.8 SF
3 James Hill  New Zealand (NZL) 7:30.1 R
4 Ferdinand Rabeder  Austria (AUT) 7:36.0 R

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1 Perica Vlasic  Yugoslavia (YUG) 7:31.3 SF
2 Klaus von Fersen  United Team of Germany (EUA) 7:34.4 SF
3 Stefano Martinoli  Italy (ITA) 7:36.5 R
4 Nicolas Hatziyakounis  Greece (GRE) 7:51.5 R

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1 John B. Kelly Jr.  United States (USA) 7:24.8 SF
2 Teodor Kocerka  Poland (POL) 7:28.1 SF
3 Anthony Fox  Great Britain (GBR) 7:36.7 R
4 Jorge Roesler  Mexico (MEX) 8:24.3 R

Repechage[edit]

The repechage round was held on 24 November, with three rower for each repechage. The winner of the repechage is qualified for the semi-finals.

Repechage 1[edit]

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1 James Hill  New Zealand (NZL) 8:29.9 SF
2 Nicolas Hatziyakounis  Greece (GRE) 11:00.4
Jorge Roesler Froemberg  Mexico (MEX) - DNF

Repechage 2[edit]

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1 Stefano Martinoli  Italy (ITA) 9:11.8 SF
2 Ferdinand Rabeder  Austria (AUT) 9:16.4
3 Anthony Fox  Great Britain (GBR) 9:31.6

Semifinal[edit]

The semi-finals were held on 26 November, first two rowers in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1 Vyacheslav Ivanov  Soviet Union (URS) 9:02.7 F
2 Teodor Kocerka  Poland (POL) 9:05.7 F
3 James Hill  New Zealand (NZL) 9:12.5
4 Klaus von Fersen  United Team of Germany (EUA) 9:23.2

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1 John B. Kelly Jr.  United States (USA) 9:12.5 F
2 Stuart MacKenzie  Australia (AUS) 9:19.5 F
3 Perica Vlasic  Yugoslavia (YUG) 9:32.2
4 Stefano Martinoli  Italy (ITA) 9:35.7

Final[edit]

The final round of men’s single sculls was held on 27 November.

Rank Athlete name Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Vyacheslav Ivanov  Soviet Union (URS) 8:02.5
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stuart MacKenzie  Australia (AUS) 8:07.7
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John B. Kelly Jr.  United States (USA) 8:11.8
4 Teodor Kocerka  Poland (POL) 8:12.9

Ivanov was so thrilled when he was presented with his gold medal that he jumped up and down with joy-and dropped the medal into Lake Wendouree. He immediately dived into the lake to retrieve it, but couldn't find it. After the games were over he was given a replacement medal.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rowing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's Single Sculls". Sports Reference. Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 348. ISBN 0140066322. 

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