Rowing at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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Rowing at the 1912 Summer Olympics featured 4 events, for men only. All races were held in Djurgårdsbrunnsviken from Thursday, July 17 to Saturday, July 19, 1912.


Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
single sculls
 William Kinnear (GBR)  Polydore Veirman (BEL)  Everard Butler (CAN)
 Mart Kuusik (RUS)
coxed fours
 Germany (GER)
Albert Arnheiter
Hermann Wilker
Rudolf Fickeisen
Otto Fickeisen
Karl Leister[1]
 Great Britain (GBR)
Julius Beresford
Karl Vernon
Charles Rought
Bruce Logan
Geoffrey Carr
 Denmark (DEN)
Erik Bisgaard
Rasmus Frandsen
Mikael Simonsen
Poul Thymann
Ejgil Clemmensen
coxed fours, inriggers
 Denmark (DEN)
Ejler Allert
Jørgen Hansen
Carl Møller
Carl Pedersen
Poul Hartmann
 Sweden (SWE)
Ture Rosvall
William Bruhn-Möller
Conrad Brunkman
Herman Dahlbäck
Wilhelm Wilkens
 Norway (NOR)
Claus Høyer
Reidar Holter
Magnus Herseth
Frithjof Olstad
Olav Bjørnstad
 Great Britain (GBR)
Edgar Burgess
Sidney Swann
Leslie Wormwald
Ewart Horsfall
James Angus Gillan
Stanley Garton
Alister Kirby
Philip Fleming
Henry Wells
 Great Britain (GBR)
New College, Oxford
William Fison
William Parker
Thomas Gillespie
Beaufort Burdekin
Frederick Pitman
Arthur Wiggins
Charles Littlejohn
Robert Bourne
John Walker
 Germany (GER)
Otto Liebing
Max Bröske
Max Vetter
Willi Bartholomae
Fritz Bartholomae
Werner Dehn
Rudolf Reichelt
Hans Matthiae
Kurt Runge
  1. The German team changed the cox after the first round. But it is not known, if Otto Maier participated in the first round and Karl Leister did the rest of the tournament or Karl Leister participated in the first round and Otto Maier did the rest. However, the IOC medal database credits the gold medal only to Karl Leister.

Bronze medals

Bronze medals were not awarded to the losing semi finalists in any of the events, they were instead given diplomas of merit. Although the IOC database currently includes bronze medallists for every event, it is not certain if this an oversight on their behalf or if a retrospective change has been made.

File:1912 Stockholm Rowing Club's Boat House.JPG
The Stockholm rowing club's boat house.
The British eights of the Leander Club.

Amateur definitions

The definition for the rowing competitions was:

An amateur is one:

  • who has never received payment as a trainer;
  • who has never competed for money prizes;
  • who has never competed or given a display for payment;
  • who has never competed, or given a display, against a professional;
  • who has never drawn any pecuniary gain from athletic exercises by selling, exchanging, pawning, or hiring out any prize won in a competition.

An amateur shall be allowed, when taking part in races or displays, to receive his travelling and hotel expenses from the club to which he belongs, or, with the consent of the said club, from the club arranging the competition or display, without forfeiting his amateur status. Payment for such a journey, however, may be made only through the club which he represents in the said competition. No competitor shall be allowed to make any pecuniary gain or profit from such payment.

A professional shall not be allowed to take part in any competitions or displays for amateurs, neither may he officiate as judge or in any other capacity. A professional is one who as a seaman, fisherman, or in any other capacity, has in any way, in the exercise of his calling, engaged in rowing within two years previous to the date of competition.

Participating nations

A total of 185(*) rowers from 14 nations competed at the Stockholm Games:

(*) NOTE: Both German coxwains from the coxed fours event are counted.

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 2 2 0 4
2  Denmark (DEN) 1 0 1 2
 Germany (GER) 1 0 1 2
4  Belgium (BEL) 0 1 0 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 1 0 1
6  Canada (CAN) 0 0 1 1
 Norway (NOR) 0 0 1 1
 Russia (RUS) 0 0 1 1
Total 4 4 5 13