at the Games of the XI Olympiad
Rowing pictogram.svg
VenueLanger See
Dates11–14 August
Competitors313 from 24 nations
← 1932
1948 →

Rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics featured seven events, for men only. The competitions were held from 11 to 14 August on a regatta course at Grünau on the Langer See.[1]

The competition was dominated by the hosts, Germany, who medaled in every event and took five of the seven gold medals. The final race, men's eights, was won by a working-class United States team from the University of Washington who, in what had become their trademark, started slow and outsprinted the competition to an exceedingly close finish, with only one second separating the top three finishers at the end of a six-and-a-half minute race.[2][3] This event is chronicled in The Boys in the Boat written by Daniel James Brown.

Medal summary

Rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics on a German stamp
Rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics on a German stamp
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
 Gustav Schäfer (GER)  Josef Hasenöhrl (AUT)  Dan Barrow (USA)
Double sculls
 Jack Beresford
and Dick Southwood (GBR)
 Willi Kaidel
and Joachim Pirsch (GER)
 Roger Verey
and Jerzy Ustupski (POL)
Coxless pairs
 Willi Eichhorn
and Hugo Strauß (GER)
 Harry Larsen
and Richard Olsen (DEN)
 Horacio Podestá
and Julio Curatella (ARG)
Coxed pair
 Germany (GER)
Gerhard Gustmann
Herbert Adamski
Dieter Arend
 Italy (ITA)
Almiro Bergamo
Guido Santin
Luciano Negrini
 France (FRA)
Marceau Fourcade
Georges Tapie
Noël Vandernotte
Coxless four
 Germany (GER)
Rudolf Eckstein
Anton Rom
Martin Karl
Wilhelm Menne
 Great Britain (GBR)
Martin Bristow
Alan Barrett
Peter Jackson
John Sturrock
 Switzerland (SUI)
Hermann Betschart
Hans Homberger
Alex Homberger
Karl Schmid
Coxed four
 Germany (GER)
Hans Maier
Walter Volle
Ernst Gaber
Paul Söllner
Fritz Bauer
 Switzerland (SUI)
Hermann Betschart
Hans Homberger
Alex Homberger
Karl Schmid
Rolf Spring
 France (FRA)
Fernand Vandernotte
Marcel Vandernotte
Jean Cosmat
Marcel Chauvigné
Noël Vandernotte
 United States (USA)
Herbert Morris
Charles Day
Gordon Adam
John White
James McMillin
George Hunt
Joe Rantz
Donald Hume
Robert Moch
 Italy (ITA)
Guglielmo Del Bimbo
Dino Barsotti
Oreste Grossi
Enzo Bartolini
Mario Checcacci
Dante Secchi
Ottorino Quaglierini
Enrico Garzelli
Cesare Milani
 Germany (GER)
Alfred Rieck
Helmut Radach
Hans Kuschke
Heinz Kaufmann
Gerd Völs
Werner Loeckle
Hans-Joachim Hannemann
Herbert Schmidt
Wilhelm Mahlow

Participating nations

A total of 313 rowers from 24 nations competed at the Berlin Games:

Medal table

1 Germany (GER)5117
2 Great Britain (GBR)1102
3 United States (USA)1012
4 Italy (ITA)0202
5 Switzerland (SUI)0112
6 Austria (AUT)0101
 Denmark (DEN)0101
8 France (FRA)0022
9 Argentina (ARG)0011
 Poland (POL)0011
Totals (10 nations)77721


  1. ^ "Rowing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ Michael J. Socolow, Six Minutes in Berlin, Published 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  3. ^ "The Rowing Team That Stunned the World". hereandnow. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2016.

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