Mens' Double Scull (M2X)
2004 Athens Olympic Games
August 1422, 2004
Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre
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Preview
There have been lots of moves since last year to try to catch France's 2003 gold medalists in this event. Slovenia's fourth place crew last year is greatly enhanced by the return of Iztok Cop with Luka Spik in an attempt to defend their Olympic gold medal performance in this event in Sydney. Italy and the Czech Republic ( 2nd and 3rd in this event last year ) return intact and seem content to challenge with those combinations. Hungary's Haller, however, has lost his 20012002 gold medal partner, Peto, and arrives with a new partner this year. Finally, Germany has combined two gold medalist from their 2001 and 2002 quads to test the Schianas waters.
Final A PreRace Analysis
This may be one of the most hotly contested rowing finals at the Olympics, with the six finalists apparently within 3 seconds of each other over the course, and four of them less than 1 second apart in the semifinals times. The experience and Athens performances so far of Italy and Slovenia favor both of them for the gold and silver medals, but not necessarily in that order, which is really a toss up. Both were Olympic Champions in Sydney in 2000  the Italians in the quadruple sculls event and the Slovenia is this double sculls event. Italy may be a little faster than Slovenia in the early going, but Slovenia should cut into and virtually eliminate that lead in the middle 1000 meters. The Championship attitudes and pedigrees these men bring to the last 500 meters means neither will blink and gold and silver are just too close to call. If either of them falters or makes a mistake, watch out for France, last year's gold medalists at Worlds, and Estonia, who will be right there with 500 to go watching for the opportunity to sneak by Italy or Slovenia. The three medals should be spread somewhere among these four countries.
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Biographies
SLOVENIA  
Iztok  Cop  1990  4  7th 
1991  2  2nd  
1992  2  3rd  
1993  2  3rd  
1994  1x  3rd  
1995  1x  1st  
1996  1x  4th  
1997  1x  4th  
1998  1x  4th  
1999  2x  1st  
2000  2x  1st  
2001  1x  2nd  
2002  1x  2nd  
2003  1x  3rd  
Luka  Spik  1996  2  14th 
1998  2  14th  
1999  2x  1st  
2000  2x  1st  
2001  2x  5th  
2002  4x  8th  
2003  2x  4th  
AUSTRALIA  Back ^  
Brendan  Long  2001  4x  10th 
2003  4x  4th  
Peter  Hardcastle  1998  4x  5th 
1999  4x  3rd  
2000  4x  4th  
2002  2x  4th  
2003  2x  6th  
GREAT BRITAIN  Back ^  
Matthew  Wells  2000  1x  10th 
2001  1x  13th  
2002  2x  6th  
2003  2x  5th  
Matthew  Langridge  2003  4x  9th 
ITALY  Back ^  
Rossano  Galtarossa  1991  2x  11th 
1992  4x  3rd  
1993  4x  3rd  
1994  4x  1st  
1995  4x  1st  
1996  4x  4th  
1997  4x  1st  
1998  4x  1st  
1999  4x  7th  
2000  4x  1st  
2001  2x  3rd  
2002  4x  3rd  
2003  2x  2nd  
Alessio  Sartori  1994  4x  1st 
1995  4x  1st  
1996  4x  4th  
1997  1x  9th  
1998  4x  1st  
1999  4x  7th  
2000  4x  1st  
2001  2x  3rd  
2002  8+  5th  
2003  2x  2nd  
CZECH REPUBLIC  Back ^  
Milan  Dolecek  1981  2  8th 
1982  2+  3rd  
1983  2+  5th  
1986  4  6th  
1987  4  11th  
1988  4+  8th  
1989  4  9th  
1991  8+  11th  
2001  4x  11th  
2002  2x  5th  
2003  2x  3rd  
Ondrej  Synek  2001  4x  11th 
2002  2x  5th  
2003  2x  3rd  
FRANCE  Back ^  
Sebastian  Villedent  1995  4x  7th 
1996  4x  12th  
1997  2x  8th  
2000  4x  10th  
2001  2x  2nd  
2002  2x  7th  
2003  2x  1st  
Adrian  Hardy  1999  1x  21st 
2000  1x  7th  
2001  2x  2nd  
2002  2x  7th  
2003  2x  1st  
GERMANY  Back ^  
Rene  Bertram  2002  4x  1st 
Christian  Schreiber  2001  4x  1st 
2003  2x  17th  
NORWAY  Back ^  
NilsTorolov  Simonsen  2001  4x  14th 
2002  2x  13th  
2003  2x  12th  
Morten  Adamsen  2003  2x  12th 
HUNGARY  Back ^  
Akos  Haller  1995  4x  16th 
1998  2x  7th  
1999  2x  5th  
2000  2x  5th  
2001  2x  1st  
2002  2x  1st  
2003  2x  7th  
Gabor  Bencsik  2003  4x  19th 
CUBA  Back ^  
Yosbel  Martinez  1999  4x  9th 
Hechevarria  2000  2x  12th  
2001  2x  4th  
2002  2x  8th  
2003  2x  8th  
Yoennis  Hernandez  2000  2x  12th 
Arruez  2001  2x  4th  
2002  2x  8th  
2003  2x  8th  
ESTONIA  Back ^  
Leonid  Gulov  1999  2x  8th 
2000  2x  9th  
2003  4x  7th  
Tonu  Endrekson  2002  4x  7th 
2003  4x  7th  
UNITED STATES  Back ^  
Henry  Nuzum  2000  2x  8th 
2001  4x  5th  
2003  4x  14th  
Aquil  Abdullah  2001  4x  5th 
2002  1x  12th  
LITHUANIA  Back ^  
Kestutis  Keblys  2001  2x  8th 
2002  2x  10th  
2003  2x  11th  
Einaras  Siaudvytis  2001  2x  8th 
2002  2x  10th  
2003  2x  11th  
POLAND  Back ^  
Adam  Wojciechowski  
Michal  Jelinski 
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