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1964 Olympic Games Men's Eight Final
Tokyo, Japan

Vesper Eight Returns Olympic Gold to USA in Tokyo

In the sudden darkness which descended over the Toda Rowing Course at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Vesper eight recaptured the Olympic Gold medal for the US, beating Karl Adam's famous Ratzeburg eight, which had beaten the US in their heat, and which had snapped the US winning streak in this event 4 years earlier in Rome. With parachute flares dropping from planes over the finish area to provide light, Vesper passed Germany in the 3rd 500 and won convincingly by 1-1/2 lengths. No men's heavyweight sweep oared crew from the US has won Olympic Gold since then.

LANE CREW RELATIVE POSITIONS                      ELAPSED   SPLIT
                            1500*           CREW   TIME     TIME
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+  
  6  USA                    USA>             GER  1:28.54  1:28.54
  5  TCH                   TCH>              SOV  1:29.31  1:29.31
  4  ITA                ITA>                 USA  1:29.44  1:29.44
  3  GER                     GER>            TCH  1:30.08  1:30.08
  2  SOV                    SOV>             ITA  1:32.47  1:32.47
  1  YUG                YUG>                 YUG  1:32.63  1:32.63
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+
                            1000*
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+
  6  USA                     USA>            GER  3:04.00  1:35.46
  5  TCH                TCH>                 USA  3:04.28  1:34.84
  4  ITA            ITA>                     SOV  3:06.67  1:37.35
  3  GER                     GER>            TCH  3:08.44  1:38.36
  2  SOV                  SOV>               YUG  3:09.38  1:36.75
  1  YUG               YUG>                  ITA  3:12.28  1:39.80
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+
                            500 *
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+
  6  USA                     USA>            USA  4:40.54  1:36.25
  5  TCH             TCH>                    GER  4:45.33  1:41.32
  4  ITA   ITA>                              SOV  4:47.04  1:40.36
  3  GER                GER>                 TCH  4:47.64  1:39.19
  2  SOV              SOV>                   YUG  4:48.20  1:38.82
  1  YUG             YUG>                    ITA  4:58.01  1:45.72
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+
                          FINISH*
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+
  6  USA                     USA>            USA  6:18.23  1:37.68
  5  TCH             TCH>                    GER  6:23.29  1:37.95
  4  ITA                                     TCH  6:25.10  1:37.45
  3  GER               GER>                  YUG  6:27.14  1:38.94
  2  SOV        SOV>                         SOV  6:30.69  1:43.64
  1  YUG           YUG>                      ITA  6:42.77  1:44.76
         ---+---+---+---+---+---+


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