Repeat Gold for the Viking


Oakley’s Olaf Tufte of Norway produced a storming finish to win the men’s single sculls. In the finals, he was down nearly 2 seconds with 500m to go, but came back to win with a time of 6 minutes, 59.83 seconds, repeating his victory in Athens.

The defending champion timed his race perfectly to win by 0.80sec from Czech Ondrej Synek (Oakley) in a time of 6 min 59.83 sec.

At the 2004 Summer Games he won the gold medal in the men’s single sculls. He won silver in the men’s double sculls at the 2000 Summer Games together with Fredrik Bekken. He has also won two World Championships in the single sculls, in 2001 and 2003.

When not rowing, Tufte earns a living growing cereals at the family farm in the Nykirke part of Horten and, he also works as a firefighter. Olaf is a proud member of Norway’s Horten Roklubb, one of the most successful rowing-clubs of all times.


Matt Murray


August 18, 2008

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