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Jack Beresford, Jr.

Full name: Jack Beresford, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: January 1, 1899 in Chiswick, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: December 3, 1977 in Shiplake, Oxfordshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Thames Rowing Club / Leander Club / Oxford
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Related Olympians: Son of Julius Beresford.

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Generally considered to be one of the two finest British oarsmen ever (with Stephen Redgrave), Jack Beresford was born into a rowing family with his father, Julius Beresford, having won an Olympic silver medal in the coxed fours, outriggers in 1912. Jack first showed his inherent talent at Bedford School where he stroked the eight and also captained in the rugby football XV. After serving in the Liverpool Scottish Regiment, his Olympic career began in 1920 when he placed second to the American, Jack Kelly, Sr., in the single sculls. At the Paris Olympics four years later, Beresford met another fine American sculler, Garrett Gilmore, and after losing to Gilmore in the heats Beresford reached the final via the repêchage which had been introduced into Olympic competition that year. In the final, Beresford gained revenge for his earlier defeat in the heats by defeating Gilmore quite comfortably to win the first of his three Olympic gold medals. At the 1928 Olympics, Beresford demonstrated his versatility by winning a silver medal in the eights. In the 1930 British Empire Games he represented England and won the silver medal in the single sculls competition. He then won a gold in the coxless fours in 1932, won his third Olympic gold medal in the double sculls in 1936 and was in training for a sixth Olympic appearance when war intervened in 1940. Until Redgrave duplicated the feat, no other British oarsman came close to matching his record of competing in five Olympics and winning a medal in each. Away from the Olympics his record was no less impressive; he won the Wingfield Sculls seven consecutive years (1920-26), the Diamond Sculls four times and the Grand, the Stewards’ and the Silver Goblets twice each. Beresford, who rowed for the Thames, Kingston and Leander clubs, was awarded the Olympic Diploma of merit in 1949 and was honored with the CBE for his services to the sport in 1960. He later managed the British rowing team at the 1952 Olympics, and in 1960, Jack Beresford was awarded a CBE.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Men's Single Sculls Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1924 Summer 25 Paris Rowing Men's Single Sculls Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1936 Summer 37 Berlin Rowing Men's Double Sculls Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 7:36.0
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 7:45.0
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 7:45.0
1924 Summer 25 Paris Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 7:49.2
1924 Summer 25 Paris Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Repêchage Heat One 8:00.5
1924 Summer 25 Paris Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 7:07.4

Men's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1936 Summer 37 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Dick Southwood Final 7:20.8
1936 Summer 37 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Dick Southwood Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:48.0
1936 Summer 37 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Dick Southwood Round One Heat Two 6:44.9

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 6:58.2
1932 Summer 33 Los Angeles Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 7:13.2

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 6:05.6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 6:23.6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Heat Two 6:34.2
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Round Two Heat Three 6:30.6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Five 6:22.0