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Chris Davidge

Full name: Christopher Guy Vere "Chris" Davidge
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: November 5, 1929 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Died: December 22, 2014
Affiliations: Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

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Biography

Chris Davidge studied at Eton and Ocford, rowing several times in the University Boat Race against Cambridge. In 1951 his crew most famously sank before the end of the Fulham Wall, and the race was re-rowed a few days later. In 1952 he stroked Oxford to victory. Davidge continued to row after college, competing multiple times at the Henley Royal Regatta, and winning several titles. He won the Ladies’ with Eton in 1948, the Stewards' in 1949 with Trinity Oxford, the Grand and Stewards with Leander Boat Club in 1953, the Goblets in 1957 and 1958 with Tony Leadley, the Doubles in 1959 with Stuart MacKenzie, the Grand in 1960 with Molesey Boat Club, and the Goblets in 1963 again with Mackenzie. Davidge rowed at three Olympics. He won a bronze in coxless pairs at the 1954 Europeans, improving to a gold in 1957, and also won a coxless four gold at the 1962 British Empire & Commonwealth Games.

Davidge’s career was as a lawyer, but he also was very active in sports administration, mainly in rowing. He was President of the Amateur Rowing Association (ARA) from 1977-85, and thereafter was honorary life vice-president. He was on various FISA committees for many years, serving as a race umpire for over 30 years, and was chairman of the FIS Regattas Commission from 1976-90. He was a Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta and was Chef de Mission for the British team at the 1976 Montréal Olympics. In his business career he was director of Mixconcrete (Holdings) PLC from 1964-82, and served as a Lloyd’s underwriter starting in 1957. For his service to sport and Britain Davidge was awarded an OBE in 1982 and was made a deputy lieutenant (DL) in 1994.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Great Britain GBR 4
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 3 h1 r2/4
1960 Summer 30 Roma Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 5

Men's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR David Callender Final Round 8:37.4
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR David Callender Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:45.6
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR David Callender Round One Heat One 7:47.0

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 30 Roma Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round 6:36.18
1960 Summer 30 Roma Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:28.18

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:23.9
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