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Tom James

Full name: Thomas Watkin "Tom" James
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Born: March 11, 1984 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Great Britain
Affiliations: CUBC, Cambridge (GBR) / Molesey Boat Club, East Molesey (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Tom James’ talent as a rower was spotted when he was a pupil at the King’s School in Chester and he was drafted in the British junior rowing programme where he was to win medals at successive World Junior Championships. By now a student at Cambridge University, James made his senior international début in 2003 and by the end of the year had won his first World Championships medal, a bronze, as part of the national eight. Despite having seven of the crew continue in the boat for the Athens Olympics they had a disappointing time in Greece and failed to reach the final. He took a year to concentrate on his studies but returned to the sport in 2006 and reached his second world final in the coxless pairs. James returned to the eight as a last minute replacement for an ill team-mate during the 2007 World Championships and helped his crew finish third in the final. His big break came at the beginning of the Olympic year of 2008 when he was chosen to be a member of the number one British boat – the coxless four. After injury and illness had stalled the crew’s progress in the early part of the season they had a spectacular return to form in Beijing and rowed through the Australians to win the Olympic title. He then took an extended break from the sport and only returned to rowing at the start of 2011. By the end of the year he had won his first World Championship gold after returning to the coxless four. James also rowed in four Oxford-Cambridge boat races and, in winning his Olympic title, was the first Welsh Olympic champion in rowing for 76 years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 20 Athina Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 9
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2012 Summer 28 London Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T L
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final 6:06.57 4
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-finals A/B Heat One 5:54.77 4
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:00.59 3
2012 Summer 28 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final
2012 Summer 28 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One
2012 Summer 28 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
2004 Summer 20 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR B Final 5:55.77
2004 Summer 20 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Repêchage Heat Two 5:34.37
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