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Bill Knecht

Full name: William Joseph "Bill" Knecht
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: March 10, 1930 in Camden, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 17, 1992 in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Vesper Boat Club, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Short and stocky at 6-0 (1.83) and 200 lbs. (91 kg.), Bill Knecht started rowing at LaSalle High School and later went to Villanova. He first joined the Vesper BC in 1946 and won many national titles with them. In addition to his Olympic gold medal in 1964, he stroked the Vesper eight to a gold medal at the 1955 Pan American Games and won two more PanAm golds – in the 1959 and 1963 double sculls (with the non-Olympian Robert Lea). His partner in 1959 was John Kelly, Jr., with whom he won several national double scull championships and also competed in the 1960 Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 30 Roma Rowing Men's Double Sculls United States USA 4 h3 r2/3
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Rowing Men's Coxed Eights United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 30 Roma Rowing United States USA Jack Kelly, Jr. Round One Repêchage Heat Three 6:55.25
1960 Summer 30 Roma Rowing United States USA Jack Kelly, Jr. Round One Heat One 6:51.92

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Rowing United States USA Final 6:18.23
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Rowing United States USA Round One Repêchage Heat Two 6:01.47
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Rowing United States USA Round One Heat One 5:54.30
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