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Ran Laurie

Full name: William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie
Gender: Male
Born: May 4, 1915 in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain
Died: September 19, 1998 in Hethersett, Norfolk, Great Britain
Affiliations: Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Ran Laurie, who was educated at Monkton Combe and Selwyn College, Cambridge, established a fine reputation as stroke when he was an undergraduate. He was in the winning Cambridge eight for three successive years and in the last tow years, 1935 and 1936, he was the stroke. Later in 1936 he stroked the British eight that finished fourth at the Berlin Olympics but possibly his greatest performance came in the Grand in 1934, when he stroked the winning Leander eight as they set a Henley record which was to last until 1952. After the 1936 Olympics, Laurie joined the Government Service in Sudan where his friend and future Olympic partner, John Wilson was also serving. They had rowed together at Cambridge, rowing for three winning Boar Race crews. In 1938 they took their leave together and won the Goblets at Henley. Ten years later they again traveled to England from the Sudan and won the Goblets for a second time before going on to win the Olympic title. When Ran Laurie finally retired to England he qualified as a doctor. After their Olympic win, Laurie returned to the Sudan and worked there until the early 50s. He then switched careers and became a doctor, practicing in Oxford for over 30 years. In 1951 he became a Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta. Laurie was educated at Monkton Combe and Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was chairman of the Oxford Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Committee from 1959-69 and of the Save the Children Branch from 1986-89. He was also the father of Hugh Laurie, Britsh actor/comedian, best known from his primary role in the TV series "Dr. House".

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 4
1948 Summer 33 London Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1948 Summer 33 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Jack Wilson Final 7:21.1
1948 Summer 33 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Jack Wilson Semi-Finals Heat Three 8:05.9
1948 Summer 33 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Jack Wilson Round One Heat Two 7:20.3

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 6:30.1
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Three 6:29.3
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:02.1