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Bobby Pearce

Full name: Henry Robert "Bobby" Pearce
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 203 lbs (92 kg)
Born: September 30, 1905 in Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Died: May 20, 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Sydney Rowing Club, Sydney (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Rowing

Related Olympians: Cousin of Cecil Pearce.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Son of Australian professional sculling champion, Harry Pearce, Bobby Pearce was the first man to defend the Olympic single sculls championship, winning the gold in that event in both 1928 and 1932. Inbetween he won the 1930 British Empire Games single sculls competition. Pearce grew up in Australia, but later moved to Canada, although he did not become a Canadian citizen until 1972. Pearce was denied entry to the Henley Diamond Sculls in 1928 because of his profession as a carpenter, but in 1930 he became a whiskey salesman in Toronto, and this allowed him to enter the Diamond Sculls, which he won in 1931. In 1933, Pearce turned professonal and won the world professional sculling championship, holding that title until his retirement just before World War II. Because of the war, however, his reign lasted until 1948, when Evans Paddon of Australia claimed the title with a victory over fellow Australian Max Fisher. Pearce also spent some time as a professional wrestler from 1939-40.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Rowing Men's Single Sculls Australia AUS 1 Gold
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Rowing Men's Single Sculls Australia AUS 1 Gold

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Rowing Australia AUS Final 7:11.0
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Rowing Australia AUS Semi-Finals Heat One 7:01.8
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Rowing Australia AUS Quarter-Finals Heat Four 7:42.8
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Rowing Australia AUS Round Two Heat Three 7:28.0
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Rowing Australia AUS Round One Heat Two 7:55.8
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Rowing Australia AUS Final 7:44.4
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Rowing Australia AUS Round One Heat One 7:27.0
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