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Zac Purchase

Full name: Zachary Jake Nicholas "Zac" Purchase
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: May 2, 1986 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Marlow Rowing Club, Marlow (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Zac Purchase came to prominence when he was World Under-23 lightweight single sculls champion in 2005. By the end of the year he had added a silver medal in the senior World Championships and established himself as an up-and-coming talent. This talent was revealed conclusively in front of a home crowd at the 2006 World Championships when he rowed away from his rivals to record an easy victory. Since the lightweight single sculls is not an Olympic event British coaches had to search for someone to partner Purchase when to he moved to the doubles and found him in the form of Mark Hunter. The pair were never off the podium in their first season together and won a bronze at their first World Championships in 2007 but this was nothing compared to 2008. Purchase and Hunter won all three races of the World Cup series to arrive at the Olympics as overwhelming favourites and backed this up in Beijing to win Olympic gold. After a year away from the sport the pair returned in 2010 and has won both the 2010 and 2011 World Championships.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2008 Summer 22 Beijing Rowing Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2012 Summer 26 London Rowing Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Lightweight Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T L
2008 Summer 22 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Mark Hunter Final Round A Final 6:10.99 3
2008 Summer 22 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Mark Hunter Semi-finals A/B Heat One 6:29.56 3
2008 Summer 22 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Mark Hunter Round One Heat One 6:13.69 3
2012 Summer 26 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Mark Hunter Final Round A Final
2012 Summer 26 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Mark Hunter Semi-Finals Heat One
2012 Summer 26 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Mark Hunter Round One Heat Two
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