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Laurence Rook

Full name: Arthur Laurence Rook
Gender: Male
Born: May 26, 1921 in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain
Died: September 30, 1989 in Southwark, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: British Army, (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

At the 1952 Olympics, Major Rook failed to finish in the three-day event but the following year he won gold medals in both the individual and the team events at the European Championships. On his second Olympic appearance in 1956, Rook placed sixth in the individual competition and was the second scoring member of the British team which won the gold medals in the three-day event. After attending Oakham School and Brackley College, Laurence Rook served initially with the maritime Artillery, which provided gunners for merchant ships, and when that regiment was disbanded in 1942 he joined the Royal Horse Guards, serving in Egypt and Italy where he won a Military Cross in 1944. After his retirement from the Army in 1954, he farmed first in Sussex and later in Gloucestershire and took an active part in the administration of the sport. He was the technical delegate for the International Equestrian Federation at the 1959 Pan-American Games in Chicago and at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Mexico City, and Montréal. He also served as chairman of Britain’s Horse Trials Committee from 1973 to 1980. Major Laurence Rook’s Olympic gold medal is on the display at the Household Calvary Museum at Windsor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Individual Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Team Great Britain GBR AC DNF
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Individual Great Britain GBR 6
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Team Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS R/P/F P STP SJF CCJF CCTP JF TF
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain Starlight XV Final Standings AC DNF
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain Starlight XV Dressage 26 -137.33
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain Starlight XV Cross-Country AC DQ 0 36
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Wild Venture Final Standings 6 -119.64
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Wild Venture Dressage 2 -101.60
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Wild Venture Cross-Country 12 -4.29 16.61 0.00 -20.00 -0.90
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Wild Venture Jumping 21 -13.75 10 3,75

Men's Three-Day Event, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Starlight XV Final Standings AC DNF DNF
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Starlight XV Dressage 9T -409.46
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Starlight XV Cross-Country AC DNF
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Wild Venture Final Standings 1 -119.64
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Wild Venture Dressage 1 -313.20
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Wild Venture Cross-Country 1 1.72
1956 Equestrian 35 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Wild Venture Jumping 5 -44.00
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