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Dick Southwood

Full name: Leslie Frank "Dick" Southwood
Gender: Male
Born: January 18, 1906 in Fulham, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: February 7, 1986 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, Great Britain
Affiliations: Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

On leaving Latymer Upper School, Dick Southwood initially joined the Auriol Rowing Club where his sculling potential was spotted by Jack Beresford, Jr.. He then joined Beresford at the London Rowing Club and made his Olympic début in 1932 when he reached the final of the single sculls only to finish in last place following an attack of cramp in his left shoulder. Four years later in Berlin, Southwood partnered Jack Beresford in the double sculls and they scored a sensational victory over the Germans in the final. Beresford and Southwood got together again in 1939 when a double sculls event was introduced to mark the centenary of the Henley Regatta and they dead-heated with the Italian pair, Scherli and Broschi, who were the reigning European champions. This was Dick Southwood’s only success at Henley but in 1933 he won the prestigious Wingfield Sculls for the sculling championship of the Thames and his time of 21 minutes 11 seconds stood as a course record for many years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Rowing Men's Single Sculls Great Britain GBR 4
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Rowing Men's Double Sculls Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Rowing Great Britain GBR Final 8:33.6
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 7:42.6

Men's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Jack Beresford, Jr. Final 7:20.8
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Jack Beresford, Jr. Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:48.0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Rowing Great Britain GBR Jack Beresford, Jr. Round One Heat Two 6:44.9