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Rob Waddell

Full name: Robert Norman "Rob" Waddell
Nickname(s): V-12
Gender: Male
Height: 6'7" (200 cm)
Weight: 227 lbs (103 kg)
Born: January 7, 1975 in Te Kuiti, Waikato, New Zealand
Affiliations: Waikato Rowing Club, Hamilton (NZL)
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Rowing

Related Olympians: Husband of Sonia Waddell.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Rob Waddell first competed in the single sculls at Atlanta in 1996 as a 21-year-old, and dominated the event in 2000 to win New Zealand’s only gold medal of the Sydney games. He had also won the world title in successive years 1998 and 1999 but for all his success, he left rowing to pursue a career in sailing. He signed on with Team New Zealand, the America’s Cup holders, as a grinder and competed in regattas around the world as well as the 2003 cup defence which was lost to the Swiss challenger, Alinghi. Waddell returned to rowing in 2007 in an attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games and had a best-of-three match race series against the world champion, Mahe Drysdale, to determine who would compete in the single at Beijing. The series was tied at 1-1 but Waddell in the deciding race was troubled by a heart condition, atrial fibrillation, and lost. He finished fourth, with Nathan Cohen, in the double sculls. In 1998, he married single sculler Sonia Scown (now Waddell), who competed in Sydney and Athens.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Rowing Men's Single Sculls New Zealand NZL 7
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Rowing Men's Single Sculls New Zealand NZL 1 Gold
2008 Summer 33 Beijing Rowing Men's Double Sculls New Zealand NZL 4

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Rowing New Zealand NZL B Final 6:49.55
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Rowing New Zealand NZL Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:18.52
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Rowing New Zealand NZL Round One Repêchage Heat Two 7:42.87
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Rowing New Zealand NZL Round One Heat Four 7:48.69
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Rowing New Zealand NZL Final 6:48.90
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Rowing New Zealand NZL Semi-Finals Heat One 6:58.01
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Rowing New Zealand NZL Round One Heat Two 6:54.20

Men's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T L
2008 Summer 33 Beijing Rowing New Zealand NZL Nathan Cohen Final Round A Final 6:30.79 6
2008 Summer 33 Beijing Rowing New Zealand NZL Nathan Cohen Semi-finals A/B Heat One 6:24.16 4
2008 Summer 33 Beijing Rowing New Zealand NZL Nathan Cohen Round One Heat One 6:24.32 4
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