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Sohen Biln

Full name: Sohen Biln
Nickname(s): Tommy
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: June 17, 1939 in Westlock, Alberta, Canada
Died: March 27, 2012 in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: UBC Thunderbirds, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Of South Asian descent, Sohen Biln, nicknamed “Tommy”, was the coxswain for many of the University of British Columbia’s medal-earning eights crews in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Among his major international successes, he won gold at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, silver at the 1959 Pan American Games (with [David Anderson], [Glen Mervyn], and the non-Olympians Ian Beardmore, John Cartmel, John Madden, Dave Park, Peter Robbins, and Lawrence Stapleton), and silver again at the 1960 Summer Olympics (alongside Anderson, Mervyn, [Donald Arnold], [Walter D’Hondt], [Nelson Kuhn], [John Lecky], [Archie MacKinnon], and [Bill McKerlich]). He also won silver in the coxed fours at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, with Arnold, D’Hondt, [David Helliwell], and the non-Olympian Lawrence Stapleton. He retired from active competition after the Games and took up a career as a pharmacist. He has been inducted into the British Columbia (1977) and University of British Columbia (2012) Sports Halls of Fame with his silver medal-winning crew.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 21 Roma Rowing Canada CAN Final Round 6:01.52
1960 Summer 21 Roma Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat Three 6:03.18
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