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Frances Houghton

Full name: Frances Julia Houghton
Gender: Female
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: September 19, 1980 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Dragon School Rowing Club, London/Tyrian Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Although already having taken part in three World Junior Championships, Frances Houghton’s senior championship début came at the Sydney Olympics where she competed alongside fellow débutant [Sarah Winckless] in the double sculls. She bounced around between doubles and eights before being selected for the quadruple sculls for the 2003 season and Houghton has remained an integral part of the quad ever since. An almost permanent fixture in the number three seat, she won four world titles (2005-07, 2010) and three Olympic silvers (2004, 2008, 2016). She considered retirement after the Beijing Olympic Games but, after taking a year away from the water in 2009, returned to international competition at the start of 2010. Houghton failed to medal at the 2012 London Olympics, but added a third silver with the eights at Rio in 2016. It was the first time the British women had won an Olympic medal. She also won the gold medal with the eights at the European Championships in Brandenburg. She announced her retirement in December 2016 and was, at the time, the longest serving member of the British squad. During her sabbatical in 2009 she trained to be a professional chef. Houghton has a degree in Hispanic studies and has worked as a translator.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 19 Sydney Rowing Women's Double Sculls Great Britain GBR 9
2004 Summer 23 Athina Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2008 Summer 27 Beijing Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2012 Summer 31 London Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls Great Britain GBR 6
2016 Summer 35 Rio de Janeiro Rowing Women's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Women's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
2000 Summer 19 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Sarah Winckless Final Round B Final 7:07.62
2000 Summer 19 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Sarah Winckless Round One Repêchage Heat Two 7:14.03
2000 Summer 19 Sydney Rowing Great Britain GBR Sarah Winckless Round One Heat One 7:24.07

Women's Quadruple Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T L
2004 Summer 23 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final 6:31.26
2004 Summer 23 Athina Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:15.60
2008 Summer 27 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final 6:17.37 3
2008 Summer 27 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 6:13.70 2
2012 Summer 31 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final
2012 Summer 31 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Repêchage Heat One
2012 Summer 31 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two

Women's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
2016 Summer 35 Rio de Janeiro Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final
2016 Summer 35 Rio de Janeiro Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two
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