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Durward Knowles

Full name: Durward Randolph Knowles
Nickname(s): The Sea Wolf
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: November 2, 1917 in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Title: Sir
Affiliations: Nassau YC, Nassau (BAH)
Country: GBR Great Britain, BAH Bahamas
Sport: Sailing

Related Olympians: Stepbrother of Percy Knowles; Uncle of Andy Knowles; Uncle of Bruce Knowles; Granduncle of Jeremy Knowles.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Taught to sail at a young age by his father, Durward Knowles’ first major success in the Star Class on the international scene came in 1946, when he won a bronze medal alongside [Basil Kelly] at that year’s World Championships. The following year, with [Sloane Farrington], he took gold and was selected for his first of eight Olympic teams. In 1948 he represented Great Britain and came in fourth with Farrington but, from 1952 on, Knowles represented the Bahamas. In 1952 he and Farrington were fifth, but they earned their first medal, bronze, in 1956, which became the nation’s first Olympic medal. Farrington remained with Knowles through 1960, when they placed sixth, and then retired in favor of [Cecil Cooke]. At the 1964 Games, Knowles and Cooke won Bahamas’ first Olympic gold medal, its last medal of any color until 1992, and its last Olympic title until 2000.

Knowles competed with his stepbrother [Percy] in 1968 and [Montague Higgs] in 1972, placing fifth and thirteenth respectively. When he made a surprise return at the 1988 Games, with [Steven Kelly], he became one of only four Olympians at the time to have competed in eight editions of the Games (the others were Danish sailor [Paul Elvstrøm] - for whom Seoul was also his eighth Olympics - and Italian equestrians [Piero] and [Raimondo D'Inzeo]). He also one of only four Olympians at that time to have competed over a span of 40 years (the others were Elvstrøm - who also accomplished this feat in Seoul - Norwegian sailor [Magnus Konow], and Danish fencer [Ivan Osiier]). Knowles was the oldest competitor at the Games, carried the Bahamian flag in the Opening Ceremony, and finished 19th with a partner who had not even been born when Knowles had taken part in his first two Olympics.

In addition to his Olympic accomplishments, Knowles also took silver at the 1954 World Championships, with Farrington, gold at the 1959 Pan-American Games, again with Farrington, and bronze at the 1974 Worlds, with non-Olympian Gerald Ford. Knowles received the Olympic Order in Silver in 1989 and was knighted in 1996 for his accomplishments. Upon the death of [Sándor Tarics] in May 2016, Knowles became the oldest living Olympic champion.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Gem II GBR 4
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Gem III BAH 5
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Gem IV BAH 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Gem VII BAH 6
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Gem BAH 1 Gold
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Bahamas BAH 5
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Bahamas BAH 13
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Bahamas BAH 19

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date PTS T NP TP
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Final Standings 1948-08-03 4,372
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Race One 1948-08-03 1,030 1-57:51
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Race Two 1948-08-04 1,030 1-54:42
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Race Three 1948-08-05 553 3-45:35
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Race Four 1948-08-06 729 2-02:37
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Race Five 1948-08-10 1,030 1-52:46
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Race Six 1948-08-11 [1-50:38]
1948 Summer 30 London Sailing Gem II GBR Sloane Farrington Race Seven 1948-08-12
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Final Standings 1952-07-20 4,405
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Race One 1952-07-20 946 2-48:57
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Race Two 1952-07-21 645 3-16:33
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Race Three 1952-07-22 645 2-50:43
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Race Four 1952-07-23 423 3-05:10
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Race Five 1952-07-26 1,122 2-55:00
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Race Six 1952-07-27 578 2-59:12
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Sailing Gem III BAH Sloane Farrington Race Seven 1952-07-28 469 3-27:38
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Final Standings 1956-11-26 5,223
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Race One 1956-11-26 879 2-56:04
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Race Two 1956-11-27 879 3-11:24
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Race Three 1956-11-28 481 3-29:14
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Race Four 1956-11-29 879 2-56:50
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Race Five 1956-12-03 1,180 3-03:59
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Race Six 1956-12-04 703 3-23:20
1956 Summer 39 Melbourne Sailing Gem IV BAH Sloane Farrington Race Seven 1956-12-05 703 3-02:15
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Final Standings 1960-08-29 5,282
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Race One 1960-08-29 475 2-49:27
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Race Two 1960-08-30 1,516 2-28:46
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Race Three 1960-08-31 1,039 2-22:01
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Race Four 1960-09-01 370 2-52:59
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Race Five 1960-09-05 475 2-32:58
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Race Six 1960-09-06 1,039 2-31:29
1960 Summer 42 Roma Sailing Gem VII BAH Sloane Farrington Race Seven 1960-09-07 738 2-24:47
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Final Standings 1964-10-12 5,664
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Race One 1964-10-12 1,331 2-25:05
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Race Two 1964-10-13 632 2-30:36
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Race Three 1964-10-14 101
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Race Four 1964-10-15 553 2-18:31
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Race Five 1964-10-19 1,331 2-11:34
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Race Six 1964-10-20 1,331 2-17:44
1964 Summer 46 Tokyo Sailing Gem BAH Cecil Cooke Race Seven 1964-10-21 486 2-29:43
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Bahamas BAH Percy Knowles Final Standings 1968-10-14 63.4 89.4
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Bahamas BAH Percy Knowles Race One 1968-10-14 11.7
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Bahamas BAH Percy Knowles Race Three 1968-10-16 3.0
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Bahamas BAH Percy Knowles Race Four 1968-10-17 5.7
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Bahamas BAH Percy Knowles Race Five 1968-10-19 8.0
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Bahamas BAH Percy Knowles Race Six 1968-10-20 15.0
1968 Summer 50 Ciudad de México Sailing Bahamas BAH Percy Knowles Race Seven 1968-10-21 20.0
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Final Standings 1972-08-29 97.0 121.0
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Race One 1972-08-29 18.0 2-56:48
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Race Two 1972-08-30 3.0 2-52:29
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Race Three 1972-08-31 16.0 2-35:15
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Race Four 1972-09-01 18.0 2-22:02
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Race Five 1972-09-04 24.0
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Race Six 1972-09-05 22.0 3-18:03
1972 Summer 54 München Sailing Bahamas BAH Montague Higgs Race Seven 1972-09-08 20.0 2-44:48
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Bahamas BAH Steven Kelly Final Standings 1988-09-20 136.0 164.0
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Bahamas BAH Steven Kelly Race One 1988-09-20 24.0 14-32:50
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Bahamas BAH Steven Kelly Race Two 1988-09-21 25.0 14-29:59
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Bahamas BAH Steven Kelly Race Three 1988-09-22 23.0
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Bahamas BAH Steven Kelly Race Four 1988-09-23 23.0
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Bahamas BAH Steven Kelly Race Five 1988-09-25 17.0
1988 Summer 70 Seoul Sailing Bahamas BAH Steven Kelly Race Six 1988-09-26 24.0 14-53:40
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