Full name: Duncan Mackinnon
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: September 29, 1887 in Paddington, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: October 9, 1917 in Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Duncan Mackinnon, was educated at Rugby and Magdalen College, Oxford, and it was only after going to Magdalen that his rowing skills came to the fore. He went on to become of the finest oarsmen seen at Oxford, and was a member of the Magdelen four who remained together for three years, winning all the major events. They were entered as the Magdalen âsecond fourâ at Henley in 1907, but won the Visitorsâ and Wyfold Cups, and in 1908 won the Wyfold again, along with the Stewardsâ Cup, before going on to win the Olympic title. He had not yet won his Blue when he won an Olympic gold medal in the coxless fours in 1908, although he subsequently rowed in the Cambridge boat in 1909, 1910 and 1911, winning each time, and was president of the Oxford University Boat Club in 1910. Mackinnon also rowed with the Magdalen eight in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in the three years from 1909, beating Jesus College in the 1910 and 1911 finals. Magdalen were also Head of the River in the Summer Eights at Oxford. In the five years he competed at Henley, Mackinnon lost only two races.
On leaving Oxford, Mackinnon became a partner in the family business in Calcutta where he also served with the Calcutta Light Horse, but returned to England on the outbreak of war. He served in Gallipoli before a transfer to the Scots Guards and a posting to France in August 1917, where he saw action on the front line, but just two months later was killed in action near Langemarck. His older brother William had been killed in action five months earlier whilst serving with the London Scottish.
|1908 Summer||20||London||Rowing||Men's Coxless Fours||Magdalen College Boat Club-1||GBR||1||Gold|
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|1908 Summer||20||London||Rowing||Magdalen College Boat Club-1||GBR||Round One||Heat One||8:34.0|