Tom James /

Tom James

Date of Birth

11 March 1984

Sport

Rowing

From

Wrexham

Twitter

@TomJames2012

Biography

Club:  Cambridge University Boat Club

Boat:  Men's four

Tom, a former Cambridge Blue, is the reigning Olympic Champion in the men's four, winning gold in Beijing in a thrilling race over Australia and France.  He was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours list in recognition of his achievement.

During the 2011 World Cup Series, Tom and crewmates Matthew Langridge, Ric Egington and Alex Gregory won gold in both Munch and Lucerne.

At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Tom took second place in the men's pair with Alex Gregory after a thrilling race with the successful World silver medallists. This bodes well for Tom's return to training for the 2011 season after an injury in 2010 kept him out of competition for that year.

Tom took up rowing after a knee injury meant he had to give up running.  He won his first GB junior vest in the eight in Duisburg in 2001, winning a bronze medal.  In 2002 he was selected in the four for the World Rowing Junior Championships, taking a well-deserved silver medal.

Tom made his GB Senior team debut as a 19 year old in 2003, winning his place in the men's eight and stroking it to a very creditable bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships. 

He has raced four times in the Cambridge Blue Boat in the University Boat Race - in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.  In his final year as Cambridge President, Tom finally tasted victory for the first time.

In 2006 he was selected in the men's pair and took silver at the Lucerne World Cup. Tom won a bronze medal back in the eight at the 2007 World Championships in Munich. Then in 2008 he placed second in the last World Cup of the season in Poznan, before going on to Beijing for that cherished gold medal. 

At London 2012, he became a double  Olympic gold medallist when he - as part of the men's four crew - finished on top of the podium.

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