Chris Morgan (rower)

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Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan.jpg
Medal record
Men's rowing
Competitor for  Australia
Olympic Games
Bronze 2012 London Quad scull
World Championships
Gold 2010 Karapiro Coxed pair
Gold 2011 Bled Quad scull
Rowing the final (left boat) of the quadruple sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Chris Morgan (born 15 December 1982[1]) is a two-time world champion[2] and Olympic medal winning rower from Adelaide, South Australia.

Morgan began his athletic career as a competitive walker, however he took up rowing after taking part in a rowing machine (ergo) competition held by the Adelaide University Boat Club during the University of Adelaide Orientation Week. After winning the competition with the fastest time, Morgan was asked to join the Boat Club and joined the "Learn to Row" program, shortly before beginning his competitive rowing career.[3][4]

During Morgan's first season of rowing in 2003/04, Morgan won a gold medal in the World University Games, and was later selected for the Australian rowing team in 2005, training with the Australian Institute of Sport.

Morgan competed in the Men's Quadruple Scull event for the Australian Olympic team at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. His crew won the heat in a world's best time of 5:36.20,[4][5][6][7] beating the previous fastest time, set by Poland, by a second. The Australians finished fourth in the final.[8]

In 2010, Morgan won the Australian National Single Scull Championship,[9] becoming the first South Australian to do so in 40 years.[10] In November, he won the World Championship coxed pair with pair partner Dominic Grimm and coxswain David Webster at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.[2]

In an upset win, Morgan rowing in the Australian heavy weight men's quad scull defeated the German crew to win gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships. Due to a costly mistake in the German boat the Australian crew took the lead in the last few metres of the race to take out first place.[11]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Morgan won bronze in the Men's Quad in a time of 5:45.22.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete profile: Chris Morgan". Rowingaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ a b November 06, 2010 3:22PM (2010-11-06). "Gold medal row for Australian coxed pair at world championships". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Adelaidean - Rower’s rapid rise more than a stroke of luck". Adelaide.edu.au. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Rowing - Sports - Olympics". smh.com.au. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
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  6. ^ "Rowing - Sports - Olympics". watoday.com.au. 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  7. ^ Michael, By (2008-08-10). "Quads catapulted into medal contention | thetelegraph.com.au". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  8. ^ BBC News. 2008-07-31 http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympics/rowing/latest_results_/default.stm |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ http://roms.rowingaustralia.com.au/FileDownload.aspx?id=02adb938-a7b5-41bd-abb8-f769fa79f009
  10. ^ "1970 National Championships - Australian Rowing History". Rowinghistory-aus.info. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  11. ^ Morton, Jim (2011-09-03). "Aussies claim second rowing gold | Other Sports". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Australian rowers in the medals". ABC Radio Australia. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.