Durward Knowles

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Sir Durward Knowles
Personal information
Full name Durward Randolph Knowles
Nationality  Bahamas
Born (1917-11-02) 2 November 1917 (age 99)
Nassau, Bahamas
Sailing career
Class(es) Star

Sir Durward Randolph Knowles (born 2 November 1917) is a sailor and Olympic champion from the Bahamas. He competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he won a gold medal in the Star class, together with Cecil Cooke.[1][2] He received a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.[3] He had previously competed for the United Kingdom in the 1948 Olympics finishing in 4th place in the Star class together with Sloane Elmo Farrington. Representing the Bahamas, Knowles also won gold in the 1959 Pan American Games star class (with Farrington).

Knowles was knighted in 1996.[4] In 1997, he was awarded The Bahamas' Order of Merit.[5] In 2014, the second Legend-class patrol boat of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was commissioned as HMBS Durward Knowles. In May 2016, following the death of Sandor Tarics, he became the oldest living Olympic champion.[6]

He is the stepbrother of Percy Knowles.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Olympic Games Medallists – Sailing" gbrathletics (Retrieved on 1 June 2008)
  2. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Sailing" Archived 21 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 1 June 2008)
  3. ^ "1956 Summer Olympics – Melbourne, Australia – Sailing" Archived 27 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 1 June 2008)
  4. ^ "No. 54537". The London Gazette. 27 September 1996. p. 12875. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Kelsie (20 April 2011). "Sir Durward Knowles gives Olympic medals to museum". The Freeport News. Retrieved 14 June 2012. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ World's oldest Olympic champion dies aged 102