Jim Clark (rower)

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Jim Clark
Personal information
Birth name Richard James Scott Clark[1]
Born (1950-07-15) 15 July 1950 (age 67)
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)[1]
Spouse(s) Lin Clark
Sport Rowing

Richard James Scott Clark (born 15 July 1950) is a British rower who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics, in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and in the 1980 Summer Olympics.

In 1972 he was a crew member of the British boat which finished seventh in the coxless four event.

Four years later at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal he won the silver medal with the British boat in the eights competition.[2] At the 1977 (Amsterdam) and 1978 (Karapiro NZ) World Rowing Championships, he won silver medals both years rowing with John Roberts in the coxless pair event.

At the 1980 Games in Moscow he and his partner Chris Baillieu finished fourth in the double sculls contest.[2]

During the early 1970s he was a physical education schoolmaster at Cardinal Vaughan Grammar School, where he taught and coached the future Olympic champion oarsman Martin Cross. Cross identifies Clark as a major influence and inspiration in his memoirs.[3] Subsequently, Clark was master in charge of rowing at Latymer Upper School, where among his early protégés there was the double Olympic rowing gold medallist, Andy Holmes. He then became a DT teacher and retired from teaching in the summer of 2010.[4] James Clark also coached at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where his sculler Beryl Mitchell finished sixth in the final. In 1992 he was the chief Olympic coach to the Danish Rowing Team, where his crew finished seventh in the eights.

His wife Lin Clark was one of the most prominent international oarswomen in Britain in the 1970s and 80s, initially as a heavyweight but later (from the early 80s on) as a lightweight. In 1985, coached by Jim and Mark Hayter she and Beryl Crockford (née Mitchell/Martin) were the world champion lightweight double scull crew, and the following year she was in the silver-medal-winning lightweight coxless four and winner of the Commonwealth Games.

Personal life[edit]

Jim is married to former Olympic athlete Lin Clark with whom he has one daughter.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Jim Clark". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "James Scott Clark". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Cross, Martin Patrick (2001). Olympic Obsession: The Inside Story of Britain's Most Successful Sport. Breedon Books ISBN 978-1-85983-233-2
  4. ^ OLNews September 2010 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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