The College community congratulates the Australian Rowing Quad Sculls crew of Cameron Girdlestone (in College 2007-09) Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill and Luke Letcher on winning Bronze on 28 July in Tokyo.
A day after the 25th anniversary of the original Oarsome Foursome’s gold, Australia delivered an awesome day from a quartet of crews in the most spectacular hour of rowing the nation has ever witnessed.
Two gold and two bronze medals were won by Australia’s rowers in four successive races in a breathtaking 60 minutes on the water in Tokyo.
First came the women’s four, holding off the fast-finishing Dutch to claim gold in six minutes, 15.37 seconds.
They were barely out of the water when the men’s four surged down the Sea Forest Waterway with a stiff wind at their backs, and held off the closing Romanians to win gold in an Olympic record time of 5:42.76.
With the men’s four celebrating on the pontoon, they watched as the men’s quad came surging through to the line taking bronze, the third medal in as many races.
Cam Girdlestone had won silver in Rio, and he was in the boat with Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill and Luke Letcher as they backed up and won bronze in Tokyo.
“This means everything. The four of us have come a long way as individuals over the last four or five years. They postponed it last year but we still stuck to our goals of being at the Olympic Games and being at the start line, that is what has gelled us together,” Girdlestone said.
“I will remember this for a lifetime. I have got three best mates here who will be telling our kids about this and I’ll be telling my six-month-old the story about these guys, where we came from and what we got.″