Rio will be the third Olympic campaign for South Australian rower Chris Morgan. He competed in the quad scull crew alongside London teammates Dan Noonan and James McRae as well as Brendan Long at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, finishing fourth after setting a new world record in the heats. He will compete in the men’s double scull with David Watts at Rio.
Lured by the prize of a carton of beer, Morgan took part in a rowing machine competition during O-Week at university. After winning the prize he was asked to join the Adelaide University Boat Club and he made a rapid rise in the sport.
In 2003/04, Morgan's first season of rowing, he won gold medal at the World University Games, and was later selected for the Australian rowing team that competed at the 2005 World Championships.
In 2010, Morgan became World Champion in the coxed pair before backing up the following year to win the 2011 World Championship in the quad sculls with Daniel Noonan Karsten Forsterling and James McRae. The four went on to compete together in London at the 2012 Olympic Games. In the Olympic final, they were sitting in fourth at half way until they surged home to claim the bronze medal.
Before taking up rowing, Morgan had showed promise in race walking, earning him the nickname 'Walker'. He also qualified for the 2009 Kona Ironman. Morgan has completed two university degrees - a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Computer Science and works as a software engineer.
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Double Scull Men
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Adelaide, SA, Australia
- 2012 London - 3rd (M4x) 2008 Beijing - 4th (M4x)
- 3rd - (M4x) 2013 Sydney World Cup (Sydney, Australia)
- 3rd – (M4x) 2012 London Olympic Games (London, England)
- 1st - (M4x) 2011 World Rowing Championships (Bled, Slovenia)
- 3rd - (M4x) 2011 Lucerne World Cup (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- 1st - (M4x) 2010 World Rowing Championships (Karapiro, New Zealand)
- Winning world championships in 2011 (Bled, Slovenia) in the Men's Quad.
- Bronze in London 2012 in the Men's Quad, after a very interrupted season.
- Burnside Primary School (SA, Australia)
- Norwood Morialta High School (SA, Australia)
- Bachelor of Computer Science - Adelaide University (2001 - 2005)
Rhett Ayliffe (2016-current)
Sydney Rowing Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Fruit mince pies
- Favourite holiday destination
- Anywhere because it's a holiday!
- Favourite music
- Anything except pop
- Dream car
- A motorbike