James McRae

James McRae

Rowing Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:12 AM 11 Aug (Rio)
Men's Quadruple Sculls Final A

6:07.96 (2nd)


Germany (GER)
Australia (AUS)
Estonia (EST)

(Local) / 01:00 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Men's Quadruple Sculls Heat 2

5:50.98 (1st)


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Athlete Biography

James McRae will bring a world of experience to the Rowing section at the Rio Games, competing in his third Games in the men’s quad scull.

McRae rowed in his Olympic debut in the quad scull as a 21-year-old in Beijing. At the 2008 Games, McRae and his teammates set a new world record in the heats but finished just outside the medals in fourth position in the final.

The South Australian rower has competed in four World Championships, winning bronze in 2010 before snagging the gold in 2011 in Slovenia. The win established the Aussie quad scull crew of Daniel Noonan, Karsten Forsterling and Chris Morgan as the ones to beat at the London 2012 Games. At London, the Aussies were fourth at the half way mark but had a strong finish to claim bronze.

Post London, the 29-year-old started competing in the double sculls in 2014, taking two World Cup medals and bronze at the 2015 World Championships. Along with his doubles partner, Alexander Belonogoff, McRae has moved back to the quad boat for his third Olympic campaign.

McRae competed in the 2003 and 2005 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, showing his versatility as a young rower competing in the singles scull, quad scull and men's eight. Off the water, McRae studies a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

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Fast Facts

Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 4th (M4x) 2012 London - 3rd (M4x)

Recent Performances

  • 1st – (M4x) 2016 World Rowing Cup II (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 3rd - (M2x) 2015 World Rowing Cup III (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 2nd (M2x) 2015 World Rowing Cup II (Varese, Italy)
  • 3rd - (M2x) 2014 World Rowing Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • 2nd - (M2x) 2014 Lucerne World Cup (Lucerne, Switzerland)

Career Highlights

  • Setting the world's best time in men's quadruple scull in the heat at the Beijing Olympics, 2008.


  • Primary
    Murray Bridge Primary School (SA, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Unity College (SA, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering - University of Adelaide (2007 - current)


  • Coach
    John Dreissen (2016 - current)
  • Club
    Murray Bridge RC
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Adelaide, South Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    RBNTC, Canberra


Favourite food
Savoury slice and iced coffee from McCues Bakery in Murray Bridge.
Favourite holiday destination
Monteith, South Australia
Favourite music
Personal Motto
If in doubt, grind it out
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Cleanseas shares
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Track cycling or archery