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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Quadruple Scull Men
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Adelaide, SA, Australia
- 2008 Beijing - 4th (M4x) 2012 London - 3rd (M4x)
- 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)
- Setting the world's best time in men's quadruple scull in the heat at the Beijing Olympics, 2008.
- Murray Bridge Primary School (SA, Australia)
- Unity College (SA, Australia)
- Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering - University of Adelaide (2007 - current)
John Dreissen (2016 - current)
Murray Bridge RC
Primary Training Base
Adelaide, South Australia
Secondary Training Base
- 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