Senior A / James Chapman

Senior Athletes
James Chapman
Date of Birth 02/11/1979
Coach Tim McLaren
Nickname Chappo, Swinger
Height 190cm
Weight 92kgs
Hometown Sydney, Australia
Club Sydney Rowing Club
James Chapman was a reserve for the men’s eight for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the boat he went on to compete in at the Beijing Games four years later. Chapman was part of the men’s four crew that missed out on initial qualification for the 2008 Games, but his strong form at trials led to his inclusion in the men’s eight. The crew finished sixth in the 2008 final. For the 2012 London Olympics, Chapman was joined by William Lockwood, Joshua Dunkley-Smith and three-time Olympic gold medallist Drew Ginn. The crew showed they would be a force to be reckoned with in London when they won silver in World Cup 2 in Lucerne at the end of May, and then gold at World Cup 3 in Germany. Their strong form continued into the London 2012 Games as they won their heat by almost three seconds and recorded a new Olympic record before finishing second behind the British in the semi-final. In what was an extremely close Olympic final, the Australians passed the halfway mark 0.61 seconds behind the British crew and were 0.69 seconds down with 500m to go. The British crew, buoyed by the home crowd support, managed to pull away slightly as the finish line approached eventually beating Chapman and his crewmates by 1.22 seconds. It was the British crew’s fourth consecutive gold medal in the event.
Career Achievements
Class Year Race Position
M4- 2013 Sydney World Cup First Place
M4- 2012 London Olympic Games Second Place
M4- 2012 Munich World Cup First Place
M4- 2012 Lucerne World Cup First Place
M2+ 2011 World Championships Second Place
M2+ 2011 Lucerne World Cup Second Place
M8+ 2006 Munich World Cup First Place
BM8+ 2000 Copenhagen Nations Cup Second Place