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James Rudkin

James Rudkin

Rower - Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 7th Jul 1994 (29 years old)
Club: Newcastle University BC
Height: 198cm
Hometown: Litchborough

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Intro

Olympic bronze medallist James Rudkin is also reigning World and European Champion in the men’s eight (M8+).

James was first selected for his country in 2010 when he was the spare for the GB v France match, and then raced in the M4x at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2011. The following year he finished 12th in the JM4x at the World Rowing Junior Championships. He went on to row for the U23 team from 2014-2016 – his best result was a fine silver medal in the BM4- in 2016.

On stepping up to the senior GB Rowing Team, James rapidly became a fixture in the men’s eight (M8+), winning gold at his first World Championships in 2017, followed by bronze medals in 2018 and 2019. He and the crew also took bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

His European Rowing Championships record so far is a silver in 2019 followed by gold medals in 2021, 2022 and 2023, all in the men’s eight.

In 2022, he became World Champion in the men’s eight.

Rowing runs in James’ family; his dad enjoyed a successful rowing career and taught James to row at their local club Hollowell Scullers in Northamptonshire.

He attended Stowe School in Buckinghamshire on a sports scholarship and attained junior honours, before going on to to study at Newcastle University to study History and Politics, followed by a Masters in History. James was men’s captain in 2015, having attained U23 representation and domestic success. He represented Newcastle at senior level and learned to sweep under the tutelage of the Head Coach Angelo Savarino.

 

 

On The Water

GB Competitive Record
Year Event Position Boat
2023 European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Gold M8+
2022 World Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
Gold M8+
2022 European Rowing Championships
Munich, GER
Gold M8+
2022 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M8+
2022 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Gold M8+
2020 Olympic Games Regatta
Tokyo, JPN
Bronze M8+
2021 World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M8+
2021 European Rowing Championships
Varese, ITA
Gold M8+
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Bronze M8+
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
Gold M8+
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Silver M8+
2019 European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
Silver M8+
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Bronze M8+
2018 European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
5 M8+
2018 World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
1 (FD Final) M2-
2018 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Silver M8+
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
1 (FB Final) M8+
2017 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
6 M8+
2017 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Bronze M8+
2017 European Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
5 M8+
2017 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Silver M8+
2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Rotterdam, NED
Silver BM4-
2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
4 BM2-
2014 World Rowing U23 Championships
Varese, ITA
5 BM4-
2012 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
6 (FB Final) JM4x
Year:
2023
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Munich, GER
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2020
Event:
Olympic Games Regatta
Tokyo, JPN
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2021
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2021
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Varese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2019
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
Position:
5
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
1 (FD Final)
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
6
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
Position:
5
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Rotterdam, NED
Position:
Boat:
BM4-
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Position:
4
Boat:
BM2-
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing U23 Championships
Varese, ITA
Position:
5
Boat:
BM4-
Year:
2012
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Position:
6 (FB Final)
Boat:
JM4x

Beyond The Boat

James likes to relax after training by watching TV – House of Cards in particular. Haribo, tortellini and salami would save him if stranded on a desert island, and Stephen Fry, David Mitchell and John Cleese are his three ideal dinner party guests.

James is Lottery funded through UK Sport.