UBC Sports Hall of Fame

1960 UBC Men's Eight Rowing Crew

1960 UBC Men's Eight Rowing Crew

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The UBC-VRC men's eight were by no means favourites to win the gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics, particularly given the renowned strength of the German crew that had been selected from among the nation's 40,000 oarsmen, and who had trained together for a full two years and seen much international competition in Europe prior to the Games.

But the pre-race odds meant nothing to Coach Frank Read and his scrappy crew of students as they made ready for the final on the Lago di Albano course. With a crowd of some 20,000 looking on, the UBC crew was remained even with the favoured boat until, with 200 meters to go, the Germans squeezed ahead to win in a sub-six-minute time, the second fastest to that point in Olympic history.

The 1960 Olympic silver medalists were Walter d'Hondt, Archie MacKinnon, Bill McKerlich, Don Arnold, John Lecky, Glen Mervyn, Nelson Kuhn, David Anderson, Sohen Biln (cox), Keith Donald (spare) and Lorne Loomer (spare).