Young-gun Alexander Hill made his Games debut at Rio, joining Will Lockwood, Josh Booth and Josh Dunkley-Smith in the men’s coxless four.
The battle for gold was fought out between the Aussies and reigning Olympic Champions Great Britain, in what was destined to be a great A-Final tussle between the two semi-final winning crews. The Australians were challenging the British at the halfway mark, with only 0.22 of a second separating the two crews. As they approached the 1500 metre mark the British began to edge away from Australia, by half a boat length, and the defending champions held on to win the title that they have not relinquished since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Hill discovered the sport of rowing at 16-years-old at his high school, Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. Despite only being 23-years-old, Hill has over five years of international racing experience under his belt which began with a gold medal victory in the men’s four at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Eton
The boy from Loxton North, South Australia won two silver medals at the 2012 and 2013 U23 World Championships in the men’s eight and pair respectively. Hill also contested the senior World Championships in 2013, taking out the B final in the men’s eight.
Over the past two years, Hill has moved into the senior ranks and proved his strength by claiming two gold medals at World Rowing Cup 1 in 2014, including a victory in the men’s’ four over the reigning World Champions. In 2015, the Australian men’s four went on to claim the gold at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne and silver at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.
Rio won’t be Hill’s first Olympic experience thought as the South Australian competed at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival and was bestowed the honour of lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.