William Lockwood shot onto the international scene when he finished with bronze in the men’s eight at the 2010 World Championships before going on to win silver at the 2011 World Championships in the pair alongside London crewmate James Chapman.
Lockwood joined a new-look men's four that were aiming to win their first gold in the event since the 1996 Atlanta Games. The crew of Lockwood, Chapman, three-time Olympic gold medallist Drew Ginn and Joshua Dunkley-Smith 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 recording 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 Lockwood and his crewmates by 1.22 seconds. It was the British crew’s fourth consecutive gold medal in the event.