John Lander (rower)

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John Gerard Heath Lander (born September 7, 1907 in Liverpool , † December 25, 1941 in Hong Kong ) was a British rower .

At the Olympic Games in 1928 , a total of six boats took part in the four without a helmsman . The British foursome with John Lander, Michael Warriner , Richard Beesly and Edward Bevan won against the French in the preliminary run. In the quarter-finals, the British won over the German foursome by judges' decision. After a bye in the semifinals, the British defeated the US boat by a second in the final.

Leander Club's John Lander graduated from the University of Cambridge and became a businessman in Hong Kong. As a volunteer in the Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps , he died in the Battle of Hong Kong during World War II . John Lander is the only British Olympic champion who fell in combat during World War II.

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  • Wolf Reinhardt, Ralph Schlueter: The games of the IX. 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and the II Winter Olympics in St. Moritz . AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2018, ISBN 978-3-89784-411-7 . Pp. 330-333