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Rower // Men's Squad Date of Birth: 12th Feb 1988 (34 years old)
Club: Oxford Brookes University BC Height: 196.00 Hometown: Lancaster
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Scott Durant enjoyed an Olympic debut to remember at Rio 2016 as he won gold in the men's eight.
Scott Durant was a 2015 European Champion in the four and has also been on the podium at the last two World Championships.
Scott’s gold medal in Rio came six years after he was crowned as World University Champion in the eight.
Scott is reigning Olympic Champion in the men's eight and a former European Champion in the four
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Olympic Champions Men's Eight
European Bronze Medallist Men's Eight
European Champion Men's Four
World Bronze Medallist Men's Four
World Silver Medallist Men's Coxed Pair
World U23 Bronze Medallist Men's Eight
World University Champion Men's Eight
Scott was selected in the men’s eight for the 2016 season and won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Brandenburg, GB taking third place on the line. Alan Sinclair subbed in for the ill Pete Reed for the Lucerne World Cup, where GB finished fourth. Pete returned for the World Cup in Poznan, where the GB eight enjoyed a good tussle with the Olympic champions from Germany on their way to a silver medal.
The eight saved their best until last. With Scott moved to the bow seat, GB won their Olympic heat in fine fashion before producing a devastating performance in the final, leading from the front to record an emphatic victory and be crowned as Rio 2016 gold-medallists.
Scott spent 2015 in the men’s four and the season began in style as he, Alan Sinclair, Tom Ransley and Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell successfully defended GB’s title at the European Championships in Poznan.
After a fifth-placed finish at the Varese World Cup, the four missed out on the A final in Lucerne but raced well to finish third in the B final and place ninth overall.
Stewart Innes replaced Nathaniel for the World Championships in Aiguebelette, where the four rediscovered some of their early-season form to win a fine bronze medal.
Scott, Nathaniel and Alan were also in the men’s four in 2013, along with Matt Tarrant, and finished fourth at the World Cup in Sydney before winning silver at Eton Dorney. After placing tenth at the Lucerne World Cup, the four finished fifth overall at the World Championships in Chungju.
Scott started 2014 in the eight, winning bronze at the European Championships in Belgrade and silver at the World Cup in Aiguebelette. He and Alan then joined cox Henry Fieldman in the coxed pair, winning silver medals at both the Lucerne World Cup and the World Championships in Amsterdam.
Scott made his GB Rowing Team debut at the 2008 World U23 Championships in Brandenburg, finishing fifth with the men’s eight.
He was 11th in the four in Racice the following year before rounding off his U23 career with men’s eight bronze at the 2010 championships in Brest. A month later he became World University Rowing Champion in the same discipline.
Scott’s first senior appearance came at the 2011 European Championships in Plovdiv, where he finished seventh in the men’s four.
He was in the eight for the following year’s European Championships in Varese and, after an extremely close final, finished fifth overall but just two seconds behind gold-medallists Poland.
Club: Oxford Brookes University BC
Boat: Men’s Squad
Coaches: Christian Felkel
Learnt to Row: Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Original Club(s): Lancaster Royal Grammar School / John O’Gaunt Rowing Club
Original Coach(es): Pete Jago, Andy Peach, Henry Bailhache-Webb, Richard Spratley
Scott graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an undergraduate degree in Town Planning and is currently studying for an MSc in Spatial Planning. At some stage he hopes to become a property developer.
Outside of rowing, Scott enjoys cycling, football and sampling a variety of teas.
Scott is Lottery funded through UK Sport.