BERESFORD Jack (1899 - 1977) England / Rowing
This English oarsman, son of Julius Beresford, who won a silver medal at the 1912 Stockholm games, reigned over the waterways between the two world wars. At the 1920 Antwerp games he won his first medal, a silver. However, at the 1924 Paris games he finally took the gold, and he repeated this performance in 1932 at the Los Angeles games, and went on to take the gold for a third time at the 1936 Berlin games, in the skiff, the double scull, coxless four and even the eight. Devoid of financial concerns because his father had made his fortune in furniture, Beresford devoted his time to training, even wanting to take part in the 1940 Games in Tokyo. However, the Second World War robbed him of the chance to win his sixth medal.