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Karsten Forsterling (born 21 January 1980) is an Australian rower. He is a former national champion, world champion, a dual Olympian and Olympic medal winner.

Karsten Forsterling
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Australia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Quad scull
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Quad scull
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Karapiro M4x
Gold medal – first place 2011 Bled M4x
Silver medal – second place 2015 Aiguebelette M4x
Rowing the final (left boat) of the quadruple sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics.



Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Forsterling was schooled at St Vincent's Primary in the ACT and took up rowing in high school at the Melbourne Grammar School.

He graduated from Monash University in Melbourne with a B.Engineering in 2001, and currently works for the multinational consulting firm AECOM.

Club and state rowingEdit

Forsterling rows from the Melbourne University Boat Club with whom he has had a long association.

On eleven occasions during the fifteen-year period from 2001 to 2015 Forsterling was seated in the Victorian Men's eight who contested the King's Cup at the Australian Rowing Championships.[1] In those crews Fosterling saw six King's Cup victories and five times placed second. In 2011 and 2016 he was also Victoria's selectee to contest the interstate men's Single scull – the President's Cup. He placed second on both occasions.

In 2011 he won he Australian national quad scull title in an Australian selection composite crew.[2]

International rowing careerEdit

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships in Karapiro he finished 3rd in the men's quadruple sculls (M4x) event, in a crew with David Crawshay, James McRae, and Daniel Noonan.[3]

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in an upset, Forsterling rowing in the Australian men's quad defeated the German crew to take gold. Following a costly mistake in the German boat, the Australian crew took the lead in the final metres and won the race by 0.25secs.[4]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Forsterling won bronze in the Men's quadruple scull in a time of 5:45.22 in a crew with Chris Morgan, James McRae and Daniel Noonan.[5]

At the 2015 World Rowing Championships on Lac d'Aiguebelette, Aiguebelette in France he finished 2nd in the men's quadruple sculls (M4x) event, rowing with David Crawshay, Cameron Girdlestone and David Watts.

In 2016 along with James McRae, Cameron Girdlestone and Alexander Belonogoff, Forsterling won the silver medal in the Australian quad at the Rio 2016 Olympics.


  1. ^ Guerin Foster Aust Rowing History
  2. ^ 2011 Austn C'ships Day 6
  3. ^ "2010 World Rowing Championships: (M4x) Men's Quadruple Sculls – Final". FISA. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  4. ^ Morton, Jim (3 September 2011). "Aussies claim second rowing gold | Other Sports". Fox Sports. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Australian rowers in the medals". ABC Radio Australia. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.

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