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Matthew Langridge MBE (born 20 May 1983) is a British rower. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London he was part of the British crew that won the bronze medal in the men's eight. He was the 2015 European Champion in the men's pair, along with James Foad. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro he was part of the British crew that won the gold medal in the men's eight.
Matt Langridge (left) and Constantine Louloudis
|Born||20 May 1983|
Crewe, Cheshire, England
|Height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
Matthew was born in Crewe, Cheshire, and grew up in the town of Northwich, attending Hartford High School and gaining his A Levels at St Nicholas Catholic High School. He started rowing at Northwich Rowing Club being coached by Paul Rafferty.
At his first World Rowing Junior Championships in Zagreb, Croatia in 2000 he narrowly missed out on a medal coming fourth in the double scull with Pete Wells of Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham. A few weeks earlier they had lost out in the final of the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, to the Danish double of Kalizan and Samuelsen.
In 2001 he was the first ever junior British oarsman to win the Gold Medal in the single sculls event in the World Rowing Junior Championships in Duisburg, Germany in 2001. Later that year, he broke the British Indoor Rowing record for 2,000m in the J18 category, posting a time of 5 minutes and 59 seconds.
In the 2007 season he won two World Cup Gold Medals, in a pair with Colin Smith at Linz, and in an eight at Amsterdam, before winning the Bronze Medal in the pair at the World Championships in Munich. He won the bronze medal at the 2007 British Indoor Rowing Championships in the Men's Heavyweight category.
In the 2008 Summer Olympics he was selected to compete in the Men's Eight in Beijing. In the run-up to the games, he won silver at the Munich World Cup event, bronze in Lucerne, and gold in Poznań. At the Beijing Olympics he rowed in the 7 seat of the men's eight, qualifying for the final in the fastest time of either heat, 1.8 seconds ahead of the pre-games favourites, Canada. In the final, despite a late charge from Great Britain, the eight was narrowly beaten by Canada, with Langridge winning a silver medal.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro he was part of the British crew that won the gold medal in the men's eight. Soon afterwards, he retired from professional rowing and spent a year working as a rowing coach for The Grange School, Hartford.
- 2016 Rio de Janeiro – GOLD, Eight, (7)
- 2012 London – BRONZE, Eight, (2)
- 2008 Beijing – SILVER, Eight (7)
- 2004 Athens – 7th, Double (stroke)
- 2011 Bled – Gold, Men's Four
- 2010 Lake Karapiro – 4th, Men's Four
- 2009 Poznań – Gold, Men's Four
- 2007 Munich – Bronze, Coxless Pair (stroke)
- 2008 Poznań – Gold, Eight (7)
- 2008 Lucerne – Bronze, Eight (3)
- 2008 Munich – Silver, Eight (3)
- 2007 Amsterdam – Gold, Eight (7)
- 2007 Linz – Gold, Coxless Pair (stroke)
Junior World ChampionshipsEdit
- 2001 Duisburg – Gold, Single Scull
- Barretto, Lawrence (2 August 2012). "Olympics rowing: GB bronze in men's eight won by Germany". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Team GB stars dominate New Year's Honours List". Team GB. 30 December 2016.