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Warren Joseph Cole (born 12 September 1940) is a former New Zealand rower who won an Olympic gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico.

Warren Cole
Personal information
Birth nameWarren Joseph Cole
Born (1940-09-12) 12 September 1940 (age 78)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
ResidenceHamilton, New Zealand
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight82 kg (181 lb)[1]
ClubWhakatane Rowing Club[1]

Cole was born in 1940 at Palmerston North, New Zealand.[1] He later lived in Whakatane and was a member of the Whakatane Rowing Club.[1][2]

For the 1968 Summer Olympics, New Zealand qualified an eight and had a pool of four rowers and a cox as a travelling reserve; Cole was part of this reserve. Preparations were held in Christchurch at Kerr's Reach on the Avon River. The reserve rowers were unhappy with the "spare parts" tag and felt that they were good enough to perhaps win a medal if put forward as a coxed four. The manager, Rusty Robertson, commented about them that they were "the funniest looking crew you've ever seen".[3] There were stern discussions with the New Zealand selectors. In a training run, the coxed four was leading the eight over the whole race. In the end, the reserve rowers got their way and New Zealand entered both the coxed four and the coxed eight.[4] Cole won the Olympic coxed four event along with Dick Joyce, Dudley Storey, Ross Collinge and Simon Dickie (cox);[5] this was New Zealand's first gold medal in rowing.[3]

At the 1970 World Rowing Championships in St. Catharines in Canada, he won a bronze medal with the coxed eight.[6] At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich he competed again in the coxed four which finished sixth.

Cole worked for the National Dairy Association in marketing and sales. He later moved to Hamilton and sold equipment for the dairy industry.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Warren Cole". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Warren Cole". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Famed New Zealand Olympic rower Dudley Storey dies". 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Rowing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Men's Coxed Fours". Sports Reference. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Rudern – Weltmeisterschaften. Achter – Herren" [Rowing - World Championships. Eight - Men]. (in German). Archived from the original on 17 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Big boats still hold major appeal". Waikato Times. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2016.

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