Finalists announced for the best in rowing, the 2018 Thomas Keller Medal

The most prestigious medal awarded in rowing, the Thomas Keller Medal, has been narrowed down to

six finalists by the World Rowing Federation, FISA.

Following public nominations, the finalists for the 2018 Thomas Keller Medal are (in alphabetical


· Jeremie Azou (France)

· Hamish Bond & Eric Murray (New Zealand)

· Kim Brennan (Australia)

· Caryn Davies (United States)

· Heather Stanning (Great Britain)

· Andrew Triggs-Hodge (Great Britain)

Created in 1990, the Thomas Keller Medal celebrates athletes who have had an outstanding career

in rowing. It honours those who have shown exemplary sportsmanship and technical mastery of the

sport as well as having shown a legendary aspect both in and outside of their rowing career.

Finalists Bios

Jeremie Azou – France

In Jeremie Azou France found a new hero. The two-time World Champion and 2016 Olympic Champion

started rowing at a young age and made the French national team as a junior. Already as a 19-

year-old he made the senior team and was winning medals right from the beginning. In 2012 at the

London Olympics Azou finished fourth in the lightweight men’s double sculls. He must have used

this as inspiration as from 2013 to 2017 Azou was part of the lightweight men’s double sculls

that dominated this boat class. Azou set two World Best Times during his career and was four-time

European Champion.

Hamish Bond & Eric Murray – New Zealand

It is hard to get to the top. It’s even harder to stay there. Bond and Murray achieved what

seemed impossible. These two very different athletes became tied together when they united in the

men’s pair in 2009. They then began an unprecedented 69-race winning streak. This streak included

two Olympic Gold medals (2012 and 2016) and eight World Championships titles. They also claimed

World Best Times in two boat classes, the men’s pair and men’s coxed pair. These times still

stand today. The duo raced together at the 2008 Olympics in the men’s four and a seventh-place

finish left them disappointed but brought them back on the road to pairs success.

Kim Brennan – Australia

This three-time Olympian finished her rowing career at the top by winning the women’s single

sculls at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Prior to this Brennan (nee Crow) had seen success in both

the women’s eight and women’s pair. But it is the London 2012 Olympic Games that really set

Brennan apart. She was the only rower to medal in two boat classes – bronze in the women’s

single and silver in the double sculls.

Caryn Davies – United States

Davies can be described as a self-made athlete. At the age of 16 she decided that she wanted to

row on the US national team and began her journey to get there. Not only did Davies make the team,

but she made the legendary US women’s eight. While working towards several university degrees

including a Doctor of Law from Columbia University, Davies became an Olympic Champion twice and a

four-time World Champion between 2002 and 2012. She has stroked the USA women’s eight repeatedly

since its winning streak began in 2006 and helped the boat set two World Best Times. Davies then

went on to do an MBA at Oxford University, Great Britain and during that time she stroked the

women’s Oxford boat to victory in the 2015 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

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Heather Stanning – Great Britain

Stanning began rowing when she was identified by the GB Rowing Team Start Programme. Her

international rowing career got off to a great start when she won gold at the 2007 World Rowing

Under 23 Championships. This began a desire to push for more success. And the success came.

Now a two-time Olympic gold medallist, Stanning dominated the women’s pair with partner Helen

Glover from 2011 to 2016. During that time Stanning recorded an unbeaten run of 39 races in the

pair which included two World Championship titles and Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016. The duo also

set a World Best Time in 2014.

Andrew Triggs-Hodge – Great Britain

A three-time Olympic Champion, Andrew Triggs-Hodge was a mainstay among Great Britain’s elite

squad for 15 years. This was despite a bout of illness in 2015 that saw Triggs-Hodge having to

fight to get back into his country’s top boats. He managed to swap successfully between the men’

s eight, four and pair during his career winning Olympic gold in the four in 2008 and 2012 and

ending with gold in the men’s eight at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The winner will be announced on 29 June 2018 and awarded at the 2018 World Rowing Cup III in

Lucerne, Switzerland on 14 July 2018. During the award ceremony, an 18-carat gold medal will be

bestowed by Dominik Keller, the son of FISA’s former president Thomas Keller, to the winner.

For a full list of winners, please click here.