Bobby Pearce, Friend to Ducks
Sometimes, life imitates art, and today we will tell you the history of one of these times, in a tale that mirrors the fable of the tortoise and the hare, only this time the hare won…
Sometimes, we find athletes who are superior to their competition that does not seem fair, and Bobby Pearce was one of those athletes, standing out among the rest and playing a central part of one of the most unusual cases from the history of the Olympics and world sport.
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Back to the article: This is the story of the gold medal that Henry Robert Pearce, Bobby Pearce for friends, won in 1928, marking his name in the history of rowing events at the age of 22.
Title Olympic champion Jack Beresford Jr. did not participate and it was thought that the gold medal race could be opened. But there was no such thing. In the first race, Bobby Pearce defeated Walter Flinsch with 12 lengths of advantage (26 seconds), then reducing to “just” eight lengths (19 seconds) against the Danish Arnold Schwartz.
The quarter-final was the event that immortalized Pearce. The advantage over the Frenchman Vincent Saurin was so great that, when a family of ducks crossed his path, the Australian decided to stop, wait for them to pass safely, and then resume his test. Despite this little break, he won the race with an impressive advantage of 29 seconds!
With only four athletes still in the competition, competitiveness increased but Bobby Pearce remained untouched. He secured a medal by defeating David Collet by seven seconds and, in the finals with North American Ken Myers, took the gold with an advantage of 10 seconds.
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