London 2012

Rob Williams

Rob Williams is relishing the prospect of finally competing at his first Olympics as part of the lightweight men's four - and on current form they're certainly in with a shout of gold.

Fascinating Facts:

  • Has a physics PhD in X-Ray crystallography

Although the Maidenhead-born rower made the trip to Beijing back in 2008 at the age of 23, he was only a reserve and therefore missed out on the races but this time around he'll be an integral member of the quartet.

A year after his Games disappointment, Williams underlined his promise by winning the British senior lightweight single title before claiming an gutsy sixth-place finish in the double alongside Paul Mattick at the 2009 World Championships.

Williams joined up with the lightweight four - which also featured Mattick, Chris Bartley and Richard Chambers - in 2010 and it wasn't long before he was celebrating glory as they snatched victory ahead of Australia in a thrilling final at the World Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro.

The quartet were unable to retain their title in 2011 but nevertheless impressed as they came from sixth place to take bronze in Slovenia to show their potential for London 2012.

Rob Williams

  • DOB: 21/1/1985
  • Event: Rowing
  • Boat: Men's Lightweight four