100 Team GB contenders for London 2012: Mark Hunter

Rowing (lightweight double sculls)

Born : 01/07/78

Career highlights

He won Olympic gold in Beijing with Zac Purchase, Britain's first-ever lightweight Olympic medal.

The pair successfully defended their world title in 2011.

Olympic history

  • 2008 - gold in lightweight double sculls
  • 2004 - 13th in lightweight coxless four

Other career

After competing in the lightweight men's coxless four in Athens, he then rowed with James Lindsay-Fynn in the lightweight double for a couple of seasons before teaming up with Zac Purchase in 2007.

After winning gold in Beijing, Hunter took a year off rowing and went out to coach at the UCLA in California. He says he will probably retire after the 2012 Games.

Did you know?

He is a qualified Thames waterman, who was born and bred in the East End.

He says: "I like going to schools and telling them my story. It's great when kids hear that because they realise that you don't have to come from a wealthy background. You can come from a normal working-class family and still succeed."