Felix Badcock

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Charles "Felix"•Badcock
Used nameFelix•Badcock
Born17 January 1903 in West Ham, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died29 May 1976 in Petersfield, Hampshire, England (GBR)
Measurements78 kg
AffiliationsThames Rowing Club, Putney (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Known throughout the rowing world as “Felix”, John Badcock made his Olympic début in 1928 as a member of the Thames Rowing Club crew that won the silver medals in the eights. Four years later at the 1932 Olympics in California, he gave a memorable performance at stroke in the coxless fours, holding his crew together when they were hard pressed by the Germans. The British four finally finished with clear water between themselves and the Germans and Britain maintained its record of having won the coxless fours on each of the four occasions it had been held at the Olympics. Although educated at Merchant Taylor’s School, which is not noted for its rowing, Badcock had a long association with the river as his family had been in business on the Thames for almost a hundred years as boat builders and wharfingers. In 1934, “Felix” Badcock married the swimmer, Joyce Cooper, who had one silver and three bronze medals at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics along with four gold medals at the 1930 Empire Games. They sent both sons to Harrow, as Badcock did not want them to row as schoolboys, but eventually both became accomplished oarsmen, David winning his blue in the Oxford boat in 1958 and the elder son, Felix, rowing for England at the Commonwealth Games the same year.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Rowing GBR Felix Badcock
Eights, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver
1932 Summer Olympics Rowing GBR Felix Badcock
Coxless Fours, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold

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