#AllezAUS 'Let's Go Australia'
Event: Men’s Four
Olympic History: Rio 2016 (silver), Tokyo 2020 (gold)
Coach: Rhett Ayliffe (Head Coach)
Highlights: Gold medal at Tokyo 2020, silver medal at Rio 2016
Year Born: 1993
Born: Berri, SA
Junior Club: Prince Alfred College (Kent Town, SA)
Having won an Olympic silver medal in Rio, Alexander Hill delivered on a plan to go one better at the Tokyo Olympics.
In Rio, Hill's silver medal came in the Men's Four alongside Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith and William Lockwood. The South Australian continued to represent Australia in this boat class after his Olympic debut winning multiple gold medals in World Rowing Cups and World Championships.
Hill was the only member of the Rio crew to reprise his role in Tokyo and he was tasked with a prominent leadership position for an Australian Rowing Team that carried high expectations into the Olympic regatta.
In Tokyo, Hill won his second Olympic medal and first Olympic gold as the Stroke of the Australian Men's Four. He joined Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin and Jack Hargreaves for a famous victory that saw Australia reclaim the title from the British who had been Olympic Champions for the past five Olympic Games, while breaking Australia's run of three consecutive Olympic silver medals in this boat class.
The crew were commanding in their Heat but were pushed to their limits in the Final. Their 1.62 seconds lead with 500-metres to go was ultimately reduced to just 0.37 of a second with the Aussies winning in an Olympic best time of 5 minutes 42.76 seconds from Romania and Italy. Fittingly, the result came almost 25 years to the day since Australia last won gold in this race at Atlanta 1996 and was part of ‘the hour of power,’ a moment in time when Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Fours stormed home for gold and the Men’s and Women’s Quadruple Sculls claimed bronze. The four medals won over the course of an hour by Australian rowing crews, along with swimmer Ariarne Titmus' gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle, contributed to the most successful period in the history of the Australian Olympic Team.