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Alexander Purnell OAM
Date of Birth 30/01/1995
Coach Rhett Ayliffe, Mark Prater
Nickname Purnie or Purn
Height 195cm
Weight 88kgs
Hometown Sydney, NSW
Club RBNTC/Sydney University BC
Previous Rowing Clubs/School Shore
Having represented Australia in the Junior Team in 2013 and the U21 team in 2014, in 2015 Purnell raced in the Men's U23 Quad Scull in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Purnell went on in 2015 to win bronze in the event, while in 2016 he raced in the Men's Eight at the U23 World Championships. In 2017, Purnell was been named in the Men's Eight for World Cups 2 and 3 and the World Championships. In 2018, Purnell was named as a reserve for the Men's Australian Rowing Team, covering both sweep and sculling boats, however post World Rowing Cups, he won selection to the Men's Quadruple Scull for the 2018 World Rowing Championships. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, held in July 2021, Purnell won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Men's Four with crew mates Alexander Hill, Alexander Purnell and Jack Hargreaves. It was a famous victory that broke Australia's run of three consecutive Olympic Silver Medals in this boat class. Further, the result came almost 25 years to the day since Australia last won gold in this race at Atlanta 1996. Purnell is the younger brother of Australian rowing Olympian, Nicholas, and likes to listen to Two Strong Hearts by John Farnham before going out on the water. In 2022, Purnell remained in the Men's Coxless Four, with fellow Olympic Champions Spencer Turrin OAM and Jack Hargreaves OAM, as well as fellow Olympian Jack O'Brien. At World Cup 2 in Poznan, Poland the crew remained undefeated and retained the Gold Medal.

The same crew competed at the World Cup III regatta and the 2022 World Rowing Championships held in Racice, Czech Republic.  At both said regattas, the Four finished with a Silver Medal. 

Career Achievements
Class Year Race Position
M4- 2022 World Rowing Championships Second Place
M4- 2022 World Rowing Cup 3 Second Place
M4- 2022 World Rowing Cup 2 First Place
M4- 2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games First Place
M4x 2019 World Rowing Cup 2 Second Place
M4x 2018 World Rowing Championships Second Place
M8+ 2017 World Rowing Cup 3 Second Place
BM4x 2015 U23 World Championships Third Place
First Place