Tom Aggar made history in 2008 when he was crowned as the first-ever arms-shoulders men’s single scull Paralympic champion in Beijing.
Over the following cycle, Tom maintained an incredible unbeaten record at the highest levels of competition, which came to an end at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where he had to settle for fourth place after a hard-fought race at Eton Dorney.
He started the journey to Rio 2016 in mixed form. He won gold at the World Cup in Eton Dorney but finished agonisingly just outside the medals at the 2013 World Championships in Chungju, South Korea.
The 2014 season saw Tom return to form with some outstanding performances. After taking gold at the World Cup in Aiguebelette, he returned to the World Championships podium with a silver medal – a fitting reward for his staying power since London 2012.
Tom headed into the Rio 2016 Paralympic season on the back of a good 2015, which saw him win a bronze medal at the World Cup in Varese and silver at the World Championships in Aiguebelette, France, a result which qualified his boat for Rio 2016.
At his third Games, Tom avenged the disappointment of missing out on a medal at London 2012 to claim men’s singles scull bronze, returning to the podium eight years after winning gold in Beijing.
After a decade in the sport, the four-time World Champion announced his retirement from rowing in January 2017.
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