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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 2nd (four)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (pair) - 2012 World Cup 3 (Munich, Germany)
  • 8th (pair) - 2012 World Cup 2 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 4th (eight) - 2011 World Championships (Bled, Slovenia)
  • 7th (eight) - 2011 World Cup 3 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • 8th (pair) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)
  • 3rd (four) - 2011 Australian Rowing Championships (West Lakes, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning silver in the men's four at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
  • Winning silver in the men's four at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan
  • Winning bronze in the men's eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in Karapiro

Interesting Facts

  • James Marburg won a silver medal on his first Olympic campaign. Marburg combined with Francis Hegerty, Matt Ryan and Cameron McKenzie-McHarg in the coxless four at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The crew valiantly qualified the boat for the Games at the final selection regatta and came close to the gold medal in the Olympic final.
  • He has qualified for his second Olympics in the men's pair and will compete alongside Brodie Buckland, whom he teamed up with before the Australian Trials in March 2012. The two were named in the boat after being the best performing combination at the World Cup 2 in Lucerne in May 2012 and the retirement of Duncan Free.
  • Marburg competed at his first World Championship in 2006 in Eton, Great Britain. Since then he has rowed at four more Championships, winning silver in 2009 in the four and bronze in 2010 in the men's eight.
  • Marburg works as a communications adviser in banking. After completing a Bachelor of Arts he is now also completing a professional doctorate in law at Melbourne University.


Years on national team



Noel Donaldson (2010 - current)
Tim Conrad (2008 - 2009)

Primary Training Base

Canberra, Australia

Secondary Training Base

Varese, Italy


Melbourne University Boat Club (VIC, Australia)

Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne
Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra



St Francis Xavier College (VIC, Australia)


St Patrick's College (VIC, Australia)


Bachelor of Arts - RMIT University (2001 - 2004)

Rowing Team

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