Cameron McKenzie-McHarg, Francis Hegerty, James Marburg and Matt Ryan may have missed selection for the Australian Olympic eight, but they formed a near unstoppable coxless four that almost took gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. McKenzie-McHarg and the Australian crew qualified their boat for the Games at the eleventh hour and went on to win a silver medal.
On the same day at Beijing, Australia won gold medals in the men’s coxless pair (Ginn, Free) and the double sculls (Crawshay, Brennan). This matched the previous best day in Olympic rowing, from Atlanta 1996, when the women’s coxless pair (Still, Slatter) and the Oarsome Foursome (Ginn, Tomkins, McKay, Green) won gold medals, along with a silver medal from the men’s coxless pair (Weightman, Scott).
McKenzie-McHarg went on to compete as a part of the men’s eight at the London 2012 Games. The Australian’s claimed second in their heat before going on to earn themselves a spot in the 2012 Olympic final with a fourth place finish in the repechage. The crew went on to finish sixth in a strong field, 3.12 seconds behind gold medallists Germany.