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Rower // Lightweight Men's Squad Date of Birth: 14th Jul 1989 (32 years old)
Club: Leander Club Height: 184.00 Hometown: Maidenhead
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Jono Clegg made his Olympic debut in Rio after being selected in the lightweight men’s four - the boat he helped to qualify for the Games at the 2015 World Championships.
Jonathan (Jono) Clegg is a a former World U23 champion in the four. He has been part of the highly-competitive lightweight men’s squad for the past five seasons.
During that time Jono has won medals at the World and European Championships, as well as multiple World Cups.
A former World U23 champion in the lightweight four, Jono made his Olympic debut in the same boat at Rio 2016
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European Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Four
World Bronze Medallist Lightweight Men's Four
European Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Pair
World U23 Champion Lightweight Men's Four
World U23 Bronze Medallist Lightweight Men's Quadruple Scull
After winning the GB Rowing Team Trial with Sam Scrimgeour, Jono was once again selected alongside Mark Aldred, Chris Bartley and Peter Chambers in the lightweight men’s four for the 2016 season. They made an impressive start, finishing runners-up to the World Champions from Switzerland at the European Championships in Brandenburg. The GB four then finished fifth at the World Cup in Lucerne but returned to the podium at the Poznan World Cup after winning bronze.
The four were runners-up in their opening heat at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but had to settle for fourth place in the semi-final. They ended the regatta on a strong note, though, by winning the B final to finish seventh overall.
Jono began and finished the 2015 season in the lightweight men’s four, placing just outside the medals at the European Championships in Poznan and finishing ninth at the World Championships in Aiguebelette. The last result, while disappointing to the crew of Jono, Peter Chambers, Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley, did qualify the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
He spent the World Cup season in the lightweight men’s pair with Sam Scrimgeour, winning silver medals in both Varese and Lucerne. Jono also raced with Richard Chambers in the lightweight men’s double final in Lucerne, replacing the ill Will Fletcher, and finished a fine fifth.
Jono started the Olympiad in the lightweight four, winning World Cup silver and bronze at Sydney and Eton Dorney respectively. After a fifth-placed finish in Lucerne, Jono and crew-mates Adam Freeman-Pask, Will Fletcher and Chris Bartley returned to the podium at the 2013 World Championships in Chungju by winning bronze.
Jono and Sam Scrimgeour raced in the lightweight pair throughout 2014, winning a silver medal at the European Championships in Belgrade and – after narrowly missing out on a podium place at the Aiguebelette World Cup – taking bronze in Lucerne. They then produced a strong performance to achieve the same result at the World Championships in Amsterdam.
Jono’s first GB involvement came at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, where he won gold in the lightweight men’s double scull and men’s eight as well as a silver in the men’s quadruple scull.
He also did well at Henley in 2009, winning the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup, before securing a fine bronze on his World U23 Championships debut in Racice in the lightweight men’s quad with David Jones, Will Fletcher and Peter Chambers.
Jono, David and Will returned to the World U23s the following year to win an impressive lightweight men’s four gold in Brest along with Jamie Kirkwood.
The 2011 season saw Jono make his senior debut at the Munich World Cup, finishing 11th in a second lightweight four with Will, Jamie and John Preston. The same crew then raced at the World U23 Championships in Amsterdam, finishing seventh overall.
Jono also competed at the European Championships in 2011 and 2012. He was sixth in the lightweight men’s double in Plovdiv before winning silver in the lightweight four with Will, Sam Scrimgeour and Adam Freeman-Pask in Varese.
Boat: Lightweight Men’s Squad
Coaches: Rob Morgan
Learnt to Row: Sir William Borlase School
Original Club(s): Sir William Borlase School Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Ali Brown, Dave Currie
Jono took up rowing at the age of 13 while at school. Although he competed in several other sports, rowing was the sport he enjoyed the most.
He is currently undertaking a course in personal training, which he would like to use after he has stopped rowing.
When not rowing Jono enjoys coaching at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, where he originally learnt to row.
Jono is Lottery funded through UK Sport.