It's 1925 on the River Thames and Jack Beresford cruises to an easy victory in The Gold Cup - so easy his opponent, American Walter Hoover, is out of view. Beresford had successfully defended the title he won in 1924, the same year he won his first of three Olympic gold medals. Beresford, CBE, is one of Britain's most outstanding rowers and his streak of winning five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games was only beaten Sir Steve Redgrave at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The Gold Cup, aka The Philadelphia Challenge Cup, was instigated in 1920 by a group from Philadelphia's rowing community to celebrate the first American to win the Olympic gold medal in the single sculls. The aim was for it to be regarded as the Amateur Single Sculling Championship of the World.